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September 10, 2003

flash mx 2004 now shipping

you can now buy flash mx from macromedia.

the new flash player 7 has also gone live. get it here.

for the record, the first flash player 7 is version it was released on sept 9/2003. the windows internet explorer version weighs in at a svelt 466kb, while the windows netscape plugin is 643kb.

be sure to drop by devnet to see the new 2004 articles.

new articles include:
* Macromedia Flash MX 2004 and Video
* Building a Streaming Video Presentation with Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 Media Components
* Data Binding in Macromedia Flash Professional 2004
* Building and Testing Components in Macromedia Flash MX 2004 (by one of the creators of the new mx 2004 compent set).
* Exploring Version 2 of the Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Component Architecture
* Building the FooterNav Component
* New Features for Mobile and Devices Developers in Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004

Posted by moock at September 10, 2003 12:00 AM

Oh! Found it -- here it is, from Dave Yang's blog. He's real specific: Some "won't run except in FP7, but some can run in FP6... as well":

"Flash MX 2004 compiles AS2 into AS1 equivalent bytecodes. One reason for this is backwards compatibility in Flash Player 6. As a result, one can code in AS2 and compile it for Flash Player 6. For better optimization, target for Flash Player or higher. Some version 2 components won't run except in FP7, but some can run in as well." -- Sept. 5, 2003 05AM

Posted by: Peter Rust at September 12, 2003 04:21 AM

Sorry, version 6 player (not browser).

Posted by: Peter Rust at September 12, 2003 04:10 AM

From what I've been reading, data binding & most v2 components will export for the version 6 browser. (I think i read something about that somewhere, maybe in Aral Balkan's article? (/devnet/mx/flash/articles/databinding.html) or here or on Dave Yang's blog (

Posted by: Peter Rust at September 12, 2003 04:09 AM

If Colin or anyone else gets feeling ambitious, here's a request: a list of which new features of FMX '04 Pro will still work in the Flash 6 player. From the quick demo I watched on the world-wide broadcast, it looked like at least a few helpful features will be backwards compatible (data-binding? components? can't remember...) Maybe this list already exists somewhere on Macro's site...


Posted by: Jed at September 10, 2003 12:03 PM