Freekin awesome Flash Banner Maker (free 30 day trial)...

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For a cool free (for 30 days) flash banner maker check out the 4 flash features on my site that I created with the program.

On the (Mr. Honeypot) page scroll down to the bottom of the page well below the bear and you will find the links and or file for free trial download.

It's a way cool program that is so user friendly and very well put together plus being easy to use. I will say that it does have a watermark in the upper left hand corner which can easily be covered by going to the "background tab" and setting the border to 35 and any color you like. I have 10 days left in the trial and intend to purchase it at that time because it is something I would like to have for a long term program.

Aha please respect the fact that I pay for the contact me page form and not send me any messages. I will respond here. Thanks so much.

I searched high and low on the web to find this program and I do so hope it makes your site look awesome for free and by the way after you make and save your .SFW file it is yours forever and does not expire in the alloted 30 days. Just thought some of you were thinking that very question.

http://www.honeybearplayhomes.com

post some of your finished work here for others to see...

After you make a banner you then follow the directions below.

The first thing is to upload your .swf file. You can do this from the Site menu -> Manage Files.

Next, drop an HTML widget where you would like to see your Flash presentation, and paste the following HTML inside it (without the <!-- and --> lines - I just added those because GetSatisfaction tries to interpret the code):

<!--
<object width="200" height="400">
<param name="movie" value="resources/myswffile.swf">
<embed src="resources/myswffile.swf" width="200" height="400">
</embed>
</object>
-->

Then you just need to substitute "myswffile.swf" in the code above (in both places) with the name of the file you uploaded and you should see the Flash movie appear when you close the HTML widget editor. You'll need to play around with the width and height values in the text above to suit your movie's size.
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Excellent! I was wondering how you made the flash intro page. Thank you for sharing this. I know people are going to love it!
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If we had to start a "top site of the month competition", and I was allowed to have the deciding vote you would definatley get the award pal.

Best site I've seen in a long time. Freekin awesome !
Thanks for sharing the flash banner maker.
Gotta try this out.
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Thanks for the good vibes liked them... Hey it's my first site and I'm not done quite yet but it's getting there little by little.

"top site of the month" I gotta laugh because I'm sure there are so many good ones out there and I simply wish that there are more because of the golden tips I searched high and low for around the web...

I forgot to add the link for the free photo slideshow. It is the best I've used and boy oh boy did I try many.

Here it is but you need to sign up for a google account which is free too.

https://www.google.com/accounts/Servi...
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I wondered about the photo slideshow, Looks great as well.
Have a look at my site http://www.forsite.synthasite.com/
and you will understand why I think your site looks so good.
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yeah I already was looking... nice site about nice sites... good job...

hey just another add for all you out there. make sure that you save your flash files with the name of your website included and some key words thrown in and then a space and a number combination (yes you can save them with many spaces in the name) because the .sfw file shows up when searched by browsers by their crawlers
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Also, here is another good site addition for free.

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Boomer you must be the one in Cape Town that has spent nearly two hours on my site. You would get the furthest South award for me... Did you leave my page open perhaps. lol just teasing you...
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HaHa - I see your stats are working for you!
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Two Hours ???
They told me it would only take 15 min to rip a site.
Just kidding....
Ja ! to be more south than me you gotta have a pretty cool site.
Any hits from Antartica ?
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ha ha ha funny guy... Did I mention that I was a former Marine???
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***You may wish to print this entire page for reference and ease of use***

Step by step tour for preparing an image for use in Flash Intro Banner Maker that I posted above. I added this because I learned each step by myself the really hard way and don’t see the need for you all to have to go through that nightmare alone. (lol) If you do not intend to cut an image out of one of a pictures then skip step (1)

Step (1)
I forgot to mention earlier that I used Adobe Fireworks to cut out the playhouse image. It was a difficult program to master alone but here is a tutorial I found for your guys and gals out there to learn how to uses and cut any image out of any picture. In addition to the link for the free 30 day trial of the Adobe program the tutorial link is just under it. It happens to be a tutorial on how to make a http://www.jibjab.com creation but it will teach you how to cut out and save an image. Just disregard all the other stuff on the tutorial link unless you want to someday make a talking head of yourself. (ha ha ha)

big file but worth it.

http://www.adobe.com/products/firewor...

tutorial link (click on the video for the tutorial then you can resize it to fit on one side of the screen while the Adobe Fireworks program is on the other) its the easiest way I found to view both at the same time and you can rewind as many times as you like. God knows I did many, many, many, times.

http://www.communitymx.com/content/ar...

Step (2)
Then I used the easiest program ever to use (Window Publisher) to put my playhome image along with many other GIF files into a backyard photo for use in the free flash banner maker. Here are some good royalty free pre-made vector art pages I found but if you want to find more its a challenge but not impossible. (Vector art is a pre cut out image with no background or other stuff) You will see what I mean when you insert one into your photo background. Simply find the image you like and click it to

Unless you are able to or know how to unzip a file follow these easy instruction to save the chosen image from the below links. Click on the highlighted link then click on the image you would like to save (Do not click the Download Vector File) button, then on the next page the image you chose will be larger, you will (Right click) the image and then (Save as) select location and then save. It’s that easy. Now you have a cutout of the image you want for placement in your site or import into your personal image with Publisher with no background to look like it was cut out of a magazine (lol)

Animal clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Border clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Christian clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Education clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Food clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Holiday clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Medical clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Musical clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

People clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Religious clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Sports clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Transportation clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Wedding clip art

http://www.free-clip-art.com/members/...

Open Publisher then goto (Insert) then (Picture) then (From File) and select your background image from its location then goto (Insert) then (Picture) then (From File) and locate and click on your saved vector art image you just downloaded or made with Fireworks, resize it by clicking on it and then clicking on the lower right corner then adjusting the size in or out, then you can position it wherever you like on your background (note that the background should always be (send to back) in the (Arrange) then (Order) button on top or Right click the image you wish to put forward or behind another and select (Order) then your desired placement. When you are done with placement of all images then goto (File) then (Save as) then in the (Save as type) scroll down box select (JPEG Interchange Format) then click the (Change) button then click on the dot for (Commercial Printing 300dpi) then the (Ok) button then type your desired file name then (Save)

Step (3)

After you get done with your image you will need to use Microsoft Office Picture Manager or another program to resize the image to a maximum of 920 pixels wide. The resize feature will automatically adjust the height to a natural setting (this needs to be done because the Synthesite web page is on average 920 pixels wide and any larger would simply look bad and go off the screen) Right click on your newly created JPEG and select (Open with) then select (Microsoft Office Picture Manager) then after the image loads click (Edit Picture) then select (Crop) then crop the image to include only the desired image [meaning crop out the white stuff on the outside] then click (Ok) then click (Edit Picture) one more time, this time click (Resize) then click the dot in front of the (Custom width x height) then highlight the first number and or type no more than (920) You should notice that the numbers changed from the Original size to the New size. Write these numbers down like so (920width x __ __ __height) it will help you later. Then click (Ok) Then click (File) then (Save as) then in front of the file name place the (920width x __ __ __height) you wrote down before. [ __ __ __ means the three digits you wrote down before]. Note that if your image is to be a side banner then the width would of course be a number other than 920. with a little time you will get this with no problem I am sure of that.

Step (4)

Then with Photoshop you may want to blur some of the rough edges where you inserted your vector art. I have been awake for far too long and I will let you figure out Photoshop to blur if you like by yourself. It's really not a hard program to basic but if you can handle a little barely noticeable distortion I would not bother with trying to blur it because if done wrong it may look worse.

http://www.adobe.com/products/photosh...

Step (5)

After all is done then you can now open your Flash Intro Banner Maker and click the Background tab to insert the image. Pretty self explanatory. Just follow the directions located at the begining of this page (I am posting this in two locations) or here.

http://getsatisfaction.com/SynthaSite...

It is however very important that in the Flash Intro Banner Maker you click the (Movie) tab and in the height and width boxes you place the numbers that you wrote down from the Microsoft Office Picture Manager resize step (Step 3). This will ensure that the banner matches the photo you plan to insert.

Gonna go get a cup of coffe or just die from 6 hours trying to write this for you guys and make sure it was all right as rain... If something is wrong don’t shoot the messenger just use the help section in the programs. I know all this works because I’ve used it for months...
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Brilliant! I will be directing people who ask me for this type of thing here in future! You have worked hard this week end!
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later when i am awake maybe I'll do a step by step for the banner maker but like I said before it's pretty easy. Have you tried the program yet?
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I have had a very busy day in support and I still have more to do, but I am definitely going to try it out using your excellent instructions.
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Wow that must have taken hours !!
Will print it out in the morning and give it a go - to late now.
Thanks a lot.

Here's also a free picture editor I use all the.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDeta...
I think its brilliant. You can also do batch pic resizing.

PS I also did a two year stint in the Army - ha ha ha ...
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keep in mind guys do post your sites here if you used these tips because we all want to see them too. Not to mention that will ensure that this post stays up top...
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I just used Microsoft Office Picture Manager because the majority of computers out there have it already but any will work as long as you can adjust height and width pixels
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Have some coffee, Wait 15 min, and I'll have your site on my site.
You deserve it, you've been a great help today.
I'll let you know when its on.
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easy way to center a smaller sfw flash movie instead of being forced to have it to the left side of the screen

I added a page with a description here

http://honeybearplayhomes.synthasite....
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Done. I had to bump somebody off to get you on - damn I'm being nice today.
Some people may not think so though, but then again they hav'nt been very nice lately - sorry Roxy.

You'll notice you don't have a Site Grade - I don't think you wanna know what it is anyway. I 'm going to take this feature off 'cause I don't think its fair.

I Like the idea of people voting for the "top site of the month" and I'll be emailing you soon Monique.
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ha ha... I dont know why.. but i felt like laughing.. M i missing some "URGENT" posters here?
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yeah it says site grade of 27 but I could care less and I think they focus on Google too much. If you search redmond playhouses or kirkland playhouses or some other ones (live.com, ask.com, yahoo.com, msn.com) it shows within the first 3 or so in the first page and if you search Honey bear playhomes its usually the first in all but Google but they are fickle I notice. Google has me in the first one one day and 5 th page the next sometimes. I guess its up to their crawlers
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Bump, Bump, Bump - Freekin nice tutorial
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Bump, Bump, Bump Boomer any luck with trying out the banners?
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What banners ??
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oh I thought you were going to try out the flash banner maker yourself and I was just wondering what it looked like
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Sorry, yes i did say I was gonna try it out.
Have not had a chance yet!
I'm still playing around with a couple of ideas, and I know the banner maker
is going to come in very handy. I like the one you did for AAHAP - Were do you
get the time ?. Youve got playhomes to build - ha ha
Only joking - I think we prefer you here.
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Nice Teddy! - Nudge, Nudge
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Ed..awesome stuff here... FLYING KISSES for you..ha ha!!