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Chapter 2. What’s New in Flash MX > General Enhancements

General Enhancements

In my opinion, the “killer feature” of Flash MX isn’t actually video; it’s work-flow. Nearly every nook and cranny has some touch-up to usability. Small, subtle features are scattered around, but they result in improvements to productivity. In Flash 5, for example, when you select a fill color and then select an already filled shape, the Fill Color tool loses the color you selected. What if you want to use that color? That task is simple in Flash MX, which includes a ton of tiny such changes. I used to like to make fun of the peculiar quirks in Flash, but frankly, I’m running out of comedy material.

Video

Like I said, video might not be the “killer feature,” but it’s still pretty killer. You can import and compress videos of nearly any source data type by using Sorenson Spark (a compression technology built into Flash with matching decompression capabilities in the Macromedia Flash Player 6). Basically, this means that you can import video, set the best compression balance of filesize and quality, and then use the video as though it were any other Library symbol.


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