I’ve just upgraded my copy of Flash Professional 8 to the latest version of the software, which is Flash CS3 Professional. Now, I had to do that because I am moving my computer set-up into an all-Mac configuration. I have an Intel Mac and running Flash Pro 8 on it is a nightmare. It’s like wading in mud when you try to do stuff on it; it’s just slow! That’s because that version of Flash was not optimized to work natively on the new Intel processor current Macs are using. It probably would run great on a PowerPC Mac, but I don’t have that anymore.
Flash Pro 8 runs great on my Windows PC. However, that machine has started to become unreliable. So I finally pulled the trigger and ordered the upgrade to Flash CS3 Professional.
I bought the downloadable version of the program through Adobe Online Store, which was very convenient. I was able to buy it at a hundred dollar less than a retail box version. The current exchange rate of the Canadian to US Dollar helped a lot too, making me wish for all Canadian retail stores would adjust their prices to match the US prices, now that the exchange is hovering at 1:1.
Getting back to Flash: the upgrade process was seamless. I was up and running at no time. First impression: Flash CS3 Pro launches very fast. It used to be that when I launch Flash Pro 8 on my PC, it would take six, maybe ten seconds before any panel shows. I had to double-check every time I launch the program to see if my machine was not hanging.
But now when I launch Flash CS3 Pro on my Mac, the icon on the dock would bounce maybe twice and then it would launch right away. I like that!
There’s more to write about Flash CS3 Pro, some of them good and some of them bad. For now, I am contended that I can run Flash on my Intel Mac.