Macromedia Flash Professional 8 is the latest iteration of the application that has moved from being a simple Web animation tool named FutureSplash to a rich media content delivery platform that puts your Flash work on everything from desktop computers to cell phones. Along the way, developers and designers moved from creating simple animated movies of bouncing balls to media applications that used databases, video, and audio. In fact, Flash has become a powerhouse on the Internet. The Flash Player is installed on practically every computer on the planet and a specialized version of the player–FlashLite–is steadily heading in a similar direction with cell phones. As such, Flash is now considered to be a de facto standard for displaying ...

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