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How Does This Flash Thing Work, Exactly?

I'm a reasonably accomplished software user. I can get most of the software I work with to do what I need it to do. Most of the time.
Sometimes I feel so inadequate.

I'm a reasonably accomplished software user. I can get most of the software I work with to do what I need it to do.

Like many of us, I use (am saddled?) with Microsoft products and/or products that work on Windows. Some of it is excellent stuff, other items are just terrible (but isn't this life?). By the way, this article is being written with Word, and then e-mailed to Jennifer, my ever-faithful editor, via Outlook using my FREEBSD server J.

What has happened since the early days of software has been called the bloat. Now bloating, in many instances, is dangerous. From the days when I worked on a Thoroughbred Horse Farm, I learned that a horse that has bloat, if not quickly remedied, could die. Software, when it gets bloated, doesn't die, it just causes the user to upgrade their computer, so they can still run the core group of sub-programs that they want to use.

I just got a copy of Macromedia's StudioMX2004. This suite of software comprises Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and FreeHand. It's a powerhouse of software, and a web developer's dream. Now, I'll admit it, they've stumped me. I looked at Flash, and for the life of me, can't get it to work. FreeHand, duh! Have absolutely no clue! Did I mention that I'm graphically impaired Fireworks, I can use ever so casually (at least Fireworks 4.0. I didn't even bother with MX, I was so stymied by Flash and FreeHand).


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