Software

ANIMSLIDER LIMITED – A slimmed-down version of Warren Fuller’s AnimSlider Pro, which allows animators to see inside nested timelines – in particular, mouth comps containing the various lip-sync mouth shapes. Compliments of Warren Fuller.
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TOON BOOM STUDIO IMPORTER (TBSi) – for Adobe Flash MX, MX 2004, 8 Adobe Flash 9 CS3 is a plug-in that will let you import Toon Boom Studio projects directly into Adobe Flash. Click here for more info.

NTSC COLOR SAFE PALETTE – For animators and production teams planning to export to broadcast, DVD or go through a traditional post production video output, this palette should save you from expensive color issues. Thanks to Warren Fuller for this freebie.
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LAYERCOLOR- This will let you change the outline color for selected layers all at the same time instead of changing the color one at a time in the layer properties panel. Created by Dave Wolfe.
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NEWANIMCLIP – This will create a new empty symbol on a new layer, registered to the stage. If you have an animation clip for a character and you decide you want to nest it inside a symbol, the old way would be to copy all the frames, insert a new symbol, paste the frames, then drag that symbol onto the stage and try to line it up. With this extension, all you have to do is copy or cut the frames, run the NewAnimClip command, and then paste the frames. The symbol is already on the stage and correctly registered. Created by Dave Wolfe.
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TWEEN2KEYS – This works like ‘convert to keyframes,’ but it does it on two’s instead of one’s. You have to be careful with this one, as Dave tried to come up with a way to make it actually create keyframes on every other frame, but each way he came up with to do that ruined the motion tween. So what this actually does is use Flash’s convert to keyframes command first, then it removes any tweens, then it clears every other keyframe. Since you’re physically removing keyframes there is the potential to accidentally clear a keyframe that you want, so make sure that any of the selected frames do not have keyframes on 1′s or they will get cleared. To convert your tween to two’s, select the first keyframe and last keyframe in the motion tween (this will work for multiple layers) and run the command. For large amounts of frames it may take a few seconds for the script. Created by Dave Wolfe.
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STAGE SCALER – Grab the slider on this module and scale your Flash stage from 5 to 1600% – works with mouse wheel control. Created by the crew at Phireworx.
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PIXEL TOOLS V2 – For those who enjoy the throw-back styles of pixel art, this is an invaluable tool. Create pixel lines, circles or just draw freehand. Allows for scaling in the same way a traditional line in Flash is scaled. Created by 5 and 1/2.
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CREATE FRAME SEQUENCE – This extension adds a new command to the Commands menu in Flash MX 2004 that will take the frames you have selected and add them to a new layer in the order you selected them, one by one. Created by Flashguru Consulting.
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DUPLICATE LAYER – This extension adds a new command to the Commands menu in Flash MX 2004 that will create an exact replica of a layer. Created by Flashguru Consulting.
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TrickOrScript.com (from $8.99 to a $159.99 bundle)
Alan Camilo has created perhaps the largest collection of useful Flash character animation plug-ins around. He’s based in Rio de Janeiro, and keep your eyes peeled – sounds like he’s just getting started.

3DCAM ($49.95) – seems akin to After Effects’ 3D camera, which can also be found in other vector software like ToonBoom. Allows for multi-plane type camera moves – a functionality that’s been on wish-lists of many a Flash animator. The 4G website offers a slew of demos that look pretty cool. Created by 4G Software.

LAYEREX ($29.95) – this plug-in allows Flash animators to be more selective and precise when exporting to SWFs, PNGs and Quicktime files. Seems like it allows for the exporting of in and out points on renders (like After Effects) and it may act as a ‘bridge’ between Flash and After Effects with it’s ability to render out each layer of a file individually. Created by 4G Software.

ANIMSLIDER PRO -A slimmed-down version of Warren Fuller’s AnimSlider Pro, which allows animators to see inside nested timelines – in particular, mouth comps containing the various lip-sync mouth shapes. ACompliments of Warren Fuller.

FLASH 8 PRO ($699 at Amazon) – A major product release for Macromedia, Flash Professional 8 has many brand new features including: amazing graphic effects, integrated and stand-alone video encoding complete with support for alpha transparency, high-quality text rendering with advanced anti-aliasing control, improved text tools, and a new video plug-in to export Flash Video (FLV) files from professional video products.

FLASH 8 BASIC ($400 at Amazon) – Flash Basic 8 is a subset of Flash Professional 8 which includes all the core functions in Flash 8. It’s the perfect tool for designing simple, interactive motion graphics. No professional should be without this tool for interactive content & video experiences, or mobile content.

SWIFT 3D($229) – Swift 3D is the only 3D application to directly integrate with Macromedia Flash and provides unrivaled vector rendering quality and output style options. Swift 3D’s toolset and interface allow anyone to quickly create 3D content while providing a full set of advanced tools to grow into. With both vector and video export capabilities, Swift 3D provides the entire motion graphics design industry with a powerful, easy to use 3D solution that delivers high quality results for an affordable price.

SWISH MAX ($99) – With 230 new effects, a Javascript-like scripting language and support for dynamic content and input forms, SWiSH Max has everything you need to create fully interactive Flash animations. SWiSH Max is packed with features that make producing stunning interactive Flash animations a simple and painless experience.