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Doesn't Macromedia have 30day trial downloads for their software? A test drive would give you the best idea as to whether the download was worth the cost to you.
The tour is not that impressive. I won't upgrade if thats all there is.
The problem with upgrading in the past was that the new player takes a while to spread it's way around to all of the end users.
MX, however, has made a lot of improvements to files published for Flash 5. They've added things like run time shared libraries and runtime image swapping - it's good stuff.
There are also a lot of new components for Flash 6 like premade scroll and form elements. These aren't super useful however, because, as you know you can make them yourself.
That's the problem with any bleeding edge (or even halfway-lukewarm-new) web technology/standard... the end users software needs time to catch up. I ran into the same problem when I designed an interactive calculating form in Acrobat 4: I discovered none of the Windows machines in our office had their Acrobat Reader updated in over a year!
Because I fear that sort of upgrade laziness is not at all uncommon, I personally would wait at least a year after the introduction of a "new web technology" before actually implementing it on a commercial website.
Wouldn't implement any new capabilities of Flash MX on a live website until next summer (which gives you plenty of time to get really slick using them... ;) ), when people have had a good chance to upgrade to the new player.