Now with MULTIPLE ATTACHMENTS! Use a Flash Attach contact form and allow your visitors to send you files and email messages to your inbox. These forms are easy to use. You don't need Flash or any programming knowledge. Just make a small change in the PHP code and put the files up on your site. The file size limit is set by your server and can be increased by contacting your host. Your visitors will be reinforced by looking at their pictures before they send them. Also send MP3's or any other file type by adding file extensions in the .FLA. If you have Flash 8, you can make any changes you like to the design, increase the number of text fields, and add your logo. However, you don't even need Flash at all to make this work great on your site.
This tutorial discusses Flash Forms interaction in general with the server and shows and example of sending email from flash. However, the sending email part is just a small element of the tutorial. It clears up the meaning of Flash Forms and how they are similar and yet different from HTML forms.
With Flash MX and the Flash 6 plug-in, we finally have unicode support in Flash. This makes it a viable tool to display text in languages other than English, including all Euro-languages with accents, Middle Eastern right-to-left scripts and many Asian Languages like Japanese, Chinese, Korean etc. There are more than a few pitfalls to this process though and this tutorial irons them out.
The author writes "The scope of this tutorial covers jpg to swf creation, with a little bit of movieclip sprites with Ming. I know that with Flash MX we now have direct support for importing jpg files at runtime, but if you have worked with any server-side language before (especially PHP), then you will write off the client-side Flash solution almost immediately."
This tutorial assumes that you have some basic knowledge of PHP and mySQL, and a good understanding of Flash 5 Actionscript. This tutorial shows you how to set up a table in a mySQL database, then using PHP (or asp with a few minor changes) manipulate that table and interact with Flash. This is a much more of a hands on tutorial so it's helpful if you follow the scripts and Fla source included, in addition to viewing the working example at the same time.