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LiveMotion 2 Now Available

ActionScript, JavaScript added to repertoire in OS X-native development tool By Dave Nagel
Adobe has started shipping LiveMotion 2 for Macintosh and Windows systems, including Mac OS X. LiveMotion is Adobe's competitor to Macromedia Flash. The authoring environment is similar in some ways to After Effects (especially the timeline), but it adds multimedia features and output to the .SWF and QuickTime formats.

The latest release offers a new feature lacking from the 1.x release--support for scripting. It offers full support for ActionScript and also allows for automated JavaScripting. Adobe says the goal is to make scripting accessible to those with little coding experience. JavaScript in LiveMotion 2 includes the ability to automate repetitive tasks and control objects or commands within the LiveMotion authoring environment.

The new version has also received an overhauled look, including an enhanced timeline. As with other Adobe products, LiveMotion 2 is designed to integrate with other software packages, including GoLive 6.0, which also shipped today.

Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 is available for $399, with a limited time introductory price of $199. Current users of LiveMotion can upgrade for $99. LiveMotion 2.0 is also available as a bundle with GoLive 6.0 for $449. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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