April 7, 2005 1:32 PM PDT

Big changes ahead for Flash

SAN FRANCISCO--Macromedia took center stage at the Flashforward2005 conference here Thursday morning to promise significant changes in its Flash animation software.

Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch addressed a nearly full Herbst Theater to describe the bells and whistles in store for Flash authors in the company's upcoming release of the Flash 8 player, code-named Maelstrom, and authoring tool, code-named 8Ball. Lynch also outlined plans for FlashCast, a new system in development to help mobile phone carriers run a variety of Flash-based applications.

"This is the biggest Flash update ever," said Lynch following his Flashforward address. "We've dramatically improved the performance of the player as well as adding more graphical expression than has been possible in the history of Flash. We've included radical new video and text-rendering quality. This is a larger number of improvements than in any previous update to the player."

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Macromedia said it will soup up its Flash animation software and introduce a product for mobile phone companies that want to offer Flash-based applications.

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The changes could advance Flash in both the hotly contested streaming-video and mobile-computing markets.

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Updates due this year in Flash 8 include both interface changes, to make things easier for designers familiar with other Macromedia applications, such as the Dreamweaver Web-authoring tool, and eye candy for end users, which Macromedia hopes will lure video publishers as well as designers to the Flash format.

Macromedia's new emphasis on Flash video signals the company's desire to go toe-to-toe with streaming video technology providers Microsoft, Apple Computer and RealNetworks. Macromedia displayed a presentation mocking the process by which end users have to choose their bandwidth rates and player before watching a video clip on the Web, and hawked Flash as a way to bypass those steps.

"This is a real opportunity for video to become a first-class citizen on the Web," said Mike Downey, Macromedia's technical product manager for Flash authoring.

Flash 8 will include new filters and special effects for text and images, and an improvement in rendering performance, designed to solve what Lynch termed "a slowdown problem in Flash 7."

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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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