I have landed a lucrative contract with a commerical photographer, and am just about to start a HTML/Flash hybrid site.
I have already drawn out a tableset that would hold scalable flash navigation/interface using about a third of the width of the screen, and in the other frame the images would load (pure HTML, driven with a MySQL database)
The guy runs his monitor in 1600x1200, and I would have thought that most of his clients would be using 1024x768.
The thought of the day is... do I go for a 1024x768 design??
If I do, and someone visits in 640x480, or even 800x600 the flash content will be set to scale, so that would be fine, no scroll bars there, but the HTML window would have horizontal and vertical scroll bars on...
What do you think... would it be better to design it to be optimised for 800x600 (aprox 760x420 safe area) as I do most sites... or jump in straight at the deep end and go for my first 1024x768 design and make the most of the images (they are soooo good it would be a shame to make them little!!)
If I went for the 800x600 solution, I thought that you could open a high res one in a java controlled pop-up if you wish to see it bigger... so whats your opinion, go for the high res straight into the interface and put up with scroll bars on some set-ups, or go for smaller quicker loading images that fit in the interface, with a choice of seeing a bigger one in a pop-up??
Only sensible advice/opinions please... I know I'm already breaking all the rules, so don't start telling me I shouldn't be using Flash/frames/anything above 320x200, becuase the client has specifically asked for a Flash solution, and it has been built into the quote!!