Introducing Macromedia's biggest Flash release to date, Flash Professional 8 is the industry's most advanced authoring environment for creating interactive websites, digital experiences and mobile content.
With Flash Professional 8, creative professionals design and author interactive content rich with video, graphics, and animation for truly unique, engaging websites, presentations or mobile content.
A major product release for Macromedia, Flash Professional 8 has many brand new features including: amazing filter effects, integrated and stand-alone video encoding complete with support for alpha transparency, high-quality text rendering with advanced anti-aliasing control, improved text tools, and a new video plug-in to export Flash Video (FLV) files from professional video products.
Top ten reasons to buy Macromedia Flash Professional 8:
Get full creative control
Great ideas deserve great tools. Flash provides full design control to maximise creativity, resulting in a consistent end-user experience across a variety of platforms.
Build once, deliver anywhere
Unleash applications to the web, Windows, Macintosh, Unix, PDAs, and even cell phones. Reach the widest possible audience via the Flash Player, installed on 98% of desktops globally. The scalable, vector based display and consistent runtime engine in Flash Player deliver content with high fidelity irrespective of operating system and client hardware specifications.
Create rich animation
Create compelling 2D animations with the tool that brought animation to the web. With its famous frame-based timeline, use traditional animation concepts like keyframes and tweens to create engaging motion graphics. Enjoy greater control of animations than ever before with the new custom easing feature, which visually controls all properties of a motion tween.
Use the most powerful, full-featured scripting language
Control professional design effects at run-time while ensuring great performance
Not only does Flash Professional 8 provide a rich suite of design effects such as drop shadow and blur, but it also controls these advanced graphic effects at run-time. Dynamically adjust the properties of graphic effects using either the visual interface or an intuitive ActionScript library, resulting in customised user experiences with great performance and small file sizes.
Take video where it has never gone before
Take advantage of the most widely deployed video platform on the internet. Flash Player is installed on nearly twice as many desktops and devices as any other video player. Quickly and intuitively add video to designs and custom interfaces using easily skinnable, light-weight video components. Integrate workflow with leading video editing and encoding tools and render video directly to the Flash Video (FLV) format. Batch process large digital video collections on a dedicated machine using the new Flash 8 Video Encoder.
Take advantage of state-of-the-art text rendering
Gain precise control over anti-aliasing and deliver crisp, clear, high-quality text with one of the best text rendering engines available -- the new FlashType text engine. Flash Professional 8 also includes presets for font rendering; providing optimisations for animated text versus higher-quality static text. The rendering engine makes text look extraordinarily clear, even with small font sizes.
Rapidly develop sophisticated presentations
Go where other presentation tools never could to build presentations that span all desktops and the web. Tell the story with impact, with control, and with the richest, most visual, most dynamic content possible. Include audio and video. Overlay any content across slides to mix presentation media, such as adding a background music track, or a video of the presenter walking through the slides.
Reach the rapidly evolving mobile phone, PDA, and device market
Flash Professional is the simplest way to deliver content and applications to 98% of all desktops and devices at the same time -- without learning specialised skills to deploy content and applications to a range of devices. With pre-built support for MIDI ringtones, templates, and test device emulators, produce content for the growing number of PDAs, devices, and mobile phones.
Build and deliver globally localized, accessible content
Leverage full Unicode support to use, render, and save any font and encoding supported by the operating system, including double-byte character sets. Use the strings panel to simplify and manage multilingual content localisation and deployment. Meet education and government accessibility requirements to develop content and applications that everyone, including those with disabilities, can use.