Hi - I've been working with Flash on a couple of websites, and I am fairly comfortable with the program. However, it seems like the sites I create all take much longer to load than the average Flash site I visit on the web - I've made all my images as low a resolution as I can get away with, but I was wondering if anyone has any other tips on how to minimize load time? I appreciate your help! - Jennifer
I'm fairly new to flash myself, but one thing I have found in the few sites I have made, is that having different areas load only as needed will reduce or eliminate the initial load time.
If you have a website with 5 'pages' for example, make the stage a loader and only load in the static elements - well it might have dynamic stuff - but I mean those things which stay the same through the entire site. Then when a menu is clicked, load a separate .swf file into the 'content' area, using its own preloader. That way the site comes up right away, and each page only takes a moment or two to load - so if a visitor only goes to 1 or 2 of the content pages, they don't have to wait for the content they don't need to be loaded.
Another element I have seen that speeds things up is dynamic content generation. Instead of storing it in the .swf file, read content in from external files - images, text files, and XML files.
Again, I am fairly new too, so I may be off base, but it may work for you.