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What is Flash&Reg; Web Development?

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Flash® web development is the process of building and designing Websites, applications, and elements that use Flash® software. Using Flash® web development, designers can build animated Websites with unique functionality and navigation. When paired with Java® web development techniques, developers can also create Flash® powered applications and web design elements that offer a range of interactive capabilities.

The software used in Flash® web development, called Adobe Flash®, was created by Adobe Systems Incorporated, formerly Macromedia®. Adobe Flash® may be purchased in a bundle called the Adobe Creative Suite® that includes several Flash® development tools. Using Adobe Flash® software and Flash® web development techniques, Website designers can create sites that offer support to a range of mobile devices including smartphones, netbooks, and personal computers.

Flash® Websites are known for interactive features. Elements of the design may move, change colors, disappear completely, or otherwise interact with the user. For this reason, Flash® web development has been a popular tool for creating online gaming sites and sales pages. By creating an interactive user experience, Flash® Website design makes it possible for webmasters to keep visitors entertained for longer periods of time, thus improving conversion rates as compared with traditional, less interactive designs.

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In addition to the interactive features of Flash® web development, it also offers the ability to incorporate high-definition (HD) videos and rich audio experiences into design elements. As a result, Flash® is regularly used on Internet video sites and in banner advertisements. With very modest consumption of resources, Flash® powered web elements can deliver a total audiovisual experience that can be viewed on both personal computers and mobile devices with same high level of quality.

Using Flash® web development tools, web designers and developers can create Flash® Websites and applications that are more artistic than ever before. By mapping out locations and functions over images, designers can eliminate the straight-edged, box-type designs used in older Websites and can instead build sites with rounded corners, moving elements, and artistic embellishments. With the use of Flash® design elements, web designers and developers can create entire Flash® Websites that function from a single page, sliding elements into the frame and back out, thus decreasing load times and providing a fluid user experience.

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