No doubt about it, Flash development is a vital component in the preparation of much online content. Many animated sequences rely on Flash software to deliver sequences that catch the eye, and engage the audience. It’s great for developing presentations in the style of television advertisements, for example, but there are many other facets to this piece of Adobe software, which is technically referred to as vector animation software.
Items such as photo galleries or databases often utilise elements of Flash software in order to give readers and users the opportunity to thumb through a bank of images or items, so that they can find the material they are looking for, more quickly and efficiently.
Some in the IT world have written off Flash. Most notably, Apple chose not to include a facility for playing Flash in its iPhone and iPad, amid concerns that the producer of Flash, a company called Adobe, would not commit to redesigning it to reduce battery consumption, a major issue with mobile devices.
In addition, it is expected that the new generation of coding language, HTML5, which is likely to be widely employed for developing new websites, will provide its own facility for doing effectively what Flash can do today. But for now, with HTML5 yet to take over, and with Apple products still in the minority, particularly in the desktop computer market, Flash remains an important component that runs on most PCs and therefore can be usefully employed when developing digital material that will be largely running on a PC platform.
Flash development remains a key specialism, and its role is an important one when considering the development of effective and interactive digital material to not only entertain, but to educate. At HL Studios, a specialist supplier of support services to the traditional educational publishing market, a team of highly experienced and fully trained flash development coders work closely with colleagues engaged in animation, project management and material production, to deliver a complete digital education package. The company can produce interactive activities and games, and thanks to an extensive template library, can often re-use code, saving time and cost on projects. They can also use a unique process to convert Flash content, so that it runs on Apple’s Ios, iPads and iPhones.
The challenge in the educational publishing world is to introduce these new formats in a way that adds to the impact of the educational material, without getting in the way of the important messages educators want to impart to their students or school children.
Flash development relies on a specific brief for the Flash file developer, providing clear information on the output required, and the information that needs to be got across to the target audience. Once a Flash file has been created, and tested to ensure it does the right job, then it can be embedded across a number of platforms. For educational material, it can be used within files dispatched on a DVD for teaching. Alternatively, it can be held within an online teaching facility such as an intranet or website, and can simply be run by a user clicking on a start button to begin the programme running.
Flash development remains a specialist field, and one which HL Studios is well able to assist any educational publisher with.
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