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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-10-20 23:52
  Subject:   Developing Flash (Actionscript 2) with only open-source tools.
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swfmill and mtasc are free, open-source tools you can use to create SWFs.

- mtasc is the Motion Twin ActionScript 2.0 compiler, which is an extremely fast compiler with some nice features. If you want the benefits of AS3, you could use haXe or the flex sdk from adobe instead (but I heavily recommend you use mtasc and AS2 first, it's easier).

- swfmill is a tool that, among other things, allows you to set up library resources and place clips that you can then access from ActionScript, using a simple XMLish format.


http://www.kongregate.com/forums/11/topics/23746

Kongegrate is trying to crowd-source Flash games. Neat idea.
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Trevor Stone: carmen sandiego
  User: flwyd
  Date: 2008-10-21 14:43 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Keyword:carmen sandiego
Open source creation of SWFs? Sweet. Maybe next they'll come out with Macromedia Interactive Language Format.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-10-21 22:54 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
I also see what you did there. ;]
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Jon
  User: j_b
  Date: 2008-10-21 15:18 (UTC)
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Now if only it was as easy to handle *playback* w/ F/LOSS. "Hey everyone, it's the Mozilla-tries-to-be-Bug-compatible-with-IE game all over again!"

-j
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2008-10-21 17:28 (UTC)
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Neat. I didn't know they'd gotten this far. I need to try it out.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-10-21 22:01 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Well, technically, you can only develop old Flash (8 and below), no Flash 9 since that's ActionScript 3. (Gee, I wonder what all of a sudden made Adobe take a great leap forward, instantly obseleting eight previous versions of their product...)
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2008-10-21 23:00 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
But current flash clients still support older swfs.. right?

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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-10-22 07:33 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Yes, but my understanding is that ActionScript3 can often run twice as fast as ActionScript2.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2008-10-22 15:34 (UTC)
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AS3 has more rules for efficiency and more strict-typing. Runs nice and fast.
And I was just getting used to AS2! Now I got to *tweak* my knowledge to accommodate. :-p

-l
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-10-22 23:06 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
In fact, I've decided that I'm not going to learn AS2. At least not at the start. I'll start with AS3 and go backwards if need be.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2008-10-24 20:21 (UTC)
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Well cool then. You can help me progress.
I'm no programmer, as I'm not patient enough. :-p

-l
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2008-10-21 20:57 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
So how is your AS2 coming along?

-L
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-10-21 22:01 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Let you know tomorrow - today is resume sending day.
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