The actual approach that we used in our intro for the Western Australian Museum's "Western Australia: Land and People" exhibition involved a mixture of all of the methods we have discussed here. The intro was used as a last resort when resources became too large to be included in our main SWF file.
In the intro we streamed the smallest content first (mainly logos) and animated them in while waiting for the large map image to load. When that was available, the map was animated in, providing the background image for the online virtual exhibition.
Throughout this, we are constantly checking the download progress and as soon as the intro is fully down, we display the "skip intro" button. Clicking on the button doesn't load our main SWF file, but instead jumps to the end of our intro (straight to our unfolding map animation) providing an appropriate segue to the virtual exhibition proper.
For more information about our loader, check out the "Yet Another Flash MX Loader" tutorial elsewhere on this site.
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