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Well, I am experimenting with FAMES which is an abbreviation for: Flashout, ATSC, MTASC, Eclipse, SwfMill. So far, I am in the middle of installing it at work with Win2K. I think I also have an older version of the Java compiler so I am not sure if this is going to work out.

Basically, since I had attended FITC 2006, it has been called to my attention about open source projects through Aral Balkan’s presentation. The cool thing about it is that there are a lot of people out there developing Flash tools. With FAMES, there is the possiblity of not use the Flash IDE. Something like what Flex did for the Flash community. I still think there is a place for the Flash IDE, maybe for designers. But from a coder’s perspective, I am encouraged to go to
pure flash code. It’s also faster to compile and run.

Okay, I found out that I had to update my Java JRE to 6. It turns out that flashout needs the JRE to version 5.
I will keep posted on my results on my experiments….

Merry Christmas!


  1. Hi David,

    Also make sure that you take a look at AMES — which drops Flashout in favor of using Apache Ant. Happy holidays! 🙂

  2. I thought the “A” in “FAMES” stood for Ant. Anyways, many of the programmers state that “Ant is our friend”. So I wish to use Ant to produce builds for our many flavors of our projects.

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