May 14th, 2012
About a month ago I went on a rant about so many PFRE readers using Flash, Java etc that can’t be seen on mobile devices and Terry Iverson rightly accused me of not eating my own dog food, since my site still used Flash based 360s and slideshows. Who me? Okay, okay, so I’ve got my website fixed now.
Here’s what I did to get the site into the 21st century where you can’t depend on your viewers having Flash installed:
- My exterior and interior slide shows: I use to use a very old version of Monoslideshow that uses Flash. I decided to replace it with SlideshowPro (the hosted version). This is a good solution if you are doing your own slide shows or portfolio on a site that you’ve build yourself or if you have a tour format that you’ve created yourself and supply to your clients. This hosted version costs $49/year for unlimited number of slide shows and you can mix video and stills, add audio etc.
So now iPad visitors can see my site and if you are a masochist you can even visit it on a iPhone. I’m still seeing two or three sites and/or tours a week that use Flash or Java. Not having your site visible to mobile devices is one thing, but selling a Flash or Java based tour product to agents is at this point in history pretty irresponsible.