SWF Protector Giveaway Winners

Justin | competitions | Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Congratulations to the following users: ReviewsAntivirs, humulus, and TRY for winning copies of SWF Protector from our giveaway!

Thanks to everyone for participating! We’ll have some more reviews and giveaways in the near future.

SWF Protector Product Review & Giveaway

Justin | competitions,product review | Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I was approached by DComSoft to review their product, SWF Protector. They also offered to provide 3 free licenses for a giveaway. More on that below.

SWF Protector alters your SWF files so that it is more difficult to decompile them. This makes it more difficult for others to reverse engineer parts of your product that you’d like to remain secret. As has been noted on several other sites, there is no 100% sure method to protect your Flash content, but there are ways to make it more difficult. If someone is intent on breaking into your files, and they’re smart enough, they will find away. The usefulness in SWF encryption and obfuscation products is largely to reduce the number of people who can decompile your code by making decompilation more difficult.

That said, here are the criteria I used to review SWF Protector:

  1. Usability: how easy is it to operate the application?
  2. Is the SWF still fully-functional after protection? (You’d be surprised how many tools make the SWF inoperable).
  3. Can the SWF be decompiled using readily available tools?
  4. Bonus points for useful advanced features.

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Automatically Enter at the Desired Frame with FrameAim

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,extensions | Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

A number of Flash animators make great use of nested Timelines within graphic symbols. The frame from the graphic that is displayed can then be manipulated using the first frame property of the symbol instance. Unfortunately, when the animator double-clicks on the instance to edit the symbol, Flash displays frame 1 of the symbol’s Timeline instead of the frame assigned to the first frame property.

Dave Logan has a wonderful command called Enter Graphic At Current Frame that resolves this issue. Many Flash animators use graphics symbols¬† so much that they would prefer “entering at the current frame” to be Flash’s default behavior when they double-click to edit a symbol. A number of these users have sent me requests through the Extension Request Form. So I put together this panel to essentially make “entering at the current frame” the default behavior. The panel simply has to be open for the behavior to work (the Auto jump box is checked by default). There are some extra buttons for some added fanciness.

This is a total freebie, but donations are appreciated (donate button below, or the one located in the right-hand column).

Download
(Compatibility: Flash 8 & up, including CC & CC 2014)
FrameAim.zip

SmartMouth Sales Donated to CA State Parks Follow-up

Justin | Misc | Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

In my last post, I detailed how we planned to donate 50% of our gross sales from SmartMouth to the California State Parks Foundation for the remainder of June. This morning I tallied up the sales numbers for the last half of June and entered our donation. AJ and I decided to round up and donate an even $200. We hope that this modest contribution helps to maintain some part of the CA Parks system and/or supports the fight to keep the parks open to the public.

Thanks to everyone who purchased SmartMouth and thanks to everyone who helped to spread the word!

We still encourage everyone to donate directly, voice your opinion to California governor, Jerry Brown, and if you live in California, please contact your representatives.

SmartMouth 1.0.2 Now Available

Justin | Animate/Flash,extensions | Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Version 1.0.2 of the SmartMouth Flash extension is now available. Updates include:

  • Upped the Flash Player timeout limit from 15 to 45 seconds for files that take a long time to process.
  • Added a warning for files that exceed Flash Professional’s 16,000 frame limit.
  • Fixed an error that was occurring when serial numbers were entered incorrectly.
  • Upped to the trial limits to 4 100-frame attempts per document.

These updates should help with issues encountered on larger files, as well as allow for more testing with the trial version. We still plan to release some new features to the extension in the near future.

Also, if you didn’t see the previous post, note that 50% of SmartMouth sales for the rest of this month will be donated to the California State Parks Foundation.

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