2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 19, 2010 6:41 PM by howard1985

    Flash or HTML Gallery?

    Comp. 792-YeIbLU Level 1

      Hi, I want a very minimalist looking gallery with small square thumbnails you can click on which will reveal a larger image. Is it better to go with a Flash Gallery or an HTML Gallery?


      1) The site is currently an HTML site and I'm wondering if this is something that can be easily integrated this into an HTML site without a lot of trouble?


      2) I'm currently back in the stoneage using Flash MX 2004 and wondering if Flash CS4/CS5 has a nice minimalist gallery built in or do I need to use something like "SimpleViewer"?




        • 1. Re: Flash or HTML Gallery?
          c0j Level 1

          Well having an HTML gallery would indeed provide you with a very minimalistic approach both on the technology side and the user end's side.


          Basically, the thing you should be considering is who is your target audience, indeed Flash Galleries do provide a significant amount of interactivity which will intrigue and amuse your users but if it comes to the expense of performance and speed of displaying your gallery, I would suggest that you stick with an HTML based gallery.


          If you do decide with making a Flash Gallery, Adobe has a number of software that can automate that for you.


          Photoshop CS4 has plugins that would allow you to export to Flash Galleries


          Photoshop Lightroom 2 has this build-in


          Flash CS4 has a infinite number of templates and tutorials available on the web on how to create you Flash Galleries.



          • 2. Re: Flash or HTML Gallery?

            Agree with c0j!!


            Personally I feel that its really about choosing the right tool for the right job, and that depends on the requirements you have (whether from your "wish-list", or the requirements from your audiences).


            I'll recommend you to choose Flash if you require:

            • high level of user interaction
            • some Rich Internet Application features, such as provide zoom in/out, change image orders, coverflow effects...etc to your gallery
            • you have allocated budget and time, and
            • this is not intended to be a viewed by mobile phones (its possible, though, but a bit difficult)


            I'll recommend you to choose HTML/JSP/PHP/JavaScript if you require:

            • No-frills, just a simple image gallery
            • minimal level of user interaction
            • no RIA features
            • you need to get it done within 4-8 hours
            • should be compatible to be viewed by mobile phones


            And of course, if your requirements are actually somewhere between these 2, you can always do a hybrid, having some RIA stuff done by Flash, and other simple stuff done by HTML.


            Just sharing some thoughts...hope they help