how many layers in flash is too many ??

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by thevessels, May 2, 2006.

  1. thevessels macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2004
    ok so i got about 25 layers on my current flash project . im still new to this stuff so im quiiite sure what im doing .
    but this is it
    and im having to make a new layer for every little bar i do ..
    and my 1ghz 768 powerbook is sluuuuggin down
    im planning on gettin a g5 imac soon .. will that solve my delima ?
    or am i being totally retarded with this program ..
    help very appreciated !
  2. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
  3. angelneo macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2004
    Flash is actually quite a bloated software and sad to say this, but it runs a lot better on a PC than a Mac with equivalent hardware. 25 layers are still fine. I think more ram helps a lot as well. a G5 imac certainly helps to boosting the speed
  4. Jimong5 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    25 is too many for that. a few tips:

    Modulize. Movie clips and graphics when self contained can be your best friend in cleaning up clutter.

    blank keyframes: Separate tweens cannot share a layer as you may know, but putting in a blank keyframe and then a keyframe a few frames later will pretty much reset the layer and make it recycled (messy but effective).

    Scenes: learn to love these. separate timelines that tie together seamlessly without bogging down your main project.
  5. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Anything more than zero.
  6. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    Burned (I also hate Flash websites)

    But seriously, you should really look in to how to optimize Flash projects using scenes and movie clips.
  7. citi macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA

    You should not need so many layers for this project. At least from what I am seeing. Maybe something is loading in the background that I don't see. (You need to add a preloader) The last comment was right about making it modular. This is a site I did a while back for my music group. I am in the process of updating it but notice that all my information boxes are all individually loaded.

    Start by adding some kind of a preloader. Noone will wait if they don't think anything is happening. Also, (but I know you did not ask)I am not a huge fan of the old people font size. I think it's too big for your site and I am on a 19inch 1280*1024 flat screen. It's is pretty much all I see.
  8. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    Scenes are nothing more than movie clips, as is your main timeline. So six of one, half a dozen of the other. Learning to utilize and communicate between movie clips is like the first building block of learning flash. I personally don't use scenes.
  9. Jimong5 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    I personally hate movie clips for one reason: If you rely too much on them (over say animated graphics and scenes) then in an animated sequence, if you pause the movie the movie clips will keep right on looping (graphics are timeline dependent and you can preview their movement when you use the built in viewer)

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