Don’t you find it frustrating to browse Flash sites because you can’t use the browser’s back/forward button or send your friend to a certain section? The solution to this problem would be SWFaddress — a small Javascript library that lets you create virtual URLs for Flash and Ajax. SWFaddress has been around since 2006, and surprisingly not all Flash sites are utilizing this tool. In this post, I’ve collected 20 sites (Flash and Ajax) that are using SWFaddress.

Protect 7-7

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PMA

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Kraft – Food & Family

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BBH

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Semisture

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Umbro

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Mafia 2

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One to Three

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Werkstette

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Raff

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RW2 Studios

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Multiadaptor

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Hoodie Remix

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Grow

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Salinas

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Smokey Bones

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Bergh

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Coca Cola Zero

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Howarths (Ajax)

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Polargold (Ajax)

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83 Comments

V
Jul 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Nice collection. Good to see others getting on the SWFaddress bandwagon. I never build a Flash site without it now.

One thing you overlooked was that SWFaddress makes Flash truly search engine friendly, enabling search engine spiders to crawl every “page” of the Flash site and index them accordingly.

I think that part of the problem with low adoption rate might be that SWFaddress does have a bit of a learning curve associated with it and Flash designers lacking a development or programming background might be a bit intimidated.

Ellen
Jul 28, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Thank you, Nick!
Wow, that’s an really interesting article. I actually like flash websites pretty much, but didn’t know about SWFaddresses before.
And a really beautiful collection of sites, too :-)

Rostislav Hristov
Jul 29, 2009 at 1:40 am

Thanks for collecting these. I added a link to this page to the SWFAddress Resources page.

Bernhard H.
Jul 29, 2009 at 2:01 am

Another thing I dislike about flash pages: You can’t usually open links in new tabs. That’s even a problem when using only some flash buttons.

But nice collection.

Zeyar Wai Phyo
Jul 29, 2009 at 4:10 am

Wow. Great!
I’ve never heard of SWFaddress before.

Thanks alot buddy.

Mark Stark
Jul 29, 2009 at 8:35 am

Hi Nick, I really like you work! Please post a new tutorial like the picture flow gallary! That would be great!

Almog
Jul 29, 2009 at 9:02 am

Very nice thanks

Elizabeth K. Barone
Jul 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

I wonder how SWFaddress can be used for SEO. It would be interesting to experiment with, since lack of SEO is one of the biggest reasons I don’t use Flash to build websites.

aledesign.it
Jul 29, 2009 at 10:38 am

A wonderful selection. Really nice. This js is an important thing. Thanks for this post!

acı cehre
Jul 29, 2009 at 11:55 am

very nice web design. thanks the share

Em
Jul 30, 2009 at 10:52 am

Beautiful collection. SWFAddress has been very helpful.

@Bernhard H. – Yes, flash pages can open links in new tabs / windows. It hast to be predefined by the developer though.

Roxanne
Jul 30, 2009 at 11:46 am

Thanks, I never knew about this! Great collection, by-the-way!

Simon
Jul 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm

This will probably be pretty useful in the near future. I’m currently working on a website that uses quite some flash, but this was one of the problems that bothered us the most. Now we have a simple solution, thanks!

website designers stoke
Jul 31, 2009 at 3:14 am

This is something I have always criticised flash for yet it has been around for 3 years. Excellent post and information. Thanks!

The Dave
Jul 31, 2009 at 5:33 am

I guess so few websites use SWFAdress because it’s pretty hard to implement in big projects. Oftentimes you have to sacrifice gimmicks (like animations, transitions) to make it work properly.

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Aug 1, 2009 at 8:07 am

nice collection
thanks for sharing

Ghislain
Aug 3, 2009 at 3:33 am

Nice !
We use it on every flash projects and this is a powerful tool for SEO or for smartphone. We can generate HTML version easily for iphone (for example) !!!

Unleashed - Portland Web Design
Aug 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Oh, now this is a trick I haven’t heard of yet. Good stuff I’ll make sure to use it in any flash sites I make.

somecallmejosh
Aug 3, 2009 at 7:44 pm

This seems like a great tool, but I’ve heard that it doesn’t fully work in IE for Mac (I’ve never tested this, however). Also for consideration is SWFObject (http://code.google.com/p/swfobject/), which allows for the replication of Flash content in the same HTML where the flash is embedded.

manuel
Aug 3, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Thanks everytime a great collection :) thx

Eko Subagio
Aug 4, 2009 at 2:49 am

Amazing, great compilation and info

Anna
Aug 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for the info. I think I will find use for this tool. Anna :)

FDZ
Aug 5, 2009 at 5:22 am

Thx for the info, this really great & i didn’t thought we could’ve do that before, thx again :)
Peace..

janissh
Aug 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for collection!!!

Jeb
Aug 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Thanks for the information!
But you have not explained how to implement this, it will be great if you do so…

gooddell
Aug 6, 2009 at 2:13 am

nice pict

Simran
Aug 7, 2009 at 1:57 am

Nice collection.Gives me some ideas on ways to improve my own design.

Ryan
Aug 7, 2009 at 2:18 am

I used swfobject in http://www.nervous-energy.eu after seeing it at http://www.383project.com/ – it’s very nice.

FreelancerCrowd
Aug 7, 2009 at 7:36 am

Wow, thanks for reminding me about that. I somehow completely forgot about this JS :/

Kaplang
Aug 7, 2009 at 11:52 am

thanks for the interesting post :)

cennet
Aug 8, 2009 at 5:36 am

Thanks What’s the problem here? Google could bury the meager profit number from even the biggest media conglomerates.

cennetevi
Aug 8, 2009 at 5:49 am

these are awesome!
thanks for putting in the effort to get this list together

Derek Hildenbrand
Aug 8, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for the links… great resource for website design!

Don
Aug 8, 2009 at 11:13 pm

I think is great to have this solution for websites using Flash or fully done using AJAX or JS. Thanks a lot for the info

Columbus Web Design
Aug 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I can’t stand flash sites but if your going to use it you better have the tool mentioned here. Just another reason not to use flash because you need all these other things to do what should be the most simple of tasks. Nice article. I almost stopped looking at the sites after the first one…kinda scary picture :P

chris
Aug 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

2Advanced’s website was one of the first website to use this kind of technique, I think it could be great to feature their website..http://www.2advanced.com

SORAE
Aug 14, 2009 at 2:41 am

WONDERFUL !!!!

Textbox
Aug 14, 2009 at 9:25 am

Thanks for the great post. This will be very useful in an upcoming project.

BlackBearDesign
Aug 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Thanks for posting this. I had always used anchors and the # in my web address to target different areas in Flash. Never heard of SWFAddress before.

web designer kansas city
Aug 23, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Flash is definately going to be the future….

Cookie Creative - Graphic Design Manchester
Aug 25, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Great collection :)

tatilkaynak.com
Aug 31, 2009 at 6:13 pm

its really diffirent. Thanks for links!

lombok island
Sep 1, 2009 at 11:01 am

this is wonderfull. i like it

e11world
Sep 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I still think that flash is one of those tools/technologies that will always be there and anyone who thinks otherwise should really stop lying to themselves. This article proofs that once again, flash is a great tool.

keici
Sep 4, 2009 at 3:06 am

Wow, really interesting effect. I would like to learn flansh.

orta
Sep 10, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I’ve used this technique to the extreme on a project for virtualising applications, here’s my old WIP for Mac OSX : http://www.ortatherox.com/va/latest/#/mail1/safari1/

Joe
Sep 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm

WONDERFUL !!!!

dandy
Sep 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm

This is cool. Bookmarked and shared.

Web
Sep 18, 2009 at 1:47 am

Nice collection. Thanks for sharing it.
Could you please critique on my site?

Boston
Sep 18, 2009 at 1:51 am

I support your post.

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Oct 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm

This is cool. thanks

Mike
Oct 31, 2009 at 5:24 am

this is wonderfull. i like it

mbateam
Nov 6, 2009 at 7:30 am

Nice resources. Thanks for sharing these great post.

oyunola
Nov 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm

wooww.. i really liked them.. thanks..

acai
Nov 17, 2009 at 6:08 am

This is cool. Bookmarked and shared.

vincentdresses
Jan 6, 2010 at 1:58 am

喜欢你们的设计与技术,常来看看

roshankolar
Jan 27, 2010 at 12:40 am

Dude,

This site is awesome. I dint know swfaddresses ever existed. Im a flash developer myself, how could i miss this wonderful stuff. Thanks a lot.

michael keating
Feb 26, 2010 at 3:11 am

I notice quite a lot of the examples have not got a working version of deeplinking. It is a bit more complex to incorporate into a real website. http://www.succinct-tools.net/ has a working example if anyone wants to disect a real example.

Web Design
Apr 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

nice stuff

Web Design
Apr 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm

i bookmarked this thank yo!!

Pariuri Sportive
May 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Such nice resources needs to be bookmarked! Thank you.

acai
Jul 19, 2010 at 8:18 am

Thanks for text very good ::)

jaw crusher
Aug 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

i really liked them.. thanks..

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Aug 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

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طاحونة
Aug 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Fabulous ! Very attractive !

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Aug 31, 2010 at 2:43 am

nice site…keep this stuff…

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Sep 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm

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Sep 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Nice post, dude!!

:)

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Sep 27, 2010 at 3:27 am

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Feb 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

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Shanning
Feb 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

It seems Protect 7-7’s site is taken down??? It looks interesting though.

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Feb 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm

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