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Let The Dog Out

Posted by Moxie Zhang | January 6, 2006 .

Q: Why we are not seeing all these nice useful Flex applications popping up online, in stead, AJAX everywhere?

A: Because you need a VERY expensive Flex server to legally deploy a Flex application, even your demo application is just a SWF file and has nothing to do with server action, even you compile your Flex 1.5 application out of licensed Flex server, even your Flex SWF is just for showing up Flex RIA and is not for commercial purpose at all, even…

Q: We know Flex 2.0 will solve that problem (in a way). But can Flex afford several (or more) idle months without free marketing from all our eager Flexers? (You all have some goodies in your bag to show off, right?)

A: Considering the increasingly competitive RIA atmosphere, I wouldn’t bet on it.

Q: Can Adobe do something about it?

A: Sure, Let the Dog Out!

How about this:

As long as:

  1. The SWF file is compiled out of a licensed Flex server.
  2. The SWF file is not for sell.
  3. The functions from the Flex have no commercial purpose
  4. The creator clearly states that the Flex application for demonstration only and not for commercial distribution.

Then:

  1. The above Flex SWF can be legally brought online without a Flex server, say, your blog site.

With above new marketing license scheme, plus some opensource server side solutions, we could see more Flex flashing.

Let The Dog Out!

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3 Comments so far
  1. David Mendels  January 6, 2006 7:08 am

    Hi,

    We offer a free non commercial for Flex 1.5 already. If you are doing non commercial work, you can get a free copy and use it all you like.

    Regards,
    David
    Adobe

  2. Flexguy  January 6, 2006 7:31 am

    That’s a good news David brought to me. Not sure how could I missed it. But I can’t find such information on Macromedia site. Can anyone point me to the non commercial license text somewhere. I do have Flex friends asked about it.

  3. Erki Esken  January 6, 2006 11:05 am
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