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With the release of the new updates for Windows and Mac, besides fixing a bunch of bugs, Flash Player 9 will support Full Screen Mode on the web straight out of the browser. Adobe labs has the full details for you complete with Publish Template for Flash, Flex Builder and Sample Application.
Entry-level and code-challenged webmasters now have a whole new set of tools to play with in the latest release of Adobe’s web publishing product. Contribute 4 now boasts improved blog publishing capability and unified web publishing along with support for Flash video.
On2 Technologies, which offers “advanced video compression solutions,” announced the release of an application for Flash. Earlier today, the company put out a press release describing On2 Flix Live 8. On2 Technologies wants you to know that this is the “world’s first live video encoding application for Flash 8.”
Flash technology has moved from an illustrator program for Tablet PCs to being the most popular way to embed audio and video content on the World Wide Web; it may be on the way to bringing an end to the Ajax phenomenon that has pervaded throughout numerous recent Internet startups.
This interview is a resource of DesignMaster Training, an online professional training and development website for working design professionals.
Adobe released the final version of Flash Player 9 earlier this week, as well as Flex 2. This signals a continuation of the spread of Flash, which Adobe is promoting heavily for use in next-generation Web applications. It has already been implemented in a number of services, including some owned by Yahoo and Google.
Businesses and individuals alike are constantly looking to find new ways to communicate for work related and entertainment purposes.
Microsoft made a step this week towards working cooperatively with other applications, but it resulted in a decidedly less than a positive outcome. A patch for the Adobe Flash Player, offered through the Windows Update service, seems to create more problems than it resolves.
Adobe Systems Inc. is taking their Macromedia Flash Professional 8 on tour. The free “Roadshow,” reaching Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York, will preview the software to creative professionals, and demonstrate how to use new features in the program.
As advanced consumer electronics like digital cameras, PDAs, multimedia mobile phones, and similar devices become increasingly affordable to the everyday user, we find ourselves having to keep track of more and more types of technology, which makes keeping all of our devices compatible with each other increasingly difficult.
Finnish based Nokia announced on Thursday the creation of Forum Nokia PRO: Flash Zone. It’s a support program put together between Nokia and Adobe with the intention of helping Forum Nokia PRO companies to develop Macromedia Flash applications for devices deployed by wireless operators.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced earlier this month the addition of Gnash, a new open source Flash movie player and Firefox plugin, licensed under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). “Open source” indicates that developers can build on top of earlier software to add features or tweak the old ones.
The telephone interviewer, on her 799th phone call, grew tired of the reverberated “Duh!” that came hurtling past her eardrums. A final survey respondent answered in kind to the question, “would you rather pay $1.99 to watch a video or get it for free with commercials?Uh huh. Uh huh. I see.” And that was the end of the poll.
A typical challenge faced by Flash developers like me is getting fonts to look like you want them to.
There are three main aspects: the player, the file format, and the authoring tool/IDE. Flash games can be developed for websites, interactive TV, as well as handheld devices. There is no need to adopt multiple programming languages to build games.
Flash-based websites are notoriously difficult to index in the search engines. Here we lay out some practical tips to help you overcome this barrier.
Normal wisdom says that if you use Flash in a web site it will hurt your search engine placement. This is due primarily to search engines having a hard time to index Flash content. But with a little ingenuity we can use that very problem to our advantage.
With the growing use of broadband, more and more website developers are looking to Flash to create a more engaging visitor experience. The problem with Flash sites, as many have pointed out, is that they can be can be difficult optimize, especially since Google seems to be the only search engine that tries to crawl them-to a limited extent. But there’s more than one way to skin a spider.
Many of you are already familiar with Flash’s runtime support for SWF and JPG files. If this is new to you, runtime support simply means that you can load a SWF or JPG movie dynamically after the main Flash movie has been compiled. Flash 8 now allows you to load GIF and PNG files as well.
Flash components received a major upgrade in Flash MX 2004. One of the areas that received a facelift is the skinning mechanism. Flash 8 introduces some changes to the workflow in the authoring environment and references to paths. If you have read the earlier version of this article on skinning the Flash MX 2004 component, this article will seem very familiar because I upgraded it to reflect the changes in Flash 8.
In this article, I cover skinning using the library and themes, and through code I explore skinning using the prototype method, subclassing a component class, and the initObject method. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to take better control of your application’s look and feel and have a good understanding of how flexible the skinning architecture is in Flash 8.
Flash movies can be a great thing. They can help catch eyes that are otherwise bored with static looking pages, and they can help tell a story better than plain text.
Early this year, I was inspired to create an experimental piece called varicose-g. Varicose-g uses a simple branching algorithm paired with the drawing API to draw an organic vein network. In Flash Player 7, the experiment ran slowly, and I was forced to dynamically clear older veins to reduce the graphic compositing overhead. This limited the generative quality of the experiment and reduced the complexity of the veins I could draw.
With the release of Flash Player 8, I was able to make a number of updates that significantly increased the performance, complexity, and visual interest of the piece. Check it out (requires Flash Player 8):
This article focuses on those changes, including the use of a custom bitmap caching routine, blurring remnant veins, and applying color adjustments. You can download the source code for this experiment in the Requirements section.
Many of my customers, developers I work with, and people that are new to Flash Video contact me with questions about Flash Video technology. Learning to master a new technology is a process. The first steps are always the most difficult. I remember back in 1997, when streaming media technology just emerged, no one knew how to encode video files, how to embed media players in html pages, or how to stream a live webcast. Few books and articles were published, and many online tutorials like this one educated the public to use streaming media technology. Today, few years later, students in high school learn how to stream video the same way they learn how to design web pages or create Excel spreadsheets.
Macromedia and HP have formed a partnership to integrate, market and sell the Macromedia Flash Platform and the HP Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for mobile devices.
Locking down Macromedia Flash
Now that more and more people are jumping onto the Macromedia Flash application bandwagon I’m starting to see a growing number of questions about security and Macromedia Flash. In particular, developers are often unsure if Macromedia Flash applications can have the same level of security as a well-designed HTML-based application. The answer to that question is most definitely yes, if you design your application properly.
These days, Flash users fall into two main categories: designers, who can dream up amazing Flash user interfaces, and developers, who spend most of their time pressing Ctrl+Enter. The Flash developer is a relatively new moniker. It describes someone who prefers to interact with Flash using a text editor, rather than manipulating movie clips on the stage. This article is an overview of must-have tools for Flash developers. Most of them are free, some are not. But all of them can save you time and effort.
Macromedia Flash Player 8 is here and packed with useful and innovative features. Performance and memory consumption are also significantly improved in the new player, and you will notice the improvement without changing a line of code or recompiling.
Is your company planning to join the wide, wide world of the Web and is keen into building a corporate website? Perceptively, a company’s decision of building a web site arises from the need to inform and reach out wider to potential clients of their service or products.
Do you want to have a feature rich web site with animations, sound, and an opening splash screen?
After the recent stem-cell cloning bombshell, another group of South Koreans has proven their dexterity with all things tiny-really tiny. Samsung Electronics is set to begin mass production of its 4 gigabit NAND flash memory cell, a device that is 1/314,000 the width of a single hair.
Anthony Fedorov, 20, was voted off of the American Idol island tonight. The remaining contestants are Bo Bice, Carrie Underwood and Vonzell Solomon.
Speedera Networks and Macromedia announced theavailability of a new, secure Macromedia Flash video streaming option to both monetize and protect content delivered via Flash Video Streaming Service powered by Speedera.
The California-based, portable storage producing SanDisk has enhanced their flash drive line-up, offering a 2-gigabyte model.
Finnish mobile phone goliath Nokia is doing their part to ensure mobile technology stays on the cutting edge, while offering users as many services as possible.
Looks like every client wants a Flash site these days but the reality is…as flashy as these sites may look, there are many negatives you may want to consider before delving into Flash.