When Adobe bought Macromedia it acquired Flash technology, which seems to have been the point, giving Adobe a badly needed toehold in the world of sophisticated web production.
First is a Macromedia legacy piece, FlashPaper. This has been around for a while but hasn’t been much used, so far as I know. In a sense this is the Flash piece that would appear to be redundant for Adobe, since it mimics much of what Adobe’s pdf can do. But I think it offers some interesting possibilities. In essence, it allows you to convert any printable document into a Flash swf file and to present that embedded in a web page, where you can manipulate it in a variety of ways. The main advantage over pdf here is that the document doesn’t require a separate window with its own pdf reader plug-in; Flash makes it happen in situ.
Let me illustrate by embedding a FlashPaper document here.
[kml_flashembed movie=”http://files.slaw.ca/legal_research.swf” height=”400″ width=”450″ /]
The other Adobe application I wanted to point you is a more recent development, issuing from Adobe Labs and labelled currently JamJar. It’s an online collaboration space that — natch — depends on Flash, rather than on the Ajax collection of tools we’re more used to in other “Web 2.0”
I’ve created a Slaw space at this address for you to play with. You’ll likely have to register with Adobe for the thing to work for you.