why is flash so awesome?

23 Oct 2007 - 4:22pm
6 years ago
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Stephen Dondershine
2007

I design enterprise software, and we have been asking the same questions
about Flash. One nice aspect of my position is that we can have minimum
system reqs that customers must to meet, so we don't need to worry about the
odd user who doesn't have the plugin. Wherein we think it might be
particularly useful is in designing interactive flow and business process
diagrams. Not only can they be designed in an incredibly spiffy and
engaging fashion, but the ability to zoom in and out, drag objects around
the screen, and the xml compatibility are very appealing (especially now
that Adobe is retiring SVG.) We are also investigating the possibility of
using it for real time reporting displayed in charts, graphs, and other
"live" data feeds as an alternative to ajax. You definitely need a very
savvy actionscript developer to do this kind of thing though and, frankly, a
designer who's practically an ex-Disney animator!

Have fun with it; it's an intriguing technology.

Stephen Dondershine
Sr. UI Designer
BEA Systems

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23 Oct 2007 - 4:47pm
Ari
2006

i too design enterprise software.

It's estimated to be installed on c. 95% of desktop PCs. this estimate is
likely skewed towards consumers rather than corp environments but Flash
comes bundled on most OS installs.
the real question is what will be your LCD for your app - Flash 9 has been
out for some months but many apps still support Flash 7 or 8 plugins to be
safe. if you do video playback via Flash, Flash 8 is pretty much a
requirement.

Flash 8 came out in 2005 if it helps you gauge its age.

Real-time reports aren't scaleable for any system unless you have a cluster
of Cray super computers laying around - most reporting systems generate the
data at specific intervals or in parallel with the main app. You could then
pass the raw data to a presentation layer via Flash - this is more or less
what Google Analytics does for its reports.

On 10/23/07, Stephen Dondershine <sdondershine at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I design enterprise software, and we have been asking the same questions
> about Flash. One nice aspect of my position is that we can have minimum
> system reqs that customers must to meet, so we don't need to worry about
> the
> odd user who doesn't have the plugin. Wherein we think it might be
> particularly useful is in designing interactive flow and business process
> diagrams. Not only can they be designed in an incredibly spiffy and
> engaging fashion, but the ability to zoom in and out, drag objects around
> the screen, and the xml compatibility are very appealing (especially now
> that Adobe is retiring SVG.) We are also investigating the possibility of
> using it for real time reporting displayed in charts, graphs, and other
> "live" data feeds as an alternative to ajax. You definitely need a very
> savvy actionscript developer to do this kind of thing though and, frankly,
> a
> designer who's practically an ex-Disney animator!
>
> Have fun with it; it's an intriguing technology.
>
> Stephen Dondershine
> Sr. UI Designer
> BEA Systems
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