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  • Flash/ActionScript

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

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