Flash MX, the latest version of the Macromedia Flash development environment, and Macromedia Flash Player 6 are both now available from Macromedia. Flash is the Web's "most widely distributed interactive media-player and the standard format for high-impact, vector-based Web sites", according to Macromedia. The company says Flash MX is a tool for creating a broad range of "high-impact content and rich-Internet applications that go beyond the boundaries of the browser.” The first in a planned MX line of products, Flash MX will provide a broad range of multimedia design and rich-Internet application development features in one product, Jeremy Clark, Flash product manager said. It will provide designers with the ability to create graphics, sophisticated user interfaces, and synchronized animation with audio and new video playback, he added. Content rich
With support for video, application components, and accessibility, Flash MX will enable the creation of rich-Internet content and applications. It's available for immediate download for Mac and Windows from the Macromedia Web store. Boxed copies will start shipping this week. Macromedia Flash MX costs £369 (plus VAT). Upgrades from previous versions cost £149. Educational pricing is also available. Customers already deploying content and applications created with Macromedia Flash MX include Boreal Mountain Resort and Webvertising. vFive, a strategic design and technology consultancy, has updated Boreal MountainLink – a desktop application featuring weather information, ski-lift status, mountain-trail maps, video packs, and current news. The application was rebuilt using Flash MX components, with the new ability in Macromedia Flash Player to store data locally to reduce the amount of bandwidth required. The new Player allows information to be viewed when disconnected from the Internet. Bandwidth boon
With the ability to store data locally, the MountainLink delivers more of the application in the initial download, nearly eliminating per-use data transfer and greatly reducing Boreal's bandwidth requirements for updating the application, according to aid Jody Churich, director of marketing at Boreal. Based on vFive's DualCard application, the MountainLink has plenty of remaining capacity, she added. DualCards have an extensive list of optional features, such as user or event registration, real-time chat, e-commerce, personalization, and usage reporting. Macromedia Flash MX will enable vFive to offer rich applications at a reduced cost, Churich said. Discuss this story at Digitmag.co.uk.