Posts Tagged ‘Max4’

New Component: Barcode_QR

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Over a year ago we published an article about a Barcode_128 bar code generator component. In response to that article, some users requested a QR code generator component. QR Code (Quick Response Code) is a popular two dimensional matrix bar code that was invented by Denso in 1994. It has since become an ISO/IEC standard.

QR Code readers are freely available for iPhone, Android and other smart devices. Using a reader to read a QR Code allows information to be easily entered into the smart device without the tedium of having to use a small cramped keyboard. The information could include website URL, phone number, physical address, order, part number or contact information.

The QR code below contains the text: “”

Most QR readers recognize a website name and offer to open a browser window that refers to the site. If you have a mobile device with a QR code reader installed (eg. ZXing) you should be able to scan the image and then optionally browse the website.

QR Codes are a convenient way to publicize your website or business to mobile devices through conventional media: Posters, billboards, stickers, T-Shirts or other merchandising goods.

A QR code in a shop window is a great way for people to obtain information about your business from its mobile website if they arrive after normal business hours.

QR Codes are also a convenient way to allow the transfer the URL of a mobile specific website from a desktop computer into a mobile device.

The QR component described by this article allows users to create their own QR Codes.


New Game: Memory

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

This game will test and improve your memory. Tiles are animated in a random sequene. Once the sequence is complete, the player attempts to re-create the sequence. Points are scored for each tile that is selected in the correct sequence. If the sequence is remembered correctly, the next sequence is made longer. If the sequence is incorrect, the next sequence is made shorter.

The game runs over 10 “sequence frames”. This means a maximum possible score of 55.


Tutorial: Authoring Custom Effects

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Many users may not be aware that it is possible to use SWiSH Max4 to author custom effects such as the one shown below. A custom effect can be based on any of the ten core effects. Custom effects use a Custom interface to offer a specialized user interface that is easier to use than the underlying core effect interface tabs.

The Custom interface for the “Rainbow bulge” effect is shown below. This exposes five parameters instead of the 30+ parameters associated with the underlying Transform effect.

An authored effect can  support up to nine Custom parameters. If more control is needed, the original parameters associated with the core effect can be presented in additional tabs.

The sample effect, “Rainbow bulge”, has five custom parameters. In this example, the parameters associated with the core effect (Transform) have been hidden from the end user.

The remainder of this article demonstrates how the above effect was authored. Once understood, the technique can be applied to allow authoring of a virtually unlimited number of custom effects. (more…)

New Component: Map_Europe

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Our Polish friends have created a component map of the European Union in their blog. This map was based on the Map_USA component. They have kindly given us permission to re-publish their work and include their component in future releases of SWiSH Max4.


Tutorial: Radio Buttons

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Radio buttons, along with Check boxes and Combo controls are some of the most familiar interfaces on the web. Every component enabled version of SWiSH Max and SWiSH miniMax (versions 2, 3 and 4), come with a radio button component: Buttons | Radiobutton | Radiobutton. Knowing how to use this component could save you a considerable amount of time when creating your movie.


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.