Why would we want an intro?
This is great for sites that want to get down to business as quickly as possible (keep it fast), have strong branding that is easily converted to vector art (keep it lean), and have a small set of resources that are required for the user interface (that is: a clean, minimal style).
But there are better ways to support sites that have a richer design style, large audio resources, or substantial quantities of bitmapped or vectored components.
You may also have clients that have special requirements for an intro. And it may have to tie in with cross media branding. A parallel to this is the "Station ID" used by TV or cable broadcasters. They are usually quick, punchy, let you know who's delivering the great media you are about to view, then they get out of your way.
Building a high quality site intro under these conditions will challenge anyone's Flash MX skills. It will have to start displaying the intro as quickly as possible (not just a loading message), buffer further intro content at appropriate places within the intro before displaying it, and allow viewers that have already seen the intro (or are not interested in it) to skip the intro.
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|Tim is a co-director of the Glasson Murray Group, providing quality graphic design, illustration, 3D visualisation, interactive environments, virtual reality, multimedia and website services.|
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