Macromedia Shockwave Flash (SWF) Authoring Tools
Top Picks: Flash Authoring Tools
Flash has become the Web standard for compact, vector-based animation and interactive Web design. Software for creating Flash-based content ranges from simple text animation and special effects tools to powerful, full-featured development environments.
Product Summary: Macromedia Flash (Win/Mac)
Macromedia Flash is the market leader for creating interactive Shockwave Flash Web sites and compact vector-based Web graphics and animation. Reviewer Tim Skyrme summarizes the highlights in this new version.
Product Summary: Swift 3D (Win/Mac)
Swift 3D is a standalone tool for Windows and Macintosh that allows you to create fast-loading, vector-based 3D animation for the Web. Exports to SWF format for use in Macromedia Flash.
Insane Tools Flash Animator (Win)
Featured Software - Easily create Flash animations and games. Includes vector painting, full interactivity, sprite dynamics, action scripting, and 3D animation. Shareware - $29.95 US.
Featured Download - Creates Web animations that can be exported as Shockwave Flash movies or frames for animated GIFs. Imports bitmaps, vector clip art, and audio. $29.95 US.
SWiSH 2.0 is an affordable full-featured animation tool for creating special effects and motion graphics for the Web.
Wildform SWfx (Win/Mac)
Featured Download - A text effects animation tool with 300 effects that work with any TrueType or Adobe Type Manager fonts. $29 US.
Corel R.A.V.E 10 (Win/Mac)
Corel R.A.V.E, which stands for Real Animated Vector Effects, is part of the CorelDRAW 10 Graphics Suite and uses the same familiar toolbox as CorelDRAW. R.A.V.E can export to SWF (Shockwave Flash), AVI, MOV (QuickTime), and Animated GIF formats.
"Create animated Flash banners, Flash intros, Flash animations and text effects for your website - fast and easy." Shareware - US$27.
Crazy Ivan Productions
Offers several low-cost Flash authoring tools: Boomer, Flash Image Builder, and Gif2Swf.
Create real-time text effects and tweak them with sliders and buttons. Export effects to SWF format for use in Flash or placing directly onto your Web site. $40 US. Shareware demo available.
Linx Flash Editor (Win)
Lets you drag and drop files onto a timeline to create Flash files without knowing Flash. Import, edit, manipulate and combine virtually any type of Flash SWF file, from simple images, to complex animations, audio and video.
Lost Marble Moho (Win/BeOS)
Moho is a 2D vector-based cartoon animation application that exports to QuickTime, AVI, and Flash formats. Shareware $99 US.
Quick JPG2SWF (Win)
Converts .jpg files to .swf Flash image files. Postcard-ware.
Wildform Flix Pro (Win/Mac)
A tool for encoding video to Flash (SWF) format. Outputs all types of Flash video and can convert standard video into Flix's highly optimized and scalable vector video.