[osflash] [Flashcoders] Flash player 8.5 and ActionScript 3.0
ncannasse at motion-twin.com
Thu Oct 6 07:16:16 PDT 2005
> > That's very interesting.
> > But is it a good move ?
> > Looks like MM is splitting Flash into two different products :
> > - the Flash8 line focused on webdesigners and focused on design/effects
> > - the Flex2 line targeted for developers and more focused on RIA /
> > tools
> MM is not really doing that. The community itself does this
> and MM just responds to/acts upon it.
> Well, at least that's the way i see it.
Yes I agree with that. That's an answer to an often expressed need. I wasn't
meaning bad by saying that.
> > The good point is that the two can run on the same plugin.
> > But can they interact together ? and how ?
> > Will it be enough reasons for FlashCoders to drop their brand new
> > and run for Flex2 ?
> I don't see them as 2 different things. There's only one Flash plugin.
> Just different versions, as it has always been.
> You'll just need the right version to view/experience certain content,
again, as it has always been.
> Unless MM decides otherwise of course ;-)
Of course but if you can't run AS2 and AS3 at the same time that can cause
problems (i.e your designer can't put gotoAndStop in his clips if you're
using AS3). I'm very happy with MM realising that the AS1+2 VM bytecode was
not efficient enough to run fast and is breaking everything to build a new -
hopefully better - technology. But the interactions between different
versions is the most difficult point.
> > I would like to ask a question to the community : if you have to make a
> > jump, would you prefer to go for Flex2 (which have the "update the
> > advantage) or would you prefer to go for a fully opensource player which
> > run AS2 but on a very fast virtual machine (http://nekovm.org) ?
> I don't think there's a Flex2 (plugin?). Just a new flash player version
> which is an update from 8, just as version 8 was an
> update of version 7. At least that's the way I understood it from the
I understand that too.
But it will require you to rewrite a lot of your code (new API , new
language) and also to use a new "version" of the player (8.5) which might
not spread as fast as 8.0 since IMHO there is less audience for Flex2
contents than for Flash8 contents. My question was : if you need to do again
a lot of things, why not do again theses things using opensource tools and
players ? (supposing they're available).
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