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June 11th, 2007

Flash Sucks

Let me rephrase that, Adobe’s Tools for creating Flash SUCK! Flash is a powerful and useful tool, very often mis-used, but a useful none the less. From what I’ve seen so far, the Actionscript language is pretty good. It gives you the flexibility to do almost anything you want with flash and its not too bulky. As for the flash GUI, it sucks.

One of the biggest things I’ve had a problem with is how hard it is to be productive. The things you use most aren’t in the right click menu. IE: Delete and Ungroup. However, they did at least decide that these very useful items should have keyboard shortcuts.

What are they?

Delete : Delete…thats not too bad. Ungroup: Cntrl + Shft + G …Uhhh what?

Okay, Cntrl + Shft + G makes logical sense considering that Group is Cntrl + G. However, try doing that one handed quickly. It ain’t happening. On top of that the delete button is on the opposite end of the keyboard from my left hand..the only hand I have on the keyboard when working with graphics.

So I decided to search Google for a solution to my problem. Thats when I found the CombiMouse. No more going back and forth between the keyboard and mouse. I’ve been wanting something like this for years. The bad news is, since their still looking for funding, I may be waiting a few more.

combimouse

About the Author
Michael Pretty is an application developer for the Voce Connect Platforms team with a background in developing for PHP, mySQL, WordPress and a handful of other environments. Follow him on Twitter @prettyboymp

Filed in Development, Usability

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