Flash Component Alternatives

There's an informative thread today on Flashcoders on the alternatives to Macromedia's components. There's a few reasons to look for alternatives - in my case, for Question Writer, it was because of copyright restrictions. There's other reasons to look for different components too - more lightweight components or more complex components.

There's a lot of value in good components - I regularly hear people lauding the Flex components for instance, although usually grumbling because they can't use them ;)
Anyway, without further ado, here's the direct links to the different components - there's more details and comments at the archived thread itself.

BJC Bit Component Set
GhostWire Components
Metaliq Components
The SMX Components Set
XP3 Professional Component Suite
Flash Components Network

Update 6th October, 2005:
Battle of the component sets

Posted by Alexander at August 10, 2005 04:54 PM

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my personal fav is the XP3 components - although the documentation is still limited. They're by far the most flexiable set of compoents on offer.

Posted by: pete at August 10, 2005 05:05 PM

You might want to remove the "Flash Components Network" from your list. It hasn't been updated in 1 1/2 yrs. and component devolopers can't update the components that are available for download. You may get stuff that is outdated and buggy. You are I haven't seen my download count on StEventDispatcher go up there for a while, so I guess people have figured it out.

Posted by: philip at August 10, 2005 09:58 PM

And there would be a difference in a 'various component collection' (flashcomponents.net & exchange) and a set of components that replaces the MM set. I think you're mainly looking for the last one.

Posted by: Maarten at August 11, 2005 10:18 AM

Thanks for the comments Philip and Maarten - I agree there is quite considerable variety in the quality and completeness of the different components and component sets. But I just wanted to link to the available options and the comments of people who've used them rather than adjudicate on what's worth listing and what's not. So I'd rather list them and have you say they're not worth using rather than not list them at all. Thanks.

Posted by: Alexander McCabe at August 20, 2005 07:42 PM

NeoSwiff has an *awesome* component set, but of course it's only available through their C# to Flash compiler, so that doesn't really help out the Flash general public at all. Just thought I'd mention it...

Posted by: darron at August 22, 2005 09:22 PM

Posted by: mike at October 21, 2005 04:27 AM