RE: FW: Interesting article on CBT

Subject: RE: FW: Interesting article on CBT
From: Matthew Horn <mhorn -at- macromedia -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 13:44:59 -0400

Rhina Bilbao/MIA/AMADEUS wrote:
>>I'd be interested to know your opinion on this thread.

Heh. I dunno. I come from the Allaire/server-side of the business (Allaire was bought by Macromedia last year), so I don't know much about the veracity of the Flash plug-in claims. I do know that the Flash plug-in is the most popular plug-in ever (and the most popular application ever, because it runs on almost all platforms) and the company has gone to great pains to make it extremely easy and fast to install in browsers, or include it in default installations of browsers, phones, set-top boxes, PDAs, etc.

We also see very wide Flash adoption on the corporate level. VLCs (Very Large Companies) are increasingly using Flash for all kinds of interesting interactive and content delivery applications. And not just for customer-facing web sites, but intranet and workgroup-level rich internet applications, plus CBT/WBT (FBT?), and stuff you ain't even thought of yet.

I personally do not know of any company's IT department banning the use of Flash. On the contrary, companies use Flash because of its flexibility and its ability to connect to servers (including our own CF and JRun back ends).

>>The biggest limitation today for WBT is with compression technology for audio and video...

There is a new Flash-based product called the Flash Communication Server that I think directly answers this objection. The author could not have known about this, since the article was written in August 2001, and the product only started shipping a couple weeks ago.

To take a nod from Geoff Hart, here's my pie in the sky ideal:
Application designers and graphic artists can work together seemlessly so that rich internet applications will be so well-designed that they don't need any documentation beyond onscreen guides.

Sorry if I came off as a Flash-drunk poster-boy. To take another nod, this time from CNBC reporters: I DO have a stakein Macromedia. And the statements made in this email are mine and not endorsed by my company. I take all responsibility for any inaccuracies or spelling errors. Etc.

Gonna get back to texting now, whatever that is.

Matthew Horn
Sr. Technical Writer
< m a c r o m e d i a >

-----Original Message-----
From: rbilbao -at- us -dot- amadeus -dot- net [mailto:rbilbao -at- us -dot- amadeus -dot- net]
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2002 1:05 PM
To: Matthew Horn
Subject: Re: FW: Interesting article on CBT

I'd be interested to know your opinion on this thread.

----- Forwarded by Rhina Bilbao/MIA/AMADEUS on 09/17/02 12:33 PM -----

From: Pat Anderson <panders -at- aw -dot- sgi -dot- com> on 09/16/2002 09:18 PM GMT

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Subje Re: FW: Interesting article on
ct: CBT

Interesting article, although I wonder about some of the claims.

I question this:
"Programs requiring plug-ins may be
more complicated to install and run but may enable more functionality and
The downside of plug-ins is that information technology departments in many
corporations ban their use."

Is this truly the case? I'm trying to mesh this statement with Macromedia's
claim on its front web page: "Over 97.8% of all web users have the
Macromedia Flash Player. "


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