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General Site design question
on Sep 21, 2007 at 2:38:25 pm

-very new to Flash (coming from vid/compositing FX and desgign).

When it comes to designing a web page, is there a standard rule of thumb / best practices for page dimensions.
Obviously the idea is to make page size compatible to a lowest comon denominator. (Flash default is 550x400, and I've heard others using 800x600). Compositionally, I prefer a wider screen ratio, and my initial thoughts are that as long as I don't exceed that lowest comon denominator then aspect ratio is purely at my disgression.

what does the current wisdom dictate?


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Re: General Site design question
on Sep 22, 2007 at 11:07:18 am

Maybe at your client's discretion - unless you are making the site just for yourself ..?

There's lots of things to take into account if you are new to web design .... coupla sources are Jakob Neilson's site - sample page at
web page design for designers at
and Adobe's Flash usability tips at
There's also fun to be had with and the famous zen garden at ...


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Re: General Site design question
on Sep 23, 2007 at 9:58:34 am

I usually have a .swf file that is 1000 pixels in width and 560 pixels in height.

This takes into account respectively the size of the scrollbar (usually around 24 pixels) and the height of the average IE, FF, Opera toolbars.

However, there are many things you should take into account. Make sure that the most important information is -always- available, even to people working on a lower resolution. This means, positioning your elements so that the important elements are always visible, while the less important information is clipped off.

Another thing that should be taken into account, is that flash can resize your stage for you. So you are not bound to these heights and widths. Take a look at the Stage.scaleMode property and Stage.onResize listener in the flash help files.

Kind regards,

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Chris Lupetti
Re: General Site design question
on Sep 23, 2007 at 10:57:28 am

It really depends on the design you are creating. I would look at Flash pages that you think are great and check the source for the width and height of the.swf size. These days so many people have wide screen monitors. I usually work around 800 to 900 pixels wide.

"Money is the one thing that makes
stupidity legitimate!"
Chris Lupetti 1998

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