SWiSH is a great tool to create Flash without using flash.
Macromedia Flash is a pretty neat program. But for simple-minded folks like myself, it can be quite complicated to master it enough to produce worthwhile effects. A fantastic replacement is a product I purchased recently called SWiSH. With it I can more easily reproduce similar though less complex effects, good enough to brighten up my average homepage enough to my liking. I can highly recommend it.
In order for alot of my special effects to be visible, you will have to have the Macromedia Flash Player installed on your machine. Here is a sample of my artwork: