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How Does SVG Compare with Flash?

Macromedia's Flash has long dominated vector graphics display on the Web; as such, developers are curious as to how SVG compares with this technology. Both SVG and Flash offer small file sizes and were created to deliver vector graphics online. Both feature a wide array of features designers seek, including alpha channel transparency, typographic support, and animation. Both are currently dependent on plug-ins to view their content, and both can handle dynamic content.

But the similarities tend to end once you look under the hood of the two technologies. Cost is one of the biggest differences between SVG and Flash. Although both technologies offer free viewers and abilities for dynamic graphics to consumers, Flash requires a $50,000 Flash Generator license to produce large-scale dynamic content; SVG allows for a number of packages (such as PHP, XSLT, and ASP) that can range anywhere in price from free to expensive. SVG offers developers the opportunity to use the technologies they are familiar with and can afford while allowing the ability to create complex, large-scale dynamic content.


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