Flash Overview

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2013 03:34PM EDT

The AddThis platform doesn't just provide sharing features for standards-based web pages; its a great solution for Flash content as well. Flash developers can build sharing features directly into their Flash assets, and any developer, Web or Flash, can use AddThis to share Flash objects directly to destinations that support it.



Building AddThis Sharing Into Flash Sites and Widgets

If your web page or component is built using Flash, you'll probably want to control the look and feel of your sharing buttons or menus so that they are consistent with the design of your Flash assets. You can easily invoke the AddThis Sharing Endpoints using your own UI treatment. Alternatively, you might find some of our example code, including a sharing menu, useful.

Read more about how to use AddThis tools from within Flash objects in this guide to installing AddThis in Flash.

 

Using AddThis to Share Flash Content Embedded in a Page

AddThis operates on URLs. The pages these URLs point to, however, may contain embedded Flash content. A Flash video player on a video detail page is a common example. When sharing these URLs, AddThis identifies this type of content and, with certain supported destinations such as iGoogle, provides a richer sharing experience. You can also explicitly specify, via APIs, additional information to share along with the URL.

This means that you can augment your page and your AddThis installation to provide a great Flash sharing experience when possible, and still always support less full-featured destinations like bookmarking services. This ensures that your content can be shared to as many places as possible.

The guide to sharing embedded content explains this in detail.

 

A Quick Demo

Here's a Flash video player that does both of these things; it uses AddThis endpoints to share itself. Read more about how this all works here.

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