Flash is an excellent tool when used properly. Highly interactive websites are one end of the spectrum, with Flash based widgets like Flash image viewers, Flash video players, mp3 players and graphing widgets making up the other end with extremely useful tools.
This is the Flash video player used on Youtube and other sites. It is licensed under a Creative Commons License and for support it has the forums.
The whole whack is customizable via an xml file therefore does not require the use of Flash. It supports Flickr feeds, sounds per image and background music, and there is a budding support forum.
With a customizable interface, international font support and lightweight size (17k), the SimpleViewer flash image viewer has a lot going for it. It requires Flash 7 and is available in a free and pro version (the free has a download link).
This views sets itself apart from the others with it's unique image navigation system, and that you can right click to open the image in a new window.
Geoff Stearns provides some interesting ideas about using his flashobject script, content and behaviour separation, and indexing flash based content in search engines.
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Some of the features include rotation of images within content and rounded corners. You can apply various types of styles to multiple images on a given page, and it looks to be even easier to use then siFR.
I haven't tried this out, yet, but it looks like a simple and quick way to build charts using PHP and Flash. From the site
PHP/SWF Charts is a simple, yet powerful PHP tool to create attractive web charts and graphs from dynamic data.
From the webpage:
I decided to come up with a standard way to embed my Flash movies, whether it be a single movie on a page (full Flash site) or multiple inline Flash elements on a larger XHTML page. - includes downloadable source code.
PHP/SWF Slideshow creates attractive web slideshows from dynamic image files and data... Use PHP scripts to generate or gather the data from databases, then pass it to this tool to generate Flash (swf) charts and graphs. The same tool also accepts XML dynamic data.
I started freelancing by diving in head first and getting on with it. Many years and a lot of experience later I was still able to take away some gems from this book, and there are plenty I wish I had thought of beforehand. If you are new to freelancing and have a lot of questions (or maybe don't know what questions to ask!) do yourself a favor and at least check out the sample chapters.
Like the other books listed here, this provides a great reference for the PHP developer looking to have the right answers from the right people at their fingertips. I tend to pull this off the shelf when I need to delve into new territory and usually find a workable solution to keep development moving. This only needs to happen once and you recoup the price of the book in time saved from having to develop the solution or find the right pattern for getting the job done..