Thursday, May 17, 2012
Flash Professional CS6
I was really considering staying with CS5.5 unless there was a compelling reason to upgrade. Flash CS6 really didn't provide that reason, but as the upgrade price for CS6 for CS5.5 owners was half the price of the normal upgrade price, it was pretty compelling. When I found out that the Web Premium package was being combined with Design Premium, it would mean that a program that I wanted but couldn't justify was now part of my upgrade. InDesign is a desktop publishing application. With all the additional features in the other apps in the suite, the upgrade became a no-brainer.
If I only had Flash, not a suite, I doubt even the reduced price would have been enough to justify upgrading. I hope that I am wrong, but I really get the feeling that Adobe is abandoning Flash. Still, it is a tool I see myself using for many years to come. Perhaps not as a game development platform, but definitely as a tool for creating animations for the games. With Air packagers and Stage3D, it is possible that Flash will remain a platform for game development. As I have the tools, I have decided that I will play around with the starling framework and possibly try some low-level stage 3D work.
In fact, the languages are so close that I think a quick porting tool could easily be developed so as a side project for this development blog, in future weeks when I don't have other things to discuss, I will look into the issues of writing such a tool. Even though I don't want to add yet another project to my overflowing plate, I just might develop such a tool as part of this blog. I know in the past I had looked for such a tool and while some projects existed they did not work the way I needed. Perhaps it is time for another look.