1) Fuse Kit
For movieClip tweening I’ve been using the Zigo Tween engine until I saw Moses Gunesch at the Flash Forward conference in Austin showing off this amazing set of classes. Fuse is built upon the Zigo engine and expands the MovieClip tweening for any property such as brightness, brightOffset, invertColor, tint and tintPercent. You can tween filters, alphas, bitmaps – anything. Force yourself to use it once and you will never go back.
2) SWFObject & SWF Object Add-ons
It’s also the best way to solve the IE Flash box / click issue.
3) ActionScript Editor: SE|PY
If you do any kind of ActionScript coding, you’ve probably realized the Flash ActionScript window doesn’t cut it. I recommend SE|PY, a free ActionScript editor for Macromedia Flash files. Grab the Latest experimental release SEPY 126.96.36.199.
4) 3 Firefox Extentions
- Flash Switcher – quickly change the browser’s Flash Player from 2 to 9 – great for testing.
- Flash Tracer – view your flash trace calls right in the browser
- SoThink SWF Catcher – Easily grab any embedded SWF file for saving.
5) “ActionScript Animation” book by Keith Peters
In this book Keith Peters guides through some basic animation theory and then demystifies the math and physics behind creating realistic animation, looking at trigonometry, velocity and acceleration, and bouncing & friction.
This book first covers everything you need to know to get started: the principles of animation, and the basics of ActionScript, trigonometry, and Flash rendering methods.
Best book on Flash period. AS 3.0 version coming soon.
SlideShowPro is a component for Macromedia Flash MX 2004 and Flash 8 that helps you display pictures on your web site. With over 60 customizable options, SlideShowPro works how you want it to, and can easily be styled and resized to match your existing site design — all with a simple point and click user interface.
Chances are you’ve seen SSP in action and probably you have and didn’t know it. Fully customizable and super smooth right out of the box (err, Components Panel). Totally worth the $20 – thanks Todd.
If you know of any other items that are crucial to your Flash development projects, please let me know or comment below.