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Flash User Experience Best Practices

with Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Video: Welcome

Offers solutions to common user experience issues that Flash designers and developers face every day.
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  1. 30s
    1. Welcome
  2. 38m 26s
    1. Why user experience is important
      10m 23s
    2. How Flash applications differ from HTML
      13m 36s
    3. Examples of problematic Flash user experiences
      7m 27s
    4. Examples of effective Flash user experiences
      7m 0s
  3. 22m 16s
    1. Using wireframes and screenflows
      11m 4s
    2. Standard UI widgets vs. Flash UI widgets
      7m 9s
    3. User-testing essentials
      4m 3s
  4. 43m 39s
    1. When to instruct users to update their Flash Players
      6m 32s
    2. Implementing the Flash 8 detection scripts
      8m 6s
    3. Choosing appropriate and effective alternate content
      9m 39s
    4. Using Flash Player Express Install to handle upgrades
      11m 38s
    5. Using Express Install events to your advantage
      7m 44s
  5. 26m 28s
    1. User feedback
      8m 32s
    2. Setting focus to the first input control
      4m 45s
    3. Storing reusable user information with Shared Objects
      6m 50s
    4. Setting the tab index
      6m 21s
  6. 38m 21s
    1. Generating browser history using a hidden frame
      6m 28s
    2. Updating the history from within Flash
      4m 20s
    3. Forcing compatibility across browsers
      4m 1s
    4. Handling back/forward button updates
      9m 34s
    5. Why creating unique URLs is important
      8m 16s
    6. Using Shared Objects to manage states
      5m 42s
  7. 24m 10s
    1. Fitt's Law of Human Psychomotor Behavior
      5m 19s
    2. Applying Godin's ''Banana'' Principle to guide users
      7m 28s
    3. Using clear naming conventions and using copy as interface design
      5m 35s
    4. Advice on skinning widgets for usability
      5m 48s
  8. 14m 3s
    1. Explanation: Users don't read; they scan
      7m 27s
    2. Separating controls and content
      6m 36s
  9. 10m 56s
    1. Single-screen reservation and shopping cart systems
      5m 34s
    2. Using UI widgets to improve context continuity
      5m 22s
  10. 19m 48s
    1. Removing unnecessary design elements
      5m 34s
    2. Justifying what's left
      8m 29s
    3. 37signals: Designing half of an application
      5m 45s
  11. 14m 26s
    1. Flash video vs. Real, QuickTime and others
      6m 16s
    2. The Flash 8 Video Import Wizard
      8m 10s
  12. 6m 18s
    1. Essential resources
      5m 54s
    2. Goodbye

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Flash User Experience Best Practices
Video Duration: 0s 4h 19m Intermediate


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Flash User Experience Best Practices offers solutions to common user experience issues that Flash designers and developers face every day. Topics shown include: making the browser Back button work with the Flash Player, handling state management, implementing effective Flash detection with useful alternate content, improving "scanability" and workflow in your applications, and helping users maintain context while working with your applications. Throughout the training videos, Robert Hoekman, Jr., shows you real-world examples and demonstrates techniques for improving the experiences you create. Exercise files accompany the training videos, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.

Please note that while this training title is relevant regardless of which version of Flash you are using, if you wish to follow along with the exercise files, you will need Flash 8 to open the files.

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>> Hi. Welcome to Flash User Experience Best Practices. I'm Robert Hoekman, Jr. and in this course we're gonna talk about some fundamental issues such as why user experience is important and how to implement some good user experience practices in your Flash content and applications. We're gonna talk about things like how to design effective forms, how to strip out some unnecessary design elements and generally focus your applications in content and how to use Flash detection properly. I hope you enjoy the course. I'll see you at the end.

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