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Showcase | Flash CMS Roundup

By | 2008-09-16T00:46:20+00:00 Sep 16, 2008|Old Posts|

The CMS’s are a great tool to be used when the information of a site needs to be updated frequently but also, when the final backend user doesn’t have any programming skills or knowledge. Companies prefer to implement on their Websites or Intranet’s, something that can be updated easily and with low knowledge instead of hiring someone to complete this task as it is more expensive.

The biggest CMS’s we know are PHP or .NET based (Like Joomla, Alfresco, Drupal, Mambo,…), which, generally speaking, restricts somewhat the interactivity with the frontend public. Yet, there are some modules trying to deliver this interactivity to these kind of platforms, but still limited to some simple widgets/actions.

Flash is a great tool for rich content, not to speak on the high level of deployment. Therefore wouldn’t make sense to forget it when developing new CMS platforms. These CMS are much more funny due to their interactivity and motion graphics, however the free solutions are few and and the majority still primitive.

Today i show you some of the available options in the market you should bear in mind before starting your next project.

Free CMS

1 – TypoFlash CMS

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.

TypoFlash extends Typo3 CMS to manage any flash content. TypoFlash CMS has Metalanguage’s support and it enables bookmarking and deep linking. Using this CMS you can edit html files of your website as well as Flash files.

2 – Silex

SILEX is a new kind of CMS (Content Management System), a mix between editing software and wiki based software. All multimedia file formats can be assembled in SILEX WYSIWYG editor for publishing website online, in a local computer and on CD-R.

3 – FlashDance

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.

4 – SCMS

SCMS is a flash content management system to create and update specially designed flash-websites. Can manage all type of multimedia-content as well as rich-text and uses a mysql database to organize pages,templates, objects and preferences. You don’t need to learn any macro language or something else, everything works with drag’n drop.
It is possible to create user-accounts with restricted permissions and their own profiles, templates and pages.

There still more scripts which you can try, depending on how simple are tasks you need the final backend user to do. Some of them are not a real cms, but at least gives the chance to update the content without need to edit a fla or xml file:

DyncellFlash CMS;

Flaber

Commercial CMS

1 – Venuiti CMS

Venuiti CMS is known like a multi-channel content management system. Easy to use editor allows you to control all aspects of your site, even inside Flash. Using Venuiti CMS you can create search engine friendly pages so your websites could rank well and be visible for the largest number of net surfers.

Online Flash content editing, multi-channel generator, permission based system and etc these are just a few peculiarities Venuiti CMS can be proud of.

Note you can apply for Venuiti CMS demo in order to get a better understanding of this software. And of course you can contact Venuiti and ask them any questions you may have about their software.

Price: N/A

2 – nDevor

nDevor is an internet application that allows you to create and manage a website with rich dynamic content and media. It features drag and drop plug-ins and files which you are able to manipulate as layers on a page much like many desktop graphic design applications. nDevor also provides an easy way to display your assets from other content sites, such as YouTube, by simply setting a few properties for your plug-in. The color and font set system alows graphic designers to set aside palettes in order to help content editors/creators stay true to your websites branding. Articles and Blogs allow you to use rich formatting, organize and dynamically display your text assets and even fully customize the layout of how entries are displayed for each individual list of articles or blogs throughout your entire website. And… with it’s modular architecture and complete module development kit, nDevor is 100% extendable and built to last.

Price: USD 49.99 / Monthly (includes full web hosting)

3 – fCMS

A full Flash Content Management System which allows you to design, edit and update your web pages without ever leaving your browser window. The exciting new template based system allows you to add and delete pages dynamically. The content of your Flash site is also fully indexable and searchable by search engines. Using the advanced backend templating system, you can also create dynamically generated RSS feeds of the content of your Flash website.

Price: USD 299 / Domain

4 – FlashBlocks

Simplicity, expandability and power; Update Flash websites from any computer, anytime, anywhere. Flashblocks, content management, for Flash Designers, allowing you and your clients to easily create, update, and arrange Flash content from any web browser.
Content is edited intuitively while browsing, therefore there is practically no learning curve nor client training required. Simply login, mouse over glowing areas in your Flash website, select an editor, and immediately begin changing content.
Flashblocks works with MX 2004 , Flash 8, and Flash CS3 with actionscript 2.0

Price: USD 240 / License

5 – Saffron Flash CMS

The Flash CMS component lets you take full control of your websites and quickly customize them so you can spend more time focusing on creative tasks rather than tedious ones and without having to learn any programming language. Saffron’s Flash CMS is the latest all-inclusive software for managing and controlling all your websites, right from the convenience of your browser window.

Price: USD 129.00 / License

6 – DDX CMS

DDX is a well known web development company located in Sydney Australia. It’s famous for producing user-friendly and rich-functional software. Recently DDX has launched its Flash CMS. DX Flash CMS is aimed to make the process of creating and managing Flash web sites really easy.

Websites developed by means of this CMS have SEO friendly structure and can be viewed on new mobile phones with adequate data transfer speeds. DDX states its Flash CMS is remarked by great usability, accessibility and updateability.

I recommend you to see its overview.

Price: N/A

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21 Comments

  1. Kamoule September 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    And if you have to choose one or two among them, what would it be ? 🙂

  2. Dave Dragon September 16, 2008 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Looks like Flash & free CMS is the way to go to rapidly instantiate content changes.

    Thanks

    Ride it like you stole it

  3. Carlos Pinho September 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    at Kamoule

    Hi,

    Considering the free options, i would consider the Silex, which gives the chance to produce content in different ways.

    Considering the Commercial options, i didn’t try the Venuiti CMS, so my option would be nDevor. DDX is cool, but think they only sell it for the final user not for developers.

  4. santosh pandey September 17, 2008 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    with free options i ‘ll go with silex

  5. timshaya September 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Great post on a useful topic.
    One way this post could be even more useful:

    Please include this kind of information for every single CMS:

    “Flashblocks works with MX 2004 , Flash 8, and Flash CS3 with actionscript 2.0”

    Also, please include which middleware language the CMS runs on.

  6. Tyler Larson September 18, 2008 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    A flash CMS is like having a JavaScript CMS, the concept is questionable but interesting. Realistically a CMS is for managing content in a database, how this content should be visualized is a different issue and the reason why many of these systems are lacking what people are looking for. You would have to create a server based equivalent to the Flash IDE but even then you are lacking programmatic control. At some point you end back at you have to program something to have all of the power of flash and doing this all the normal why with out one of these systems is hard to pass up. I have created an ActionScript framework that renders HTML and CSS that is can hook into any CMS but you still have to write html, css and actionScript to get something ( http://code.google.com/p/htmlwrapper ). I have a wordpress theme that just snaps in but really wordpress is the CMS and all I have built is the front-end. There are a few other systems that work like this that might be a better choice but my point is that a CMS is about managing content and Flash is just a front-end and shouldn’t need to change with the same flexibility and if it does you need a different structure then these tools all together.

  7. idflood September 26, 2008 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Great article, I found some inpiration from those cms.

    However, since you speak of Drupal, I would add that, for me, it has become really usefull to developp full flash site. With some modules like “services” and “swfaddress”, you can create flash site with a solid base backend from drupal (or some other cms ).

    This is certainly a not so easy sollution, but it will leave you a lot of freedom.

  8. Sasha September 28, 2008 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Carlos,

    Thank-you for your recent mention of our DDX FlashCMS on your Flash Enabled Blog.

    The DDX FlashCMS application is being replaced by GLU, a “rich media community, management system and flexible development framework”, more directly targeted at developers, but also bringing together different web user groups under the one administration system.

    Whilst GLU is in its public beta, its heritage is derived from DDX FlashCMS and its more readily available to access than the custom build implementations of its predecessor.

    We’d like to invite you and your readers to visit the public beta at:

    http://www.glu.com.au/

    Many thanks,

    Sasha, Business Director and Partner
    DDX Group

  9. Frederik October 23, 2008 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I just stumbled upon this flash-cms project http://www.secretary.dk. The video looks interesting but no demo yet.

  10. lexa November 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    @Tyler Larson
    I completely agree with you but in fact I think that there are 2 kind of Flash CMS :

    – the “real” CMS, which are focus on user and content delivery just like php CMS do.
    This approach is interesting and addressing the GUI and ergonomics questions.
    But sometimes it looks like they reinvent the wheel.
    For example: DDX or Venuiti.

    – the “so called Flash CMS”, which are close to an online powerpoint or lite versions of photoshop/illustrator with advanced publication capabilities.
    This is interesting to tackle with Flash drawbacks compared to HTML and to publish very quickly Flash content with advanced functionalities without programming skills.
    But this kind of software often tend to be simple site builders because they lack a good template system, do not integrate well in the Adobe suite and have very few third party plug-ins.
    For example: SILEX, Flashdance, Flashit easy.

    What do you think about that? I am very interested in these questions.
    lex.

  11. ATIX November 7, 2008 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Also you guys should consider http://www.sproutbuilder.com/ Its a mix of a flash ria/cms for advertising or You could even create a full website out of it which is very user friendly and interesting.

  12. faze one studio December 8, 2008 at 3:00 am - Reply

    ive nevr seen half of these thanks for the post , im looking for a new management system

  13. John February 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Hi guys this is a test.

  14. Vladimir February 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Check out our Flash CMS: http://www.webwizard.com.mk/

    Don’t miss to click the “Live DEMO” link 🙂

  15. Jaime May 8, 2009 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I use ModX http://modxcms.com/ for my Flash CMS needs, I make websites the way that I want in Flash and XHTML/CSS, I can skin the admin module for my clients also and work from flash using XML files.
    After searching looong and hard for a Flash CMS I can build upon without being restrictive I found ModX, I’m in love with it and I can use my Flash and Design skills without worrying about the backend.

  16. Jaime May 8, 2009 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I really can’t believe you haven’t found ModX yet http://modxcms.com/learn/solutions/flash-cms.html .

    It’s a dream come true for me, I can use my Actionscript without being restricted at all giving my clients a friendly CMS and myself days of delight making cool stuff, actually I rediscovered my profession once I could be 100% efficient with requirements and at the same time having all the time in the world to make engaging stuff.

  17. Sven Miller May 11, 2009 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Take a look at Yooba Studio (http://www.yooba.com)
    Yooba is an add-on that can be used with any existing CMS to create or modify Flash content within an existing site.
    We believe that most sites will not be converted to Flash sites, but will still be html sites with bits of Flash content on them.
    With Yooba Studio you can create and manage images, text, animation, forms, actions and get statistics and integration with your existing system.
    It’s delivered as SaaS and is all browser based.

  18. Jack Blatt June 25, 2009 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    @Sven Miller: truly to say Yooba not a CMS actually but useful but not that flexible builder. It’s more like WIX.
    What deserve to be in a list is FlashMoto CMS. They’ve released an open BETA flash cms right now http://www.flashmoto.com/
    That’s what I’m calling flash cms. Flexible, with powerful API and losts of dynamic modules.

  19. FancyFlash November 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    There will be another Flash CMS soon.. check out FancyFlash

  20. Flash CMS Review November 24, 2009 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Thanks for the list of CMS platforms. I will review them personally and post results on my website. Haven’t tried some of them yet! Thanks!

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