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7:31 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Flash turns 10 today -- a long (in web terms) and fascinating history that incudes now being owned by Adobe. But most of all, a product that has made a HUGE impact on the lives of web users, especially since video support arrived in version 6.

The Wired article linked below includes a nice interview with Flash senior product manager Mike Downey, where he discusses issue like the upcoming integration of Flash with Photoshop and the planned release of Flash 9 for Linux.

Flash, the premiere platform for presenting audio and video on the web, turns 10 years old today. Over the last decade, the technology has grown from a simple sketch tool to a near-ubiquitous rich media application used by sites like MySpace, YouTube and Google Video to stream millions of video and audio files a day.

Wired article [wired.com]

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I just can't believe that it's 10 years on.

At least it's now being used in far better ways. Remember the overuse in the early years?

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What do you mean overuse!?! Splash pages were AWESOME!

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If one day, browsers gonna be the 'only' thing we need at client side,
then action scripting is really something we need to know about.
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Oh how I wish it would just die already...
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One awesome feature of Flash is the ability to important video and then natively stream it without a lot of fancy dancing -- and then there's a user base that is just plain HUGE. Native streaming of media alone is a happy achievement for this ten-year old.
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Happy birthday, Flash!
Long live Flash!
3 cheers for Actionscript!
Hooray for sophisticated vector-based interactive streaming content!

Though these days I try to do everything with DHTML, ASP.NET and AJAX, there are many things that can only be done in a good old SWF. Still part of my toolbox, though collecting dust.

Flash? Die? a curse on thee, unbeliever.

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I just hope they won't load up photoshop with bunch of flash features, it's already getting bloated with other stuff.
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Agreed - application bloat since the adobe/macromedia takeover is monstrous - about 100meg difference in Flash 8!

Is flashplayer to be installed as standard on Vista+IE7?

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Flash I will always love ya.
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I remember seeing a demo of Flash (b4 it was called that) at Internet World in Los Angeles in 1996.

I remember all of the people watching the demo in jaw dropping amazement when they saw animation embedded in a web page. It was truly a break through that no one had ever seen before.

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This is spooky, hard to believe it was 10 years as my wife worked at Macromedia when Flash came out and they were Flash enabling all their products...

<twilight zone music swells...>

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integration of Flash with the Adobe family is a great idea - better vector and raster editing of Flash objects is warmly welcomed. But I hope the suite is kept as separate products, and the only enhancement is creating easily portable objects for editing this or that.

I for one am scared that I'll look in the Photoshop Layers palette and see a timeline with key frames. eeek!

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I'm actually hoping to see a timeline with key frames in Photoshop. Integration like that would be great.
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I always thought that better integration into Illustrator would be a wise route to take. You can't beat Illustrators capabilities for vectors.
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I'm actually surprised that flash is being integrated with Photoshop and not Illustrator. Being that they are both vector.

None the less I am curious to see the end result.

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If you read the article it's being integrated with Creative Suite - so that includes Photoshop AND Illustrator (the title of this thread is a bit incomplete).
 

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