LAS VEGAS, Microsoft MIX07, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Electric Rain(R)
is bringing new life to Adobe(R) Flash files within the Microsoft(R)
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight platforms with the
introduction of Harmony(TM), the first commercial application for
Flash-to-XAML content conversions.
Electric Rain Harmony provides designers and developers with a fast and
easy way to convert existing Flash SWF files (graphics and simple
animations) into Microsoft-based XAML mark-up for immediate use in the
Microsoft WFP and Silverlight (formally WPF/E) platforms.
"Harmony puts designers and developers on a faster track to building
rich and compelling WPF and Silverlight applications," said Mike Soucie,
Electric Rain CEO. "There is no denying that companies and design agencies
have built up many years of Flash assets, including banner ads and Web
animations. Harmony lets them quickly and easily convert this important
content into XAML mark-up that is WPF and Silverlight friendly -- erasing
the need to recreate assets from scratch."
Harmony not only eases the pain of repurposing Flash assets into XAML,
it also helps designers learn the XAML syntax and mark-up structure by
illustrating how graphics and animations are translated from the popular
Flash SWF format into the new XAML format. By deconstructing how XAML
mark-up builds, displays, and plays animations in context to Flash, Harmony
accelerates the understanding and learning surrounding XAML and WPF
graphics and animations.
In addition, since Harmony exports to both WPF-based XAML, as well as
to Microsoft's new Silverlight XAML mark-up, it serves as a single
translation solution for use on the desktop or Web platform, leveraging WPF
or Silverlight respectively. Harmony's powerful XAML export capabilities
make it a natural fit for converting assets to be incorporated into other
XAML tools like Microsoft Expression Blend.
Harmony v1.0 goes beyond frame-by-frame conversion by converting
complete Flash SWF files focused on graphical shape definitions and simple
animations into native XAML animations. Note that Harmony does not convert
Flash ActionScript code.*
Electric Rain's Harmony will be available in summer 2007 and will be
sold directly through Electric Rain at www.erain.com.
About Electric Rain
Electric Rain is a Boulder, Colorado-based software company with a
vision of bringing easy-to-use multimedia creation and editing tools to
business and design professionals. Electric Rain has become the
industry-leading developer of 3D Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash solutions,
selling over 65,000 units of its flagship product Swift 3D, now in version
4.5. Electric Rain's partners include Adobe, Macromedia, Alias (now
Autodesk), and most recently Microsoft, as an elite Technology Adoption
Partner (TAP) for developing new Windows Vista (.NET 3.0 based)
applications. For more information, please visit: www.erain.com
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Editor's note: Photos are available on request and at Electric Rain's
Web site: www.erain.com.
* With Harmony v1.0, there may be limited support for animations that
rely on ActionScript to run, and there may be support for button
interaction such as rollover state. There will not be support for any
interactivity contained within the original SWF file that relies on
ActionScript to execute any behaviors, such as jumping to frames, loading
movie clips, etc. As such, Harmony v1.0 will be most effectively used in
converting simple SWF files that contain graphics and frame-based
animations to the XAML format.
SOURCE Electric Rain