Stories by Dave McFarland

Animation in a Flash

After the initial blush of creating your first Web site wore off, you realized that the picture of your cat on the sofa didn't make a compelling presentation. You tried the conventional tricks for spicing up a Web page: background images; colored text; and of course, animated GIFs. But now you're ready to give your visitors a more engaging experience. To really bring your Web site to life, nothing beats motion-graphics flying across the screen, scrolling text, and images fading in and out. Though animating an otherwise lifeless Web page may seem daunting, Macromedia Inc.'s Flash 4 can make the job easier with tools that do the most tedious and time-consuming parts for you.