[thelist] Laying out components in Flash

Marcus Andersson marcus at bristav.se
Tue May 18 19:31:37 CDT 2004

Javed Alam wrote:

> How about Laszosystems from
> http://www.laszlosystems.com
> javed
> Marcus Andersson wrote:
>> Thomas Klepl wrote:
>>> Just thought I'd mention for those that don't know about it - 
>>> Macromedia has
>>> a new product called Flex which is basically an XML language and 
>>> serverside
>>> software for creating flash pieces. It does not require using the 
>>> Flash IDE
>>> and is targeted at programmers. The bad part is that it's very expensive
>>> (for now anyway..I think they will have to drop the price by a lot to 
>>> get
>>> people to use it)
>>> http://www.macromedia.com/software/flex/
>>> Tom
>> Yep, know about Flex and don't want to use Flex. What I want is 
>> something that is similar to Flex (or XAML) but is interpreted at 
>> runtime in the Flash player. This gives me the ability to deploy it on 
>> any server and also to write applications without the Flash IDE. I've 
>> built something similar in IE with Javascript/CSS/XML/XSLT and it 
>> works splendid (apart from being a memory hog) and now I want to try 
>> the concept in Flash to get it to more users (and platforms) and also, 
>> hopefully, more useful in terms of performance.
>> /Marcus
This is a better alternative than Flex. But I can't really how much since I'm not able to penetrate the 
marketing BS on their site. They fall into the same trap as many others. Just doing talk appealing to the 
non-techies and none to the techies (there's a list of features but it doesn't go in depth so they could've 
skipped it altogether as far as I'm concerned).

Some of it seems good but I don't think they come all the way with other stuff and there is nothing I can do 
about it since it's not open source (I guess anyway since the Express Edition starts at 1900$ and they don't 
even say what the enterprise edition costs).


ps. I'm also doing this to learn the inner workings of Flash so it's not as much fun to take an out-of-the-box 

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