Getting back to the mighty SWFTools package, I'm discovering that it's all you really need!
The compiler of this handy toolkit is "swfc", and it has a sort-of manual here. I say "sort of" because it's mostly examples. The examples are plentiful, however, and there's even more here. Pretty spiffy ones, too!
The examples provide you with a good opportunity to "learn like a hacker"; just copy that beautiful open source code into your favorite editor, save it as example.sc, and compile it with:
swfc example.sc -o example.swf
...then load it into a web page and view it. Then twiddle a few numbers, re-compile, view results, etc. You can get quite far learning a language that way.
For my test, I used an icon from my Slackware distro, found in /usr/share/pixmaps, answering to "Football.xpm". I used Gimp to turn it into a .png, then loaded it into this script:
.flash filename="test.swf" version=5 fps=50 .gradient rainbow: 0% blue 25% green 50% yellow 75% orange 100% red .end .box background fill=rainbow width=75 height=75 .put background .png ball "../icon_image/Football.png" .put ball x=25 y=25 scalex=24 scaley=24 .frame 50 .change ball x=50 y=50 scalex=24 scaley=24 .frame 100 .change ball x=25 y=25 scalex=24 scaley=24 .frame 150 .change ball x=0 y=0 scalex=24 scaley=24 .frame 200 .change ball x=25 y=25 scalex=24 scaley=24 .end
Then said a penguin-prayer and compiled it. Results of this experiment here.
Holy moley, Lawks-a-Mercy, I'se be a Flasher!
There's much more that this tool set can do. As far as I can ascertain, it appears that you have all you need to build professional-quality Flash animations and applications.
I'll be poring over this new toy and posting whatever dumb hacks I come up with...
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