Macromedia to Open Flash Player Source

Thursday January 6th, 2000

Tekhir writes, "Well, Macromedia is open sourcing their Flash player and file format [according to this BeNews story]. It would be interesting to see if this could/should be intergrated into Mozilla. Can you imagine if people started making the UI out of Flash 4. Or better yet borrowing its alpha transparency layer. There are a lot of cool effects that one can do with Flash."

Should Flash be integrated into Mozilla? Or should their tasty, optimized vector-drawing code be cannibalized for the inevitable SVG implementation?

#29 I don't think so

by Tekhir

Friday January 7th, 2000 7:54 AM

You are replying to this message

First of all Flash doesn't use that many system resources. I used it all the time on my 486DX2/66 until I got this computer.

Second, Flash is pretty much cross platform as long as you have player. It also has a pretty large install base. It is the most popular plugin.

While, CSS DOM can do the same thing as Flash, up to a point, they are only avaible to the latest and greatest browsers (IE 5 for Mac and Mozilla).