Internet media software company, Wildform, has released the first Flash video encoder for the Mac (dubbed Flix) and the first Flash text animation software (with the moniker, SWfX) for our favorite computing platform. What’s more, both are Mac OS X compatible
Flix, first released for the Wintel platform in January, lets you stream video to over 96 percent of Web browsers without a download — and even through firewalls, according to Wildform CEO Jonathan Blank. You can also use it to embed links in video files, create video banner ads and video e-mails, integrate video into customized media players and user interfaces, and embed video into HTML Web pages, or larger Flash movies.
SWfX, released for the PC market in July 2000, is a SWF text animation tool. Just enter your text and select an effect. SWF is an open-source animation and sound delivery format owned and marketed by Macromedia, which also releases Flash, the standard SWF creation tool, and the Flash Player — the most widely distributed internet software ever.
Since both Flix for Mac and SWfX for Mac are Carbonized applications, they’ll work with Mac OS 8.6 and 9.x (with the CarbonLib extensions installed), as well as Mac OS X. This makes Wildform the first software company to release Mac OS X compatible software for Flash production, Blank said in a statement announcing the products.
For more info about Flix, which costs US$99, and SWfX, priced at $25, go to the
Wildform Web site.