A fellow copywriter mentioned this site on Twitter the other day and I wanted to share it with you.
The site is called Sprout and the idea is simple - build your own flash animations without paying an expensive designer.
Now, a word of caution: You should at least be somewhat familiar with the concepts of dragging, dropping, and re-sizing images - as well as the concept of uploading images. If you've ever successfully manipulated an image in a program like PhotoShop, this program is for you.
Sprout is an easy way for you to build, publish, and manage widgets, mini-sites, banners and more. Any size, any number of pages. You can include video, audio, images and newsfeeds and choose from dozens of pre-built components and web services. You can even add slideshows, calendars, countdowns, charts, maps and more.
Keep in mind, I'm a word guy...so starting a design from scrath isn't my thing - Sprout has plenty of templates for you to shoose from and they'll help keep your design on target.
I've created a sample of what Sprout can do on on of my Google Pages. I'm working on a post about Google Pages right now - but in the meantime, check out my masterpiece.
Seriously, it took me ten minutes. Check it out now.