swfIR, swf Image Replacement

Well, here I go again, I know it’s been a while, mainly because here in my country was the famous Carnival holidays and as everybody else down here I went to the beach and enjoyed life.

Anyway, back to the web, I found a really interesting tool, if I can call that a tool. It’s the SWFIR, that stands for swf Image Replacement.

swfIR (swf Image Replacement) is here to solve some of the design limitations of the standard HTML image and its widely-accepted associated CSS values, while still supporting standards-based design concepts. Using the dark arts of JavaScript and Flash, swfIR gives you the ability to apply an assortment of visual effects to any or all images on your website. Through progressive enhancement, it looks through your page and can easily add some new flavor to standard image styling."

What does it do? Basically it does the same as SIFR, however, instead of replacing texts the SWFIR replaces images for a flash movie. What are the advantages for using it? It makes possible to add shadow, rotations, add borders with different colors, and stuff like that.

So check that out at http://www.swfir.com/ or some example of use at http://www.swfir.com/examples/elastic/.

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Fabio Sasso

I'm a Brazilian product designer based in Oakland, California currently working for Google as a Staff Designer. I am also the founder of Abduzeedo, an award-winning digital publication about design and a personal project that has become the source of inspiration for millions of designers and enthusiasts.