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Silex, the June Sourceforge POTM

Posted by Sravan | June 10, 2009 .

Silex is an open source RIA that can be used to build Flash Web sites for Flash Player 7, 8, 9, and 10. It is a CMS which can handle a wide variety of media, comes with an online WYSIWYG editor, automatically generates deep linking for your SWFs, and creates on-the-fly HTML versions for each Flash page thus making your website more SEO-friendly.

A couple of other features that I did not understand are making a cd-rom, installing cd or a web-tv, displaying databases content and touch screens.

It has something to offer everybody whether you are a novice, web designer, ActionScript and Flash developer or a webmaster.

Silex was started nearly ten years ago, constantly expanding to further frontiers. Apple invited Silex to be presented at WWDC 2005 and the 2007 Apple Exhibition and has especially grown rapidly during the last couple of years since moving to Sourceforge. Recently, it has been selected as the project of this month on Sourceforge.

Silex is freely available through GPL and requires PHP5 and at least Flash 7.

The project is looking for development and peripheral support. Visit the forums for specific information. You can also ping Ariel, say post a comment here, and I am sure he will be gland to hear from you.

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5 Comments so far
  1. ariel sommeria  June 10, 2009 8:24 am

    Hi Sravan,
    thanks for the post!
    on the stuff you don’t understand:
    - CDROMS. It just means using Silex without PHP, so you need a special loader that is provided somewhere on the site.
    - touchscreens: We just run a customized PC with a touchscreen, and it’s like a normal site except that it’s designed for use with only one click and no keyboard input
    -databases: it’s some new components that are designed especially for this. They’re called OOF. You can take a look here. http://sourceforge.net/projects/oof/ You can think of them as a sister project to silex. They can be used in silex but also in Flash
    -webtv: same thing, you need oof to use dynamic content, recovered from a database, or a RSS feed.
    Ariel

  2. Sravan  June 10, 2009 6:46 pm

    Thank you for the clarifications, Ariel. You guys are doing a great job.

  3. Frank  June 22, 2009 8:47 am

    Is the the same as Yooba Flash CMS, http://www.yooba.com
    FrankyBoy

  4. Sravan  June 22, 2009 9:27 am

    Interesting, Frank. Thanks for the link. But I guess it only has a free trial and isn’t completely free.

  5. lexa  December 29, 2009 6:32 am

    And it does not produce professional looking website like Silex does…

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