November 11th 2008 | Jens C Brynildsen
Today, Adobe opened up for downloading trial versions of Flash CS4. If you want to try CS4 to see if it's worth the upgrade, you can do so now. It's a hefty download though, so make sure you have a fast connection. Also - Keith Peters gets ready to kick off the 25 line Actionscript contest where you can win a free copy of an Adobe CS4 Suite.
Finally everyone can try out the new version of the Flash authoring tool (read our review here). The trial versions are available for both Mac and PC in the languages Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. There is a Korean version also, but for some reason it is Windows only. A Japanese version will be available early December 2008. Depending of language chosen, the download is between 888Mb and 1.75Gb (!) so make sure you have a fast connection.
As with earlier versions the trial period begins on the first day that you launch the software and continues for 30 days. A counter appears each time you launch to help you track the elapsed time. When the trial expires, you must purchase the software to continue using it. The trial version will be fully functional, but we noticed something we've not seen before that appears to be a limitation: "Flash CS4 Professional ... software do not include some features that depend on software licensed from parties other than Adobe. For example, some codecs for encoding MPEG formats are available only with the full version of these products". In other words MPG4 output is probably not present and there may be some other snags, but probably no major ones.
As mentioned, Keith Peters wants to bring some fun and challenge back to Flash by setting up The 25 Line Actionscript Contest where you can win a copy of an an Adobe CS4 Suite of your choice. Expect an announcement about this competition soon.