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Product: Macromedia Flash 4
Company: Macromedia
Estimated Street Price: Full Version $299.00 (Reviewed) - Upgrade $129.00
Review By: William Sossamon

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Installation
3: Image Editing
4: Web Design
5: Photoshop: For Serious Designs Only
6: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Macromedia Flash 4.

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 90%
Manual: 94%
Features: 96%
Image Quality: 91%
Ease Of Use: 86%
Cost: 91%
Overall: 91%


Overall I'd say Flash 4 is an amazing product.  You get lots from it.  Super small files with amazing graphical capabilities.  But is it worth the $299 price tag?  Well I can definitely tell you that from experimenting with Flash ever since version 1 that the things you can create with Flash will blow anyone away if you use it effectively.  Web sites that I've made with Flash make others that were made without Flash so boring.

Now if you're a newbie at all this I'd say give it some time before investing $299 in something you're not familiar with and make sure that web authoring is something that you wont forget about in a week and move on.  But if you're serious about making high quality web sites with great content, then Flash is a must!

Specs & Package
Overall Score 91%
Version Reviewed Macromedia Flash 4
Release Date Out Now
In The Box?
  • Flash 4 CD (PC)
  • Flash 4 CD (MAC)
  • Manual
  • Registration Card 
The Good Points Small Files
Superb Animation
The Bad Points Price
May Be Confusing to First Timers
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium II 450
Windows 98 Second Edition
128 Meg SD-Ram
Voodoo 2 - 8mb
DirectX 7 Gold
SoundBlaster Live! Value
17" LG Electronics Monitor
Matrox G400 32MB AGP Graphics Card
PC Required Pentium® or faster Intel® processor
Windows® 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT® 4.0 or later, PowerMac
32MB of RAM 
256-color (8-bit) display adapter (24-bit recommended)
CD-ROM Drive


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