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Richness AND Reach, the Promise of Flash
There is a format that offers vector functionality and is as widespread as JPG, GIF or PNG. Macromedia Flash. If you thought Flash was just for making annoying banner ads, think again. Over the past decade it has developed from being a rather nifty alternative to an animated gif to become a full-fledged multimedia programming platform.
It is particularly interesting for GIS developers because of its native support of vector graphics, it’s interactivity and programming possibilities and not least because the vast majority of web browsers already have the player pre-installed, not to mention a growing number of devices such as PDAs and mobile phones. (Macromedia recently announced an alliance with Nokia amongst others).
Richness or Reach?
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