|Web Roundups: 7 Free Flash CMS|
A Flash CMS is a good option to deliver projects to your clients when they want to manage and change the content easly, without programming knowledge and avoiding to edit the flash files. Today, we show you the free available options which you should bear in mind before decide to go on Premium Products. Developing your own Flash CMS it requires lot’s of time to research and develop. Therefore, you should try one of the following options which will save you time and money.
The aim of this article is to show you available options that present a full Flash Front End, no matter if the back end is using a PHP or other kind os script / platform. Now lets take a look!
GLU (Currently on Beta)
GLU is a sophisticated, next generation rich media platform, intelligently combining a rich media community, management system and flexible development framework.
In so doing GLU brings together a cross-section of online Communities, Designers, Developers, Content Providers and Commercial Enterprise.
GLU provides the bond and creates the synergies for these audiences to collaborate, create and participate in engaging user experiences. This is achieved through its Rich Media Management System and Flexible Development Framework.
Rich Media Management System
GLU’s Rich Media Management System (“RMMS”) is a web-based administration interface which features:
- MANAGEMENT, capabilities for rich media projects,
- MODERATION, for user generated content,
- MEDIA ENCODING, and publishing in real-time, and
- DELIVERY, of content to end-users.
The GLU have various features which you can check your self, but i would like to remark the following:
- Google Analytics Event Tracking – use your own GA IDs;
- Google Analytics Page View Tracking;
- ActionScript 2.0
- ActionScript 3.0
- Real-time media encoding;
Where to start:
SILEX is an open source RIA which lets you build Flash websites for Flash Player 7, 8 and 9. All multimedia file formats can be assembled in SILEX WYSIWYG editor for publishing website online, in a local computer and on CD-R.
- Intergation with CS3;
- Automatic SEO system;
- Multilingual Contexts Management;
- online editing (RIA) – intuitive WYSIWYG;
- layout system and themes;
- components system;
- automatic deep linking;
- automatic HTML version generated on the fly for search engines;
- Flash ActionScript API;
- rich text player with wiki syntax;
- integration with other open sources applications (such as WordPress);
Requirements for web deployment
- PHP5 Hosting;
Where to start
Secretary (Free for open-source or non-profit projects)
Secretary is an, easy to use easy to set up, content management system. It’s specifically made for flash and comes with some very need tools for flash-developers. The front-end gives the user a unique and smooth experience and makes the administration very inviting. However, an integration between Secretary and other open source applications might be painfull, as Secretary is a full Flash site.
- Dynamic xml structure;
- Very simple Installation (Copy files to your server);
- WYSIWYG texteditor;
- Secure 128 bit password protection;
- Dynamic thumbnail generation;
- Drag’n’drop editing;
- Dynamic font loading;
- Developer framework for xml parsing and loading;
- Simple and nice userexperiense;
- Easy search and rss integration;
- Extendible userinterface;
Where to start
- See the official page for more info
FlashMoto (Currently on Beta)
Flash Moto CMS is a revolutionary content management system aimed at Flash developers and designed to simplify the publication of Web content to Flash websites. Our Flash CMS is fast, flexible and extensible. It provides a powerful development platform that enables you to extend functionality with presentation. The ease of use and richness of Flash CMS were reached due to the diligent work and great efforts of our team of professionals.
Where to start
10CMS is a platform for building and deploying User eXperience Applications (UXAs). A number of pre-build UXAs are available from 10CMS for customization, or completely new can be created. These components extend the standard Flash Professional components with in-line WYSIWYG content editing and XML management capabilities.
Works with SWFObject and SWFAddress to enable SEO, and data is stored in XML.
Where to start:
Typoflash.net have developed a new convenient interface where you can edit all elements of Flash websites either images or any other content. New images can be easily added to your Flash website and existing images can be replaced, re-sized and etc. Creating search engine friendly urls and editing existing ones isn’t a problem as well.
- extends Typo3 CMS to manage any flash content;
- makes it possible to maintain both html and flash version of the same data;
- harnesses flash remoting communication;
- makes extensive use of caching of complex data queries;
- full multilanguage support;
- implements many search engine optimization features;
- is userfriendly, ie. enables bookmarking, use of backbutton and deeplinking;
- is your friend when you want to boost your data driven site with features such as fullscreen video and playing mp3;
- is a framework for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) within Typo3;
- supports both AS2 and AS3;
- supports AMFPHP;
- Typo3 CMS;
Where to start
- Based on typo3, you can find getting started tutorials here
FlashDance CMS is a flash Content Management System framework and application to build and maintain flash web sites and flash offline projects. It provides developers an extendable api and tools to generate a customized web site or flash presentation with a built in and also customizable Content management system. And end users a fairly easy way to build / maintain their site. The weak point on this nice option is that doesn’t accepts Actionscript 3.0.
- Multilingual content development.
- Customizable navigation sidebars and menus with different visuals and functions.
- Sectionwise page headers if wanted.
- Some breadcrumbs implementation.
- Drag and Drop WYSIWYG page content editing with CSS support.
- You may develop new custom components and plugins from scratch using core API calls and connections through a notification system.
- You may also do this by modifying and recompiling from original fla or actionscript sources.
- SwfAddress integration is default, and allows the use of SEO URLs, deep linking, back and forward browser button functionality and per page title customization.
- Audio and Video Players and Playlists (in development, almost finished)
- Easylly skin default audio and media players, either via swfmill and MTASC or by editing original -skin only- fla files. (in development, almost finished)
- Flexible and feature rich Photo Gallery plugin you may also customize, fully AS2 both in website Engine and Admin.
- Some metadata and other HTML handling from configurations
- Lots of reusable code for animation tweening, user interfaces, and event handling.
- Many custom built (or borrowed) lightweight ui components for use on any project. (Scrollbars, scrollpad, SimpleList, Combos, tooltips, really simple buttons, ruler set, tree, various form fields)
- Lots of PHP code to handle uploads, file and directory listings, exif handling on jpgs, mailing etc…
- SQL files provided to build default user admin tables.
Where to start
Now tell us what you think about using a flash CMS, and which of the above would fit better your needs.
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Hi, great post, but really i found almost all of these cms are very slow and uncomfortable to use. i found a blog where its author is working in a easy to use, powerful and reliable flash based cms:
the author let me testing inside his network and i most to say is an amazing tool.
I Suggest to add to this List Mosite http://www.mosite.org/ a Free Flash CMS No Templates Based , it works Fine.
Many thanks !!
With this great tutorial I will be able to create an aweseome design for my new web site i want to create with typo3. Thx for this.
I must say you have a cool post. This hit the spot and then some! Thanks for posting this and sharing it with the world. I've just added your site to my favories. And I will check back soon to read your other articles. Keep up your good work.
Thanks.. those are really the strongest players on the flash cms market.. it will be really hard to compete with all of them for our upcoming FancyCMS
You may be interested in Fuzzle CMS too (http://fuzzle-cms.com/). It has the lot of features - some are the same, but some are unique:
- SEO support;
- Widget integration; (more widgets are available at http://widgets.fuzzle-cms.com/)
- Open API for developer extension;
- Complete integrator, designer, developer and user documentation;
- Office documents instant publication and much more.
Nice post. Thanks for the excellent review.
But the first link in FlashMoto review seems to be wrong. It doesn't point to the official website.
I am using aurora flash cms www.auroraflash.com and pretty happy with it, the only problem it has is the lack of mac compatible version...
I recently came across fancyflash.com, and it says they are about to release a flash cms of a new type (they say)
the desicription they have on the website seems to be really interesting, so am am anxious to see the actual release.
I am also interested to see someone's opinion on this, as I am a newbie to this sphere...
Well I am pleased to say that having spent the last couple of hours playing around with my template that is now fixed properly I am very impressed as I would expect I was going to be.
Let’s not forget that Flash Moto is not a magic wand for Flash. The creation of any flash site needs to be done in flash itself however once you have your design and transfer it to Flash moto then the editing and creation of many items such as image, pages and so on becomes a simple and effortless task.
I have just done in 10 minutes what would have taken 30 in flash. It’s not even so much that some of the tasks are that difficult to complete in flash itself however consider that you need to open flash, make the changes, export the .fla, uplaod it again, wait fot the internet engines to realise you have uploaded a new file to see the changes and right away your sitting back wondering why have we been without this for so long.
The starting point of this software is high, all the basic editing features are there and useable. In 6 months or a year I cant wait to see what is added to make this experience much more rewarding.
So, overall well done to the team, however get the support right and make it consistent.
Flash Moto should have been a great product, I was excited by its intentions and looked forward to seeing it launch. Template Monster currently run section which provides a flash template with Flash Moto included for $250. Not cheap but the benefits are obvious and I thought, ok, let’s give it a go. So I took the plunge and handed over $250. After a few minutes my template was delivered and instructions to setup the Flash Moto account were followed.
There are no instructions whatsoever on how you install it all, so I just uploaded everything and pointed my browser to the admin folder. Here I was presented with a list of errors, files and directories that needed permission changes. So I worked through each and changed what I was asked to. However changing the permissions on the /logs folder was not possible, it did not exist. There was however a /admin/logs folder which I changed the permissions on and the error disappeared. Unfortunately the same applied for others too, despite doing everything I was asked it claimed I had still not changed the permissions on some files.
So, off to support I go and right from the start it was clear that Template Monster help desk staff had no clue about Flash Moto, an hours spent trying to resolve the issues and I was told to raise a ticket and explain it all over again on there! Not happy but I did raise the ticket. Whilst awaiting a response I played around with the permissions and it soon became clear that the installation script was not telling me the right files to change permissions on, something had gone wrong with their script. I changed a few more file permissions that looked to me like they should be writeable and errors came and went clearly demonstrating that the install script was not right.
Eventually I got into the admin panel and my very first impression was as expected, so before I Played around with it I quickly checked the site by clicking on the “website preview” button and I find that the animated menus had just disappeared. When I went back to the admin panel they had vanished from there too. Another ticket to Template Monster and they reply some time later that it’s all fixed. However I log back into the admin panel and click the “website preview” button and the same thing happens again.
So currently it’s back at support and 48 hours after snatching my $250 away from me it still does not work and nobody at Template Monster or Flash Moto want to talk about it.
The bottom line is that the templates available on Template Monster that include Flash Moto have no documentation with them, making it impossible to trouble shoot issues. But let’s face it why I should I a Flash Professional be able to fix it if Flash Moto themselves can’t do it. A simple case of a product being released too early and not considering all the different elements that can impact their script, such as server setup which I feel seem to be where the bulk of the issues are with my template.
On their site they are offering a pre-order discount of the standalone version of Flash Moto, it seems well priced at $159, but nobody knows what they are buying! Many question have been answered in this regard. It is for unlimited flash sites? does it come with templates? Will it work with any flash template? Flash Moto are as yet not answering any of these questions. Anyone who has placed an order based on the lack of information provided on the licence restrictions could be in for a shock or surprise!
Flash Moto is a fantastic product, time has been taken to make Flash accessible to many out there, however at the last minute their rush has created a debacle. So, if your interested, watch carefully, but wait until you know other customers are happy before you take the plunge and end up thinking you just paid a lot of money for a mess!
I am one of the developers of silex, and I found your blog post. What do you think of silex, and how do you think it can be bettered?
thanks for your post!
Great article Carlos - thanks for sharing with us all. Will dig some time out to look through these - My project approaches to date, utilized PHP 'Frameworks' eg 'Recess' 'Zend' 'MoodleAmf' - to create services for flex or (flash builder)
I see 'TypoFlash' has AMF support - hmmm :P - 'Which' or 'What' approaches have you been playing with?