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Chapter 14. What's New in Flash MX 2004? > 3D, Text Effects, Graphs, Charts, an...

3D, Text Effects, Graphs, Charts, and More…

Flash now supports third-party extensions or add-ins. At press-time, nearly a dozen of these were available, supported by the original developers but sold exclusively through Macromedia's online store. A few examples:

  • Swift 3D Xpress from Electric Rain. Helps you create 3D animation, complete with lighting, materials, specular highlights, shadows, and reflections. If you are familiar with the stand-alone Swift 3D product, you'll feel comfortable using this add-on. And, as with stand-alone Swift 3D, you'll be able to achieve some pleasing effects with a minimum amount of effort.

  • Distort FX, Text FX and Pixel FX from Red Giant Software, and SWiSH Power FX from SWiSHzone.com. Includes text and button effects such as distortion, drop shadows, blurring, and extruding.

  • Swiff Chart from GlobFX. Provides charting and graphing capabilities, including many variations of traditional line and bar graphs, pie charts, as well as more exotic formats such as donuts or combined styles.


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