Macromedia and Corel have announced a licensing deal that will bring the former’s Flash technology to the latter’s Linux OS and CorelDraw 9 graphics package. The deal with cover both the player and authoring technology.
The Flash player will be in its first incarnation on any flavour of Linux and should be shipped with every boxed product – saving users from having to download the player from the Internet.
Corel is also working on an exporter module for CorelDraw that will allow Flash (SWF) files to be created in version 9 of that product (on Windows, MacOS and Linux). The module is not designed to turn CorelDraw into a Flash authoring environment – as the package has no animation facilities – but to allow vector graphics to be placed on the Web at a minimum file size or to create the constituent parts of an animation to be animated in Flash.
The module will be available sometime this spring from both Macromedia’s and Corel’s Web sites.