Flash Matures into Full-Fledged Platform
Macromedia introduces a new Flash Platform, making it easy to create rich-media Web sites, and previews "Maelstrom," the next-generation Flash player.Macromedias Flash is all grown up. Webmasters will now have access to a host of tools, part of the new multifunctional Flash Platform announced Friday, that include content creation and Web development tools that can interact with a companys server and be sent to mobile devices. The company also unveiled its next-generation Flash player, codenamed "Maelstrom," which is currently being beta tested and will most likely be released later this summer. The Flash Platform includes a collection of individual Macromedia Inc. products, many of which have been in the public eye for a long time. Now, theyve been brought together to form an interactive coalition.
Platform users will have access to the Flash Player; development tool Macromedia Flex; Flash MX 2004 for content creation; the Flash Communication Server for two-way audio and video streaming; FlashCast, which delivers mobile content; and Flash Lite, which is used to run Flash on mobile devices.