Adobe Flash CS4 Professional is Out

Flash CS4
Flash CS4

The new version of Flash has arrived along with the rest of the creative suite applications, this version of Flash comes with many  enhancements and it seems that Flash designers and Animators are going to love this version, for developers it’s not fresh news because they been able to download and test the new capabilities of the Flash Player 10 Beta from Adobe Labs.

To give a more detailed review I will have to test it first but here are some of the new features:

Object-based animation

Object-based animation

Gain complete control over individual animation attributes with object-based animation, which applies tweens directly to objects instead of to keyframes. Easily make changes to motion with Bezier handles.


3D transformation

3D transformation

Animate 2D objects through 3D space with exciting new 3D translation and rotation tools, which allow you to animate along the x, y, and z axes. Apply local or global transformation to any object.

Procedural modeling with Deco and Spray Brush

Procedural modeling with Deco and Spray Brush

Turn symbols into instant design tools. Apply symbols in a variety of ways: Quickly create kaleidoscope-like effects and apply fills using the Deco tool, or randomly spray symbols across any defined area using the Spray Brush.

Metadata (XMP) support

Metadata (XMP) support

Add metadata to SWF files using the new XMP panel. Quickly assign tags for enhanced collaboration and better mobile experiences.

Authoring for Adobe AIR

Deliver interactive experiences to the desktop with new integrated capability to publish to the Adobe® AIR™ runtime. Reach even more audiences across more devices — web, mobile, and now the desktop.

XFL support

Open content from Adobe InDesign® or After Effects® software and retain file integrity. With the cross-application XFL format, easily import content for further development in Adobe Flash®.

Inverse kinematics with the Bones tool

Inverse kinematics with the Bones tool

Create chain-like animation effects with a series of linked objects, or quickly distort a single shape using the new Bones tool.

Motion editor

Motion editor

Experience detailed control over keyframe parameters, including rotation, size, scale, position, filters, and more, using the new motion editor. Refine easing control with graphical displays similar to those in After Effects.

Motion presets

Motion presets

Jump-start your project with prebuilt animations that can be applied to any object. Select from dozens of presets or create and save your own. Share presets with others to save animation time.

H.264 support

Encode to any format recognized by the Adobe Flash Player runtime with Adobe Media Encoder, the same tool found in other Adobe video products and now with support for H.264.