FLASH GRAPHICS

GINO's latest driver is for generating animated graphics on the web using Adobe Flash (SWF).

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Adobe's SWF file format is used for creating animations or movies within web pages. The Adobe Flash plugin is required to display these files, but Adobe now estimate that the plugin has coverage of over 90% of internet users in the 'mature markets'.
There are a number of tools available for creating these animations, the best known being the 'Flash' product available from Adobe, however most of these tools are aimed at 'arty' graphics.

With the introduction of the SWF driver in v7.5, GINO developers can now output high quality vector drawings to the web either as static images or converted to animations with very little effort.


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With the addition of a little javascript to the web page
start movie stop movie

The SWF file format has some built-in interaction which can be accessed by the user right-clicking on the image. This shows a menu giving controls for zooming, stopping, playing or rewinding the movie. Alternatively, by writing a small amount of javascript, the web-developer can provide similar interaction linked to buttons or images as shown here.