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A think a combination of these two is always the best option.
What would happen if Adobe would merge with Macromedia? I think everything will become super expensive, and less innovation. (though MM should be integrating some XML and SVG support.
Both companies work their tails off to snipe each other's users, which keeps them on their toes. But since a lot of their programs overlap each other for functionality (Dreamweaver/GoLive, Freehand/Illustrator, Flash/LiveMotion), I think a lot of users choose one favorite app and then buy from the same company for workflow efficiency...
Of course, Macromedia got the jump on the web professionals market with Dreamweaver & Flash. The only reason I didn't go with their web products is because I'd bought GoLive Cyberstudio Personal Edition ($98) back before Adobe bought it, and the upgrade path is always cheapest!
I think the only reason Adobe wasn't totally buried in the web arena is because they already had a HUGE user base with Photoshop, and they made a really good move buying GoLive instead of pushing forward with PageMill. Releasing LiveMotion was just playing catch-up with Macromedia.
If Microsoft had someone providing that kind of 1-to-1 competition for their programs & customers, I think their programs would be a lot more secure, streamlined and all-around higher quality today.
Can someone please clearify what exactly it is?
BTW>> Someone tell MM to make a blend tool for Flash (like in Illustartor)... That will make 3d shapes and text much mor easier, and will make my day ;)
So is MX going to basically be Flash 6?
Also, is the regular flash player gonna be replaced by the Flash MX player, or will peopole have to download the special MX player aswell as the regualr flash player?
Sounds sweeeet, when can i download a demo??
Sorry, a million people ask me to copy it bu I simply don't. Keep waiting, it will satisfy you when it is there :)
There are some really cool features like having dynmic content, dreamweaver like properties panel. one of the things im looking forward to is the 'distribute to layers command' - basically if you type "webmaster world" each letter will be given its own layer with its own unique name. How much time will that save...tons :)
The main improvements in Flash MX are not focussing on the programming environment, but more on the authorative stuff for design. Grouping layers, inserting (live) video etc. Why don't you download a trail? These will be availeble from the fifteenth.
Flash definitely tends to create it's own "style." Of course, with the right tools in any vector drawing program, you can re-create that look, but why bother using two or three programs, if you're happy with the results you get from one?
BTW, why is it so big now (47 mb)? Flash 5 demo was like 18 mb... My comp is only a 200 mhz, so i like appz that can open relatively fast (like Flash 5 & PSP7, oppose to Photoshop)... I hope Flash MX wont make my 'puter spazz....
However, with a really goo dupgrade, the bells and whistles are worth most of the extra room. ;)