Here’s a friendly reminder to let you know that there is one week left to get Rainbow Live Flash CMS at the amazingly low price of $49. If you’ve been using the trial version and intend to buy or if you’ve got a new Flash Website or XML job coming up don’t miss this opportunity to grab one of the most popular Flash CMS solutions at this low price. OK, sales pitch done!
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A while back I made some video tutorials about using XML with Flash which then went on to show how you could build dynamic Flash websites with Rainbow Live Flash CMS. They seem to have gotten lost in the ether so I thought I’d repost them as they provide a good introduction to the topic.
I’ve been keeping a list of the features to include in the next version of Rainbow Live Flash CMS thanks to feedback from users and my own personal vision for what clients and developers need in a Flash CMS.
In my opinion the best Flash CMS does not equal the biggest CMS or even the most powerful CMS, but should be measured on priorities and requirements for the end user (both developers and clients). In a lot of ways with Rainbow Live the focus has been on rapid development which seems to be in-line with the nature of a lot of work in Flash ecosphere. To that end Rainbow has been built to allow almost instant CMS functionality to XML data in a format entirely dictated by the developer. As you want a more fleshed out solution you are able to spend time building templates and setting preferences to allow uploading, thumbnail creation, sitemap generation and automated SEO HTML backup creation. Put briefly, you can be up and running with Rainbow Live in a matter of minutes but you also have the option to really make use of all the extra features in Rainbow to build a unique and custom CMS for your needs.
Having achieved the goal of rapid CMS development for your Flash Website, the next stage for Rainbow Live is to build a more capable and presentable solution for Flash website developers that caters to some of the common requirements for this sort of development. So, here’s a list of what the planned new features for Rainbow 2.0 are:
- Export mulitple XML files per project
- Translate the interface into new languages
- Restricted font list, set by the developer
- Styles (css based)
- Single interface to access different website projects
- New look and feel (a more presentable alternative to the node view)
- Dedicated node types (image, sound, video)
- Custom help screens
- Interactive image cropping
- Optional developer defined dropdown lists for node attribute values
- Multiple file upload
- Improved text editor
- More branding customisation
While this isn’t an exhaustive list, nor is everything guaranteed to make it to the final build, it’s an indication of the path Rainbow is taking to give it more real-world functionality that’s required by Flash website developers when looking for an XML CMS for their projects. Feel free to let me know of any other features you’d like to see.
You can test drive Rainbow 1.5 right now with a free 30-day trial – Install it here
XML for your Flash Website.
For those of you that are unaware, Code and Visual develop and maintain a Flash CMS called Rainbow Live which is used to power Flash websites based on XML. The purpose of Rainbow Live was to create an easy and flexible solution for using Flash XML to power small to medium sized Flash websites. XML is by far the most popular data format for dynamic Flash websites. The biggest downside to using XML in a CMS sense is that it can be a daunting proposition for a non technically minded person (such as your client) to make changes with. Enter Rainbow Live.
What makes a good Flash CMS
Rainbow live can import your existing XML file and immediately give it a visual, node based editing environment. Not only that but you can use it to upload images and other content, automatically create thumbnails, and even automatically generate a search engine friendly HTML backup version of your content. With the power of Rainbow the actual content of your site can be viewed on devices that do not have Flash installed – such as the iPhone and the iPad.
- new – SEO optimisation!
- new – Sitemap generation!
- new – Alternative HTML generation!
- Edit XML files live online
- Upload Images and files
- Automatically create thumbnails
- Admin and User log-ins
- Lock and hide elements from user
- Define child templates
- No backend scripting necessary
- Customisable scripts
- Edit XML files on your hard drive
- Move, delete, duplicate and rename nodes
- Add and remove multiple attributes using a simple dialog box
- Avoid writing poorly formed XML
- Save meta data into .rbw files
- Requires Flash player 10
Visit the Rainbow site today.
Watch a short video about how you can use Rainbow Live to create a CMS for your Flash Website.
If you want to try it out, you can install a fuly functional free 30 day trial of Rainbow live Flash CMS.
Finally, here a are a few links explaining how Rainbow Live can add SEO functionaity to your Flash Website
Thanks to all the fantastic feedback about the new SEO features in Rainbow 1.5.1. A few very good suggestions were made and we’ve incorporated some of them in to the latest update.
It’s now even simpler to add text,image and video items to the SEO lists which can now be done through one single property per media type. You’re also able to directly target properties of your page nodes and use either attribute values or node text values.
View the new updated tutorials here:
Generate HTML Backup of your Flash sites for Better SEO
Generate Google Sitmaps of your Flash sites for Better SEO
With the release of Rainbow Live 1.5.1 it’s surprisingly easy to generate an HTML alternative version of your Flash site. This will allow search engines and users without the Flash Player installed to search and navigate through the content, images and links on your site. In the first post we talked about Rainbow’s new Automated Sitemap Generator and now it’s time to introduce the Automated Dataource Generator.
Being that Flash is a compiled file format it’s not easy for search engines to actually understand the internal structure of your Flash websites. There are tools which allow some internal inspection of .swf files, but they don’t tend to understand anything about the site’s information architecture. Add to this the fact that most Flash sites these days will be using external resources such as data specified in an XML file, the usefulness of accessible content within a .swf file is actually quite minimal.
Furthermore, with the popular new range of internet surfing devices by a certain fruity company that won’t allow Flash content to play in their web browser, the incentive for creating a simple HTML version as a backup alternative to your site becomes even more compelling.
By combining with SWFAddress and SWFObject, Rainbow Live 1.5.1 makes it easy to create an HTML alternative that will automatically transition users from the full Flash version of your site, should they not be able to view it, to something that will alow them to view and navigate through the content on your site.
What also makes this so fantastic is that google and other search egines are now able to index and search through the actual content of your site without having to rely on an expertly chosen domain name or some strategic meta data additions to your HTML page. Now instead of only linking to page titles provided by deep linking, the actual content can be crawled through and will be available to the search engines to match in their search results. At the end of the day this means your site will appear more times and be more relevant to what users are looking for on google and other search engines.
See the tutorial on the Datasource Generator in Rainbow Live 1.5.1 to learn how you can easily make your Flash sites search engine friendly. Learn more about how easy it is to add Rainbow as a CMS to your Flash site, or about all the other benefits of Ranbow Live.
With the release of Rainbow Live 1.5.1 it’s surprisingly easy to build a Flash site that can be indexed by search engines such as Google.
The first new tool that Rainbow provides is an automated sitemap generator. By indicating which of your XML node types are to be considered destination URLs, Rainbow will automatically output a Google formatted XML file called sitemap.xml in to your domain root. Once you submit this to google it will be aware of what URLs you wish to be indexed for your site (of course you ultimately have no control over what Google actually does decide to index).
Having set up your Flash file to use SWFAddress, Rainbow makes generating a sitemap a breeze. See the following tutorial for a simple step by step guide on how to set up Rainbow to generate an automated sitemap.
The next post will deal with Rainbow 1.5.1′s other new tool, simplified datasource export – this will allow you to automatically generate a backup HTML version of your Flash site so that it can be read by search engines and user’s that do not have the Flash Player installed.
soon to be newly released upgrade for Rainbow Live will bring automatic search engine optimisation to your Flash projects. As we all know, Flash is a great technology but unfortunately as far as search engines are concerned, uncompiled markup is still the only truly effective way of getting your site content indexed. Sitemaps are another way to increase search engine awareness of your site, but manually creating and updating these can be a sizeable chore. Enter Rainbow Live 1.5.1!
With Rainbow Live 1.5.1 you will be able to:
- Automatically generate Google friendly sitemaps in XML format that will list all of your text and image content.
- Automatically generate a simplified HTML/PHP version of your site that contains the relevant content, images and links entered into your Rainbow XML data.
For more information, check out these links:
I’m happy to announce that Rainbow Live 1.5 has now been released.
This version has many new improvements to the version 1 and has few new handy functions as well – for a complete list of added features check out the feature list: http://www.codeandvisual.com/rainbow/features/
You can also test drive Rainbow on your own server with full functionality using the Free Trial Key.
Give Rainbow a go now!