decreasing Flash loading time?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by mikepro44, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. mikepro44 macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    Whats the best way to decrease the loading time in a flash? I'm loading in external .swfs but it takes sometime for them to show up, I have preloaders in the .swf and the preloader doesnt come up until its like 60% done...
  2. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    It all depends on the structure of your application. In general, I keep my SWF files very small, and dynamically load ALL assets - fonts, XML, images, etc - as they are needed. This means I may have more "small" preloaders as users request content, but my movies usually have little wait-time to get started.

    Think of flash player like a web browser, a place to organize and layout loaded content. Try not to embed anything that can be loaded later!

    Also, I often will load elements in the background before they are needed while the user is occupied with content.

    I usually use the wonderful Bulkloader class for asset loading.

    As you can guess from my advice above, I also don't use the timeline. Writing your SWF in pure AS3 and animating your sprites via a motion library like tweenlite greatly reduces file size.

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