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Macromedia's Studio 8

It was simple to create a basic animation, and I used the new capabilities of Flash 8 to dynamically control the animation frame rates at runtime. Blend modes and shadowing were also easily applied at runtime, and I could flick them on or off at will. Previous versions had made such graphical manipulations available only through an external image-manipulation program such as Fireworks.

Macromedia has developed a new video codec, and the company is moving aggressively to support video within Flash.


Good

• Strong combination of components for a collaborative environment
• Support for video and graphical effects moved into Flash Player 8, improving performance

Bad


• New pricing still over most hobbyists' heads, making it difficult to gain more converts and capture next generation of developers and designers

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