Creating Flash Files for Free

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Flash isn’t just a super hero. It’s also a program that helps you create rich media experiences, while having small output file sizes.

Since its introduction in 1996, Flash technology has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages; several software products, systems, and devices are able to create or display Flash. Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, various web-page components, to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications.

Adobe Flash Player (formerly known as Macromedia Flash Player) is probably the most widely recognized Flash program. It’s an excellent program, for sure. However, you’re going to pay quite a chunk of money for it.

There is also a lesser-known… but in my opinion, better… program called Swish. Now with support for components, a content library and assets, a new effects browser, in place text editing, video/image/sound effects as well as an improved interface, script editor, drawing tools and internal player. The drawback, of course, is that it costs around $150.00.

Why pay this much for a program to create simple Flash files? If you’re an average user, or need to create simple things, why not use a completely free program? Enter Powerbullet Presenter. Powerbullet Presenter is a small, simple and free program for creating presentations in the Flash format. You don’t need any experience to create slick animated presentations by simply typing, clicking and dragging. Most commonly-used operations are available with a button click or two, and there are handy keyboard shortcuts for most operations. For instance, using the up and down arrow keys – in conjunction with the Control and Shift key – dynamically increases or decreases the font size, giving you instant feedback.

Why pay hundreds of dollars for a program when you can get an excellent alternative for free? Check out the Powerbullet Presenter before you create your next Flash project.

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42 thoughts on “Creating Flash Files for Free”

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  2. Tell all the advertisers online about this.. Flash has become a complete annoyance on the web. It’s the modern day animated gif. Also, with Chris being a Mac user I am surprised he doesn’t hate it yet. Adobe hasn’t done a great job of optimizing flash on the Mac. It’s bad enough on Windows when you open a page that has 20+ flash ads, let alone on a Mac. I use flashblock in Firefox and can’t live without it. Even on my new vista computer, enough flash ads can take up 20% or more of your processor cycles.. no thanks, now with flashblock I specifically allow only the flash I need to see.

  3. I appreciate that it’s free, but if the examples on their site are anything to go by, I won’t be recommending this to anyone – it looks VERY dated and clunky, creating amateur “presentations”.

    People need to realise that a website is not a TV channel (unless it IS a TV channel!) and we don’t need everything to be animated to get a point across. Far more impact can be achieved with statically presented content provided through a dynamic database-driven site.

    Beautiful graphic design is just that, and it doesn’t need gimmicks.

  4. Do not use ANY Powerbullet software. It contains Malware that overrides your machine from outside sources.

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