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The Dog was Out (with leash on)

Posted by Moxie Zhang | January 9, 2006 .

Trying to be a responsible blogger. After the comments from David Mendels of Adobe and Erki Esken on my dog piece, I did some digging and reading about non-commercial Flex license materials. Here are what I got:

  1. The dog was out! Here is the actual license agreement and license application form. Interesting thing was that I couldn’t get this information from the Macromedia’s sales person.
  2. This is an application deployment license. Not a Flex license. You will only pay $8.99 for it. You get one Flex Builder license too. Quite cheap, right? but keep reading.
  3. This is for one SWF file deployment, not a all-tiers system.
  4. Your SWF application can’t connect to any site with commercial contents. For example, you can’t demo the connection to Amazon’s Web Service to search and get the book details (user might end up buying it).
  5. 90 days after Flex 2 out, your Flex 1.5 deployment license will expire.
  6. Of cause you can’t sell your SWF. Also you can’t use your SWF to manage any activity relate to commercial activities.
  7. It’s OK that your blog site has advertisements such as Google Adsense.
  8. It’s not OK if your site or blog is funded by any institution.
  9. Macromedia will use your name, link or screen shot when ever and how ever they want. (Please do!)
  10. Don’t expect automatically upgrade your license to Flex 2.0.

Now here is the fun part:

  1. Seems you need apply the license each time you have a SWF to deploy, hence pay $8.99 a piece.
  2. Macromedia (Adobe) will review each of your application (SWF)

So, let’s say you have a web site deals with Flex development tips and tricks,

  1. If you want to show a cool custom tree control with nice rendering, you need pay $8.99 to do it.
  2. If you want to show a on-the-fly-search combo box with example, you need pay $8.99 to do it.
  3. Get the picture?
  4. In the mean while, doing and showing AJAX is all free. uha!

You do can argue that if really trying to demo a sophisticate functional Flex application, paying $8.99 can be considered free. But, is there any popular big RIA demo public application without an institution behind it?

What do you think? It doesn’t seem to me this deployment license thing is helping Flex. The dog was out, why not as well get rid of the leash too.

BTW, reading and interpreting legal document is way way out of my expertise. I wish I’m just plainly wrong here. Regardless, I love you, Flex!

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6 Comments so far
  1. Carlos Rovira  January 9, 2006 2:50 am

    I sign a few months ago for a Flex NC license and right now I have it deployed at:

    I don’t think that we must understand the license so strictly, the intention is that you show a server with flex content but without trying to sell anything, just show the flex posibilities.

    But, as you mention, today the flex NC is a bit cumbersome and don’t help Flex to get momentum…each month that pass without let people enter the technology by the main big door is a month we are making “AJAXians”.

    Hope as Flex 2.0 comes to town, things turns more easy to get Flex to be the best RIA solution.

  2. erik  January 9, 2006 3:29 am

    Is there any successful flex application?I have never ever seen any.
    Why is it like that?Is it because the crow flew in the south east direction?Is it because i had a 2 hour old apple pie? Is it because the legal agreement sucks?

  3. Carlos Rovira  January 9, 2006 3:42 am


    Check Yahoo maps:

  4. erik  January 9, 2006 5:04 am

    ..nah..Any comercial website..other than Yahoo “BETA”s??? a website that sells something..from a ‘normal’ operator?I am not asking for tutorial example, showcase,demo or beta..a mass,commercial application .Does anyone use Flex successfully? The ones on Macromedia showcase are either not working or out of business!

  5. erik  January 9, 2006 5:34 am

    Hei Carlos,i saw that flex app,you have in your site.I was just wondering..cant u do it using the “normal flash”?Why should we ever need flex?

  6. dopenhagen  January 10, 2006 7:34 am

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