13 Nov 2007

SWFAddress 2.0 part 1 - The story so far

The time for a new release has come and this is the first of a series of posts in which I'm going to share with you what the project has achieved so far and what new it has to offer.

The initial SWFAddress 1.0RC release came out about an year ago and quickly got attention because of its simple message:

  • Built for Flash. Until then people were trying to achieve the same functionality using libraries with JavaScript roots.
  • Seamless integration with SWFObject. It was a nice addition for the de-facto Flash embedding standard.
  • Simple API for every ActionScript version. The combination of Flash, Flex and MTASC samples was good enough for everyone.

The next releases just made the project more mature and feature rich. Thanks to the growing interest in deep linking and browser history handling, little by little SWFAddress became just better and better. The statistics system on shows that the project has active forums and has been downloaded more than 20,000 times. Some people even used and deployed the SVN copy of the files, bringing the latest improvements and fixes to their clients.

Speaking of clients, I can say that we're pretty happy with our SWFAddress Services. We still cannot make our living completely out of them, but they appear to be good way of making some money with open source. Most of the time we are hired by designers or small interactive studios that don't have the time or resources to learn and implement deep linking. The big agencies have a lot of talent and usually they build SWFAddress powered content on their own, but the lack of extensive know-how in this area sometimes leads to bad practices.

Today we reveal the SWFAddress Showcase which clearly demonstrates that the deep linking is here to stay. We're glad that there are lots of high profile and award winning websites using SWFAddress and we will continue to work hard and bring you the best possible solution for your needs. It's also great and very important that many people are researching and sharing their work. SWFAddress wouldn't be the same if there weren't projects like Really Simple History, HistoryKeeper, StateManager and many others that deserve your attention and our respect.

Tomorrow I will give an overview of all the new Flash related features and samples. Stay tuned.

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