19 April 2011

Eltima Flash Optimizer Review


Compress SWF with Flash Optimizer

Flash Optimizer is the most powerful SWF compressor available today. It is possible to reduce SWF files size by up to 60-70% without quality loss thanks to amazing algorithms of vectors, shapes, morphing, Z-buffer, fonts and other revolutionary optimizations.

Flash Optimizer brings a significant power into hands of Flash users, allowing everyone to save traffic, time and finally money!

Now Flash Optimizer fully supports Flash 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and Flash 10 as well as ActionScript 2 and 3.

A full feature list is available here

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LeecherMods has tested Flash Optimizer. Flash files created with Adobe Flash software it optimize by reducing the swf file size drastically.

A few tips from us when you deal with pictures for the web and when you create flash shows for web presentations, banners and menus - the biggest part in optimization:

Use loosless image optimizer.

For PNG' save them in 256 colors and apply PNGout with max. compresssion parameters.
On Jpeg's run jpegtran. A compiled binary can be found here and a Gui for Windows (The JPEG Reducer) here.
For Gif's is still the best for optimization SuperGif. (some Gif's can not procede well)
You may also have a look on RIOT - Radical Image Optimization Tool.

If there is further optimization possible, check this out with Yahoo! Smush.it online.

SWF file created with third-party application such as IncrediFlash, Xilisoft,... may not work to optimize.
Flash Software from AnvSoft creates already maximum optimized output files. There is very little what you can gain with the image optimization settings. Refer to the image optimization tips above.

With Adobe Flash software created files is a wide range possible on optimization.

Not only images but also sound, video and fonts in flash files can be trimmed with Flash Optimizer. If the source file isn't ZLib compressed, the program can apply this powerful compression.
Our tip: Create Flash files with an already maximum optimized material no matter if images or audio and video clips and gain a greater optimization by run Eltima's Flash Optimizer over it. If you don't create flash by self and want to optimize compiled swf files afterwards where you do not have the sources, to reduce the file size, then Flash Optimizer is the only way to do that. (in practice, provided banners) but keep in mind, you will always have to judge between file size and quality by multimedia except vectors, shapes, morphing, Z-buffer and fonts.

Flash Optimizer comes in a very userfriendly interface. Tips and preview results are shown within the program options. Drag ' n drop as well as batch mode - compress many files at once - is supported. The program language can be changed from English to German, French and Spain.
This is with distance the best program in this sector.

For every webdesigner who integrates flash on its site, Flash Optimizer is a must!

If you use flash for presentations and want to reduce the file sizes to make them more handy, its also highly recommended.

A limited Trial Version can be downloaded on this page.

Please give us your feedback and also check out the other programs from Eltima Software.

For our next review we would like to know from you if you are more interested in Flash Decompiler Trillix or SWF & FLV Toolbox.

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