April 7, 2005 1:32 PM PDT

Big changes ahead for Flash

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The Flashforward audience responded enthusiastically to comparative demonstrations of Flash 8's speed over that of Flash 7. Lynch also elicited ovations with a comparison of font clarity between Flash 7 and 8, and with his demonstration of new compositing capabilities that allow the juxtaposition of video and other graphical elements.

Within the Flash 8 authoring tool, Macromedia's senior director for product development, Doug Benson, demonstrated an emulator that will show developers how their work will show up on cell phones. Currently, developers of Flash cell phone content have to download that content to a phone to test it out.

Benson also said Flash 8 would continue the company's project to unify the user interfaces of its various products. That will bring Flash developers features such as tabbed panels within the development interface.

"8Ball and Dreamweaver are literally sharing all the code," Benson said.

The Flash 8 development interface will also introduce an "object drawing" button that will let shapes retain their integrity when they are overlaid. The way Flash works now, shapes take bites out of one another when overlaid.

And Flash 8 will provide for beveled or hard-angled strokes. Current and previous versions have only offered rounded strokes. Flash 8 authors will be able to apply color gradients to strokes.

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Flash is crap!
In order to read websites without annoying animated ads, I have disabled Flash in IE.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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Please don't give such kind of comments!
Hi,

If you do not use it,disable it.But that does not mean it is not good.Please don't give such kind of comments which does not make sense.

Why don't you check out websites with Macromedia Flash content and see how nice it is and also try to learn how to create stuff in Flash.
I think you will start loving Flash.

regards.
Anil Alias.
Posted by anilalias (16 comments )
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That isn't fair...
To say Flash is crap because most seem to be using to do ads instead of something useful and interesting isn't fare. Flash is capable of great things. What is crap is the people that insist on using for pop-up ads and those that use it for eye candy and nothing else. These people are crap, not Flash.

Besides a time is rapidly coming where pop-up blockers will be able to block Flash pop-ups as well. So these crap designers and people will have to find someone else to annoy or at least another way of doing it.

Robert
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Flash is crap!
In order to read websites without annoying animated ads, I have disabled Flash in IE.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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Please don't give such kind of comments!
Hi,

If you do not use it,disable it.But that does not mean it is not good.Please don't give such kind of comments which does not make sense.

Why don't you check out websites with Macromedia Flash content and see how nice it is and also try to learn how to create stuff in Flash.
I think you will start loving Flash.

regards.
Anil Alias.
Posted by anilalias (16 comments )
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That isn't fair...
To say Flash is crap because most seem to be using to do ads instead of something useful and interesting isn't fare. Flash is capable of great things. What is crap is the people that insist on using for pop-up ads and those that use it for eye candy and nothing else. These people are crap, not Flash.

Besides a time is rapidly coming where pop-up blockers will be able to block Flash pop-ups as well. So these crap designers and people will have to find someone else to annoy or at least another way of doing it.

Robert
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I love Macromedia Flash!
Hi,
I love Macromedia Flash!
regards,
Anil Alias.
Posted by anilalias (16 comments )
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Stick it in your ass then
...
Posted by ivko999 (4 comments )
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I love Macromedia Flash!
Hi,
I love Macromedia Flash!
regards,
Anil Alias.
Posted by anilalias (16 comments )
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Stick it in your ass then
...
Posted by ivko999 (4 comments )
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Flash *is crap
Flash is just a *horrible* developing platform.

Because it's at the level of '80s.

Who believes developers will ignore 25 years of improvements in exchange to being able to build pretty animations?

To credit, flash is a great 2d vector/raster engine which is suitable for running annoying ads.
Posted by ivko999 (4 comments )
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Flash *is crap
Flash is just a *horrible* developing platform.

Because it's at the level of '80s.

Who believes developers will ignore 25 years of improvements in exchange to being able to build pretty animations?

To credit, flash is a great 2d vector/raster engine which is suitable for running annoying ads.
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