Friday, April 30th, 2010
After receiving many emails and instant messages the last couple days over the whole Apple vs Flash tit-for-tat that’s been going on. I feel compelled to give my thoughts.
For starters Steve Job’s article, Thoughts on Flash, is full of truth and fiction. The biggest part that rubbed me the wrong way was his lack of distinguishing between Flash and the SWF file format that Flash produces; Jobs conveniently leaves this out. Of course the average person knows nothing about the distinction between Flash, the tool that is used to create a SWF file and the actual SWF file that is used on a website. The SWF file is ‘open’ and there are other products, not made by Adobe, that can create SWF files. So it is fair for Abobe to wave the ‘open’ flag.
As far as Apple being ‘open’. Not so fast there Jobs. I can’t even use the SDK on my Windows machine. You must own a Mac if you want to create applications for an iDevice.
Is there anyone that truly believes Apple could not get Flash to play on their devices if they wanted to? Just say it Jobs, I don’t want to support Flash. Period.
Now my final thought and it’s not a good one for you Flash developers is this: Flash is dying, but it’s not Apple that’s killing Flash. It’s three things: 1.) Ajax 2.) jQuery and 3.) HTML5. These technologies have been slowly killing Flash the last few years. Look around, sites that once used Flash have fazed it out: Yahoo, MSN, IGN and many many others. Because of these technologies, Flash’s strengths are no longer there. It’s been relegated to advertisements and entertainment sites.
Thursday, May 1st, 2008
The Open Screen Project is working to enable a consistent runtime environment â€“ taking advantage of AdobeÂ® FlashÂ® Player and, in the future, Adobe AIRâ„¢ — that will remove barriers for developers and designers as they publish content and applications across desktops and consumer devices, including phones, mobile internet devices (MIDs), and set top boxes. The Open Screen Project will address potential technology fragmentation by allowing the runtime technology to be updated seamlessly over the air on mobile devices. The consistent runtime environment will provide optimal performance across a variety of operating systems and devices, and ultimately provide the best experience to consumers.
Specifically, this work will include:
- Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
- Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
- Publishing the Adobe FlashÂ® Castâ„¢ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
- Removing licensing fees â€“ making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free
WOW!!! That may be the best news I have heard about Flash in a long time! An open platform will not only help developers but should certainly bring more people to the Flash table.
Thursday, December 13th, 2007
To set the corner radius visually, draw your rectangle and without releasing the mouse button — press the up and down arrows on your keyboard to alter the roundness or the corners. This also works in Fireworks!
You can use a bitmap as a Fill, and paint with it just as you can paint with a gradient or solid color. Import a bitmap into the current scene and select it. Go to Modify > Break Apart, then choose the Eyedropper tool and click on the bitmap. The current fill is changed to the selected bitmap.
ActionScript can be stored as external text files with an .as extension. To use them in a movie, you’ll need to place an ‘include’ in the file that points to the file. This enables you to reuse the complex routines in movies, or build up a library of common scripts.
Also to keep things organized, I would encourage you to place your .as files in folders that relate to what the file is all about. For example, I may have a folder called Actions and inside that folder several different .as files that relate to actions. Then just import them by calling
import actions.flyout; (flyout is the name of the .as file and actions is the name of the folder.)
Always generate a report detailing the impact that various objects in your movie have on the size and performance of the finished movie. To do this, you should check the box labeled Generate Size Report in the Flash Publish Settings dialog (File > Publish Settings > Flash tab).
You can control the size of the current movie with the stage.height and stage.width commands.
Hope that helps someone and remember to only use Flash when it’s the right tool for the job.
Friday, August 24th, 2007
Over the years we have posted some great Flash articles. Perhaps you missed a few and wish to catch up now?
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
As someone who has worked with Flash for many years I have witnessed the love / hate dichotomy that circumvents the web. There’s one thing that stands out to me – Flash is the most misunderstood software platform around.
So I decided to contact three of the biggest Flash Gurus around and get some answers from them. We’ll meet our three Flash masters and then look at their answers to these questions: “What do you see as Flash’s key asset(s)?”, “What do you think is Flash’s biggest weakness?”, “If you could change one thing about Flash what would it be?”, “Has Flash’s popularity peaked?” and “What will Flash look like in 3 years?”
Friday, February 16th, 2007
Check out the 3D Bumpmapped objects demo – I have never seen this kind of realtime 3D in Flash before. Wowzers!
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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
Search-This welcomes Louis Simpson to the team!
Often times when you belong to a forum you start stalking certain people. Every time the person you are stalking post and you notice it, you go read what they have to say because you know it’s going to be good. Well, Louie was the first person I ever stalked
So when I was putting together the Search-This team I knew that I had to get him on board, it makes it easier to stalk him that way! We’re glad to have you on the team Louie.
Enjoy Louie’s bio below:
User Name: louissimps
- childhood ambition: marry a rich woman
- fondest memory: going to my grandpa’s ranch
- favorite music: a little something from every genre
- retreat: the ocean
- proudest moment: the path I have lead so far
- biggest challenge: not going to college
- alarm clock: 6:50(snooze until 7:45)
- perfect day: coffee, surfing, lunch with my wife, afternoon nap, head to my favorite bar
- first job: busboy at a banquet hall
- indulgence: Belgian Ale
- favorite movie: too many to name, Super Troopers, Napolean Dynamite, Platoon
- inspiration: accomplishment