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Subject: Re: FLASH: Flash 4 download (don't do it!)
From: Helen Triolo
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 22:17:36 +0100

> At 10:43 AM 9/29/0, Rick Nordby wrote:
> >I am new to this list and to Flash. I am teaching a new animation class.
> >We are using Flash 4 since that was what was available last spring. I don't
> >want to change the kids (and me) over to Flash 5 just now.

and John Dowdell responded:
> (If there's any choice possible, I'd highly recommend teaching with the
> current application... the old habits won't have as much value once they
> get out of school. You know that situation there better than me though, of
> course.)
I have to second jd's advice, even though you didn't ask for it ;-) just
in case a non-Macromedia person's advice makes any difference.
Everything about Flash 4 is very specific only to Flash 4, but learning
Flash 5 opens doors to all kinds of other possibilities. On the drawing
side, the use of pallettes (which MM calls panels) and bezier tools in
Flash 5 makes it very similar to many widely-used graphics packages, but
that's just the cake beneath the icing. The real power (she says, in
her best programmer voice) is in the new Flash 5 actionscript which,
once learned, can be applied to any other object-oriented programming
language, meaning that you get back what you put into learning it
several times over, both in terms of being able to create
well-controlled (and now well-documented) animations and whole
applications, and in terms of extensibility to other web and non-web
apps. (This, I have to say, was not true of Flash 4). Well, I could
stay on this soapbox all day, but I guess it's time to step down and get
back to work.

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  Re: FLASH: Flash 4 download (don't do it, Rick Nordby

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