View Full Version : Please Help! (Flash Site Design)

06 Apr 2009, 04:46 AM
I'm no stranger to html, actionscript, dreamweaver, or flash, but I seem to be in a bit of a rut, here.

Note: I'm not asking anyone do do the work for me. it would just be really helpful to have access to source fla's, templates, tutorials, etc.

Basically, I want to make an animated, dynamic-width flash site to show off my projects, portfolio, and company information, but I'm absolutely overwhelmed. D:

Here's the concept I've come up with:


As you can see, the idea is a simple monochrome layout with a top and bottom bar, and a "moving" sidebar. Regardless of window-size, I want to make the bars stretch all the way across the screen, except for the bottom one, which will only go 100-200 pixels away from the right edge.

So my question(s) is(are) basically, where do I begin?

Should I use xml or just flash?
Should it be broken up into small swf files or be one big one
One swf file per page, or one for the whole site?
How do I go about making a dynamic width layout in flash?
What's the best method to make animation "transitions" between pages?
Do I need a preloader, and how do I make one?
Is there anything else I should know (tips, advice) before I start?

I'm not sure if I missed anything or not... ^_^;

I know I'm asking a LOT, but answers to any (or all) of these questions would be greatly appreciated, and I'd be forevereverever in your eternal debt.

thanks for everyone's time!