April 7, 2005 1:32 PM PDT

Big changes ahead for Flash

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Lynch touched briefly on Macromedia's plans for FlashCast. After his presentation, he described it as a container for applications built in Flash Lite, Macromedia's scaled-down version of Flash for small devices.

Flash Lite has made some inroads among mobile-phone manufaturers despite competition from the World Wide Web Consortium's open standard SVG Tiny (Scalable Vector Graphics Tiny). Lynch told the audience that Macromedia had signed distribution deals with Nokia and Samsung and that the company was in negotiations with the No. 2 cell phone provider, widely seen as Motorola.

Lynch began his keynote with a response to Stanford professor and copyright reformer Larry Lessig, who addressed the Flashforward crowd Wednesday about the Creative Commons system for less restrictive copyright protection, and about antipathy toward Flash in the open-source and free software world.

"There's more progress we can make as a community," Lynch said in his keynote. "The Creative Commons thing is great and could be very helpful to us."

Lessig had urged Macromedia to consider how Flash authors could more easily share their source code, citing HTML's source code transparency as an example of how free exchange of intellectual property helped make a technology ubiquitous.

Macromedia appeared to have taken Lessig's words to heart, and Lynch displayed a new software button that Flash authors can use to automatically make their source code available.

After the keynote, Lynch said the company was open to the idea of including such functionality within Flash itself, but said optional add-ons such as the source code button were sufficient.

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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
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Posted by ivko999 (4 comments )
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I love Macromedia Flash!
Hi,
I love Macromedia Flash!
regards,
Anil Alias.
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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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