View Full Version : Will flash be faster than JS here..?

01-15-2009, 04:53 PM

Our site is working well, but it can be a bit slow on some browsers. It's www.aquacouture.co.uk.

The background images fading one to the next is what kills slows things down.

Do you think Flash will be a better alternative to using JS in this instance?

Also, can it automatically size itself to the browser?

And can html happily sit over flash on the z index?

01-15-2009, 05:28 PM
I would imagine this is a better place for Flash, but its going to be slow for a lot of reasons. You are loading lots of large images, this takes time and is your biggest hold up.

Both JS and Flash can do some preloading, but I think Flash would give you a smoother all around experience.

However might I say that there is a lot of problems that will become any visitor who doesn't have JS on, or a slow computer? I think that the site architecture is rather confusing...its not easy to browse or view anything. So perhaps the problem could be solved by changing the design instead? Thats just my professional opinion...

01-15-2009, 05:33 PM
Yes, I've thought that. However, this is what the cheap and nasty overseas firm provided for us (it's been a huge headache !)

I'm trying to patch it up as best as I can, but sometimes I think we should just go with something like Magento.

For the background, I did a 960x768 test and the file was only 160k, compared to 4x200k jpg files.. so it's definitely smaller.

Will html happily sit on top of flash, do you know?

01-15-2009, 08:49 PM
Will html happily sit on top of flash, do you know?

Well in Linux, I have hardly ever seen flash behind HTML. In Windows it seems to go behind quite nicely, but it annoys me quite a bit when I can't see the content because of a big gaping gap where some pointless animation is.

I'm sure there is a way around it because I am a total newbie at flash.

01-15-2009, 08:56 PM
You can do it, but again you'll still have most of the same problems...and the whole cross browser thing is likely to throw you for a major coding loop.