- Flash Player - A browser plugin which plays Flash (swf) files.
- Flash - The platform itself
- Flash Movie - A Flash application
- Flash Video - A synonym for Flash Movie, obviously. Hah, tricked you! It's actually a video container format used in Flash; it may contain Sorenson Spark, AC6, h264 or WebM.
- Flash CS5 - A tool for making Flash movies, and assets for use in Flash apps
- ActionScript 3 (AS3) - The language in which Flash apps are usually written these days.
- Flash (as an SDK) - An SDK for making Flash apps, possibly using assets created in Flash CS5. You can make a Flash app either with CS5, embedding Actionscript around the place all willy-nilly, or with AS3, importing visual assets from CS5 or elsewhere as appropriate. Or a terrifying combination.
- Flex (as an SDK) - An SDK for making 'rich internet applications' which compile to Flash, using a peculiar and unpleasant XML-y templating system
- Flex (as a toolchain) - A compiler for AS3. For both conventional Flash and Flex-the-SDK
- Flash Builder - An Eclipse plugin with debugger, profiler, etc, for the Flex toolchain. Until version 4, was called Flex Builder, for extra confusion.
- Air - A thing for making Flash and/or Flex apps into desktop or smartphone apps
- Flash Lite - An incompatible cut-down version of Flash for dumbphones; nobody uses this.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
It's going around the Internet that MacOS 10.7 will only be available on the Mac App Store. Of course, they said nothing of the sort in the Keynote; they said that it would be available in the App Store, but didn't say that it won't be available anywhere else. App Store only supply would cause trouble for all sorts of people (particularly small corporates), and I really can't see them doing it. Link-bait by tech blogs until proven otherwise, I feel...