May 23, 2012

Visual Harmony is Ocala’s Premier HTML5 Animation Provider

Filed under: Flash,Ocala,Usability,Web Development,Website Design — Jack @ 1:25 pm

Thanks to HTML5, Flash is on its way out.  Although we are veteran Flash developers here at Visual Harmony, we are excited to be dropping our Flash development services in favor of HTML5 animation!  It has a lot of benefits over using Flash.

Here are some of the reasons its becoming more popular to use HTML5 for animation:

  • HTML5 is universally supported. With the exception of some archaic browsers and devices, HTML5 works practically the same on each and every machine, whether computer, phone, tablet, or microchip implant.  Just joking on that last one.
  • Adobe will no longer be updating Flash for mobile devices.  Apparently, Apple’s refusal to support Flash on their iOS devices was the beginning of the end for mobile Flash.  You can read more about this here.
  • In my opinion, Flash has always had a bloated feel to it.  It lacked the clean and cozy feel of other Adobe programs and the development environment was always a royal pain to work with.  HTML5 gets back to the spirit of the web, which is all about optimization.  By removing the proprietary overhead, the resulting source code can be much cleaner and the future of web animation is rescued from Adobe’s monopolistic claws.
  • Flash often causes your pages to fail HTML validation.  The most common way of adding flash relies on the embed tag.  The only problem is that the <embed> tag was deprecated in both the HTML4 and XHTML1 specs, which were used prior to HTML5.  Oddly, it seems that the <embed> tag has been reworked and is back in HTML5.  But that’s no reason to go back to Flash!
  • HTML5 has no accessibility drawbacks.  Flash made it harder for search engines to figure out what your pages were about.  This was eventually addressed and partially corrected by Adobe, but in HTML5 you can just add alt properties to your elements and be done with it.

Although Flash was a dear friend for many years, we are happy to finally be parting ways.  Stay tuned for our next few posts, which will showcase original examples of what can be done with HTML5!

July 22, 2010

Freshly Redesigned Site for Benefit Advisors, Inc.

Filed under: Business,Ocala,Web Development,Website Design — Jack @ 6:09 am

We are proud to announce the launch of the newly redesigned benefit-advisors.com.

If you are looking for Florida employee health insurance or other team benefit solutions, they’re the ones to call.  Not only do they know their stuff, they’re a pleasure to work with.  Many thanks to Michelle, Ray, Donna, Neal and the rest of the team!

October 22, 2009

BFE Mural

Filed under: Fine Art,Ocala — Tags: — Jack @ 2:54 pm

I’m working on a mural at B.F.E (Booze, Food & Entertainment), a new restaurant/bar that is opening up in Downtown Ocala. It’s one of three 10′ x 10′ murals that will be displayed inside the establishment.

I’ve decided to upload photos to show the progress after each day. Hope you like!

UPDATE: 7/28/10 – So I forgot to take pictures some of the the days, but the picture of the completed mural has now been added.

BFE Mural - End of Day 1

BFE Mural - End of Day 1

BFE Mural - End of Day 2

BFE Mural - End of Day 2

End of Day 4

End of Day 4

Day 5

Day 5

Day 6

Day 6

Day 7

Day 7

Day 8

Day 8

The mural is complete. Estimated time: 36 hours

The mural is complete. Estimated time: 36 hours (Photo credit: Andy Stracuzzi)