Macromedia has announced the dates for Flashforward 2002, its annual event for Flash programmers, artists and animators.

The event runs from April 2 to 3 at the Hebst Theatre, San Francisco. It will offer an in-depth look at Flash MX. All those who register will receive a free Macromedia Flash MX development kit. The first 500 to register will also receive a free copy of Electric Rain's Swift 3D version 1.0. The event costs $399 for those registering before March 15, and $599 on the door.

Flashforward 2002 also features a keynote speech from Kevin Lynch, Macromedia's executive vice president and chief software architect, and Jeremy Allaire, the company's chief technology officer.

Other attractions include: The Flash film festival; a question-&-answer forum with the Flash engineering group; ten hour-long Flash seminars; parties; and an exhibition area displaying the latest tools and product developments.

Macromedia announced Flash MX, the newest version of the application on Monday. Show seminars include: Advanced Object-Oriented Programming with Flash MX; Creating and Using Flash MX Components; Deconstructing the Flash MX Video Player; Dynamic Drawing with ActionScript in Flash MX; Flash MX and the World of Wireless Devices; Generating Dynamic Content with Flash MX; Inspiring Multimedia Design; Rich Application Development with Flash MX; Traditional Animation Applied to Flash MX; and more. Each seminar is followed by a one hour Q&A session.