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Swishmax capabilities
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ronin

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Msg#: 469 posted 4:36 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I want to do something very specific on my website.
Flash seems the obvious tool but flash is way to expensive to invest in just for this (and I won't need it for anything else).

I have searched and searched for some cheaper / free alternative to Flash and the only one I can find is Swish. (What?! Is Flash that complex/clever that no-one in the open source community can figure out how to emulate it?)

So before I go and buy swish max, I need to ask if it can do the following (or is it best used for dancing letter effects)?

I want to have a diagram with several different nodes. When the mouse hovers over one node, I need lines to extend out of the node to other related nodes on the diagram.

I know it sounds simple, but I am relatively unclear on what Swish Max can and can't do. Can it do this? Are there any better / simpler / cheaper tools which can also do this?

Many thanks in advance.

 

bakedjake

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Msg#: 469 posted 4:36 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

What about SVG?

[adobe.com...]
[w3.org...]
[xml.apache.org...]

ronin

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Msg#: 469 posted 4:51 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks bakedjake. I checked out Scalable Vector Graphics - this would be my preferred solution since it's DOM compliant - but w3schools says that:

The major drawback of SVG at the moment is that no browser fully supports SVG... To view SVG files today, you will have to install a plug-in such as the Adobe SVG Viewer.

Which puts me off a little.

Leosghost

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Msg#: 469 posted 10:14 am on Apr 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ive got Flash and Swish max ..just tried what I think you mean to do ( sort of like the node growing straight tentacles to the other nodes? as a result of mouse hover )in Swish max ..worked OK ..

Check out the samples that are on the Swish max site made by users ( particularly the gamers and music clip stuff ..that should give you the best idea of it's capabilities )..

ronin

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Msg#: 469 posted 7:59 pm on Apr 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for that.

I found a book on Swish max in Waterstones on Bond Street this afternoon and flicked through it, but I still couldn't ascertain whether it was exactly the right tool or not.

I'll have a look at the showcase site.

punisa

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Msg#: 469 posted 10:34 am on Mar 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi Ronin,
you can do this with no problem with swishmax. Actually you can do almost anything you would do with Adobe Flash. Yes, Swish will present itself as a great tool for quickly doing simple tasks, but from experience you can do huge complex tasks with it as well. I have personally made article viewers (PHP, mysql connectivity), on-line carts with mailing functions, games and many more. Swishscript is very similar to actionscript, once mastering Swishmax it will be much easier to get a hold on Flash as well.
Good luck

LollyD

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Msg#: 469 posted 3:48 pm on Apr 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I should have read ahead - I have a Swish Max 2 question (apologies for double posting)

I want to use a flash template designed by someone else for our website splash page. Have instructions on how to edit, but need to be able to edit the text and I do not have Flash.

Same story - don't want to buy Flash just to edit the text in a file already designed if something else will do that for me.

Is Swish Max2 what I need to do this? If so, I save at least $550 - woo hoo!

Thanks!
LollyD

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