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Make Flash Sites More Searchable – 2

Posted by Sravan | June 9, 2008 | Comment

Sites Vs Movies

We see full-flash sites or flash animations embedded inside other flash animations all the time. They provide a rich visual experience. However, they may be poor in terms of index-ability and bookmark-ability. There is a trade-off between experience and functionality. Or is there?

E.g. Various levels in games or surveys or tests, linking other games or surveys or tests, Youtube videos with links to other videos within them. They do something right.

Leaning towards functionality need not mean a complete compromise of experience. Consider a slide show presentation. Each slide is individual with its own title, bullet points, images, […] Continue Reading…

Flex Programming Tips of the Week 0806a

Posted by Charles | June 9, 2008 | Comment

Cairngorm Workthrough by Clockwork Objects – Cairngorm is the oldest and the most complete Flex framework around. If you have a large and serious Flex project under development, ignoring Cairngorm or the concepts it represents could be big mistake. This post(s) could be very helpful to get you start.

Branded Utility and Flex by FlexLive – Branding is the kind of thing you can’t discount when you are trying to achieve something with your RIA beyond sharing the joy of it. I like the author’s way of thinking about branding.

When Thin Clients Grow Fat by Tech Per – I think […] Continue Reading…

Make Flash Sites More Searchable – 1

Posted by Sravan | June 8, 2008 | 3 Comments

HTML

Most internet users are yet to figure out what it means when a tool tip slides down the browser window with blocked pop-ups or missing plugins. If your target audience is largely made up of such users, using flash is a bad idea.

Flash sites are without doubt beautiful. But think twice before using flash, and twice more before using flash-only. Crawling of all non-HTML files by search engines needs special processing, takes longer, and is comparatively less effective.

Animated words inside flash can be especially hard to catch. (Imagine all the letters of a word flying in from a direction […] Continue Reading…

Jumping through Hoops with Acrobat

Posted by Jay | June 8, 2008 | Comment

PDF files are used on hundreds of different sites, they’re something that you either love or hate! Adobe created the PDF format in 1993, so by computer standards it’s prehistoric! Adobe has recently launched a new version of their PDF reader software, this one is called Reader 9.

I’m not really a big fan of Acrobat Reader, I find that it slows down the whole experience. I personally use FoxIt reader because it’s much smaller and less bloated! It also allows you to annotate PDF files without having to spend a ridiculous amount of money.

Saying that however Acrobat Reader 9 […] Continue Reading…

Make Flash Sites More Searchable – 0

Posted by Sravan | June 7, 2008 | Comment

Despite Flash Search Engine SDK, and any other methods that search engines employ to crawl flash sites, a debate has been going on. On one side are those who believe that flash sites can be optimized to climb up the search engine ladder, and on the other side are those who say that it is a non-issue and that search engines are nowhere close to crawling flash sites well. We don’t see this debate ending in the near future.

Whatever may the truth be, website designers today have no escape from flash completely. Their efforts to design optimized flash sites, […] Continue Reading…

Flex Google Maps

Posted by Jay | June 7, 2008 | Comment

Google Maps is almost certainly the best known online mapping system currently available, that could have something to do with the brand name. Everybody knows who Google is, even if they don’t own a computer themselves. Google recently launched a API of their popular mapping system, which means that you can easily use it as part of your flex applications. In order to use it you do need to apply for a Google developers key, but it’s well worth it! You then download the Google Maps SDK, and then you can get to work using it. There is even […] Continue Reading…

Don’t Click it

Posted by Sravan | June 6, 2008 | Comment

Have you ever visited this flash site? With nearly 2.5 million visitors so far, you might have. I’m reminded of a quote that I had read ages ago. Paraphrased, it reads like this: There are only two groups of flash fanatics — those who have visited this website, and those who will. The website takes one step beyond touch screens.

Challenging every netizen’s urge (instinct) to click is innovative and revolutionary. Simply posing that challenge seems like a giant leap in interactive design. Either you’re going to hate the site and close the tab because you can’t resist clicking, or […] Continue Reading…

Tracking Changes with TextFlow

Posted by Jay | June 6, 2008 | Comment

Textflow is a new online based tool which is designed to assist people to manage their comments, and also track the changes in certain documents. This is a new tool which hasn’t been released yet, however the Swedish company developing the tool says that it is nearing completion. If you are interested in this interesting web based tool then their official web site has a demonstration video for you to take a look at.

The Textflow app was written using Adobe Flex, which ensures compatibility across a wide range of different platforms. The company producing this tool is not new […] Continue Reading…

How Search Engines Index Flash Sites

Posted by Sravan | June 5, 2008 | 4 Comments

SEO is always on the minds of flash site designers. How well or unwell are flash sites indexed by search engines? How at all?

Google was the first engine to index .PDFs, .DOCs, other dynamic content, and also flash, through its in-house methods. Later, FAST became the first engine to index flash sites using the Flash Search Engine SDK. Today, all major search engines use the SDK along with their own processing to index flash sites.

The Search Engine SDK includes an application called ‘swf2html’. It extracts text and links from a .SWF, and returns the data to stdout or as […] Continue Reading…


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