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    What to buy? Flash MX2004 or Flash MX 2004 Pro?

    I am a Graphic Designer who's been using Flash since Flash 3, I know how to programme Actionscript to a certain level including intergrating XML.

    When I look at the Product Comparison chart on MM's site I cannot see anything under Flash MX 2004 Professional I currently use or plan to use, but then again I am afraid I might be missing out on something which will help my life as a Designer. But again $100 seems like a lot to pay for something I might not use.

    What are your thoughts on this? Which one are you buying and why and what is you profession (Developer, Designer or something else)?
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    Re: What to buy? Flash MX2004 or Flash MX 2004 Pro?

    Originally posted by robhome
    Which one are you buying and why and what is you profession (Developer, Designer or something else)?
    I'll be getting Studio MX w/Flash Pro. Currently I work in marketing so Flash is really just a hobby for me. If your going to be doing application development, advanced coding, data interaction &c; I'd go pro. Otherwise, you could probably do without the extra stuff in pro. You'll end up paying more if you decide to upgrade later.

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    I'll be getting pro

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    your going to be doing application development, advanced coding, data interaction &c; I'd go pro
    What do you define as Advanced coding? Games?

    What about Data interaction (sorry I'm not good with these tech terms)? Would that be XML intergration?

    I mean I have made complete content management controlled Flash MX sites using XML.

    You'll end up paying more if you decide to upgrade later
    Any idea how much it will cost to upgrade to pro later on?
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    Originally posted by robhome
    Any idea how much it will cost to upgrade to pro later on?
    The price to upgrade from Flash MX 2004 to Flash MX Professional 2004 is $299.

    XML & Games would constitute application development and data interactivity; although you could probably do without it.
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    Oh deary me...
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    Originally posted by gSOLO_01
    $299 I think.
    they said 70 ($99) at the macromedia conference last week i think..

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    Originally posted by mx_kid
    they said 70 ($99) at the macromedia conference last week i think..
    I just edited my post. A quote from the website... and it might go up after November (60 days after release)

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    That would make more sense, because people like me who are in doubt will most likely buying Flash MX for then later upgrade if needed. Having an upgrade price from MX2004 to MX2004 pro of $299 will scare people away instead of encouraging them to upgrade.

    Why punish people who are in doubt but later "see the light" and wants to upgrade?
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    Originally posted by robhome
    Why punish people who are in doubt but later "see the light" and wants to upgrade?
    Use the thirty days to make your decision before you purchase.

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    Use the thirty days to make your decision before you purchase.
    That was just a comment to why is was loco to ask people to upgrade from FlashMX2004 to pro :-)

    upgrade for $99 makes sense, that way nobody gets punished for not buying pro to start with.
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    I'll be getting pro too, at the Real Solutions 2003 Conference, they talked about the app's you can now develop for PocketPC, cellphones, Palm etc etc. That will be interesting.
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    just try the evaluation version first... you should get a good view of what you want

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    According to the MM site upgrading to pro from either Flash MX or Flash MX 2004 costs $299

    If this is not a mistake it means that if you don't choose MX2004PRO straight away you are getting punished for $199 (what you paid to upgrade to MX2004) - how's that for encouraging people to upgrade.

    Surely this must be a mistake!
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