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How to turn SWF Projects into Cash?

Do you find Shockwave Flash convenient for developing animated presentations and interactive games with attractive graphics and sounds? Many developers are using Shockwave Flash to enhance Web sites with this type of application. SWF is an extremely powerful and flexible platform that allows you to easily enhance a Web site with rich animation and unlimited degrees of interactivity.

But did you ever think of selling your Flash projects for a profit? Most SWF developers don't even consider commercializing their Flash-based games or presentations because of the limitations that are inherent to the SWF format. Protecting intellectual property is a major concern for everyone trying to sell applications in the Flash format.

Due to software piracy, every commercial software product contains a certain degree of protection. Broadband Internet connections and widespread availability of peer-to-peer networks make casual piracy easier than ever. Protecting your code from de-compilation is a must if you want a successful commercial product.

Unfortunately, modern SWF decompilers make reverse-engineering of SWF projects about as easy as it gets. Adobe Flash compiler does not provide any degree of protection against extraction and reverse-engineering. Malicious users can easily get access to the source code and all resources contained in the project, extracting pictures, sounds and animations. That can't be good for your ideas and sales!

Fortunately, there is a solution! Meet Chameleon Flash (http://www.chameleonflash.com/) a powerful suite that makes a commercial product out of your SWF projects by compiling your SWF presentation and all of its resources into a single, stand-alone EXE executable file or SCR screensaver!

What, another compiler? If you tried various compilers that turn your SWF files into Windows executables, you probably discovered that, while doing their job, they don't really help you to make a profit from your SWF projects.

This time, though, things are different! Chameleon Flash serves a different purpose. Unlike competing products, Chameleon Flash creates time-limited and feature-restricted commercial products that can be distributed on a try-before-you-buy basis. Create and sell learning tools and tutorials, limiting pre-sale users to just a few topics or exercises. Distribute evaluation versions of computer games where unregistered users can only access a few levels, or limit access to a collection of video clips or music tunes by allowing the playing of only some of the clips.

Protect your SWF presentation by compiling your project and all of its resources into a single stand-alone application that can be easily executed on a Windows PC. It is impossible for a hacker to extract an SWF file or its resources from the executable created with Chameleon Flash. Compile a single executable file and include as many additional dependencies as you need, including XML, FLV, MP3, JPG, and other supporting files of any type.

Licensing is another important issue that must be handled with a commercial product. Automate the distribution and licensing of your products with unique, per-product automatic license key generators created separately for each compilation. The key generators accept command line options and provide console output, offering you automated license key and script generation.

In order to convert your visitors into paying customers, you must have limitations and offer incentives in the evaluation versions. Chameleon Flash helps you to increase your download-to-purchase conversion rate by including custom Purchase Reminder screens that remind your users to purchase the product.

Your users will require a valid license key to activate your product's full functionality. Chameleon Flash makes it impossible to create a third-party key generator for your products by protecting them with strong keys based on asymmetrical cryptography. Choose exactly the type of protection required by your application. You can tie the use of your product to a particular computer by opting for hardware-locked keys, or issue a name-locked key to license a single user or organization. Sell subscription-based products or make your licenses expire after a certain date with time-limited keys.

Impress your target audience with translucent visual effects. Chameleon Flash allows creating a windowless presentation that uses transparency effects right on the computer's desktop. Create objects with shapes and shadows of any complexity, and they will be shown on the desktop with real translucency and semi-transparency effects. Chameleon Flash is compatible with all SWF files, including those created with Flash, Flex, and other popular applications.

Chameleon Flash is available for immediate download for free evaluation. Get your copy now at http://www.chameleonflash.com/ and start turning your SWF presentations into cash.

© 2007 ChameleonFlash.com Updated October 11, 2007.