Whenever the term “flash” is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is animation. If you want it more accurately, it’s actually about moving graphics which is far more superior compared to simple animation. In order for people to see flash on WebPages, their browsers need to have plugins.
According to a report published by Macromedia, maker of flash, which was published in 2000, there are about 85% of internet users who are already using the Flash 4 plugin. On the other hand, Flash 5 plug-in has about 35% and 95% of all internet users already have Flash working on their systems. Using the 1999 estimate of internet users and the number of people is found at 320 million people!
One of the biggest advantages of using Flash in websites is that it helps insulate platform differences so you won’t have to worry about the limitations of HTML. Now, Flash is no longer just about simple animation, it can do much more. Now you can use any typeface of sensible size, put it on any part of the screen, in any color. You can put it at an angle, make it jump around, and even hyper link it!
Remember however, Flash is not yet indexed by search engines, so it cannot totally replace HTML. If you want your site indexed, you can set a meta tag in the page’s “HEAD”. Also, if you want your site to be bookmarkable, set different movies to different pages – you can’t bookmark inside the movie, just the page that hosts it.