Swish Unofficial FAQ v1.14

Submissions: swish@bobwoodard.com
  While I can catch some good stuff on Flashkit, the best way to make sure I see the info is to send it to me directly.

  If you wish to use a SWI as an example, please tell me where I can download it.  I plan on posting them with the FAQ.  By having all the SWIs local to the FAQ, we won't have to worry about URLs dying after a period of time.

  Updates will occur on a regular basis, but not hourly.  8-)

  Copyright?  Bob Woodard, 2000. I'm only claiming this document, but the actual info contained herein is the property of the people who came up with it.  I've attempted to maintain authorship to quotes and the thread pointers should have the author info in there.  Let me know if I miss or mess up a quote or something.

  Distribution?  Feel free to pass this on, but only as a complete document. 

  Format?  Just an HTML document at this point.  Will be moved to a dynamically generated format as soon as or if there is a demand for it.  Not to mention, this is the 1st draft and as contributions come in, there will be changes to the organization.

New format of the uFAQ

Feature Comparisons

The FAQ!

Sound
Effects
Fonts
v2.0 Alpha Info
v1.xx Beta Info
Version Info
Compatibility
Export Issues
HTML/CGI Issues
Tutorials
Tools
Bugs
SWiSH related websites
SWiSH interface
Misc

Sound

  1. I've got a large sound file, what can I do to shorten it?
      Check out
    this thread.
  2. Looking for button sounds?
      Check out
    this thread and this one.
  3. How can I add a sound to my movie?
      Check out
    this thread.
  4. I've noticed there is some distortion in my sound after I import, why?
      Check out
    this thread.
  5. How can I create a On/Off button that doesn't reset when the movie loops?
      Check out
    this thread.
  6. How can I loop sound in my movie?
      Check out this thread.
  7. Can I use my MIDI files?
      Check out this thread.

Effects

  1. Q: if i put a 3d spin from visible-invisible, and another one after that from invisible-visible, it won't completely turn back, how come?
      A: go to transform in the second 3d spin, and select "Reset Character Position" (pr0mpt)
  2. Q: How can I load animated gifs into SWiSH
      A: Use a program to separate the gif into each individual frame then load each into SWiSH seperately (OzmoJ)
  3. How can I show a percentage loading?
      Check out
    this thread.
      Check out this thread
  4. My mouse rollovers also make my movie stop, why?
      Check out
    this thread.
  5. How can I resize the graphics I import into SWiSH?
      Check out
    this thread.
  6. Is it possible to start one SWF file from another one?
      Check out
    this thread.
  7. How does the SWiSH/Flash player download the scenes?
      Check out
    this  thread.
  8. How can I have the user automatically forwarded to another page after the movie is done?
      Check out
    this thread.
  9. How can I create a strobe-like effect?
      Check out
    this thread.
  10. Is there a way to download more SWiSH effects?
      Check out
    this thread.
  11. When I import an image, all the text disappears.  Why?
      Check out
    this thread.
  12. How can I stop a SWiSH movie with a mouse event?
      Check out
    this  thread.
  13. How can I change the background color in a scene?
      Check out
    this thread.
  14. How can I animate my text vertically?
      Check out
    this thread. 
  15. How can I make a transparent background?
      Check out
    this thread.
  16. How can I do a spin with a bounce effect?
      Check out
    this thread.
  17. When I point to a button and use the mouseover effect, how can I get the movie background effect to continue?
      Check out
    this thread.
  18. Looking for a lens-flare effect?
      Check out
    www.thecampusrag.com/flash/lensflare.html
  19. How do I create a menu?
      Check out
    http://www.seriousdesign.com.au/swish for a tutorial.
  20. How can I get my text to vortex from the same point, but without making them the same object?
      Check out
    this thread.
  21. How can I vortex some letters backwards and upwards, all starting from the same point?
      Check out
    this thread.
  22. How can I have text revolve around an object, like a globe?
      Check out this thread.
  23. I'm looking for a sound-coming-from-a-speaker effect?
      Check out this thread.
  24. How can I create an earthquake-like effect?
      Check out this thread.
  25. Can a preloader load up other SWFs?
      Check out this thread.
  26. How do I create a gradient background?
      Check out this thread.
  27. How can I create a single action/multi-action mouseover?
      Check out this thread.
  28. What kind of 3d text/font effects are available?
      Check out this thread.
  29. How can I set the movie to play just one time?
      Check out this thread.

Fonts

  1. Where can I find some new dingbat fonts?
     
    Here is the site for dingbats. 
     
    Check out this thread.
     
    http://www.fontfile.com (brought to you by: instinct )
  2. Where can I find a Christmas font?
    Check out
    this thread.
  3. Looking for lightning flashes?
      Check out
    this thread.
  4. How can I convert an image into a font?
      Check out
    this thread.

v2.0 Alpha Info

  1. What is v2.0 alpha 1 about?
      Check out
    this thread.

v1.xx Beta Info

  1. What did v1.51 beta 8 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  2. What did v1.51 beta 7 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  3. What did v1.51 beta 6 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  4. What did v1.51 beta 5 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  5. What did v1.51 beta 4 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  6. What did v1.51 beta 3 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  7. What did v1.51 beta 2 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  8. What did v1.51 beta 1 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  9. What did v1.51 rc 5 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  10. What did v1.51 rc 4 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  11. What did v1.51 rc 3 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  12. What did v1.51 rc 2 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.
  13. What did v1.51 rc 1 include/fix?
      Check out
    this thread.

Version info

  1. When I first download SWiSH, what am I getting?  A demo?  The full version?
      Check out
    this thread.
  2. What is planned for SWiSH v2.0?
      Check out this thread.
  3. Any ideas for version 2?
      Check out
    this thread.
  4. What does it cost to upgrade?
     
    This page has the answer.
  5. Can I run SWiSH on a Mac?
      Check out
    this thread.

Compatibility

  1. How can I import FLAs?
      Q - Can Flash .fla files be imported into SWiSH?
      A - NO. .fla is Macromedia's registered filetype and is a closed format.
      Check out
    this thread.
  2. Will my friends with WebTV be able to see my SWF files?
      Check out
    this thread.
  3. If I use a font not on the viewer's computer, what happens?
      Check out
    this thread.
  4. How can I detect whether or not browser has the Flash plugin?
      Check out
    this thread.
  5. Do I need to convert my SWF files to get them in to Powerpoint?
      Check out
    this thread.
  6. The SWF files play in IE, but nothing shows up in Netscape.  Why?
      Check out
    this thread.
  7. Can I import some SWiSH created effects into my Flash movie?
      Check out
    this thread.
  8. Can I import .AVI or .MPG files into my SWI movie?
      Check out
    this thread.
  9. What does SWiSH do other than text effects?
      Check out
    this thread.
  10. My imported graphics look blurry, what's going on?
      Check out
    this thread.
  11. How can I add SWiSH to Dreamweaver? (guessing the user meant .SWF files)
      Check out
    this thread.
  12. How will Search Engines pick up SWF content?
      Check out
    this thread.
  13. Are there any issues with setting my framet rate to 20?
      Check out
    this thread.
  14. Can I download the text effects from FlashTyper and apply them in SWiSH?
      Check out
    this thread.

Export Issues

  1. How can I shrink the size of the SWF file created?  I've included images in my SWI
      Check out this
    thread.
  2. Does Swish create bigger files?  Why?  Is it a big deal?
      Check out
    this thread.
  3. My letters are all jumbled looking when I export or preview in the browser, what can this be?
      You're running the Shareware version. Buy & Register SWiSH and it will export and save .swf files just fine...Trust me the $30 is worth it... (purge)
  4. Can I just post my SWI file for people to view?
      Check out
    this thread.
  5. When I import my SWF into Flash, the movie is in the wrong place, how can I fix it?
      Check out
    this thread.
  6. I want to create a presentation on a CD with SWiSH, is this possible?
      Check out
    this thread.
  7. Are there any side effects to making the movie in a small size and then zooming it in the browser to reduce the SWF size?
      Check out
    this thread.
  8. Can I import my SWiSH movies in to LiveMotion?
      Check out this thread.

HTML/CGI Issues

  1. I wonder: is it possible to include a SWISH made movie in a html sig in an email?
    Check out
    this thread.
  2. How do you make text, within a scene, link to another web page?
    Check out
    this thread.
  3. Why does Netscape push my SWF down and a little to the left?
      Check out this thread.
  4. How do I set up CGI to allow storage of SWFs?
      Check out
    this thread.
  5. How can I make the movie appear properly to users with different screen resolutions?
      Check out
    this thread.
  6. My SWF is larger than the screen, how can I shrink it to fit the screen?
      Check out
    this thread.
  7. Why am I seeing a % in the URL?
      Check out
    this thread.
  8. How do I put my SWF on a web page?
      Check out
    this thread.
  9. How can I substitute an email link for a URL?
      Check out
    this thread. 
  10. How can I open an email link without opening up a new browser window?
      Check out this thread.
  11. I'm seeing a different color behind my movie, how can I change it?
      Check out
    this thread.
  12. How can I make the movie open up a specific page in a specific size after the movie has finished playing?
      Watch
    this thread.

Tutorials

  1. Where is a loadmovie tutorial?
      Check out
    this thread.

Tools

  1. What some tools that I might find useful in conjunction with SWiSH?
      Check out this thread.

Bugs

  1. I can't import my PNG file.
    Check out
    this thread.
  2. My javascript actions aren't working on Mac browsers.
      Check out
    this thread.
  3. The edges of my text are getting clipped, how can I prevent that?
      Check out
    this thread.

SWiSH Related Websites

  1. www.swishzone.com
  2. www.flashkit.com
  3. www.swishtips.com
  4. www.bobwoodard.com/swish
  5. www.seriousdesign.com.au/swish
  6. http://www.almark.net/swf/swishportal.html

SWiSH Interface

  1. I've got a few hundred frames in my timeline, but I can't them all, why?
      Check out
    this thread.
  2. What are transformations?
      Check out
    this thread.

Misc

  1. Is there an official FAQ for Swish?
     
    http://www.swishzone.com/faq.html
  2. What type of animation is SWiSH suited for?
      Check out
    this thread.
  3. How can I center my movie?
      Check out
    this thread.
  4. How much should I charge for design work?
      Check out
    this thread.
  5. How can I allow people to buy things through my site?
      Check out
    this thread.
  6. Where can I get web space from?
      Check out
    this thread.
      Check out this thread.
  7. What application can I use (other than Flash) to the fullscreen command to a SWF file?
      Check out
    this thread.

      Check out this thread.
  8. What is a generator?
    Check out
    this thread.
  9. Does SWiSH have logical control structures available?
      Check out
    this thread.
  10. How can I set up a SWF footer on Flashkit?
      Check out
    this thread.
  11. Where can I get some info on search engines?
     
    www.bravenet.com/reviews/searchtips/index.php
  12. How can I handle alignment of elements?
      Check out this thread.
  13. How can I use the SWF files in FrontPage?
      Check out this thread.