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Windows and Mac (all versions) for development. Windows/Mac/Unix/Linux for playback with the Flash Player.
Flash uses a proprietary format, but it can import a wide variety of additional media, including audio, video, images, and text. Learn more from the manufacturer...
Integrating with other Tools
Flash allows for 3rd parties to develop add-on modules call Extensions. These Extensions provide additional capabilities for Flash, primarily to add things like special effects to enhance a web site's 'pizzaz', as the name "Flash" implies. Learn more about Extensions.
Flash is not really designed for scientific data analysis, but it does have powerful database interface capabilities through interfaces using tools like Cold Fusion, PHP, Perl, ASP, etc. This gives it the ability to serve as a high-quality, accessible interface to database-driven sites. The built-in scripting language, ActionScript, does have some mathematical functions (sin, cos, asin, acos, log, ln, abs, and random, for example) that allow for some data analysis, so in the hands of creative developers, some powerful analysis is possible.