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Old 12-31-2006, 09:10 AM   #1
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Flash authoring on Linux - what's currently the best way?

Hi guys.

What is now the best way to go about Flash development on Linux?

As I've understood it, the options are:
  1. Use a shaky GNU tool. This means Flash4Linux (dead), QFlash (dead) or their replacement, UIRA, which according to Wikipedia "currently is no more than a shell of a UI with no real functionality behind it whatsoever".
  2. Install a virtual machine (which?) and load the Windows software.
  3. Run the Windows software under Wine.

Is one of these options definitively better than the others right now? I'm thinking of fairly basic Flash projects involving multimedia, not just animation (which KToon can do) or slideshows (which OpenOffice can handle).

Advice and tips much appreciated.

Old 12-31-2006, 12:15 PM   #2
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I'm no expert about this topic. Some time ago I read an article, which I can't seem to find now, that described a tool chain and work flow for crating flash videos on Linux. It seemed to me at the time that the state of native Linux support for this was dismal at best. Doing a quick Google search for linux flash authoring seems to confirm that. It sounds to me like you are already in a position to make a fairly good judgment about this.

The article I read did describe a process for converting mpegs (I think) with audio (because I remember it describing how to solve syncing issues between video and audio streams) to swf. I wish I could find the article or at least remember where I read it.
Old 01-05-2007, 04:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice pengiuniator. I waited a bit to see if anyone had anything else to add. (But they didn't.)

So I plumped for the second option, installing the free edition of WMWare Server and then loading the Windows software inside that. It wasn't especially tricky and the end result is impressive (though I decided to disable all networking in the VMWare - in my hard experience, Windows + network = danger).

The most useful howto for running Windows in a Debian virtual machine is at:

The crucial troubleshooting fix for getting it to run under Debian Sid is here:

Good luck to others.


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