Something I have been wondering for some time now. I believe it needs a poll for me to make a decision. When making a site that is mostly flash would you:
- The big load bar. Load everything you want to display while the end user waits. This will result in making multiple html pages with flash movies on them.
- Load multiple small flash movies inline with html where they all have their own tiny load bars, but the end user will be able to view the faster loading movies while the slower media rich movies are still loading.
- The movie loader movie. Make a flash movie the height and width of your entire flash area with hardly anything in it and use actionscript to load many tiny movies that have their own tiny load bars possibly dynamically.
For now I have been using option #2 because my sites are mostly xhtml/php with juicy flash bits integrated with the layout, but as I learn more about actionscript and ajax I may want to try option #3 for a mostly flash site like a site I have admired for years (2advanced.com).
I have always wondered one thing about 2advanced though. Do you think they load a bunch of external swf files or just one huge swf that loads many movie clips each having preloaders. I think they use external swf files. First, because it is easier imo to make the preloader scene. Second, because they can assign different developers to different sections and such.