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March 7, 2002 8:52 AM

They both output SWF files that can be read by the Flash Player plugin, so there's the interoperability that we need. They both tend to adhere to their parent company's way of doing interfaces, so that helps those who know the other apps they produce. Unfortunately, Macromedia keeps changing the interface for Flash in dramatic ways (which was needed in my opinion, once. New interfaces for each version is not a good thing).

The major difference will be the work flow (pretty vital in my opinion) and the features supported (of course). Here's Adobe propaganda about the differences. I think it's pretty funny that Adobe has this sort of thing on their site and Macromedia makes no mention of LiveMotion on their site.

At any rate, one of the most important features available in both development environments is the XML support. Adobe's Scripting Guide (a PDF on the install disk) says the following...

LiveMotion also supports transmission and reception of eXtensible Markup Language (XML) files. Using XML, a LiveMotion application can take input from the user, generate an XML file, and send the file to a server application that parses the XML and stores the data. The application then responds with either an XML file for processing by a movie clip or with an HTML file for display in a Web browser window.
Sweet. So, now it's time to start using Flash for web applications instead of interstitials that offer 'skip intro' as a merciful escape module.