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Wednesday, May 01, 2002

ANN : New Flash Player Available : 6,0,29,0

We have released a new version of the Macromedia Flash Player 6 for all web platforms.

The new player is 6,0,29,0 and is available from:

The new player fixes the following issues:

1. Interrupting of loading media into player does not halt, rather queues and loads entire file.
2. LoadSound continues to download even though the object is stopped, unloaded, or deleted
3. When an event sound is playing and the sound object gets deleted, the sound still plays even though there are no more references to the sound object.
4. Large Media (video, MP3) causes Flash Player to lock up.

For information on how to ensure that your users have the latest version, check out the technote at:

We realize that the community has been waiting sometime for this new release, and we apologize the delay. The issues were much more significant than we initially thought. Finally, we would like to thank the Flash community for bringing the issue to our attention, helping us test the new player, and most of all for their patience.

Update : We will be releasing new standalone and debug players, but do not have an ETA. The streaming issue only affected ActiveX players on Windows.

7:43:13 PM    comment []  Google It!  

Flash Remoting Documentation

Chapter 29 of "Developing Macromedia ColdFusion MX Applications with ColdFusion Markup Language" (download pdf / all CFMX docs) contains documentation on using Flash Remoting with ColdFusion MX.

Since we haven't officially announced other versions of Flash Remoting, we don't currently have any documentation publicly available on using Flash Remoting with non ColdFusion implementations. (stay tuned.)

Note : Make sure to read through the other posts here as i have put up a couple of examples of using Flash Remoting with web services, ColdFusion, and ServerSide ActionScript.

Finally, if you have a question on Flash Remoting, you can post them here.

Update : If you have installed the Flash Remoting Components, you can also access the documentation from within Flash MX via (Help > Welcome to Flash Remoting) and (Window > Reference).

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Guest Post by Jeremy Allaire

I was bummed to read Dave Winer's comments about Macromedia's position
vis a vis "BigCo's".  The two primary issues --- the mass community of
scripting-level developers, and Macromedia's efforts around web services
interoperability --- actually underscore a philosophy that I think is
shared by Macromedia and Dave, and which is actually quite the opposite
of BigCo-obsessing.

The point about scripting-level developers is simple:  the vast majority
of people building web applications are using scripting languages, not
big enterprise architectures; a huge number are using VBScript/Jscript
in ASP; lots of use ColdFusion; tons use PHP, some Perl, some Python,
and on and on.  This is a good thing.  Scripting is pragmatic and
cost-effective.  Our mission with MX is to empower these people.  I'm
not sure how this is paying homage to BigCo's.

The second item, on my comments on working with Microsoft on web
services interoperability was merely a matter of fact.  Yes, people
(unfortunately) equate web services with .NET, and its important as a
vendor to convey support for the same standards Microsoft is supporting.
However, it's also worth noting that Microsoft has been incredibly
active and supportive of efforts to drive interoperabiity, along with
dozens of others in the community.  The related comment was about our
approach here, which is decidely not BigCo -- we've been actively
contributing to the Apache Axis project, an open source platform for web
services.  We're working with the community at large to help make this
all a reality.

posted by Jeremy Allaire

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