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Artistic Templates

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All about Flash Templates for Websites

Flash templates for websites are meant for those who are enamoured with the animation and visual effects that Flash objects bring to a webpage.

Ready-made flash templates can be used for major portions of a website including the home page. The templates can be used to create website elements such as splash introduction screens, menu bars, menu buttons and for slide shows.

If you are planning to create a website with rich media content such as animated graphics, videos and games, then Flash web templates can make your task much easier.

This article takes you on a tour of the fascinating world of Flash templates for websites. Find out about the inside workings of Flash website template and the different website objects that they can create. Some usability questions raised regarding Flash websites are described. You can also know about some sites where you can download Flash templates.


An Introduction to Adobe Flash


Adobe Flash is software which can create animations and interfaces with stunning visual effects and interactivity.

It also has multimedia capabilities such as the ability to embed sound along with animations, creation of video files and the ability to stream multimedia content over the Internet.

Here’s a summary of some important Flash elements:

  • Flash or Shockwave Objects - The objects created by Adobe Flash software are known as Flash movies or Shockwave objects. This Flash object filename has an extension of .swf. It cannot be edited.
  • Flash Player - You need a Flash Player to play .swf files. Browsers would need a Flash plug-in to display Flash content.
  • Editable Files - The editable Flash file has a .fla extension in its filename (FLA file)

What are Flash Templates?


Flash templates are editable Flash files containing ready-made content which can be customised. They have a filename extension of .fla.

Flash web templates can be used to create website objects which can be played in browsers by a Flash plug-in.

Suppose you want to create a Flash-based introductory screen for your website with animations and text effects, but at the same time, lack the experienced personnel needed to create Flash objects. In such cases, Flash web templates can come to your rescue.

What can Flash Templates for Websites Create?


Here are some website elements that can be created by using Flash templates for websites.

  • Splash or Website Introductory Page – While surfing the net, we have often come across introductory screens which appear before the main home page of a website. These are known as Splash screens. A Splash page can contain a multimedia presentation, announce special events or deals or can be just a creative animation about the website features or the company owning the website. Flash templates can be used for create innovative splash screens. A viewer can choose to skip the Flash introduction by typically clicking a “skip intro” link.
  • Home Page Main Graphic – Many rich media websites devote a central section of their home page to a Flash-based multimedia graphic which showcases the company products. The Flash object graphic can be interactive, allowing viewers to explore a range of products or website features.
  • Website Menu Bar – Flash templates for websites can be useful in creating visually appealing Flash menu bars with submenus and drop down menus. A typical HTML menu bar along with drop down menus need to be created by using JavaScript and CSS files. In case of Flash menu bars, all the functionality can be contained in a single .swf file.
  • Animated Online Advertisements – Online ads and animated banners can be created by Flash. Clicking the ad would lead to the website of the advertiser.

Flash templates can also be used to create an entire website including all the content and navigational elements.


How do Flash Website Templates Work?


Let’s get an idea about the inner workings of Flash website templates. As mentioned before, Flash-based templates are editable .fla files which can be customised using the Adobe Flash software.


Some components of Flash website templates files are:

  • Layers – Much like Photoshop PSD files, Flash FLA files contain parts of the multimedia in various layers. For example, the background, text and individual graphics may all be in separate layers. This allows you to control display of individual elements separately and according to a timeline.
  • ActionScript – This is a scripting language used in Flash for programming purposes. You can use ActionScript to handle events.
  • Scenes and Frames – Just like a movie, Flash templates files have scenes. Each scene is composed of many frames. You can choose how many frames to display per second.

This is a very basic of description of the working Flash files components. These components work together to create a Flash movie or application in the form of a .swf file.


In order to customise the Flash template, the FLA file has to be edited by the Flash software. Templates make editing easy by allowing you to just replace the graphics and text with your own and create custom .swf files.


What are the Usability Issues in Flash-based Websites?


Some usability experts such as Jakob Nielsen advise limits on the use of Flash in websites. Nielsen especially sees the use of Flash for splash screens as preventing website visitors from instantly reaching the home page.

Flash content may also not be search-engine friendly. Flash websites may also have accessibility problems when used with screen readers, a tool used by the visually-impaired to read websites.

Adobe has recommended accessibility best practices guidelines for Flash templates for websites such as including text descriptions for graphics and labels for menu objects such as buttons and menu bars.


Download Flash Templates


Buytemplates.net is a comprehensive resource offering visitors a wide choice of Flash templates for websites. You can browse through the templates, preview them and then download Flash templates for your websites. After download, you can customise the templates yourself or use the customisation services offered by buytemplates.net.

With buytemplates.net, you can get Flash templates for websites that are professionally-designed and visually impressive.