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08/31/2006 09:39:34 AM · #26
I clicked on the link and was able to come back and read more posts while it loaded )-; thats a downside.

I really hate the noice, I don't like websites that make noice, or I can't turn off. Makes me leave a site very fast.

I don't care for flash iether, because of the time having to wait for everything. Although it had a nice transistion effect between images. I think the bigest thing were the sound effects..> Blech
08/31/2006 11:29:43 AM · #27
Looks very similar to mine, love those templates.
It can be quite a big job... I don't batch resize my photos, I always tweak them with individual amounts of USM.
The only way for you to be really happy with the thumbnails is to do them yourself... it's an artistic decision as to what part of your photo they're going to show.
The templates can be quite fiddly and aren't always straightforward.
Edit: You MUST compress your photos. The template is not meant to take this long to load.

Message edited by author 2006-08-31 11:30:13.
08/31/2006 03:16:29 PM · #28
Hey, thank you all for the looks.

I had no time to edit the thumbs, so there's where I messed up but I'm stunned how poor the guys crop choices were. My fault for trusting him....right?

The sounds are a horror show and I'm praying that they can be shut down. What crapola. It'll cost me an arm and a leg to play with the template much more...it is what it is but if anyone knows of something more flexible in Flash or plain old HTML, that's easy to tweak I'm all ears. Please advise...

As for the loading, it takes me only 10 seconds and faster for everyone I showed the site to, outside of DPCers. So I assume dial-ups are a little problem but luckily most people that I will be doing business with will have fast connections. I'm not trying to canvas the planet for views but I needed this site to show people who inquire directly.

My Web Site

Message edited by author 2006-08-31 15:18:28.
08/31/2006 04:07:39 PM · #29
My thoughts...

Without knowing the method required to insert the photos it is hard to guage. I did not find the thumbnails to be poor. I thought it was fairly stylish.

That said, it looks like the site is optimized for 640x pixels as it's smaller than 800 pixels wide. IMHO, this is a major no-no for a photographic site. Very few people browse at 640x. In fact, it's not even a resolution generally supported by Microsoft since XP. I wouldn't even recommend 800x640 anymore. Not for a media based site. If I recall correctly something like 70% of users are now at 1024x768. But at least make it 800 wide.

So how much did you pay for the template and where'd you get it? Did they give you the .FLA files or just the .SWF files?

Message edited by author 2006-08-31 16:08:43.
08/31/2006 04:41:04 PM · #30

If I am correct, you do not want to adjust the Flash template - you just want to re-create the thumbs... this is a very easy and quick fix. Personally I wouldn’t suggest you pay more that $10 for such a thing.

However, I would agree with others that the flash could use some tweaks as well. The comment about compartmentalizing the .SWFs could be useful for slow connections (although personally I am willing to wait any length of time for an initial load if I never have to wait between clicks). Also, turning off the sound would probably be a good idea. At least have someone add a Flash button that will de-activate all sounds.

Some superb images – I enjoyed them!

08/31/2006 06:10:45 PM · #31
I'm on a 1Mb link, and it loads way too slow.
The point is that you will be able to compress the photos so that nobody can tell the difference, and significantly cut the loading time down.
I personally think that your thumbs are fine, like I said it's a personal and artistic decision how to crop them.
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