15 of the Most Promising Flash CMS Solutions

by Andy Shapiro

December 10, 2009 in Resources

Flash developers and users are constantly looking for powerful Flash CMS solutions. The case is any Flash CMS (Flash Content Management System) allows anyone to easily build Flash web sites and update them whenever necessary.

These days the number of Flash CMS solutions is growing rapidly and it takes a lot of time to find every new Flash CMS that enters the market. In order to save you time we offer a list of the most promising Flash CMS Solutions. Some of them are free to use, however most of them are commercial products because it takes a lot of time and efforts to make something really good and professional.

Please take a few minutes to know more about the Flash Content Management Systems. Maybe some of them could perfectly fit your needs.

Royale/CMS
Royale/CMS is a Flash CMS/XML editor for agencies and freelance developers. It is known for a simple interface and a number of powerful features including easy media management and automatic image cropping, various edit and update tools and other options that enable converting standard video formats to FLV, etc. In short, Royale/CMS has been created to manage dynamic Flash sites, mini sites and web applications.

Royale/CMS

Saffron Flash CMS
Saffron Flash CMS is what you need to build and customize Flash sites. In order to accomplish this task you won’t need to leave your browser window. Also, it won’t be a problem to embed an image gallery, an MP3 or a Video player into your site. The best part of this software is that it doesn’t require a user to be an expert in Flash or any other program. Luckily the Saffron Team understands the importance of clear documentation. Therefore, the official site answers every question you might have on this Flash CMS.

Saffron Flash CMS

SILEX
SILEX is an open source tool that enables you to build Flash websites for Flash Player 7, 8 and 9. SILEX comes with a number of features, including online editing, deep linking, search friendliness, drag and drop functionality, template system, Flash ActionScript API, etc. To see SILEX Flash CMS in action simply visit the official site Silex-ria.org.

SILEX

FlashMoto
FlashMoto is one of the most powerful Flash CMS solutions. It’s equally useful for the beginners, Flash developers and Flash site owners. FlashMoto allows them to easily build and manage Flash websites. In fact, all site pages you build with FlashMoto are fully indexable and therefore SEO friendly. It should be also mentioned that no skills are required to apply this Flash CMS. FlashMoto comes with a set of templates, a built-in image gallery, a built-in MP3 player, intuitive editing tools and the richest media library. Also, you can upload different images and video files; add custom modules and .SWF files. Please remember FlashMoto is the first Flash CMS based on ActionScript 3 which enables to use Flash CS3, CS4 platforms and Flash Player 10 effects in website development.

FlashMoto

Yooba
Yooba is another Flash CMS that gives you freedom to create and edit Flash content. It might be useful for those who plan to build Flash presentations, micro sites, landing pages or Flash sites. Keep in mind, Yooba is available in two different versions: Professional and Enterprise. So, the features you get depend on the version you buy.

Yooba

FlashDance CMS
FlashDance CMS is a Content Management System framework you can use to build and maintain Flash web sites and flash based cdroms. Note FlashDance CMS is available absolutely free of charge. For now FlashDance CMS is not compatible with AS3 projects. Also, it’s quite difficult to embed new fonts. Still, the situation seems to improve since the developer is passionate about his project. Currently FlashDance CMS comes with a page editor, a photo gallery and video player plugins, also drag and drop functionality. The official site of FlashDance represents a successful example of using this CMS to build beautiful Flash websites.

FlashDance CMS

Flashblocks Flash CMS
Flashblocks Flash CMS is another solution that enables you to create, update, and arrange Flash content from any web browser. Due to the graphical and intuitive interface, no programming skills are required to use the software. Simply login, go to the area you want to update, select an editor and start editing the content of your Flash site. In fact Flashblocks Flash CMS is delivered with a clear documentation and an informative video tutorial.

Flashblocks Flash CMS

FlashLoaded
FlashLoaded Team offers a few Flash CMS tools – fCMS and fCMSPro. Both solutions are helpful when it comes to Flash website development. However, they differ in price and key features. For instance fCMSPro that is announced as an advanced tool allows you to add and delete pages. Also, the pages you create can be easily indexed by Google and other search engines. At the same time fCMS allows you to update texts and images. So it depends on you if you need features that are provided with fCMSPro or it is enough for you to get a Flash CMS component like fCMS.

FlashLoaded

Aurora Flash
AuroraFlash is a desktop WYSIWYG environment for Windows OS that visualizes the process of flash website development. This Flash CMS comes with a number of default themes. Therefore, it becomes quite easy to build beautiful, flexible and feature rich Flash websites. To name just a few features that make AuroraFlash stand out: a component structure, user-friendly administration interface, deep linking, multilingual support, widget integration, etc. In spite of the fact that AuroraFlash is provided for free there is a number of tutorials that teach you how to use it most effectively.

Aurora Flash

Maki
Maki is a Flash Content Management System that enables you to easily launch and update Flash websites. If you decide to go with this Flash CMS solution you’ll be offered a number of website templates to choose from. Frankly speaking most designs look simple. However, Maki is a quick way to get a Flash site up and running. In fact, this application is announced to be the most intuitive Content Management System to create Flash websites. So you have a chance to check if it is so.

Maki

Flash CMS Templates
Each Flash CMS Template is not only a Flash CMS but a combination of a Flash CMS and a professional looking design. It’s like a Flash Template that you can easily edit as it already comes with Flash CMS functionality. As you can learn from the video presentation Flash CMS Templates bring “the perfection of maintenance functionality for the users and the perfection of Flash and animation development for the developers”.

Flash CMS Templates

Fuzzle-CMS.com
Fuzzle CMS is launched to prove that well-indexed and fast loading Flash sites can be created easily and at a relatively low cost. The key features of this Flash CMS solution are drag and drop editing, SEO friendliness and a set of widgets to enhance your Flash site. In fact, such widgets as “Simple MP3 Player” and “MP3 Button” are provided free of charge. Also, Fuzzle CMS allows you to perform quick design integration. Even if you have no programming experience, you can still build Flash websites because Fuzzle CMS is aimed at beginners as well as professional web developers and Flash gurus.

Fuzzle-CMS.com

Flash Content Manager
Flash Content Manager is an easy-to use yet powerful File Manager developed for Flash websites. In order to work with this tool it isn’t necessary to know Flash or HTML programming. All changes can be done through a browser-based user interface. Flash Content Manager enables you to easily edit text files, create new text files, upload and delete different types of files, rename files, etc. Also, Flash Content Manager comes with a rich text editor, a file reader plug-in and a multi lingual support. Recently a developer version of the Flash Content Manager has become available.

Flash Content Manager

Rainbow Live
Rainbow Live is an xml editor and a basic Content Management System at the same time. It enables you to manage online XML data and saves the time you spend to design and update small and medium Flash sites. Note these days you can win a free Rainbow Live license. All you should do to win the prize is to write a comprehensive tutorial on how to use Rainbow Live Flash CMS.

Rainbow Live

Droower Flash CMS
Droower is a Flash CMS with full-functional rich text editor and multiple drawing capabilities. With Droower it’s very easy to create, publish and integrate Flash content into any HTML or Flash web site. In fact, this Flash CMS has the ability to export vector graphics to .jpg or .png. What’s also great about Droower is that it comes with a step by step installation guide.

Droower Flash CMS

About the Author:

The article is brought to you by Andy Shapiro of TopFlashCms.com. It’s the only blog that provides information on all Flash CMS solutions available so far.

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  • Mahendran

    Dec 11th

    Its very useful, but you missed the most powerful one…

    That is Adobe ICE Technology…

    Please follow this link

    http://stairwellblog.com/2008/10/ice-adobe-incontext-editing/

  • Miguel625

    Dec 11th

    there is nothing promising about flash as content delivery platform.

  • Flash CMS

    Dec 11th

    Thanks for mentioning! Great post.
    By the way, I just want to specify TemplateMonster’s Flash CMS templates are based on FlashMoto CMS.

    Thanks,
    FlashMoto Team

  • Fewzy

    Dec 11th

    Is there any for free using?

  • borisg

    Dec 11th

    Hmmm, i thought jQuery killed flash :), it’s hard to find nice flash sites these days.

  • Psd html

    Dec 11th

    I am with borisg. flash is only pieces of code not for a cms. Nowadays jquery is the King.

  • Ed Fry

    Dec 11th

    I’ve never really looked at flash content management systems, I found your article really insightful!

    The questions regarding flash not being ‘visible’ to search engines could be no longer. Someone (Google Webmasters Blog?) released something about flash becoming readible – so these may all become very popular soon!

  • Martin

    Dec 11th

    As far as I understand only AuroraFlash is completely free right? Or what?

  • lexa

    Dec 12th

    Hey Andy

    Thank you for this article, I appreciate to discover new Flash CMS every day :)

    And I believe it is the right time to talk about this, because I see that everything is moving this way.

    Silex is the ancester of all the other Flash CMS since we develop it for 7 years now and it is open source since 2007. I think that the community is something that you have to take into account. We are in something like 50 countries, it is a great pleasure to see how many websites are produced every month.

    I think that we could do a kind of matrix with the data in this article. The important points I see to classify and distinguish all these CMS are
    - license (free, OS, have to pay)
    - online WYSIWYG (yes/no)
    - the user own his data vs hosted online service
    - need of Flash IDE (yes/no)
    - can work together with Flash IDE (yes/no)
    - has a plugin system and API for developpers to contribute/extend the CMS (yes/no)
    - may be used to produce any Flash website (yes/no, for example, is there a set of components or is it possible to customize all the components)
    - possible level of customization (from 50% to 100%, for example the loader, the “no-flash” page, the scroll bars, …)

    What do you think of that?
    Thank you again,
    lex

    @Martin
    Silex and FlashDance are also free, but only Silex is open source! And Silex website is http://silex-ria.org

  • web design washington dc

    Dec 12th

    Anyone tried Gaia out there? It seems like it requires a little more programming than some of these options, but it’s extremely powerful and flexible. I’m going to check out a few of these as well.

  • Elliott

    Dec 13th

    Thanks for the post. There are definitely some interesting solutions here.

    If you have any questions about Royale/CMS feel free to email me at sales@royalecms.com

    Thanks,

    Elliott

  • David Johnson

    Dec 14th

    Adobe ICE Technology doesn’t count it is not Flash based technology.

    All other solutions look great, however I do agree with Lex – all solutions need to be properly categorized. It would be better if you revise the listing and do some homework and publish a new summary with better organized structure.

    Cheers,
    David

  • andrea

    Dec 14th

    there is anotherone upcoming :)

    spryflash cms framework

    o wysiwyg editor
    o fully extendable
    o seo included
    o runs on any server with php/mysql
    o online template editor
    o use ready built components or make your own & share them
    (menus, slideshows,)
    o seperate content & design to make it as easy for end users
    o make your animations in the flash ide and simple upload them
    o lightweight and well structured code layout

    o not for free

    http://spryflash.com
    http://demo.spryflash.com

    cheers andrea

  • Paul Story

    Dec 15th

    A great alternative to these that is free and open source is MODx. Often use it for non-flash sites but it is very easy to spit out XML for use in your flash.

  • Anderson

    Dec 21st

    I like the Minicrud is always updating as new features.
    http://www.minicrud.com

  • leon

    Dec 30th

    Nice round up! Hadn’t heard of most of these. We wrote a review of FlashBlocks CMS on our blog. It’s written in Dutch though . http://www.yummygum.nl/blog/flashblocks-het-cms-voor-flashwebsites

  • Sam

    Jan 7th

    I guess you missed http://www.flashmint.com/show-type-flash-cms.html
    They have great collection of CMS templates

  • fpauk

    Feb 2nd

    Have a look at this …

    Easy to setup and lot of freedom for designing

    http://www.flaria.fi

    Ive used it for more sites .. so easy

    http://www.fiskekaelderen.dk

    and they told that new features are under develop

  • Fancy Flash CMS

    Feb 18th

    One more upcoming Flash CMS is Fancy CMS – http://fancycms.com
    This will be both useful for developers and end-users.

    It’ll have an opensource free core and user-friendly convenient admin panel.

    And yeah, Premium Flash Templates to import and customize! =]

  • carlos

    Aug 3rd

    there is an amazing flash based cms on:

    http://riadevel.blogspot.com/

    it is still under development, but soon will be online and it promise very much.

  • bag

    Aug 14th

    It’ll have an opensource free core and user-friendly convenient admin panel.

  • flash cms

    Sep 26th

    I know also http://www.mosite.org to create flash Websites and manage Flash Contents..i suggest you to add it to this Flash CMS list
    bye and thanks!

  • love sms

    May 21st

    Remarkable writing. I’ve been reading contents on internet for quite long time but to tell the truth I never got so fascinating post to read out similar to this one.And yes i have digg your site designm.ag

  • Andre

    Jul 6th

    I have created a custom Flash CMS for my clients too , you can check a demo online here.

    http://www.flashcmstemplate.com/

    André R.| Web Designer & Flash CMS Programmer

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