Macromedia, Inc. recently announced the release of the public beta of Flash Generator, its new server-based software that uses Flash 3 templates to generate Web graphics–on the fly–using dynamic data.
Using Flash 3, developers can design graphic templates, which themselves are
then linked to a data file and served by Flash Generator. Flash Generator can
generate vector-based, binary Flash files along with the standard GIFs or
The tool automates the process of linking database content to
graphics, and provides developers with the ability to create real-time
headlines, mastheads, advertising, interactive maps, schedules, charts or
Flash Generator enables developers to use any graphic, which can then be
generated from a data source and refreshed, all without redesigning the graphic or page.
The tool uses JRun technology from Live Software to link dynamic data to the Flash 3 template graphics. JRun is a server-side application that enables Web servers and other applications to support Java Servlets.
The public beta of Flash Generator is available for Microsoft IIS running on
Windows NT, and Microsoft Personal Web Server for Windows 95. To download
Flash Generator, visit Macromedia’s Flash
The final release of Flash Generator is expected to become available in the
summer of 1998. For additional information about Flash Generator, visit the
Macromedia Web site.