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Using Flash to build online application demos?


I've scanned through a book on Flash which only presents how to build cartoon-like Flash animations, and started looking through web sites, but since I don't know anything about Flash and MacroMedia has so many products on their site, I figured I would ask here.

I need to write an online manual for our softwares, and would like to add Flash animations to show users how to accomplish such and such tasks, just like RedHat did on their site here:

Did they build the animation from scratch, or does MacroMedia sell a tool that can just record and smooth out (mouse movements) operations when recording a demo?

Finally, and since we're at it, what's the difference between Flash and Shockwave? Macromedia sells both, but they seem to do the same thing.


Frederic Faure
Monday, November 4, 2002

CityDesk has also a very good flash demo. May be Joel can tell us which tool did he use to create it ?

Monday, November 4, 2002

Take a look at Viewlet builder:

Ged Byrne
Monday, November 4, 2002

Thanks. I know about Viewlet, but since everyone seems to be using Flash these days, I was curious to know a bit more.

Frederic Faure
Monday, November 4, 2002

Their new version generates Flash. I've downloaded the demo, and I'm _really_ impressed.

Leonardo Herrera
Monday, November 4, 2002

The new Camtasia Studio will record screen activity and output to Flash format.  Plus it gives you numerous ways to edit your video once you record it, e.g., add text callouts, edit audio, etc.

I don't have it yet, but I'm going to get it.

Herbert Sitz
Monday, November 4, 2002

Robodemo is another app. that you can try.

Carl Sagan
Tuesday, November 5, 2002

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