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Subject: RE: FLASH: screen size
From: Ben Deroo
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 21:11:12 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Len,

I must apologize for thanking you so late for the help you so expertly
provided with my question about screen size.
I do have a pretty good reason for this though! Last week my system gave up
on me (after spending a late night learning the flash basics ....again) It
crashed in a most impressive way ( I have a AMD K6-2 350..) I am certain
that it has nothing to do with flash3 -atleast I hope so- but since I was
stupid enough not to have any partitions on my hard drive, and the only
option left (after consulting with a programmer friend of mine) was too do a
fdisk and format C, I was forced to reinstall all of my software. Offcourse
I never made any significant back-ups so all my data got lost too . All of
it !! Those countless dozens of hors spent making my first flash movie that
was to be somewhat presentable... gone.

Anyway, now that I have everything up and running again, I thought I'd get
started reading the 325 mails from this mailing list. So here I am, beaten
but not defeated. Poised for the flash battle once again. And thanking you
for the help you provide to a lowly amateur. I must say that I am impressed
with the knowledge and expertise that seems to show thru in this mailing
list. I hope some day to be able to provide the help you all have.

Thanks , Ben


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owneratshocker [dot] com [owneratshocker [dot] com]On">mailto:owneratshocker [dot] com]On Behalf Of Len
> Harrison
> Sent: woensdag 18 november 1998 6:53
> To: flasheratshocker [dot] com
> Subject: RE: FLASH: screen size
>
>
> Hi Ben,
>
> Since Flash is a vector format, it will rescale to any size you
> like. I tend
> to use 100%x100% which will make your movie fill the browser
> window through
> resizing. There's a problem with this, however, which is either
> *extremely*
> significant or no-big-deal depending on your content and intention. Since
> most of what I do is instructional, it's not a really big deal for me, but
> it might be for you.
>
> When you allow the movie to scale this way, the aspect ratio can
> be changed
> by the user to something very different from your original intention.
> Circles and squares become ovals and rectangles, for example. If you don't
> want this to happen, you have three options:
>
> 1) Open a new browser window for your movie in the aspect (and size) you
> want. If you wish to design for the lowest common denominator
> that would be
> something less than 640x480 (on Windows you have the start bar at
> the bottom
> which is about 50 pixels, for example). Although some don't like this
> approach, it's one I prefer and use frequently even when I'm not
> working in
> Flash. I tend to want my stuff to take over the environment while the user
> is working with it and don't like to design around the many different
> toolbar layouts. Also I don't do stuff that uses scrollbars and I do do
> screenshots. With that combination you really do need to know what size
> canvas you have to work with and that's client area, not window
> area. If you
> really want to get tricky, do a screen resolution detection in the browser
> before you open the window and then you can scale your movie to the user's
> display. I've done this quite successfully with CSS and HTML using
> document.write to select which stylesheet to use on the fly.
> That's a bit of
> work, but worth it. In Flash it would be a piece of cake. Note that with
> this approach, you still size your movie to be 100%x100%.
>
> 2) Specify a specific size for your movie that is small enough to
> accomodate
> your lowest target audience and, optionally, put it in a centered table
> since Flash doesn't seem to center horizontally effectively (or is that
> something I missed? I don't use this option much).
>
> 3) Specify a specific size for your movie and put it inside a
> floating frame
> that is centered in the user's browser. This tends to be my second choice
> when doing anything involving Web. Basically you define 5 frames,
> one above,
> one below, one two the left, and one to the right of your content frame.
> Specify absolute dimensions for your content frame and set the
> rest of them
> to "*". Result is a frame that floats center screen and more or less
> centered top and bottom, depending on how small the user makes the window.
>
> It's important to remember that your movie will scale to any size
> you want.
> So you can easily design at one size and then shrink it down or expand it
> out with no loss. The one exception to this is if you use bitmaps inside
> your movie. They'll still be bitmaps unless you trace them and
> will exhibit
> all the usual effects of resizing.
>
> hth,
>
> len harrison
> instructional designer
> lenhatabtcorp [dot] com
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owneratshocker [dot] com [owneratshocker [dot] com]On">mailto:owneratshocker [dot] com]On Behalf
> > Of Ben Deroo
> > Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 1998 4:40 PM
> > To: flasheratshocker [dot] com
> > Subject: FLASH: screen size
> >
> >
> > How the heck can I make my movie fit a browser window ?? What
> > size movie do
> > you all use ?? 550x400 or ??
> > Sorry bout my simple question
> >
> > http://home2.planetinternet.be <http://home2.planetinternet.be>
> > /benderoo
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> > >
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