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A developer library to enhance Flash ActiveX features

What is F-IN-BOX?

F-IN-BOX is a developer's library to enhance Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX features. It does not use its own engine to display movies but provide a wrapper around official swflash.ocx/flash.ocx code instead. Thus it is possible to avoid certain Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX limitations.

Features

Load flash movies directly from any source (no temporary files!). Protect your flash movies.
Create flash-enabled applications which are ready to work even when the Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX is not installed!
Transparency is fully supported!
Ability to play Flash Video (FLV) from stream
Enable/disable flash sounds
Get a snap image of the current flash movie frame
Write code which is compatible with any version of Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
Flash External API

Load flash movies directly from any source (no temporary files!). Protect your flash movies.

It is known fact that the Flash Player ActiveX is able to load movies at certain URLs only. You have to save the movie to a temporary location from your application's resource before you can load it. You'll have to generate a corresponding link that you can pass to the Flash Player ActiveX and then delete the movie after. You'll have to admit that this is extremely inconvenient. Apart from being inconvenient there is a chance you'll fail when you try to create a temporary file if you don't have the appropriate permission or don't have access to a temporary folder. It is definitely not an appropriate approach when security is an issue since your movie can be easily intercepted. There is a solution! F-IN-BOX uses a different approach of swflash.ocx / flash.ocx code loading. It is able to load your movies directly to the ActiveX thereby avoiding the temporary file step. The advantages are pretty obvious. And you can also protect your movies from unauthorized access using your favourite software protection application.

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Create flash-enabled applications which are ready to work even when the Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX is not installed!

One of the biggest problem using the Flash Player ActiveX is the mandatory component registration. The common approach is to save swflash.ocx/flash.ocx code to temporary files and then register them. The disadvantages are the same as above mentioned - insufficient permissions to save and register an swflash.ocx/flash.ocx. Now you can forget about these problems! F-IN-BOX is able to use swflash.ocx/flash.ocx from any source. For example, you can put an swflash.ocx/flash.ocx code inside of your application's resources and instruct F-IN-BOX to use it. It is important to note that F-IN-BOX does not use temporary files and swflash.ocx/flash.ocx registration but loads and uses the code directly. No more user management rights problems - no more temporary files and no more component registrations. It is up to you to decide what swflash.ocx/flash.ocx to use - by default already registered component is used.

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Transparency is fully supported

Using F-IN-BOX you are able to create applications based on transparent flash movies. You can create applications with translucency non-rectangle forms (windows). Use Flash to make applications with modern user interface, make a business logic using your favorite development tools.

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Ability to play Flash Video (FLV) from stream

Using F-IN-BOX you are able to play Flash Video (FLV) from external files, URL or directly from a TStream. When F-IN-BOX loads Flash Video no temporary files are created everything runs directly from memory. You can encrypt your video and put into application's resource - F-IN-BOX loads FLV without ever saving or extracting the file to disk.

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Enable/disable flash sounds

Using the component you can turn on/off all sounds in flash movies.

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Get a snap image of the current flash movie frame

You can get bitmap images from the current flash movie. It means you are able create applications that can coverts Flash movies to a series of bitmaps, JPEGs and others. Also you can build generated images to make an AVI video for example.

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Write code which is compatible with any version of Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).

One of the problem with Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX programming is that you have to control what version of Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX you are using. For example, the property "Stacking" exists only in Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX 5 but doesn't exist in later revisions. F-IN-BOX automatically detects what Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX version is being used and prevents failure if access to non existant properties/methods is attempted. Applications using F-IN-BOX are not only compatible with Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, but are also "smart" about how Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX control is used. This makes your application more robust which can result in fewer technical support issues.

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Flash External API

F-IN-BOX supports so-called External API (available in Flash 8 and higher).

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