View Full Version : Rotating image with flash or gif?

07-09-2009, 08:49 AM
Hey guys,
I recently did a site for a client with a rotating image that can be seen here: http://www.temp3.hangnailproductions.com/menu.html

As you can see, at the top there is a rotating image. However, since it is a gif there is some loss of detail on some of the pictures. Should I change this to flash?

Right now the size is about 500kb, do you think a flash doc would be larger than that? The size has to be 419x290 px

If I should change this I should do it soon, but I do not know anything about Flash yet. Could you recommend a tutorial or (and I hate to ask this) help me plow though setting this up as a flash vid? It only needs to rotate through 4 pictures and repeat.

I'm just looking for some direction and your opinion.
Thank you very much for any and all help!!

07-09-2009, 06:40 PM
And is there any other way to do rotating images beside Flash and gifs?

07-10-2009, 03:09 PM
Help, no! While one could argue about the use of Flash animated GIFs are the worst approach in this case. Not only ist the file unnecessarily large (as you see) but also is GIF a proprietary format (as is Flash, by the way) as opposed to PNG or JPG or SVG and most importantly it can only store 256 colors (as you see).

The most accessible and user friendly approach would be a JavaScript image cycle (http://www.malsup.com/jquery/cycle/). This is way better in terms of graceful degradation and accessibility. If JS is not available for some reason you would have a static image only which whould be sufficient for people without JS (or devices with few memory resources).