2.1. What Is RIA?
2.1.1. Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash creates the SWF file type that runs within the Flash Player. Adobe Flash is currently in version 9 within the Adobe Creative Suite 3 software collection. Flash has been around for more than 10 years and was originally known as FutureSplash before being acquired by Macromedia and renamed as Macromedia Flash. Flash was a completely new way of building content for the Internet. It allowed for the creation of vector-based animations that could be embedded within a web page. Although Flash was originally used mainly for creating animations and introduction pages for web sites, it quickly developed into a way to create engaging Internet experiences. With the original release of ActionScript 1.0 and the ability to load data easily into Flash 5 applications, developers began to create the first truly Rich Internet Applications. The methods used were ...