Flash App Development Tool Zinc Adds Over 800 Commands, More

British software company Multidmedia Ltd. on Monday released Zinc 2.5, an update to its Macromedia Flash development environment that adds more than 800 commands to Flash ActionScript and introduces a new scripting API called {mdm}Script 2.0.

Other changes include full compatibility with Flash 8 and the ability to execute synchrononous code on Mac OS X and Windows. In addition, Zinc 2.5 on Mac OS X is available as a plug-in for Zinc 2 on Windows or as a standalone application; the former enables Windows users to produce Mac OS X Flash projectors.

Multidmedia did not say if this is a free update for Zinc 2 owners. The full software sells for US$299.99 for a single license on either Mac or Windows, or $499.99 for licenses on both operating systems.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.x, Flash 6 or higher, a 300MHz G3 processor, 128MB RAM and 150MB free hard drive space.