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08-05-2009, 08:12 AM
I am new to Flex.. I would like to make a flash map using flex with zoom function, add point function, add text function, etc..

Now, I only have a flash map made by flash 8 and actionscript 2.0. I would like to enhance this map using Flex.

I searched adobe website these days but still not very clear how can I do this using flex. I dont know what I should I download and install. There are Flex Builder, Adobe Flex, Adobe Air, SDK, etc... which made me so confusing...

Anyone can give me some hints? Thanks!

08-06-2009, 01:23 PM
The Adobe Flex SDK is free & Open-source. You need the SDK to compile Flex code. Flex Builder Standard costs $250($600 for Pro), but if you don't require a WYSIWYG interface you can use FlashDevelop as your editor. It is a free editor/syntax highlighter that will compile with the freely available Open-source SDK. Adobe AIR is for writing independent desktop applications. Flex an AIR are pretty much the same from the code perspective, but AIR allows you to do a few more things with files/storage.

08-07-2009, 10:21 AM
Thanks for your kindly reply. Actually I am thinking whather I can use flex to develop this kind of application or not.

I have a simple flash area map (AreaMap.swf) which was created by flash 8 and actionscript 2.0 and linked to a xml (data.xml) for its data. I am going to use flex to make a flash interface to allow me to edit the area map, for example, changing some part of color. (lets call Flex.swf for the Flex application)

After making some change for the area map, it can generate a new xml (data.xml). Then I can take this new xml together with the AreaMap.swf to embed to mywebpage.

I am worrying if I can use Flex to control the actionscript in AreaMap.swf . Do you think it is possible for Flex to do this? Thanks!

08-07-2009, 02:24 PM
Yes, I know for a fact that you can embed SWFs with Flex and use their AS functions. You might need the source of the original app(the map) so that you can make the classes public if necessary.