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Part V: Appendixes > Other Tools

Other Tools

These tools don’t fall into a single category; they are a collection of tools and utilities to help improve your Flash workflow.

  • Swift-Generator (www.swift-tools.com) is a dynamic content generator. This means that it dynamically replaces texts, fonts, sounds, images, or movie clips in a template or a standard Flash file. It can also change action parameters in frames or buttons. This tool is useful in creating stock exchange values, sport scoring, weather values, news tickers, and such. It’s available for Windows and Linux.

  • Swift-MP3 (www.swift-tools.com) is a free utility that converts MP3 files into Flash files containing pure streaming audio data. You can use this to create your own Flash MP3player. It’s available for Windows only.

  • Swift_Inspector (www.swift-tools.com) is a free utility that enables you to view the content of an SWF file (structure, layout, and so on) and also to extract sounds and images. You can even pull out images and sounds in various formats.

  • Ming (www.opaque.net/ming ) is a free utility used in conjunction with other programming languages (C++, Perl, PHP, and more) to produce SWF files by programming directly in another language. Ming is an output library for generating SWFs. This is for all you programmers out there who want to harness the power in Flash—but only on your own terms. It’s available for Windows and UNIX.

  • ASP Flash Turbine (www.blue-pac.com) enables you to create dynamic content Flash files from Active Server Page scripts. You can include images, streaming sounds, and text media. By using common ASP scripting, any database content or XML can be included on generated Flash movies. Turbine also enables you to update your Flash movies to change information changes with greater ease. It’s available for Windows only, and you can sample it as a trial download.

  • PHP Flash Turbine (www.blue-pac.com) generates template-based dynamic Flash right from your PHP script pages—images, streaming sound, text media, and XML can be included on the generated Flash movies. This program enables you to separate design from content and no longer requires you to update Flash movies by hand. It’s available for Windows or Linux 2.2+, and you can try it as a trial download.

  • Direct Flash Turbine (www.blue-pac.com) is a template-oriented dynamic Flash processor—images, streaming sound, text media, and XML can be included on the generated Flash movies. This software gives you easy media-integration capabilities for projects that demand fast Flash generation that will make an impact. It’s available for Windows and Linux, and it also is available as a trial download.

  • Jugglor (www.flashjester.com) modifies existing projector files by making the projector file full-screen. This, in turn, makes the Escape key the key used to exit the file, and it changes the icon for the file. In the final product, the right-click menu is disabled. Jugglor packages up your file again into an EXE and a DLL. It’s available for Windows only, as a trial download.

  • Each of the JTools (www.flashjester.com) is an executable that finds out what Web page to go to by reading its INI file. Each of the tools—JStart, JAvi, JPrintor, JSave, and JShapor—is sold separately. It’s available for Windows only, and you can sample it as a trial download.

  • Woof (www.flashjester.com) enables you to view Shockwave files in a larger scale and even open Shockwave files in the Flash Shockwave Player. It’s available for Windows only, and as a trial download.


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