WPDFD Issue #63 - June 01, 2003

Wildform Wild fx

Wildform SWfx was great fun, if somewhat limited. It could take a line of text that was typed-in, turn it into a typographic pyrotechnics display and output it as a Flash .SWF file. I've used it for banner ads and for quick 'n' easy online birthday cards. Apart from choosing the typeface, size and colour, all the effects were presets that had already been programmed. Admittedly, there were a lot of them and it made the program very easy to use but I often wished I had a bit more control of the process.

Mozilla Firebird

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has overwhelming dominance of the browser marker yet there are still teams of programmers out there avidly toiling away on alternative browsers. Maybe they think of themselves as a resistance movement? The open source Mozilla project was born out of the failure of Netscape to hold onto its initial market position but a very interesting graph published by Google paints a very telling picture of how IE 6 continues to rise and Mozilla/Netscape is barely visible amongst the sediment at the bottom.

Wildform Wild fx

Wildform SWfx was great fun, if somewhat limited. It could take a line of text that was typed-in, turn it into a typographic pyrotechnics display and output it as a Flash .SWF file. I've used it for banner ads and for quick 'n' easy online birthday cards. Apart from choosing the typeface, size and colour, all the effects were presets that had already been programmed. Admittedly, there were a lot of them and it made the program very easy to use but I often wished I had a bit more control of the process.

Mozilla Firebird

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has overwhelming dominance of the browser marker yet there are still teams of programmers out there avidly toiling away on alternative browsers. Maybe they think of themselves as a resistance movement? The open source Mozilla project was born out of the failure of Netscape to hold onto its initial market position but a very interesting graph published by Google paints a very telling picture of how IE 6 continues to rise and Mozilla/Netscape is barely visible amongst the sediment at the bottom.