New Features of Macromedia Flash MX

By: Maricon Williams

Video compression is one of the booming segments in the online industry. The outcome of full-screen, full-motion video all over the Net is improving everyday. This will gradually wreck the pessimism towards online media. I agree that productive media is the key to online advertising growth. I also believe that Macromedia Flash will turn out to be the industry’s spine to hold everything in order. Macromedia will not change the given fact in just a spur of the moment however, this will ultimately result in a richer user experience. The increasing demand for rich media will give way to the development of video codec algorithms which includes compression and decompression.

Flash’s greatest ability is to deliver animated images in a vector format.

It means that the file size is not dependent on the image quality. Vectorization now becomes subordinate to the necessity to have rich and reliable content. Flash works with video by allowing developers to import a video file. Then the file is manipulated, scaled, rotated, skewed, masked and made interactive using scripting. Video format supported by QuickTime or Windows Media Player together with MPEG, DV (Digital Video), MOV (Quick Time), and AVI can be imported.

Macromedia took into consideration the flourishing wireless and handheld market. In fact, they are about to release a new 3G cell spectrum. Flash MX ships with templates for Nokia handsets and Pocket PC devices with other platforms that are soon to follow. The SDK comprises reference platforms for Windows CE, Windows 32 and even Linux. Flash support to electronic devices such as cell phones, PDAs, interactive TV systems, Internet appliancesFree Web Content, game machines and in-room hotel entertainment system is also in the stage of brainstorming.

Macromedia acknowledges the ability of designers and developers to gain additional market opportunities in the near future by delivering Flash content for Internet-enabled devices. The company’s vision to define the user experience on platforms through lightweight content and flexible format that can adapt to smaller screens without sacrificing functionality is now very much accessible.

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