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Author: Jeffrey F. Hill | Website: http://www.flash-db.com
Creating an Ecard application to send customized Flash Ecards

Introduction

This tutorial explains how to send out customized Flash e-cards to anyone you want, or allow anyone that visits your site to do the same. This tutorial will allow you to set up a much simplified version of say the online Hallmark or Blue mountain e-cards application. This tutorial was designed to be as simple as possible while still being powerful enough to be used as a commercial application. This Tutorial use's only 2 simple php scripts and it will automatically create text files to save all of your data. For this tutorial it is assumed that you have an in-depth knowledge of Flash 5, and can run php scripts on your server. Please note though that the PHP scripts can just as easily be written in Perl or ASP, it's just the technique where concerned about showing here.

Using the same techniques presented in this tutorial you will be able to customize the text of just about any swf file and then e-mail it to anyone - or allow anyone else to customize that same swf.

Included Files:

  • Ecards.fla - This is the main e-cards fla file.
  • Ecard1 - Ecard5 - these are the e-cards that are used in this tutorial. The e-cards where created as simple open source e-cards to be used in this tutorial. Most where created by friends or acquaintances, all Flashkit members. The first Ecard movie is however from the open source movies on Flashkit, this was to demonstrate how easy it is to convert any static e-card to a dynamic one. For that reason the fla file for the 1st Ecard (Ecard1) is only available on flashkit - All of the other Ecard Fla files have been included.
  • SendEcard.php - This file Sends out the e-card selected in the Ecards.swf file and also writes the custom data to a text file.
  • SelectCard.php - This php script selects which card the user is viewing.
» Level Advanced

Added: 2001-12-04
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Jeffrey Hill is a freelance web developer from Boulder, Colorado. He specializes in creating and developing dynamic database driven Flash content. Being a recent graduate of the University of Colorado - he somehow finds time to write these tutorials.
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