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?
#8 Flash UI , Open source business, etc.
Thursday January 6th, 2000 12:22 PM
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It was my understanding (which could be incorrect, but the developers I asked about it seemed to know what they were talking about), that since the toolbar was displayed using the Gecko engine that any graphic format that could be displayed in the content window, could be displayed in the UI. So, if you have the appropriate support (through plug-ins or native code) you could even display a mpeg movie in the UI. Of course, the fancier you get - the more powerful computer you would need, but is that really news to anyone?
I think the code should be optomized and integrated into Mozilla if possible, without excluding any other formats - letting designers have flexibility in what format they choose to create in.
Also, I don't think Macromedia would pull a restrictive license. There's more behind it. Macromedia owns Shockwave.com - a major interactive entertainment hub, which has major potential. If they make the format ubiquitous - computers, webTV, etc - there isn't a single web user that couldn't visit their site and help generate revenue. Plus, with such an ubituous format, people would pay big bucks for the latest and best development tool for it - which happens to be owned by Macromedia. So, why would they want to hinder the adoption of this format? Down the road, it's not going to matter what they can charge, or what licensing they pull on it - those fees would pail in comparison to how much money they would make as a media entertainment company, and a software tool developer.
With Mozilla being open source itself, the developers can create support for any other competing format. If Macromedia should even pull such a move as to upset developers and content creators, a different format can be supported very quickly.
Atleast, that's how I see it.