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 188.8.131.52. 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 184.108.40.206 or higher. Some version 2 components won't run except in FP7, but some can run in 220.127.116.11 as well." -- Sept. 5, 2003 05AM
Sorry, version 6 player (not browser).
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 (swfoo.com))...
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...