I have to admit I am not bad with Corel PhotoPaint, the Corel version of Photoshop (no, no comparison between the two products please!). I have been a Corel user since Corel Draw 1.2 and I just kept using the Corel suite, being too lazy to get acquainted to the Adobe suite. So creating backgrounds or manipulating existing graphics is not a problem. I used to do mock ups in Corel Draw but since I got my hands on Balsamiq Mockups, I just can’t use no other software than that very cool Adobe Air application. Where I had major limitations was when I was asked to do Flash animations for web sites or presentation. Never really got into Flash… until now.
But then , and this is what I want to share, I found a bunch of very cool and very well done Flash components and a Flash add-on that proposes high quality and high variety of pre-built animations. Both of these “tools” supply a lot of free components and a very cheap price if you want to go for the full blown license. Here are the sites in question:
Flash XML: they provide pre-built Flash components that are configurable through XML files. With the “basic components” that are free to use, you get controls that are very high quality and a lot of customization possibilities.
FlashEff2: These guys offer a lot of Flash animations. I mean a LOT: over 3000 possibilities. They cover object (symbol) animations and text animations as well. For headers, adds or business presentations, this is just great.
Now these alone won’t make you full fledged computer graphic artists but they will surely help you spending less time building nice looking UIs for some sites. These components don’t cover all the needs a business application requires, but if you have needs for such components, these two sites represent excellent choices for high quality and free resources.
It is not often freebies are of excellent quality, but these are for sure and they are worth a look. Why reinvent the wheel when you have Dunlop, Pirelli or Michelin already have wheels that will fit your need!
A big thanks to these two companies for making their great products available for free