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DeskTopSWFs - Widgets for the desktop ...of your own design using Flash.


This project has been to develop "stand alone" application out of Flash movie content. I found it best to use a GUI with a single _IECreateEmbedded control. This works better than the ObjCreate("ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash.1") control due to some bad behavior of the Flash Player such as; re-draw hick-ups, refusal to re-size properly and some focus related issues I could not sort out. Embedding the movie in a small HTML script allows the browser to mitigate such annoyances. It also opens the possibility of far more robust web rich desktop applications and CD based applications for example anyway.


The main goal was seamless two way communications between the Flash movie and the AutoIt GUI wrapper script. Flash's "External Interface" provides AutoIt with direct access to the movie's ActionScript exposing all of the movie's functionality and capabilities. And lod3n's "event bridge" enables Flash to trigger events that are then captured and processed by the AutoIt wrapper script. Although asynchronous, this combinations seems to work efficiently so far.

Some of the other goals included "look-n-feel" like: full screen applications without any window dressings - chromeless. And GUI transparency with click-through to the desktop capability. Simple GUI tricks enable both of these capabilities and of course even more.


This approach requires three files:

  • an AutoIt GUI wrapper script,
  • a compiled Flash movie (.swf) file, and
  • a 1x1 pixel gif file of the transparent color.
I usually compile the AutoIt using "FileInstall" for the other two files to make a single exe out of the three.

The AutoIt script is still changing some and ultimately I would like to make a user interface allowing someone to simply pick and choose a couple of options and spit them out an exe of their Flash movie.


Note that I example AutoIt assisting Flash to create stand alone applications. But this could just as easily be a Flash movie acting as an AutoIt GUI: it just depends on your point of view, no?


I posted an earlier example of a clock face here: Clock Example

This is an example of a streaming radio using CFire's Windows Media Player example.

The radio player is dragable and I added a context menu along with two hot keys:

1) <esc> to exit (also double click will work) and

2) <ctl><shift>V to toggle visibility.

Here I also added the "inetGet" to avoid file issues in this example.


The example runs on any windows PC with IE and the Flash player plug-in version 8 or better for IE as well as the Windows Media Player installed.

#include <IE.au3>

Global Const $GUI_EVENT_MOUSEMOVE = -11
Global Const $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE = -3
Global Const $WS_POPUP = 0x80000000
Global Const $WS_EX_TOPMOST = 0x00000008
Global Const $WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW = 0x00000080
Global Const $WS_EX_LAYERED = 0x00080000
Global Const $GUI_DOCKBORDERS = 0x0066

; ...setup Initializations
Opt("GUIOnEventMode", 1)
Opt("GUICloseOnESC", 0)
Opt("TrayIconHide", 1)

Dim $guiWinTitle = "DeskTopSWFs"
Dim $Version = "v070808a"
Dim $AboutText = $guiWinTitle & "  " & $Version & "   " & @LF & "by gsb" & @LF

;;----------------- from:  Misc.au3 - _Singleton for $guiWinTitle
DllCall("kernel32.dll", "int", "CreateMutex", "int", 0, "long", 1, "str", $guiWinTitle)
Dim $lastError = DllCall("kernel32.dll", "int", "GetLastError")
If $lastError[0] == 183 Then
   MsgBox(266288, $guiWinTitle & " - Error", "...already running. Aborting.  ", 8)

HotKeySet("^+v", "_ToggleVisibility")
HotKeySet("{ESC}", "_Exit") ;; last chance exit

;; **** for example post only

#region ;; ...setup files and build HTML for IE inatance
Local $swfFilename = @TempDir & "\mainSWF.swf"
FileInstall("mainSWF.swf", $swfFilename)

Local $keyFile = @TempDir & "\required.key"
FileInstall("required.key", $keyFile)

$sHTML = '<html><head><title>DeskTopSWFs by gsb</title>' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<meta name="author" content="gsb">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<style type="text/css">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '* {margin:0px;padding:0px;}' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= 'HTML {height:100%;overflow:hidden;border:0px;background-color:#FEDDEF}' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= 'body {height:100%;overflow:hidden;border:0px;background-color:#FEDDEF}' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '</style>' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<script type="text/javascript">' & @CRLF
;; Bridge Event sequencer javascript compressed @ http://dean.edwards.name/packer/
$sHTML &= 'window.au3EventsQueue=new Array();window.au3Interval=null;function au3EventsSequencer(){if(window.au3EventsQueue.length){if((o=document.getElementById("eventBridge")).bridge==""){var data=window.au3EventsQueue.shift();o.bridge=new function(){this.cmd=data.cmd;this.cb=data.cb;this.args=data.args}}}return(window.au3EventsQueue.length)};function au3Event(cmd,args){window.au3EventsQueue.push({cb:((t=cmd.split("|")).length>1?t[1]:""),cmd:t[0],args:args});au3EventsSequencer()};function au3Direct(cmd,args){document.getElementById("eventBridge").bridge=new function(){this.cb=(t=cmd.split("|")).length>1?t[1]:"";this.cmd=t[0];this.args=args}};' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '</script>' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<base href="file:\\' & @ScriptDir & '\" />' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '</head><body scroll="no">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,22,0" id="gsbMovie" width="100%" height="100%">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<param name="bgcolor" value="#FEDDEF">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<param name="quality" value="high">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<param name="loop" value="false">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<param name="menu" value="true">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<param name="wmode" value="transparent">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<param name="base" value="file://' & @ScriptDir & '\">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '<param name="movie" value="' & $swfFilename & '">' & @CRLF
;; $sHTML &= '<param name="flashvars" value="debug=true">' & @CRLF
$sHTML &= '</object><input type="hidden" id="eventBridge" gsb=""></body></html>' & @CRLF

#region;; ...Core GUI code - transparent, Kiosk mode IE instance loaded w/ $sHTML

Local $height = 100, $width = 300

Local $mainGUI = GUICreate($guiWinTitle, $width, $height, -@DesktopWidth, 0, $WS_POPUP, $WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW + $WS_EX_TOPMOST + $WS_EX_LAYERED)
Local $ieOBJ = _IECreateEmbedded()
Local $ieCTL = GUICtrlCreateObj($ieOBJ, 0, 0, $width, $height)
GUISetOnEvent($GUI_EVENT_CLOSE, "_Exit")
_IENavigate($ieOBJ, 'about:blank')
_IEDocWriteHTML($ieOBJ, $sHTML)
GUICtrlCreatePic($keyFile, 0, 0, 0, 0, -1)
AdlibEnable("_LoadAbort", 10000)
Sleep(10);; needed for old/slow sytems/machines
Local $oTarget = $ieOBJ.document.getElementById ("eventBridge")
Local $handler = ObjEvent($oTarget, "IeEvent_")
Local $movie = 0, $mousePos
Local $WMStation, $WMVol = 100, $WMPlayer = ObjCreate("WMPlayer.ocx")
Local $WMStates[12] = ["Undefined", "Stopped", "Paused", "Playing", "ScanForward", "ScanReverse", "Buffering", "Waiting", "MediaEnded", "Transitioning", "Ready", "Reconnecting"]
;;Sleep(100);; to eliminate initial Kiosk mode and Transparent screen flicker
WinMove($mainGUI, "", (@DesktopWidth - $width) / 2, (@DesktopHeight - $height) / 2)
Local $isVisible = 1

;; ...main GUI "idle around loop"
While 1

_Exit();; unreachable

;;----------------- Flash/IE event receiver

Func IeEvent_onpropertychange()
   Local $event = @COM_EventObj
   If Not $movie Then $movie = _IEGetObjById ($ieOBJ, "gsbMovie")
   If IsObj($event.bridge) Then
      If $event.bridge.cmd = "initialize" Then
         $movie.SetVariable ("/:au3Init", $event.bridge.args)
      ElseIf $event.bridge.cmd = "loaded" Then
         AdlibDisable();; kill load timeout
         $movie.gsbTrace ("AU3: " & $event.bridge.cmd & ", " & $event.bridge.args & " [" & $event.bridge.cb & "]")
         gsbCommands($event.bridge.cmd, $event.bridge.args, $event.bridge.cb)
      $event.bridge = ""
      Local $rv = $movie.au3NextEvent ("")
EndFunc  ;==>IeEvent_onpropertychange

;;----------------- gsbCommand processor

Func gsbCommands($cmd, $args, $cb)
      Case $cmd = "_About"

      Case $cmd = "quit"

      Case $cmd = "_Exit"

      Case $cmd = "_ToggleVisibility"

      Case $cmd = "_Alert"

      Case $cmd = "_StartWinDrag"
         Opt("MouseCoordMode", 0)
         $mousePos = MouseGetPos()
         Opt("MouseCoordMode", 1)
         GUISetOnEvent($GUI_EVENT_MOUSEMOVE, "_WinDrag")

      Case $cmd = "_StopWinDrag"
         GUISetOnEvent($GUI_EVENT_MOUSEMOVE, "")

      Case $cmd = "_ContextMenu"

      Case $cmd = "WMPlayer"
        ;; args - WMPlayerCommand, data [, more CSVs]
         Local $a = StringSplit($args, ",")
         Switch StringStripWS($a[1], 3)
            Case "open"
               If $a[0] > 1 Then
                  Local $WMStream = StringStripWS($a[2], 3)
                  $WMStation = $WMPlayer.newMedia ($WMStream)
                  $WMPlayer.url = $WMStream
                  While $WMStates[$WMPlayer.playState () ] <> "Playing"
                     $movie.WMDisplayState ($WMStates[$WMPlayer.playState () ])
                  $WMPlayer.settings.volume = $WMVol

            Case "mute"
               $WMVol = $WMPlayer.settings.volume
               $WMPlayer.settings.volume = 0
               $movie.WMDisplayState ($WMStates[$WMPlayer.playState () ] & " :: Muted")

            Case "unmute"
               $WMPlayer.settings.volume = $WMVol
               $movie.WMDisplayState ($WMStates[$WMPlayer.playState () ])

            Case Else
               _Trace("Bad WMPlayer Command: " & $a[1])
      Case Else
         $movie.gsbTrace ("Unknown cmd: " & $cmd & " Args: [" & $args & "]")
EndFunc  ;==>gsbCommands

#region ;;----------------- Functions

Func _LoadAbort()
   _Alert("SWF Load failure.  Aborting.   " & @LF);
   _Trace("*** Load Aborted.")
EndFunc  ;==>_LoadAbort

Func _WinDrag()
   Local $x, $y, $pos = MouseGetPos()
   Local $winPos = WinGetPos($mainGUI)
   If $pos[0] - $mousePos[0] < 0 Then
      $x = 0
   ElseIf $winPos[2] - $mousePos[0] + $pos[0] > @DesktopWidth Then
      $x = @DesktopWidth - $winPos[2]
      $x = $pos[0] - $mousePos[0]
   If $pos[1] - $mousePos[1] < 0 Then
      $y = 0
   ElseIf $winPos[3] - $mousePos[1] + $pos[1] > @DesktopHeight Then
      $y = @DesktopHeight - $winPos[3]
      $y = $pos[1] - $mousePos[1]
   WinMove($mainGUI, '', $x, $y)
EndFunc  ;==>_WinDrag

Func _ToggleVisibility()
   If Not $isVisible Then
      $isVisible = 1
      $isVisible = 0
      MsgBox(266288, "Remember:",@LF&"<ESC> to exit"&@LF&"<CTL><SHIFT>V  to 'Show'  "&@LF&@LF, 10)
EndFunc  ;==>_ToggleVisibility

Func _Trace($str)
   $movie.gsbTrace ($str)
EndFunc  ;==>_Trace

Func _About($str = "")
   If $str = "" Then
      MsgBox(266288, "About", $AboutText, 10); modal, top, info
      MsgBox(266288, "About", "swf: " & $str & @LF & "exe: " & $AboutText, 10); modal, top, info
EndFunc  ;==>_About

Func _Alert($str)
   MsgBox(266288, "Alert", $str, 10); modal, top, info
EndFunc  ;==>_Alert

Func _Exit()
   $WMPlayer.controls.stop ()
EndFunc  ;==>_Exit

Let me know...


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Thanks lod3n.

And thanks for so much help along the way.


"Did you ever stop to think? ...and forget to restart!"

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The example runs on any windows PC with IE and the Flash player plug-in version 8 or better for IE as well as the Windows Media Player installed.

Not quite every PC!

I have IE version 6, Flash player plugin V9, WMP V8.

I get "SWF load failure".

Your clock works fine, in fact I have added it to lod3n'slauncher so that Ctrl Shift M brings up the combo box with the clock just above it. - Looks good.

Serial port communications UDF Includes functions for binary transmission and reception.printing UDF Useful for graphs, forms, labels, reports etc.Add User Call Tips to SciTE for functions in UDFs not included with AutoIt and for your own scripts.Functions with parameters in OnEvent mode and for Hot Keys One function replaces GuiSetOnEvent, GuiCtrlSetOnEvent and HotKeySet.UDF IsConnected2 for notification of status of connected state of many urls or IPs, without slowing the script.

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Looks pretty cool^^ But by me there are no sound.. is that rigth? :)

Mfg Spider

Edit: ahh ok.. i must stop my Firewall^^ Uhm.. the visualization is only a fake, rigth?^^

Edited by GtaSpider

www.AutoIt.de - Moderator of the German AutoIt Froum

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Martin - That is a timeout for loading. Sounds like it did not get connected up with javascript in your browser.

GtaSpider - Yeah fake :) I do not know how to get that data from the player.


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