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Troubleshooting

Using Flash in the Real World

Q1:I want to use Flash, but I'm concerned about reaching a wide audience. How many people actually have Flash support already?
A1: Internet Explorer supports Flash and ships with the technology. This means no plug-in is required. However, Netscape users require a player. Developers using Flash can encourage site visitors to download the plug-in if they have not yet done so.

Macromedia estimates that about 83% of the Web browsing population has support for Flash. However, this isn't for Flash 4.0 specifically—it's Flash support in general. The upshot is that you'll need to make decisions based on your audience.

Size Matters!

Q1:Flash is great! I've used it to create some attractive animations with sound. But the file sizes are larger than recommended. What do I do?
A1: You have several options here. Flash files can be very small—that's part of their appeal. However, if you're creating a major multimedia presentation with audio, your file sizes can grow large. To accommodate everyone, you can create several versions of your site: a text-only version, a non-Flash version, and the Flash version. You can also combine standard HTML and graphics with portions of Flash within a page. Determine which parts of a page should be in static and which can make use of Flash before designing your page instead of trying to do it all with Flash.


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