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Jeff Root
2013-Apr-13, 02:41 AM
I want to make Flash animations. They are everywhere
on the Web. I could do some neat things with Flash.
But the software costs something like 50 times as much
as any other software I've ever bought. Almost as much
as my whole computer cost. And when I've gone to the
Adobe website to find out exactly what I need, it is so
confusing that I've given up trying to figure it out, hoping
to come back another time and find that it has been made
easier to understand. They have names like Photoshop
Express and Photoshop Full and PhotoShop Deluxe and
PhotoShop Extreme and Photoshop Ultimate, and I can't
figure out what I really need.

For years I have gotten by with an old version of Paint
Shop Pro and its associate animation program, which is
used to string images together into GIF animations.
It's pretty clear that Flash is more powerful than GIF
animation, but it requires learning a new language.

When I do a Google search to try to find out more about
what it takes, almost all the hits are web pages five or
even ten years old. Typically a how-to that is so simple
that it is completely useless.

Help me!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

caveman1917
2013-Apr-13, 12:20 PM
You might look into Apache Flex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Flex), when combined with an IDE such as Eclipse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse_%28software%29) it will give you a fully open source (and thus free) solution for creating flash programs. The language used for Flash is ActionScript (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ActionScript), currently at version 3, so if you need tutorials look for those.

Solfe
2013-Apr-13, 02:35 PM
I love Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, but have you considered HTML5? It seems to me that a lot of people who don't use Flash are using HTML 5.

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jokergirl
2013-Oct-11, 08:58 PM
What kind of animations are you talking about? The program used for making Flash animations has its own painting environment, which is quite powerful and used by quite a few people on the net.
I have not used it in a while but when I was using it, you did not need to code very much to make simple movies (the code comes when you need conditionals etc.).

If you want free software to make sprites to import into flash, I would recommend looking into the Gimp (free Photoshop clone, IMO not good enough for professional use but should be more than enough for what you need) or Inkscape (a very good free vector graphics program).

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