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Shawn Bouchard, Posted On: September 30, 2010 at 12:28 PM

If you read Bob Atkinson's Tool Tips column in Sep/Oct 2010 issue of DesignEdge Magazine you would think Flash Catalyst was the second coming for web development.

It isn't.

In my opinion, Bob has done designers and more importantly their clients a disservice by suggesting that Adobe Catalyst can replace a web dev team. Let me use the filter of the client's perspective to explain what I believe are the downsides of using Flash for web development, because we're all in the business of customer service, aren't we? 

Shawn Bouchard, Posted On: October 09, 2009 at 3:46 PM

To SWF or Not to SWF

I visit a lot of websites in the course of a day. In particular I spend a great deal of time checking out sites for graphic design studios.

I've noticed that a significantly high percentage of these sites are built exclusively in Flash. I've got nothing against the judicious application of Flash. In fact, Smallbox CMS treats Flash files just like any other image file. Flash adds dynamic energy to a page when it's applied properly.

However, it's my personal opinion that most of the sites built entirely in Flash suck. They suck for a number of reasons, reasons that I will layout in this post. If you're a designer and your site is built in Flash I'm sorry, but try and get through post. I hope that by the end you will find some of what I say hard to argue with. At minimum I hope to start a discussion on this topic.

Tags: design, Flash, seo