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MarcoSecchi Envato team says

Interesting news for Dart users out there (like me)...

http://news.dartlang.org/2013/05/adobes-flash-pro-cc-exports-to-dart-and.html

It seems Adobe is trying to reinvent Flash Pro as an asset exporter platform

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MSFX Moderator says

I think that’s their only chance of revenue from the tool now…

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MarcoSecchi Envato team says

Well, thinking about the sad end of Fireworks, I guess they are just making the agony slower…

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michaelhejja says

Flash -> export to Dart -> compile to Javascript

Wow, sounds way simpler than the days where you could just publish swfs that ran everywhere.

Progress.

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RimmonTrieu says

I’m not a fan of computer generated code and native will alway win for performance sake.

It’s already clear that lack of innovation is reason of Adobe’s failure so far. Instead of innovating and focusing on Flash platform core competency, they have alway been in the business of generating cross platform code which hurts performance badly and doesn’t have much success overall.

Animation, gaming and interactivity are very CPU demanding tasks and without optimizing and tuning by tackling native code your fabulous animation just add to the infamous complaints about user’s laptop fan hitting their end cycle of life by opening SWF animation and now generated javascript animation on various web pages.

I heard that Adobe Edge html5 animation tool used jQuery for its animation engine some months ago, not sure if it’s still true but if it is then it’s a terrible idea because jQuery was never meant to be used for intensive animation. You can just expect the same thing with Flash Pro exporting tool.

Bottom line, as much as I love Flash its fate is under Adobe control and their strategy is a sinking ship.

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MarcoSecchi Envato team says

I’m not a fan of computer generated code and native will alway win for performance sake.

This won’t strictly generate code, in fact:

“The Toolkit generates Dart code that represents items on the stage, symbols, images, and sounds in the library.

The Toolkit doesn’t translate ActionScript to Dart. Instead, developers write Dart code for the interactive parts of the content.”

It seems it is more a library asset generator.

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RimmonTrieu says

@Marco The whole Dart generating code still sounds very much weird because it’s a completely different thing to ECMAScript. I’d prefer Typescript which is superset of Javascript, which is still very much alike ECMAScript or Actionscript in the end.

Dart is also not popular despite of being announced for over 1 year. In short I don’t get what is really going on at Adobe HQ, maybe they’re trying to do some PR stuff or damage control after Unity ended relationship with them.

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MSFX Moderator says

+1 to the above, I don’t know anyone using Dart and haven’t seen any requests for that work so not sure why they’ve focused on it TBH

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MarcoSecchi Envato team says

So the tool is now available: http://toolkitfordart.github.io/

Check the demo: http://toolkitfordart.github.io/demo/

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