Flash – it’s still around and there are still questions

As a Flash designer, it’s amazing how many times I’m asked “does anyone eve use Flash anymore?” Most people are surprised to see how much it really is still used. Try disabling your Flash Player plugin then visit some of your favorite sites and you’ll see how much it’s still used.

It’s not utilized much, if at all, for full sites because of compatibility issues, load times and SEO, to just name a few reasons. However, it is still being utilized quite frequently for portions of sites including advertisements, photo galleries, banners, etc.
With the use of it continuing, I thought I’d shard the top two questions I’m asked about Flash. Enjoy!

Flash and AS3 FAQ’s

Q: _self and/or _parent not working in AS3 when trying to make a link open in the same window
A: In the HTML used to embed the SWF, you have to include <param name=”allowScriptAccess” value=”always”>

Q: I’m trying to get an alpha fade on a mask layer to make my maksed layer appear to fade in/out but it’s not working!
A: You can’t use alpha fades on mask layers, they won’t be recognized. You have to apply the alpha fade to the layer you are masking, then, if necessary, apply any shape changes using a mask.