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Author: Eddie Carroll | Website: http://www.flashkit.com

Closing Thoughts

Well there you go, it's pretty impressive heh? The guys and gals at Macromedia have been working hard to produce something that reinforces their position as the market leader in interactive online multimedia. There is nothing in the market that compares, even Adobe's Livemotion, full credit to their team tho.

Macromedia have recognized where the web should go and have built a development tool that not only enables smick animations to be produced but also caters for XML, technical illustrators and large-scale Flash development. A big plus in my books is the fact that Flash 5 will take the burden of programming off the designers and back onto the programmers by making it easy for nerdy javascripters to make the transition to ActionScript :)

So what's bad about it?
Flash 5 isn't all razzle and dazzle, it does have some limitations. It's ability to deal with ActionScript intensive movies and alphas wasn't great in Flash 4, in Flash 5 there is a noticeable improvement in performance but it still needs more. Most designers won't require this kind of functionality as what is being created currently is largely aesthetic but as demand for functional Flash-only sites and web applications increase, programmers will begin to require Flashplayer to perform under stress.

The Fine Print...
Cost
Full Version US$399
Flash 5 Freehand Studio US$599
Flash 5 Generator 2 Developer Edition US$648

System Requirements
Windows
133 MHz Intel Pentium Processor
Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000 or later
32Mb RAM
40Mb of available hard disk space
256 color monitor capable of 800x600 resolution
CD-ROM

Macintosh
Power Macintosh
MacOS 8.5 or later
32Mb of free application RAM
40 Mb of available disk space
256 color monitor capable of 800x600
CD-ROM

Overall a five star performance! All you have to do now is save up to cash to buy it :) Don't forget Flashkit has several forums dedicated to Flash 5 so why not go there now and get involved!

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Added: 2000-08-28
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