There are a huge number of 3rd party tools for Flash Developers. This is a natural phenomenon when you have a successful platform with a large adoption in the marketplace. The same growth in prominent in the .NET tool space. Now that Silverlight 2 is alive and doing well we should expect to see more commercial and open source tools released that target the Silverlight developer and designer.
In the Flash world you create your application and store the source in a .FLA file. The FLA file is compiled into a SWF file for deployment. There are a number of decompiler tools for SWF files. Surprisingly another set of tools has emerged – the SWF editors. These editors can open an SWF file in edit mode. Then you can modify the flash application and save the changes back into the SWF file. Some of these editors are quit powerful and enjoy a wide audience.
Turning their eyes toward Silverlight
It seems that some of these companies are beginning to take notice in Silverlight. SourceTec Software makes a number of Flash tools including their Sothink SWF Quicker editor. They have just released a beta of Sothink Quicker for Silverlight.
Apparently it is useful in creating Silverlight animations.
- Supports creating various animations, such as Motion Tween animation, Guide Line animation, Frame by Frame animation.
- Provides full suite of Drawing Tools for you to create graphics, shapes whatever you desired.
- Provides powerful shape editing functionality.
- Supports importing Flash SWF files and the elements of SWF, such as image, graphics and sound into Quicker for Silverlight to create Silverlight animation.
- Supports importing & editing Sound, Image and Video in various formats.
- Supports exporting movie.