Best Program to Build Anything Concerning Flash

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Hey guys,


Not sure exactly which program is best in creating flash intros/-based sites. Anyone have any recommendations?


It would be greatly appreciated
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Flex is a great thing to get into right now if you have background with scripting/coding, other than that I believe Flash is the best application to produce SWF.
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Hey joebert,

Thanks alot for responding. I know it was a pretty dumb question but I was actually looking to see if there was anything else that was under the radar that was pretty good.


Is Flex sold only over the internet or could I pick it up at a store somewhere?
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There's two versions of Flex, the command-line oriented SDK, & then there's the GUI based Flex Builder which works alot like Flash does with a sort of WYSIWYG interface.

Flex uses MXML, which is pretty much a wrapper for Actionscript & components, if you've ever used Coldfusion, or .NET it should look quite familiar.

Adobe Labs is one place to learn about what's next with Flex.
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flex/

Flex.org is another.
http://www.flex.org/

Adobe's product page has Flex at about $200-USD less than Flash.

Personally, I wouldn't spend $500 on Flex, I'd rather spend $700 on Flash.
It would take someone maybe a week to learn where everything is in that $500 Flex package, which is rather disheartening considering the SDK comand-line version is free to download & being pushed towards open source anyway.

I use Flash 8 Professional.
I'm keeping an eye on the Flex-SDK & Adobe Air (previously codenamed Apollo) for the future.
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Hey, thanks alot for the info. I appreciate it.
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joebert, you have no idea how happy it makes me to see that SOMEONE else around here knows/uses Flex. :)

I use FlexBuilder at work for the Flex apps I develop, and although the features are nice to have, I would never pay for a personal license for it. The free command-line tool is enough for me. Once thing I do is add the MXML compiler as a script command in my text editor so that I can compile my project(s) with the simple keystroke combination.

Back on topic:

If you're looking to learn more about Flex, two of the most helpful resources include the Flex Developer Center and the Language Reference.

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