jp182, if you really want to get flash down here’s a few tips on how I did.
#1: Start with design (you can have all the action script in the world but if your site looks like ****, it wont matter.) Just start making some really cool layouts in flash, use different color combinations to get a feel for all kinds of colors that way you know what goes best with what and so on.
#2: Compression, there are actually people out there still with 56k modems and don’t want wait around forever for a 1mb swf to load so compress as much as possible and point your site more towards 56k than cable or dsl connections.
#3: Alot of people don’t know this but for text make sure you text is on an even number on the X: and Y:. For instance if you have text that’s placed on X: 105.7 and Y: 50.3 make it X: 105 and Y:50 and it’ll look remarkably clearer.
Just start with the basics and work your way to straight coding which is so unbelieveably hard (atleast I think) but if you can learn how to hard core action script, your set.