I'm trying to redesign a Flash web app so that others can use
it for their purposes and update it themselves.
So, the question is: if I change the app to read all content
from an XML file and load JPG backgrounds as dictated by vars in
the XML file - will it slow the loading time down significantly
(compared to the original app in which the FLA was built in the
standard fashion with all string values and images ebedded)?
yes, but that shouldn't be a major issue unless the xml file
is large. and if it is large you can always display an xml
preloader so users are entertained and/or informed while the xml
file is loading.