10 Dec 2004
Macromedia’s running a Flash Lite Contest, with a TV and iPods on offer for interactive mobile content. There should be some impressive winners.
Flash Lite is a cut-down version of Flash designed for mobile ’phones and PDAs. It’s something I’ve eagerly waited years for, but when Flash Lite arrived I was… underwhelmed. It’s fairly good. It’s OKish. Slightly disappointing, to be honest. Why? Well, aside from the usual mobile technology headaches (restrictions, incompatibilities, distribution, etc.), the main snag is with the ActionScript.
So which version of ActionScript is used in Flash Lite? Yep, it’s version 4, a rotting zombie rising from the grave. I realise Macromedia had to keep everything small and fast, and I’m a fan of simple technologies, but they’re asking developers to regress an awfully long way. Even Spectrum BASIC had arrays and simple functions.