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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