Mar 04

Web Design Resources: Designer’s #1 TO-DO list (Domain, Hosting, SEO and SNS)

In this article, I will guide you on what you need to do as a web designer to be on the road to success. This guide will take you from choosing the right domain name, to getting the most traffic and clients to your website. If you’re new to web design, you may be thinking “Where do I go now? What do I do now?” Even if you aren’t new to web design, with this to-do list and my other guides which I will mention throughout this article, you can be on the right road to becoming a successful web designer. Make sure you take action as you read through or you will find yourself a month down the road and you still haven’t started! If you run into any trouble, please post a comment and I will guide you. I will add more things to this page as time goes by, so please check back for updates.

Update: thanks to your support, my to-do list has received an astonishing 1300 tweets! This inspires me even more to keep giving you quality articles and tutorials : )

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Mar 22

Free Flash save, SWF download from Firefox – Sothink Flash Downloader 1.4.1 is released

No need to worry about losing interested online Flash anymore! Sothink Flash Downloader easily helps you to solve the annoying problem of missing favorite online Flash. It is a free Firefox extension, also can be treated as a flash download plug-in, which enables you to capture and save Flash SWF from web. More intuitive interface; faster downloading speed; multi-language interface; compatibility with the latest version Firefox; one-click operation without copying & pasting URL… All these guarantee you an amazing Flash download experience.

More information about the handy Flash downloader >>

Notice of Name Change: Since V1.4.1, the name of “Sothink SWF Catcher for Firefox” is changed to “Sothink Flash Downloader for Firefox“. Please kindly notice!

 

What the downloaded Flash can do except for offline viewing?

Special tip 1: Decompile the downloaded Flash to extract SWF elements or convert SWF to FLA/FLEX for further editing

You can open the downloaded Flash in Sothink SWF Decompiler, and then easily extract SWF elements or convert SWF to FLA, SWF to FLEX project for further editing.

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Download SWF Decompiler and have a try (30-day free experience) >>

Tutorial 1: How to extract SWF elements by SWF Decompiler? >>

Tutorial 2: How to Convert SWF to FLA?

Tutorial 3: How to convert Flash SWF to FLEX project?

 

Special tip 2: Extract images from downloaded Flash to enrich your logo design resources

You can import the downloaded Flash into Sothink Logo Maker, and then extract images and use them as high-resolution logo design resources.

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Feb 01

Capture and Download SWF from Safari for FREE

On February 1, 2010, Sothink releases SWF Catcher for Safari V1.0, an useful Safari plug-in, which is totally free of charge and allows you to capture and download rich Flash media of SWF format from Safari quickly, such as Flash movies, Flash banners, Flash games, Flash cartoons, Flash cards, etc.

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This free Safari plug-in has a small size, and can be embedded into Safari by just adding a new button. With this professional Safari Flash downloader, you can capture and save favorite online Flash from Safari at anytime, without worrying about losing the Flash media when it is deleted by the site.

For more information about this industry-leading Safari Flash downloader >>

You also can open the downloaded Safari Flash in Sothink SWF Decompiler for Mac, and then decompile it to FLA or FLEX project easily for further editing.

How to decompile downloaded Safari Flash by Sothink SWF Decompiler >>

Dec 16

Preparation for DIY Special Christmas Card – Tutorial One: Save Flash from IE

So exciting! Christmas is coming soon. It’s time for fun and good cheer. You may want to DIY warm and beautiful Merry Christmas cards and send them to friends and families to share the wonderful spirit of Christmas.

In this tutorial, I will introduce you how to capture and download fabulous Christmas cards from IE by Sothink SWF Catcher, a free IE extension for you to save Flash to local computer.

For more information on this Flash Christmas card downloader >>

In next tutorial, you will learn how to get preferred elements from captured Christmas card >>

 

Used Tool: Sothink SWF Catcher – Free extension for capturing and saving Flash from IE

Estimated Time: 5 Minutes

Purpose: Capture and save Flash from IE

 

Step 1: Capture Favorite Flash from IE

1. After Sothink SWF Catcher has been installed successfully on your computer, from Internet Explorer, open a web page containing the Christmas card you want to save to local.

2. On the IE toolbar, select Tools > Sothink SWF Catcher. Now the Sothink SWF Catcher window is appeared.

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The Flash Christmas card contained in this web page is captured and listed on the left. When you click the file, it will be automatically played in the right window.

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Oct 23

The Lazy Way to Create Photo Album and Share it Online- A Quick Tutorial

People always do more than just 1-2-3 steps to create album and make it more stunning and unique. If you would most like to use the least amount of time to create a Flash photo album and share it online, you definitely can use the preset effects and theme to skip the editing and setting work.

In the past, we’ve known how to create album with some album maker, but we most wanted to easily and quickly make a professional photo album in simplest way and really hope the product helping us, is totally free. This guide is to help you learn how to use completely free Flash album studio (Sothink Photo Album Maker) to create Flash album in just one minute.

  • Step1. Add Photos

Launch Sothink Photo Album Maker, under “Add Photos” interface browse photos in your PC and click button “Add to Album” to add them to your album.

  • Step2. Add Effects (You may just skip this step if you are satisfied with the transition effects applied by default. Trust me, you will.)

Go to “Edit Effects” interface to add transition effects for your album.

If you want to quickly replace all the default effects with your own choice, you may select any effect thumbnail between any two photos, pick one from effects panel, and click button “Apply to All”.

  • Step3. Apply Theme & Music (Album theme and background music are also ready by default.)

Go to “Theme_Music” interface to apply album theme and background music.

You may select any theme listed at right to apply it for your album. As for background music, you may pick one from your own resources.

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Jul 16

Little Known Website to Learn DHTML Menu!

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Bestwebmenu.com, a tutorial-based website, is spontaneously built in the purpose of introducing developers to make better use of Sothink DHTML Menu program, which is not affiliated with Sothink or SourceTec Company.

Here is a place for old hand people sharing key experience and skills on website development and menu creation. Either fresheners or intermediate-level guys are welcome here.

So what have it already offered?
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Jul 01

Who Else Wants Camera Videos to Blu-ray Burning for Families?

Are you looking for a way to record scenes with your high-def video camera on family or wedding or other parties, and watch it anywhere later? Did you like to back up precious holiday memories as high definition discs? It will be so great to enjoy home videos with high quality and large screen, for example, to watch them on your HDTV.

Here is a tutorial illustrating how to convert camera videos to Blu-ray movies and burn it on Blu-ray Discs.

 

What You Need:

High-def Camcorder: or called HD Video Cameras, used to record HD videos for fun, such as Sony HDR-XR100E and Cannon HF200.

One piece of blank Blu-ray Discs: Insert a blank Blu-Ray disc into the computer’s drive.

Blu-ray Disc Burner: Sony unveils BWU-100A Blu-ray burner, for example.

Blu-ray Burning Software: Sothink HD Movie Maker

 

Step 1: Transfer Camera Videos to PC

Attach the camera to PC and transfer the video from the camcorder into PC.

 

Step 2: Add and Edit Video

Add Files

Launch Sothink HD Movie Maker. Selecting “Add Files” from File in the Menu or directly clicking button “Add Files” on the Toolbar, a dialog pops up for choosing movie files to the program. You can add more than one movie file at one time.

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Jun 26

Sothink SWF Quicker V4.5 Lets You Import & Edit SWF of Flash CS3 (V9), Flash CS4 (V10)

The Adobe Corporation has consecutively released Flash CS3 (V9) and Flash CS4 (V10) after the Flash 8, and this was undoubtedly good news to all the Flash fans. Now, here comes more exciting news —- the long-awaited function that importing and editing SWF files created by Flash CS3 (V9), Flash CS4 (V10) is recently realized in Sothink SWF Quicker V4.5.

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Get Sothink SWF Quicker to import and edit SWF of Flash CS3 and Flash CS4 >>

As the leading Flash SWF editor in the market, Sothink SWF Quicker always keeps up with the latest technical updates in the Flash area. It is the best Flash animation editor to edit SWF files or create Flash animations from scratch. Sothink SWF Quicker supports applying plenty of built-in animated effects to Flash movie elements; provides quick-start templates to make Flash Albums, Banners, Navigation Buttons and Slide Shows easily. This Flash animation maker also allows you to export Flash movies to SWF, EXE, GIF, or AVI, which helps you to enjoy colorful Flash arts more conveniently.

More details about this Flash animation maker >>

When editing a SWF of Flash CS3 (V9) or Flash CS4 (V10), you can edit almost all elements of the SWF file, such as adding or changing texts and images, assigning new URL, adding ActionScript to control the animation more precisely, etc. The latest version (V4.5) of Sothink SWF Quicker supports ActionScript 3.0. And in the previous version, it has supported ActionScript 1.0 and 2.0 already. Besides this, you can find better Operating System compatibility in Sothink SWF Quicker V4.5, that is, it begins to support Windows Vista 64-bit now. I’m sure all of this will bring you totally new Flash creating and editing experience.

Try Sothink SWF Quicker V4.5 to import and edit SWF >>

Jun 08

How to Back up Your Blu-ray Disc?

We know that Blu-ray is the newest innovation and currently expensive, so it is better to back up your Blu-ray discs in case they break or get damaged. It is recommended that burn the Blu-ray Movies from your original disc to another Blu-ray Disc with Sothink HD Movie Maker, which can easily burn HD Blu-ray movies to Blu-ray Disc of 25GB or 50 GB capacity.

Here is a simple tutorial illustrating how to burn Blu-ray movies to Blu-ray Disc with Sothink HD Movie Maker:

What You Need:

  • Blu-ray Movies: Save the Blu-ray movie files, which are from the Blu-ray Disc you purchased or downloaded from Internet, in the computer.
  • Empty Blu-ray Disc: Insert an empty Blu-Ray disc into the computer’s drive.
  • Blu-ray Disc Burner: Sony unveils BWU-100A Blu-ray burner, for example.
  • Blu-ray Burning Software: Sothink HD Movie Maker

Start Burning:

  • Step 1: Add Files

Launch Sothink HD Movie Maker application program.Before burning Blu-ray movie(s) into Blu-ray Disc, the movie files need to be added in first.

Selecting “Add Files” from File in the Menu or directly clicking button “Add Files” on the Toolbar, a dialog pops up for choosing movie files to the program. You can add more than one movie file at one time.

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Jun 03

How to Make Flash Album for Children’s Day?

Children’s Day has just been celebrated. Have you prepared a gift for your kids? Did you have a party for them? Maybe you can make a Flash album for saving all the happy moments in that Children’s Day and share it with your families. So, how to realize that?

Here is a tutorial illustrating how to make a Flash album in clicks from Sothink SWF Easy template:

Tool Used in this Tutorial:

  • Adobe Flash Player

The following image shows appearance of a Flash album created by Sothink SWF Easy. The Flash album itself could be played under control or display photos automatically. When the photos changing, it also shows Flash tranform effects.

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Link to Sothink SWF Easy Album Samples >>

Following the tutorial below and you will create a same Flash album like the previewed one.

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