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Flare SWFlets 3 in 1

Type of Program: Flash generator
Supported Platforms: Win 95/98/2000/ME
Company Name: Imedia builders
Version: 1.0
Price: $39
Installed Size: 2.95mb

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Everything to do with website design is getting easier and easier these days and cheaper. Let me tell you now this is three programs bundled together and reduced from total separate combined price of $87 to $39 and trust me after you have read this you will want to buy it.

SWFlets are mini Flash movies and before you shudder at the mention of Flash and how you need to be a super talented designer to be able to use it, you don't need to know a thing about Flash to use this program. If you can read you can use it.

The bundle comprises of three units Animation, Banner and Text.

Animation allows you to select a single image or a number of images and apply various effects to them in a sequence. Effects include timing, scale, opacity, rotation and path. Each effect is adjustable and with imaginative use of the adjustments you can produce some pretty cool effects. You can of course add hyperlinks. Movie size,background and frame rate are also adjustable. You can also preview you work as you progress with the built in previewer. Banners lets you create, what else, banners. Up to 5 different scenes with 9 supplied transition effects and 14 supplied text effects and again the rest is up to your imagination. All the fonts installed on your machine are available and you can even adjust the opacity of the text colour. You can of course add hyperlinks. Movie size background and frame rate are also adjustable as is the Path of the text effects. You can also preview your work as you progress with the built in previewer.

Banners lets you create, what else, banners. Up to 5 different scenes with 9 supplied transition effects and 14 supplied text effects and again the rest is up to your imagination. All the fonts installed on your machine are available and you can even adjust the opacity of the text colour. You can of course add hyperlinks. Movie size background and frame rate are also adjustable as is the Path of the text effects. You can also preview your work as you progress with the built in previewer.

Text is a slightly more feature rich unit which again allows you to adjust the movie size and frame rate. All the fonts installed on your machine are available and you can even adjust the opacity of the text colour. Supplied with 13 text effects plus adjustable timing, scale, opacity, rotation and path and a "Special" tab which lets you break up your text either into individual letters or lines depending on whether you have one or more lines. You can also preview your work as you progress with the built in previewer.

Within each unit there are help buttons on the relative sections. Publishing your finished movie couldn't be easier. There are three choices Macromedia Flash (.swf), Macromedia Flash (.swf) plus html and Macromedia Flash(.swf) with.cpao which is Cool Page (reviewed here http://www.sharewarejunkies.com/02zwd1/coolpage.htm).

Once you have imported to Cool Page you can drag and drop the movie onto your page without having to write a single piece of code and once there you can resize it and move it about with pixel precision. There are also options to protect the movie from leechers, have it loop or not and a menu.

For ease of use, results attainable and exceptional value for money I award this 5 stars

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie


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