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Subject: Re: FLASH: Fireworks to Flash (SOME THOUGHTS)
From: Daniel Brown
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 13:27:32 +0100

> When the FinePoint folks were shopping their team around they already had
> animation on the horizon. Macromedia passed on it because Fireworks was
> already going along cooler paths. Adobe later purchased FinePoint to try a
> catch-up with ImageStyler 1.0. That product didn't work out, so the
> animation timeline and long-overdue SWF export are renamed as LiveMotion
> 1.0. It's still the ImageStyler team, ImageStyler interface differences
> from other Adobe apps... even the beta documentation includes ImageStyler
> screenshots (see "Using the Toolbox"). LiveMotion *is* ImageStyler... it
> didn't succeed in going up against Fireworks, so the 2.0 version has been
> repackaged as "more than a Flash killer":
> http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/main_news_search.cfm?NewsID=946
> (What you describe with the trademark term "RoundTrip Graphics" is actually
> edit-in-place. You'd need to add the sourcefile location, resizing
> parameters, behavior exchange and the rest to catch up to Fireworks 2
> there. Edit-in-place has been around for awhile.)

So... In the whole effort to "get to the point", is your point to me (and
this audience) that they should think LiveMotion sucks because it has
ImageStyler in it? If so, you should really just say that then.

As for the term Flash Killer, you know as well as I do that this term is a
MEDIA creation, not ours. Our response was that the aim is to be broader
(more than) a Flash authoring tool since it will also author SVG, etc. and
has content creation tools in it.

> No, facing it, it's trying to make sense of your posts that I find
> difficult. Online I'm more used to people who speak to the point and who
> don't contradict themselves. Your mileage may vary, though.

(giggle) Relax John. We're at 1.0. How threatening could we possibly be?

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