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Flash MX Upgrade

Platform : Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP
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  • As of 1st January 2003, you will only be able to upgrade from 2 previous versions on all of Macromedia's products. It's the best reason to update your software before the New Year.
  • Create and deliver rich Web content and powerful applications
  • Create the best user experience across multiple devices while reaching the widest on-line audience possible
  • New and enhanced set of professional, multimedia design tools now includes video
  • Complete set of pre-built templates and UI components enable designers to quickly create interactive content
  • Improved ActionScript programming tools, code reference feature, and an integrated debugger provide a complete application development environment
  • Enhanced XML support enables integration with any application server for data-rich Web applications
  • Also available: Flash MX, and Mac and Mac Upgrade editions


System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000063TIC
  • Release Date: 22 Mar. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,715 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Amazon.co.uk Review

Since Macromedia launched Flash in 1996 it has grown to become the de facto standard for development and delivery of high-impact, visually rich, interactive Web content. Flash MX promises a similar generational shift to that experienced when Flash 5's enhanced ActionScript introduced an unprecedented degree of interactivity to the Web.

There are getting on for half a billion installed Flash players around the globe and around 2 million people download the player every day. Flash is hot. The new features that are causing most excitement are those aimed at e-content developers and programmers. Integration with application servers such as Cold Fusion MX, Microsoft's .net and internet protocols like HTML, WebTV and Wap make it possible to deliver Flash content to a range of platforms from PCs to PlayStations and mobile phones.

But Flash MX also has plenty to offer those who aren't part of a large team of designers and programmers developing corporate sites. Novice users are provided with a range of pre-built, customisable components including scrollbars, buttons, list and combo boxes, and Quick Start templates for presentations, photo albums, ads and the like make it possible to achieve great results quickly.

The interface is now consistent with DreamWeaver and FireWorks. Nested layer folders and improved cursor feedback for frame adjustment makes the timeline more manageable and a context sensitive Properties panel and collapsing, dockable panels reduce screen clutter considerably. Vector drawing tools, one of Flash's weaknesses, have been largely overlooked, but there is a new Free Transform tool, which combines rotate, scale and skew. Video, another Flash weak spot has fared much better with the inclusion of the Sorensen Spark video codec. You can import a variety of formats including MPEG, DV, Quicktime and AVI and video clip objects can be animated and scripted in the same way as bitmaps--you can even use them on a mask layer.

Flash MX is backwards compatible with version 5, (you can publish version 5 swf files, but MX swf files require the MX player) removing the only argument for not upgrading. Those not yet convinced of the merits of Flash need only look around. --Ken McMahon

Manufacturer's Description

Macromedia Flash MX provides everything you need to create and deploy rich Web content and powerful applications. Whether you are designing motion graphics or building data-driven applications, Flash MX has the tools you need to produce great results and deliver the best user experiences across multiple platforms and devices. New video, colour management and enhanced graphic tools extend creative capabilities. Pre-built templates, UI components, improved timeline and tighter integration with Macromedia FreeHand and Fireworks reduce development time. Enhanced XML support and ActionScript programming tools allow designers and developers to leverage their existing skills and provide a complete Internet application development environment.

Macromedia Flash MX Feature Overview:

Experience
Flash MX enables the best Internet experiences that result in better ROI

  • The leading rich client - Over 414 million Internet users can see Flash content immediately, offering a ubiquitous rich client while reducing server load and content download time
  • Video, vector graphics, animation, audio and interactivity - Complete multimedia support including vectors, bitmaps, animation, audio, video and 2-way messaging enable new breeds of rich content and applications
  • Accessible content and applications - Assistive technologies can interpret Flash content and applications enabling full accessibility support to everyone, including those with disabilities
  • Content and data stream - Content and data streams (plays back as downloaded) providing an immediate experience regardless of the connection speed
  • No page refresh - Information exchanged between Flash Player and the application server does not require a page refresh providing a smooth application experience
  • Multiple device platforms - Flash Player is supported across multiple device platforms (wireless handsets, iTV, game consoles) allowing content and applications to be viewed everywhere

    Powerful
    Flash MX is a powerful solution for creating a broad range of high-impact content and rich Internet applications that go beyond the boundaries of the browser

  • Scalable development environment - Professional set of multimedia design and web application development tools in one product
  • Interactive video - The easiest way to build interactive video that can be deployed widely
  • Internet standards support - Flash content and applications leverage many Internet standards including ECMAScript (ActionScript), HTML, MP3, H.263 and XML
  • eLearning building blocks - Access to broad range of resources including templates, code samples, and pre-defined components to develop rich, eLearning applications
  • Extensible template and component libraries - Custom templates and application interface components can be developed, extended and reused providing significant productivity gains across multiple projects

    Applications
    Flash MX is a powerful solution to rapidly develop rich Internet applications

  • Sophisticated development tools - Sophisticated ActionScript programming tools, code reference and powerful debugger provide a complete Internet application development environment
  • Application Components - Robust set of UI components enable developers to create advanced Internet applications quickly. Components also allow designers to leverage existing skills to develop Internet application interfaces
  • Robust XML support - Enhanced XML support provides a 20x gain in performance when integrating data from any application server for data-rich web applications
  • Close integration with ColdFusion - Close integration with ColdFusion MX provides a clear, flexible client-server development workflow enabling rapid deployment of rich applications
  • Framework for ColdFusion, J2EE, .NET integration - Integration with ColdFusion, J2EE, and .NET servers through a new, optimized data exchange protocol and application server gateway
  • Communication applications server - A new Flash audio and video server with Realtime Messaging Protocol (RTMP) ushers in a new generation of communication applications for the Internet

    Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Macromedia Flash MX
    1. Learn Macromedia Flash quickly with an improved familiar and flexible development environment, built in lessons and tutorials, Quick Start templates, Macromedia University and a vast community of 3rd party sites, books and other resources devoted to Macromedia Flash.
    2. Rapidly develop data-driven Internet applications with a new robust ActionScript development environment, new ActionScript objects and predefined Flash components. The component architecture is open and based upon a common architecture allowing for the flexibility of building new components.
    3. Rich media support including video (through the adoption of Sorenson Spark technology), audio, vector graphics, bitmap graphics to create multi-sensory content.
    4. Timeline and Animation Enhancements: improved cursor feedback, resizing, cutting and pasting multiple frames and more now make it easier to use the Timeline. New Folder layers make it easy to organize and access layered content in the timeline.
    5. Enhanced graphic design tools including Free Transform, Pixel level control, Color Management. Easily align your bitmaps, lines and fills with precision to pixel boundaries on the stage. Colour Mixer Enhancements in Flash MX make it easier to mix colors and create color swatches
    6. Integration with any application server, and transport protocols (HTTP/HTTPS/Wireless) using URL-encoded or XML data. Integrate Flash content and business logic through XML data transfer to develop e-commerce, data visualization, and communication applications.
    7. Accessibility support makes it easy to develop Flash content that is useable and accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities.
    8. Named Anchors let you develop your Flash content and applications so that they can be book marked. This will allow users viewing your Flash content to use familiar browser functions such as the Back/Forward buttons to navigate to specific areas of Flash content defined by the content author.
    9. Multi-lingual support (11 languages) allows for Flash content to be viewed globally. Flash MX supports Vertical Text and Unicode Standards. New languages supported include: Korean, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese.
    10. Dynamic loading of images and sound- Download MP3 and JPEG files at runtime. Save on file size and production time by not having to package images and sounds into Flash content for playback.


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