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Flash without Macromedia

Ming or JGenerator could help you make Flash files without using Macromedia products.

If you want to make Flash files, and does not mind reading documentation and some coding, and likes open source and free stuff, the following might be for you.

Ming is a c library for generating SWF ("Flash") format movies, plus a set of wrappers for using the library from c++ and popular scripting languages like PHP, Python, and Ruby.

The JGenerator is a web server production application that can dynamically combine text, graphics, and sound to build rich Flash content. . Warning - it is Java based.

I have a fairly insane gut feeling that Flash - now with improved action script starting with MX - might just become next cross platform UI medium. Like what Java applets promised to be.

Laurie Mueller has a nice Flash app for showing of the RSS feed. She says "Ask me nicely and I might send you the .fla file so you can modify it for your own use!". Ok, I did that and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed :-)

Note: I’ve zero experience with Flash, absolutely no idea what the scripting looks like or the SWF format. And I hate moving things on a web page :-( I guess that makes me the ideal candidate for trying out this technology!