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Flash 8 Professional

Flash 8 Professional

Flash 8 has been split into two products: Flash 8 and Flash 8 Professional. The Professional version contains all of the features and functionality of the regular version with additional ones for creating more sophisticated data-driven Internet applications and improvements for more efficient delivery of video content over the Web. It provides new expressiveness tools for optimizing the look and feel of the Flash files you design. External scripting and capabilities for handling dynamic data from databases are some of the features that make Flash 8 Professional particularly suitable for large-scale, complex projects deployed using Flash Player along with a hybrid of HTML content.

  • Bitmap smoothing (p. 176) Bitmap images now look much better on the Stage when severely enlarged or reduced. The appearance of these bitmaps in the Flash authoring tool and in Flash Player is now consistent.

  • Blend modes (p. 148–149) Use blend modes to change the way the image of one object on the Stage is combined with other images. They are essential to create vibrant images, compositions and effects. Flash offers run-time control over blend modes, which means you can make changes and apply different graphical effects basis on circumstances or user interactivity.

  • Custom Ease controls (p. 220–221, 236) Custom easing allows you to easily and precisely control the way an object changes during an animation. These controls include object position, rotation, scale, color, and filters. You can control single animation effect or create complex effects.

  • Graphic Effects filters (p. 484–485) Create more compelling designs with built-in filter effects like Drop Shadow, Blur, Glow, Bevel, Gradient Bevel, and Adjust Color. You can apply graphic visual effect filters to objects on the Stage. The filter effects are natively supported and rendered in real-time by Flash Player.

  • Text Anti-Aliasing improved (p. 162) Flash improves Anti-Aliasing to make normal and small-sized text much clearer and easier to view and read onscreen than ever before. Flash provides several new options for text anti-aliasing display, each optimized for different uses. You can specify anti-aliasing options for individual text blocks; these options enhance the display of text for different environments. While FlashType is available in both Flash Basic and Flash Professional, the new “Custom Anti-Aliasing” feature to optimize font rendering for any given project is in Flash Professional only.


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