What do I need to use ASTRO Flash Creator?
|| ASTRO Flash Creator was designed for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.
ASTRO Flash Creator does not require that Adobe/Macromedia Flash is
installed. Only the "Test in Browser" option expects the Flash plugin
to be installed on your computer.
|| Will Does ASTRO Flash
Creator run on Macintosh?
|| ASTRO Flash Creator itself is a Windows program. The
by ASTRO Flash Creator created Flash SWF files do run on the Macintosh.
many text effects does ASTRO Flash Creator have?
|| In the standard ASTRO Flash Creator program, there
are more than 450 or more
WITH PJ plugin for ASTRO F.C. and
SUPREME4 plugin for
ASTRO F.C. text effects and more than 80
other Flash effects. However, ASTRO Flash Creator effects can be altered
in countless ways. These variations can be bookmarked, and be shared
with other ASTRO Flash Creator users. Moreover, there are additional
ASTRO Flash Creator plugins available on the Goldshell and Patrick
Jansen Design web sites, adding even more great Flash effects to the
ASTRO Flash Creator program.
ASTRO Components the same as (AFC) ASTRO Flash Creator?
|| No. They are not the same product.
Flash Creator" is a standalone software (windows only) for
quickly creating flash animations (export .swf files). ASTRO-F.C.
is not for use with or within Macromedia Flash itself (aside from
loading the external .swf files you export with Astro-F.C, in movies
created with MM Flash, by using the LoadMovie action (you can not
import the .swf's) ). It is aimed at people in a hurry or who do not
use MM Flash itself.
Components" are Macromedia Flash extensions. You install
them directly into the MM Flash authoring environment with MM Extension
Manager. After install, you simply drag&drop the effects from
the Component list onto the stage/canvas of the .fla you are working
in. They will simply be part of your .fla Libarary and can be customized,
edited and previewed directly in MM Flash.
|| How do I register AFC (and/or
plugins) with my license key(s)?
||AFC has both a "Serial Number" and a "Verification
Code". The AFC plugins only require a "Serial Number".
AFC: click in main menu [Help], click [Enter Serial
Number] and in the popup window you need to copy-paste both your "Serial
Number" and your "Verification Code".
the Serial number in the first field and the Verification Code in
the second field
!!! Important: You have
to copy the whole line when copying the "Serial
Number", including the part where it states your personal
or company name
Notice: The "Serial Number" is a generally accepted
term of an unlock code/string, in case of AFC and its plugins it only
contains your personal or company name plus a serie of uppercase letters,
not litterally "numbers" though.
Plugins: click in main menu [View], click [Manage
Plugins]. Select the plugin you want to register, and press the [Enter
Key] button, in order for you to enter your key into the program.
|| How can
I customize effects?
||On the "Text Effects" tab, enable the "Parameters" checkbox.
(This checkbox can only be chosen once you have selected a text effect.)
You will then see a small window appear, which contains all variables
that the effects is using. You can adjust these variables, thereby
altering the effect itself.
If you wish to keep this altered effect for future use, click the
small "bookmark" button at the top of the variable window, or select
"Bookmark User Effect", from the "View" pulldown menu.
fonts or characters can I use?
||You can use any font that is installed on your computer.
All normal characters can be used, apart characters from multibyte
fonts (as found in Chinese or Japanese fonts).
If AFC doesn't show your text or your font, like Chinese or Japanese
or Russian or other similar multibyte font, then AFC won't be the
solution for you. If you happen to have Adobe/Macromedia Flash (MX
/ MX2004 / 8 / CS3), then you may want to try out the Component
versions of the text effects.
do I load ASTRO Flash Creator files into Frontpage?
|| Go to Insert - Advanced - Plug-In and
click on the "browse" button. Select your ASTRO Flash Creator file.
Now enter the appropriate size and click on OK. Finally, save and
preview your file.
to embed a ASTRO Flash Creator file into PowerPoint?
|| Go to View - Toolbar - Control Toolbars
and click on the icon which looks like a little hammer. Select "Shockwave
Flash Object" from the list. Now you must drag a square on the place
where you want the ASTRO Flash Creator file to appear. After you have
done this, right-click on the box and the properties menu will pop
up. To add the ASTRO Flash Creator file you must click on the word
"Custom", and select the "Build" icon (the three dots at the end of
the line) Now you must enter the Movie URL and check the "Embed Movie"
box as well. Finally, save and run your slide show in presentation
We advice to try out ASTRO Flash Creator movies with the trial version
to see if the result works properly in your PowerPoint file/presentation.
The ASTRO Flash Creator movie area can in some cases hinder the use
of prior/next screen click.
|| How can I use ASTRO Flash
Creator files Flash 5, MX or MX2004
||1) If you want to combine effects see also the following Question.
Join the .swf´s with Clipyard and use the LoadMovie
action in your .fla to load the joined result created with Clipyard
in the result of your .fla movie.
2) If you need to implement separate .swf´s into separate position
in the timeline of a .fla , you can use LoadMovie
at keyframes and might want to check out the automated (Pre-)Loader
for external .SWF´s in your Flash .FLA file
I use several effects sequentially (one after another)?
||You can show different effects sequentially, by doing
this programmatically in Flash (see (Pre-)Loader
for external .SWF´s). Alternatively, you can export your
ASTRO Flash Creator effects to Clipyard, which is a small Flash editor
to concatenate and combine several Flash files into one new Flash
The Clipyard program can be found on the Goldshell web site.
I use ASTRO Flash Creator to make (non-/transparent) video files?
|| There are several standalone softwares on the web
which can convert .swf flash files to video (AVI, QUICKTIME, MPEG
etc) format. There are a few which can add an Alpha Channel to create
transparent video which you can implement into your video projects.
On Google you can find a large number of SWF to AVI video converters.
In many cases most will do fine. But if you need some extra power
and specialization you may want to check these two software;
Flashants SWF-to-video Pro
Moyea swf to video pro
1: alpha transparency export for post-editing in video software
2: single playback for capture, which is important because many
flash movies (like the text effect components) use Random() in scripting
which means it will never play back twice exactly the same. If you
have a software which uses a double playback to capture then it
may not give a good result
have a bug or problem, what do I do?
|| First, download and install
the latest version of ASTRO Flash Creator. If you choose not to install
over your current version, and to uninstall and re-install instead,
then we reckomend you first Export ALL existing Bookmarks you created
to both .txt file AND .abk ASTRO Flash Creator Bookmark file and also
delete all contents of c:/program files/astro/ before you reinstall.
If that does not help, please send
us a bug report or use the contact form
and include your operating system and details of when / how the bug
I receive updates or upgrades?
|| Once you have bought an key, future ASTRO
Flash Creator updates will be free of charge. For major upgrades or
Pro versions we will offer an upgrade option for a discount fee.