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Macromedia Flash MX 2004 - First LookMacromedia takes Flash to new levels
|Macromedia Flash MX 2004 |
Professional $699 ($299 Upgrade)
Regular $499 ($199 Upgrade)
No, really. While all the kids go back to school to learn their ABC's this week, we're about to learn more about our FLA's, SWF's, FLV's, and let's add some new tools like FLP's and JSFL's,
And no, JSFL is not a new Vince McMahon produced football league......
No doubt, Flash has been one of the few successful tools for creating web animation and dynamic content for some time now. Now in it's seventh incarnation, Macromedia has taken Flash to new levels that none ever imagined when it was just a cool tooning tool in 1996.
Today, Flash is used for connecting to databases, presenting dynamic content, live audio and video, chat rooms and some of the most incredible organic artwork you've ever seen.
With this new release, Flash has yet gone into another new direction. Some of it very good, some of it very questionable.
The biggest change is that Flash has essentially split into two. Much Photoshop begat Photoshop Elements and Final Cut Pro begat Final Cut Express, Macromedia has decided to try a somewhat similar route. Offer a lite product for those who just want to use the tool for motion graphics, simple interactivity and the ability to add audio and video. Then offer a full-featured product with the ability to connect to Web Services, XML documents, live video and a ton of other new interactive features.
My first big problem is the name Macromedia is giving the full-featured version of Flash.
(breathe in) Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 (breathe out)
This is one of my big problems with the new Flash and all of the new Macromedia products is the lengthy product names and also the now plain vanilla packaging. Remember when Macromedia had the flashy boxes with the Neville Brody designs? Now it's just a white box with and 'F' on it. (Enter your 'F' word joke here.) Whereas Macromedia should continue to be the creative company it is, it's such a shame to see MM leave it's distinctive packaging for this almost Microsoft like look. (Now that's scary.)
Fortunately, what is inside the box is what really matters and there have been a ton of changes in this new version of MX 2004 (That does sound like a new Mazda, doesn't it?) So where do I start?
In addition, in Flash 2004 itself you will be able to import video files and edit them and compress them directly in Flash. You can even create export settings and save them much as you can in Flix and Squeeze. While this still isn't a complete solution for exporting video, most amateur Flash-heads will probably be very satisfied with this and will probably cut into the sales of Flix and Squeeze which should mainly go after the Pro market.
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