5's new interface is designed to provide consistency across Macromedia's
Flash 5 Ships
version integrates with Generator
today announced it's shipping Flash 5, the latest version of its Web multimedia
authoring tool. Flash 5 offers an enhanced user interface and tighter
integration with other Macromedia applications, such as Generator and
Freehand. In fact, the new version of Flash supports native Freehand files.
The new user interface is designed to provide a more familiar look across
Macromedia products. It includes tabbed docking panels and customizable
keyboard shortcuts. Other new features include:
- New Bezier pen
- A Fill and Gradient
- A Transform palette
for rotating, scaling and skewing objects.
- An Alignment palette.
- A Character palette
for inspecting and editing font, font size, color, kerning, leading
and baseline shift, as well as set links for text.
- An Info palette
to edit the size and location of objects.
- A Text Options
palette for setting the parameters for dynamic or text form fields.
- A Paragraph palette
for formatting alignment, indents and paragraph spacing.
- A Swatches palette
to import, sort and save color sets.
- A Mixer palette
for choosing colors in RGB, HSB and Hex and setting alpha transparency,
as well as switching between Stroke and Fill colors.
- A Frame palette
for setting motion and shape tweens.
- A Scene palette
for navigating between scenes and managing scene names and scene order.
- A Sound palette
to edit sounds and special effects, such as fades and pans, as well
as set loops.
- An Instance palette
for inspecting symbols and instances.
- An Effect Panel
for creating vector graphic effects like color tints and transparencies.
- "Smart Clips"
allow users to share and reuse components of interactive elements in
a Flash project.
- Extended action
scripting. The syntax and structure for writing ActionScript is now
- Shared Symbol Libraries
let teams of users on a project organize and reuse shared media assets
across a project.
- The Movie Explorer
enables users to see all the components in a project and their relationships
in a hierarchical structure.
- Export to RealPlayer.
time, Macromedia was offering several deals on Flash 5 for Mac. These
include Flash 5 Freehand 9 Studio (upgrade from Flash 4) for $249. The
Flash 5 generator 2 Pro Developer Upgrade for $648. The full version of
Flash 5 is available for $399. The full version of Flash 5 Freehand 9
Studio is $599. The upgrade price for Flash 5 alone is $149. For more
information, visit http://www.macromedia.com.
note: This story has been corrected. We previously reported that the full
Flash 5 Generator 2 developer Edition would cost $999. We were wrong and
apologize for the error.]
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