Better bitmaps in Flash

Great news for anyone wanting to integrate Photoshop and other imagery into Flash (and judging from the crowds drawn by my old boss, Myke Ninness, when he lectures on this at conferences, that’s a lot of people): Macromedia engineer Tinic Uro reports that they’ve made some solid improvements in how bitmaps are drawn in the recently announced Flash 8. This should provide smoother, faster drawing of images, such as those displayed in Photoshop CS2’s new Flash Web Photo Gallery templates (example | download).
This reminds me a bit of when we launched Photoshop 7. The eye-popping Healing Brush got the big wows, but the feature battling it for applause was the simplest thing in the world: when you’d rename a layer, you could now type right into the layers palette, rather than into a dialog box. Sure, it would save you just a couple of seconds, but multiply that by number of layers, across days, weeks, months… It’s a simple lesson but one that’s easy to forget: to really make the experience better, spare some cycles for the spit and polish. It’s cool to see the Flash team doing the little things that make a big difference.
[Disclaimer: Adobe and Macromedia have announced their intention to join forces, but until that’s a done deal, we’re required to operate as separate entities. So, just to be clear, I’ll point out that I’m simply relaying publicly available information.]

0 thoughts on “Better bitmaps in Flash

  1. when you’d rename a layer, you could now type right into the layers palette
    yup, that was a brilliant move! how about showing that “feature” to the illustrator kids. *grin*.
    I see where you are going tho john, it will be interesting to see if the new bitmap drawing in flash changes the landscape at all.

  2. The images will load just as quickly or slowly as if they were called by an HTML page, so something else (busy server, slow connection) must have been going on when you visited the page.

  3. are there any other Flash Web Photo Gallery Templates for photoshop other than 1 and 2 that came w/ the original plus the third that was later released?
    [I haven’t seen any, but we’ve introduced a new Flash gallery in Lightroom, and we’ll work to standardize our galleries so that a Flash gallery that works in one will work in the others. –J.]

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