Flash MX

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2002-03-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Flash MX

USABILITY A
CAPABILITY B
PERFORMANCE B
INTEROPERABILITY B
MANAGEABILITY C
Developers will find that Flash MX is now suitable for a lot more than animations and annoying site intros. Macromedias updated content generation tool provides improved media, accessibility and data features that make it possible to create a wide variety of rich media applications for the Web. The much-improved development interface should make Flash more accessible to Web authors and designers.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Even if companies dont plan to use a lot of the new MX/6.0 features, which require the 6.0 client, developers can take advantage of the improved development interface now and save apps in the 5.0 format.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Flash MXs improved support for XML is the first step toward becoming a true platform for dynamic Web development. Companies whose Web applications now rely on application servers will want to evaluate upcoming server releases, which should increase Flash MXs ability to work with data-rich applications.

PROS // Improved, flexible development interface; now supports video within Flash application; some support for accessibility.

CONS // Accessibility features work only on Windows Internet Explorer client; limited group development features.

Macromedia Inc., San Francisco; (415) 252-2000; www.macromedia.com



 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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