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Showcase | Flash CMS Roundup

Carlos Pinho
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

About the Author:

Carlos Pinho
A father, a husband and a geek... Carlos was the founder of projects like The Tech Labs and Flash Enabled Blog. He is the founder of TekTuts He is passionate about technologies. Their main skills are in analytics, transport & logistics, business administration. He also writes about programming resources, trends, strategy and web development.