Grand Central Flash

Macromedia’s Central went into beta today, and although I’ve seen some pretty cool demos at conferences, the beta is fairly crippled. It looks like it has a lot of potential for delivering paid flash content, but it does suffer from the same usability problems that most flash apps do.

Case in point: in the movie demo app, if you put in your zip and select a single theater from the list, then click on a movie title to find out times, when you hit Central’s back button, you lose your place and are stuck back on the main theater list. This is the same way macromedia’s exchange section works, making their search engine almost useless for going through more than one result at a time (because using the back button clears your place and/or search).