I create a lot of product tours and simulations using Flash and one thing that has always bugged me is the problems I get when overlaying GIF files.
Imagine I have a screen shot of a web page. When my users view my movie I want it to react like the real thing, with rollover buttons etc.
To get the effect I am looking for I use a full screen image of the whole page and then a second image of the rollover effect. Then, when my users move over the button, the second GIF is displayed.
This all works fine, except for one thing. Flash has a nasty habit of shifting either or both of the GIF files. The result is that the user experience isn’t as crisp as I would like it. It seems that Flash is almost stretching the GIFs for some unknown reason.
All the GIFs are set not to be smoothed, so that can’t be it, but somthing is doing it and it’s driven me nuts for years now.
To see what I mean, take a look at one of my most recent creations at http://www.harlequinsolutions.com/regentinns/ri001/mod3/mod3_req.htm
Work through the first two clicks and then notice that when you rollover “Items” the gif stretches right a little. Then, after you check the second checkbox a little later on, the whole screen stretches up a little. Arrgh!! Maybe you will get different results, but certainly I have checked this on numerous PCs over the years all at different resolutions and it always goes wrong somewhere. It doesn’t matter what I do, it has done it since I started working on this stuff way back in the days of Flash 3. Believe me, in Flash it looks fine, but as soon as it is published it goes wrong - even at 100% quality.
So, in a desparate plea for my sanity, I turn to you all in the hope that:
I am not alone, there are others out there being bewildered by this “feature” of Flash
Someone out there has the answer and knows how to stop this happening
[*]Macromedia is listening and fixes it!
Any help would be good.