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    • 1. Flash/ActionScript By: Jonathan Spigler
    • 2. What is Flash?
      • Owned by Adobe hence Adobe Flash
      • Multimedia software used to add the following to web pages:
        • Animation
        • Advertisements
        • Web page components
        • Videos
      • Recently used to develop RIAs
      • Written in C++
    • 3. What is ActionScript?
      • Scripting language based on ECMAScript
      • Used for the development of websites and software using flash
      • To add functionality to Web-based games and RIAs with streaming media
      • Also used in some database apps
      • And also used in basic robotics
    • 4. Historical Overview of Flash
      • Jonathan Gay developed the idea while attending college and working for Silicon Beach Software
      • Jonathan Gay, Charlie Jackson, and Michelle Welsh stated the company “FutureWave Software”
      • FutureWave created SmartSketch a drawing application
      • 1995 SmartSketch was modified by adding frame-by-frame animation and re-released it as FutureSplash Animator
      • Product offered to Adobe and used by Microsoft in early of MSN.
      • December 1996, Macromedia acquired the vector-based animation software and later released it as Flash, contracting “Future” and “Splash”
      • After Macromedia Flash 1,2,3…
    • 5. Historical Overview of ActionScript
      • Started as scripting language for Macromedia’s Shockwave Flash authoring tool
      • First version limited interactivity features
      • With Flash 4 in 1999 came the scripting language which was referred to internally as “ActionScript”
      • Flash 7 ActionScript 2.0 emerged
      • Flash 9 Action Script 3.0 emerged
    • 6. Why use Flash/ActionScript?
      • Offers RIAs which can run widest range of browsers, Operation Systems, and devices
      • Flash PlayerCompared to Java, Acrobat Reader, QuickTime, or Windows Media Player
        • Smaller install size
        • Quick download time
        • Faster initializtion time.
      • Flash files tend to be smaller, streams use less bandwidth
      • ActionScript is an OOP language allowing for more control and code reusability.
    • 7. Why use Flash/ActionScript?(continued)
      • ActionScript Virtural Machine (AVM)
        • Allows scripting for interactivity at run-time
        • Support for video
        • MP3 based audio
        • Bitmap graphics
      • Adobe claims
        • 98% of US web users and
        • 99.3% of Internet desktop users have Flash Player Installed
        • 45%-56% have latest version
      • Great for advertisements
      • Great amount of user interaction
    • 8. Major Websites instituting Flash/ActionScript into their Websites
      • MSN.com
      • YouTube.com
      • Salesforce.com
      • NASDAQ.com
      • DirectTV.com
      • The list goes on…
    • 9. Flash/ActionScript Example
      • Simple Calculator
    • 10. Citation Slide
      • www.adobe.com/flashplatform
      • Wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ActionScript
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k3h37YKZJI
      • http:// www.flashmagazine.com/news/detail/the_flash_history /