A parting note as I tidy up / revamp what I hope are my last series of Flash movies here. If you know your source files are going to be handed over to other designers or programmers, please:
- Label your layers. Especially when you have twenty of them per file.
- Name your elements. It gets disparaging looking at a library full of names like Symbol 23 and Tween 1. Even better, sort them into folders.
- When etching out photos using image editing software, try applying something called anti alias. It helps, y’know, to make your graphics look smoother, so I don’t have to look for all the original photos again and re-crop them for you. That includes our client’s logo, which, above all things, should not be made to look tacky.
- You can draw simple shapes in Flash. It saves file space, and vector graphics look SO much nicer. Try that next time, instead of importing rectangular photo borders.
- If you know your files are still going to take a while for users to download, it would be useful to include a preloader. Don’t be lazy.
- If you have a cluster of instances (objects) appearing one by one in sequence, try placing each instance in a separate layer instead of lumping them together increasingly, in a series of keyframes.
- You use input text for forms. Not dynamic text.
- Black text on brown is OH so passé. And illegible, too.
- If the image you want to insert is only 200 pixels wide, you could try something called cropping. Instead of leaving lots of background space that does nothing.
- It is often good practice, where Actionscript is used heavily, to leave // comments so we know what this code is supposed to do. I have found this extremely helpful in the past.
More pointers welcome.