Adobe just released a couple of new products:
Adobe Flash Catalyst
Allows designers to add functionality to their interfaces after creating them in Photoshop or Illustrator. Catalyst files are then handed off to developers who add additional functionality. Personally, it seems like this creates more work for everyone: designers now have a new tool to learn, and more to do on top of the static design. Developers have more to do in rewriting Catalyst code. Why not let the designers design and developers develop?
Just ran into this today. I was compiling an AIR application and previewing it in AIR Debug Launcher and got the following error:
“invalid application descriptor: descriptor version does not match runtime version”5 comments
Matt and I gave our Drupal/Flash presentation yesterday. Thanks to everyone who came out, we got some really good feedback from the audience. The link to the demo site and source files is:
A couple of other really interesting technologies I hadn’t heard about before:2 comments
Two of the projects we worked on for Sisu have been nominated for a Webby Award.
For this project, we developed the home page which is an interactive timeline that allowed the client to make up-to-the-minute entries during CES. The user can filter/sort depending on his or her interests. We also developed a media player and product showcase app — both of which have the ability to be shared on social networking sites.
Relatedly, Matt and I are going to be giving a presentation next week at FITC Toronto regarding Drupal and Flash
The full list of Webby Nominees can be viewed here.add a comment
I like to be able to run the the project I’m working on by hitting a key-command, so I can make a tweak and then quickly re-compile. From my Flash IDE days, I’m partial to Ctrl-Enter.
This is one of the more useful features in Eclipse and every time I re-install or set up a new machine, I forget how to enable it.. so hopefully this will help others as well as my future self the next time I install Eclipse:
We developed a handful of Flash apps for NYMag.com’s coverage of Fashion Week. One of the projects was a full-screen slideshow player which incorporated Omniture metrics and DoubleClick ad serving from within the Flash. Click the “View Fullscreen” below for a sample. Live links to the NYMag runways are below.
De MonsterDebugger is an incredible new AIR app from De Monsters which allows you to debug AS3 Actionscript/Flex projects on the fly. With it, you can trace output statements, view your app’s tree structure, live-edit code and test methods.
Just a quick note from the FITC Event Directors — you can still get early bird pricing until midnight on Wednesday Feb 18.
*Special M Studio 20% discount code: mstudio
If you want more info on the event or need to order tix, here’s the link.
Also if you haven’t seen the post below, I’ll be giving a presentation along with Sisu on Flash and Drupal.add a comment
To save on bandwidth, we often load transparent external images as SWF’s instead of PNG’s. It’s a bit more production work but it makes everything load a whole lot faster, as SWF uses JPEG compression on the image while maintaining the PNG’s transparency.
Harleqin Books just celebrated their 60th Anniversary at the OpenHouse Gallery in New York. The event showcased cover art from as early as 1949. We developed an interactive installation piece which allowed users to put their photo on the cover of a Harlequin Book.
Using motion-capture technology, the user first selects a cover from a handful of images. Then she positions her face over the cover art and a webcam takes a picture and composites the image. The image is then uploaded to a website and the user is given a passcode to retrieve it.
Check out the video here:
The interactive presentation, webcam capture and image compositing are all done in Flash. The motion-capture technology was developed by EyeMagnet and the design by quizative.add a comment