Short version: Is there a free-to-use tool similar to Adobe Flash Professional that can create and animate (vector) sprites for use with FlashDevelop?
Long version: I’ve steered clear of Flash up until now because I don’t want to fork out $700 when every other language I’ve written in has a free compiler and IDE available. I’m giving it a try now that I know about FlashDevelop, but that lacks the ability to make and animate vector sprites, which seems to be one of Flash’s strengths. I’m considering making a tool with these abilities in Flash and hosting it here. I want to first make sure I’m not re-inventing the wheel. Wikipedia led me to the Ajax Animator (http://antimatter15.com/ajaxanimator/wave/), but that seems quite limited (it’s possible I just didn’t play with it long enough). So, does anyone know whether something like this already exists?