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I'm interested in creating swf games - little quizzes and so on.
I've just started looking at animations/films and I see that swf is a dominant format for output and that something like 95% of browsers can handle a swf file no problem (is this true?)
So, is there an open-source alternative to Adobe's products for such creation? I'm guessing there are.
But what are the favourites and what problems should I look out for?
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Although Flash is now almost synonymous with web video (thanks to YouTube) it is capable of much more, including script and database interaction, and while I wouldn't comment on the 95% figure I would say it is pretty safe to assume that anyone visiting a site that offers games is very likely to have it installed.
For animations or "little quizzes" I can't see why you would want video - these things (and
much else) can be done in version 5 or 6 of Flash, and you might be able to pick up a cheap copy if the high price of the current version is discouraging you.
For example: what would you use to create a ten-question quiz (10 questions randomly drawn from a database) with 3 multiple choice options and that gives you a score at the end? Is making something like that pretty simple?
Making a Flash "front end" would also be fairly simple if that is what you want, and has the
advantage of processing everything without reloading the page. But the whole thing could easily be done without multimedia, and this question really has nothing to do with video.