Digital Anarchy Releases The Flash Toolbox for Flash MX and Flash 5.0
Nine Flash Components Create a Range of Special Effects from Particle Systems to Scroll Bars
San Francisco, CA – March 26, 2002
Digital Anarchy released The Flash Toolbox, a collection of Components for Macromedia Flash MX and Flash 5. Components add functionality to Flash, enabling the user to do things that werent possible before or were much more difficult.
The Flash Toolbox contains nine Components, all of which have an easy to use custom UI and support the Flash 5 player. This means you can create content with Flash 5 or Flash MX and be confident that viewers with the Flash 5 player will see the content as you meant it to be seen. They work across browsers and across platforms as well.
The Flash Toolbox covers a wide range of functionality. From bar charts and special effects to navigation elements like scroll bars and a tree directory navigator. The Components allow beginners and intermediate users to quickly create sophisticated interface elements and effects, while allowing expert users to customize the Components with more advanced controls and access to XML.
Use a Particle System.
Particle systems are something that you frequently see on high-end video and film workstations. Theyre used for all sorts of effects. From snow and rain to explosions and fairy dust to making crowds of people. A particle system takes an element (a sphere, rain drop, animated bird, text, or anything) and then replicates that element many times and automatically animates the elements using physical properties like velocity and gravity.
The particle system within the Flash Toolbox allows you to do these types of effects quickly and easily. You can use any movie symbol as a particle. This enables you to make complex animations without keyframes or multiple layers.
A separate Old Movie effect creates the illusion of an old film with dust and scratches. It can be used to generate design elements as well.
Bar Charts and Pie Charts.
A common use of Flash is to generate dynamic, animating charts. The Flash Toolbox gives you two types of charts: Bar and Pie. Both can be generated dynamically by using XML or animated with the built in controls. The custom interface for setting up both the creation and animation of the charts makes it very easy to create sophisticated charts in very little time.
The Bar Chart also offers users the ability to use their own graphics. Any type of movie clip can be used as a graphic. This opens up some very interesting possibilities when using animated movie clips or interactive movies. Interactive clips can launch URLs, animations, or even other charts.
Navigation & Interface Elements.
The Components in the Navigation section give you an easy, but powerful way of creating interfaces. All the Components are compatible with the Flash 5 player, so any scroll bars, menu bars or whatever will work on almost all the machines out there. No need to worry about compatibility.
The File Menu Component allows you to create sophisticated menus like those used in most applications. Menus can be hierarchical and modified in numerous ways including colors, font type, and font size. It relies on XML to produce the menus and menu options, so some understanding of XML necessary.
The Tree Nav Component allows you to create a directory-style navigation system much like that used in Microsoft Windows Explorer. You can use the default icons for folders and files or create and use your own. This makes for a very easy way of browsing through a site or directory. The Tree Nav relies on XML as well. However, there are plenty of samples and examples on how to set up the XML for both the File Menu and Tree Nav.
The Navigation Controls are rounded out by a Scroll Bar Component and the Pop-up Select Box. The Scroller allows you to scroll any text field or other type of object on the stage. It includes proportional scroll bars and the ability to page up and down. Users can easily create scroll bars that work just like they do in Windows or on the Macintosh, with all the same functionality. Just set up a text field and apply the scroll bars.
The Pop-up Select Box Component allows you to create a simple select box with a list of predetermined items in it. An appropriate value is returned when one of the list items is selected. This allows users to add sophisticated interface elements with very little actionscripting and its just as flexible as if it was written from scratch.
Pricing & Availability.
The Flash Toolbox will be available for $99 for a limited time, at which point it will go to its regular list price of $129. The samples, tutorials, and the full manual can be found at www.digitalanarchy.com. Its compatible with both Flash MX and Flash 5. Its available for OS X and below, and Windows 98/2000/XP.
About Digital Anarchy.
Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company operating out of San Francisco, CA. Digital Anarchy is devoted to creating high end and high quality software products for broadcast designers in television and film. The products work in conjunction with a wide range of products from companies like Adobe, Discreet, and Apple.
Digital Anarchy is committed to developing new software to further the creative abilities of broadcast designers and visual effects artists. These products solve a wide range of problems that face designers, from creating text effects and background elements to the addition of lighting effects in 2D compositing applications.
For further information on Digital Anarchy and other products, please see the web site at www.digitalanarchy.com or call 415-621-0991.