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Because Flash is a proprietary plug-in technology and its coding language evolved gradually over about a decade, it took a while before the words Open Source meant anything to its developer pool. But when it hit, it hit hard: Aral Balkan’s seminal site OSFlash introduced an already-thriving community to a whole new world of licensing code for the purpose of free and easy sharing, modification and reuse. Open Source took off in the Flash world and some of the most powerful software ever produced for the Flash Player is available for free, such as the incredible Red5 media server and the mighty PaperVision3D.

Friends of Ed is now giving you the chance to catch up on this little revolution with their new book, The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development, and I’m proud to say that I’m one of the contributing authors! My chapter covers several Open Source animation tools that I’ve released for ActionScript 2.0 and 3.0.

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