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A Tale of Two Versions

Flash now comes in two versions: Flash MX 2004 and Flash MX 2004 Professional. The main reason to get Professional is for its dynamic data capabilities. Other features limited to the Pro version include a video export plugin (the FLV Exporter), many user interface components, “slide-based” programming (ideal for PowerPoint-style presentations), forms-based programming, and project management (version control and document check-out/check-in).

There's no universal rule for deciding who should get which version. “Professional for developers, standard version for designers” has some superficial plausibility, because of Professional's database support and forms-based programming. On the other hand, slide shows (also found only in Pro) might typically be associated more with designers.


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