From the glimpse, it seems like not much has changed. But then it caught my eyes, the main menu now is Flash-based. What caught my attention is the flash newsbit is in slight different interface with numbers/index at the bottom middle, this is handy as it can give indication of how many story is in the preview.
However, this Flash menu brought me concern; What if someone do not have Flash installed? That's the primary question that all web developers should be asking themselves, and whether there is a contigency plan if the site visitor insisting not to install Flash?
Anyhow, I think it is a very subtle makeover, nothing extreme though.
I guess, there will be one day (soon) that Xtra will drop the MSN part as it seems Telecom is "dumping" partnership with Microsoft...
(I wonder whether Microsoft will partner with Vodafone or TelstraClear? Hmmmm?)
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Comment by blahbmc, on 2-Oct-2006 10:16
The Xtra web site has required Flash to view the preview news items for a long time now anyway. If your PC doesn't have flash installed now, there is a heck of a lot of the internet that you are missing out on!!
Comment by freitasm, on 2-Oct-2006 10:42
Not necessarily missing but probably disconnected for a long time.
Most flash sites are really bad in terms of navigation and usability in general. I generally click the "Low bandwidth" version of a site when it exists - plain good old HTML.
Have you tried using HTML only on a fast broadband connection? Is so much better that anything with flash...
Comment by blahbmc, on 2-Oct-2006 11:04
Yeah you're right, most flash sites are fairly poorly put together. A really nice flash site is a good thing though.
I agree, viewing a site using HTML on a fast broadband connection is a lot better!
Comment by Damian, on 2-Oct-2006 14:15
Comment by bradstewart, on 2-Oct-2006 15:00
The site has actually changed a lot. I don't like it. And its broken in IE7. See the picture...
Comment by Bob, on 2-Oct-2006 16:19
I hate the flash menu. It was my main motivation in no longer using xtra.co.nz as my homepage when they first changed over. As I can't get Broadband in my area the menu can be slow, but is usually has connection problems and doesn't load at all. I used to like the text layout, much like my new homepage stuff.co.nz has.
But whatever, it's their site...
Comment by Aaron, on 2-Oct-2006 20:13
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