Archive for the ‘tutorials’ Category

Tutorial: Creating a Flag

Friday, March 16th, 2012

We have had a few requests recently asking how to create a flag. There is currently a USA flag provided with our components (see Shapes | 2D | Artwork | Flag_USA). However if you want to create a flag for a different country, this tutorial will guide you through the steps.


Tutorial: Import .svg

Monday, March 12th, 2012

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), a W3C standard, is a XML file format that defines two dimensional vector graphics. Wikipedia and Wikimedia commons contain a vast amount of images, much of which is available in SVG format without copyright restrictions. For example, this map of the USA. Although SWiSH Max cannot import this format directly, a free application, Inkscape, can be used to open these images and re-export as .emf files which Max can import.


Tutorial:Using iframes

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Frames allow a browser window to be split into multiple segments. This can be used to place a Flash banner above, below, to the left, right or over your main html website. This tutorial discusses how.

Frames are an html object so you will need to have a basic knowledge of html coding. If you don’t understand html, there are many resources on the internet. See the Resources heading later in this blog post for some suggested reading.

Click on the image to the left to view the example webpage which is based on the main webpage.

Note that the clock can be dragged over the original webpage which is a mixture of Flash and html.

The example uses iframe tags, absolute positioning and Flash’s transparent wmode.


Tutorial: Text effects with masking

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Masking allows an object to define the outline of a movie clip. This can be used to create truly hypnotic effects!  This tutorial will explain how to create the Hypnotic effect with SWiSH Max4 and provides suggestions for possible modifications that will allow you to design your own effects.


Tutorial: Paypal with Max

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

With some scripting, it is possible to add a PayPal checkout to your Flash website using the Flash LoadVars object.

Although briefly documented in our help files, a detailed description of the LoadVars class can be found at the Adobe website or in the Flash AS2 language reference pdf document which can be downloaded from here. (more…)

Tutorial: Using the checkbox component

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The CheckBox component can save a significant amount of development time if this type of control is required on your webpage. The control is extremely useful to provide options that allow layers or detail to be optionally added or omitted from your movie.