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Chapter 1. Flash Basics > The Background of Flash

The Background of Flash

Flash is an interesting phenomenon. It began with technology intended for pen computing. This technology—which translated strokes into drawings—was commercialized as SmartSketch, a personal computer drawing package. SmartSketch made it easy for artists to create pictures that were defined as geometry, not as a screen of pixels. The inventors of the program, such as, Jonathan Gay, understood the advantages of this technology—vector drawing—over the more familiar technique of pixel painting. Geometric descriptions scale perfectly and they are extremely efficient. It is easy to move these pictures from one computer to another. High-level drawing descriptions also make it easy to organize the elements of a drawing—and to manipulate them mathematically.

Easy manipulation means powerful animation. SmartSketch evolved into CelAnimator—a professional cartooning tool. The cartooning world is fairly small—and was smaller still in the 1990s. This vector animation program might have disappeared like its predecessors except for the emergence of the Internet. Device independence and tiny bandwidth requirements were a great fit for the web—which was starved for animation.


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