7 Replies Latest reply on May 9, 2006 9:04 PM by Ally86

    Optimizing Animations

    Ally86
      I recently inherited quite a mess of a website, and am trying my best to get it looking amazing. I added an animation to the main page, but it loads very slowly, and the movement of the graphics is chopped up, moving pieces at a time instead of the entire graphic. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make my animation smoother?
        • 1. Re: Optimizing Animations
          Level 7
          Ally86 wrote:

          > I recently inherited quite a mess of a website, and am trying my best to get it
          > looking amazing. I added an animation to the main page, but it loads very
          > slowly, and the movement of the graphics is chopped up, moving pieces at a time
          > instead of the entire graphic. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make my
          > animation smoother?

          Without seeing it, we can't diagnose the problem. Can you upload it to
          your Web site?


          --
          Linda Rathgeber ACE ::: PVII
          http://www.projectseven.com
          Fireworks Newsgroup: news://forums.projectseven.com/fireworks/
          CSS Newsgroup: news://forums.projectseven.com/css/
          -----------------------------------------------------------------------
          Adobe Community Expert - Fireworks
          -----------------------------------------------------------------------
          Design Aid Kits: http://www.webdevbiz.com/pwf/index.cfm
          • 2. Re: Optimizing Animations
            Ally86 Level 1
            I certainly can. Here's my development page's URL: www.waystationinc.org/test.htm

            On a mac, it loads perfectly, but through windows. . . .well, I think you'll see what I mean - I'm still learning how to articulate my thoughts in reference to tech. Thanks for looking.
            • 3. Re: Optimizing Animations
              Level 7
              Ally86,

              Flash would be a better tool for such big animation.
              Your file size is almost one meg for just that animation.

              alex

              Ally86 wrote:
              > I certainly can. Here's my development page's URL:
              > www.waystationinc.org/test.htm
              >
              > On a mac, it loads perfectly, but through windows. . . .well, I think you'll
              > see what I mean - I'm still learning how to articulate my thoughts in reference
              > to tech. Thanks for looking.
              >
              • 4. Re: Optimizing Animations
                Level 7
                Ally86 wrote:

                > I certainly can. Here's my development page's URL:
                > www.waystationinc.org/test.htm
                >
                > On a mac, it loads perfectly, but through windows. . . .well, I think you'll
                > see what I mean - I'm still learning how to articulate my thoughts in reference
                > to tech. Thanks for looking.

                Actually, the animation is the least of your problems on that page.
                Start by resizing all of the images on the page in Fireworks instead of
                by changing their dimensions in Dreamweaver.

                --
                Linda Rathgeber ACE ::: PVII
                http://www.projectseven.com
                Fireworks Newsgroup: news://forums.projectseven.com/fireworks/
                CSS Newsgroup: news://forums.projectseven.com/css/
                -----------------------------------------------------------------------
                Adobe Community Expert - Fireworks
                -----------------------------------------------------------------------
                Design Aid Kits: http://www.webdevbiz.com/pwf/index.cfm
                • 5. Re: Optimizing Animations
                  Ally86 Level 1
                  Alex - I thought there might be a way to get the file size down in Fireworks - I've been trying different optimization settings, and I've cut the size in half from what it originally was, but I'll definitely try using Flash instead. Thanks for the tip.

                  Linda - the pic sizes are on my agenda, along with the nav bar and color scheme. Is there anything else I might be missing? In the world of design, I'm learning something new every day.
                  • 6. Re: Optimizing Animations
                    Level 7
                    Ally86 wrote:

                    > Linda - the pic sizes are on my agenda, along with the nav bar and color
                    > scheme. Is there anything else I might be missing? In the world of design,
                    > I'm learning something new every day.

                    Using CSS will enable you to get rid of all the font tags on your pages.

                    --
                    Linda Rathgeber ACE ::: PVII
                    http://www.projectseven.com
                    Fireworks Newsgroup: news://forums.projectseven.com/fireworks/
                    CSS Newsgroup: news://forums.projectseven.com/css/
                    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
                    Adobe Community Expert - Fireworks
                    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
                    Design Aid Kits: http://www.webdevbiz.com/pwf/index.cfm
                    • 7. Re: Optimizing Animations
                      Ally86 Level 1
                      That's a great idea - thanks for the tip. I'm not one for using styles, but I think it's time I stepped out of the stone age. And I re-did my animation in flash, it loads beautifully. Thank you both for all your help.