Well thanks very much indeed to all who have replied. This really is just an exercise for fun, I'll be showing a few friends but have no real intention of publishing so the flash plugin problems aren't a real issue.Out of curiosity, why does everybody hate the flash plugin so much? Is it really that hard to download an update? It's been buggin me for a while since I keep hearing that its a dying technology but it seemed to me like a very comfortable platform for an artist to dabble in interactivity. For someone who works primarily in visuals a wysiwyg editor which also handles the animation side of things worked great. I think I've (with the help of you all) answered my own question here but maybe one of the reasons I was concerned is due to the bad press which Flash has been getting.
another thing: Is it possible to import libraries into flash like for example a physics engine?