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[REBOL] Re: Flash tech? Was Re: Re: (No subject)Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 17:20:09

From: pwoodward::cncdsl::com at: 21-Nov-2001 13:11

All -
> I'm everyday working with Macromedia Director so I don't have so much > experience with Flash directly but I think these two products are very > similar in some aspects.
I've been doing some Flash work for a while now - not so much as a designer - but with Flash 5, integrating it with a dynamic JSP/Java backend. I think the purpose of Flash as compared to /View is much more narrowly defined in scope. Flash and Director certainly include many more graphics tools - better handling of Alpha channels, some 3D tools, etc. But neither of them are really intended for applications. Sure, you can build a multimedia presentation application for distribution on CD with Director... But these things aren't typically much more than that. The real question is what is RT's goal - are they aiming at the Flash/Director market? Probably not. Flash can be used to make some pretty nice looking front ends. And now with it's addition of dynamic data - you can actually link a flash front end to a database backend - using your webserver as middleware. But, Flash isn't infrastructure - REBOL can be.
> Anyway both technologies has own cool developers and software pieces( just > have a look at: > )
Pretty cool - though just showing the Flash movie slams my 800MHz laptop into 100% CPU usage. Which in turn pretty shortly flips the exhaust fan on... Not that some REBOL scripts haven't done this - but I think there is something fishy with how Flash handles timing... - Porter Woodward