RASH is best described as a tiny server app that you can launch from a standalone projector, once it is running you can perform a variety of tasks from your Flash movie, including:
- Database Access
- AI and Natural Language Processing
- FTP, TCP, UDP, POP etc
- Document creation/management including the ability to generate any type of document on the fly, like Word docs, .pdf etc.
- Built-in Encryption RSA, Blowfish and others.
- Send and receive emails directly via built-in SMTP / POP, APOP, IMAP support
I think it’s one of the strangest but nevertheless useful alternatives to third party SWF wrappers such as mProjector and Zinc (but it can also be used in conjunction with, as shown in the demo). It comes in a free personal version, and a commercial pro version ($30) so be sure to check it out at Power of Q.
I think it’s command processor is written in Rebol, which would explain the claim to “run without modification on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, BSD, Amiga, BeOS, Solaris, SGI, HP UX, SCO Unix, and more.” One other thing to mention is that the Demo is not so straight forward, when you run Demo.exe the project opens in a transparent window, you have to click the blue dot to enter commands. Sample commands can be found in code.txt to get you going, but check out the FLA to see how you would incorporate these commands in a non-text input centric UI (i.e. not responding to textual input, but button presses for example).