Posts in Category "Flash"

Best of 2012 article & tutorial list

While there are still a couple months left in 2012, I wanted to post some of our highest rated/trafficked content pieces that the Adobe Developer Connection has published in 2012.  There is some top notch content in the list below thanks to our terrific community authors who continue to donate their time to write tutorials for the larger development community.

Which piece is your favorite??

PhoneGap content:

JavaScript fundamentals & frameworks:

Web standards:

Flash Professional CS6:

Designing for multiple screens:

 

Happy reading & happy coding!

Video Learning Guide for Flash

Adobe Flash Professional lets you easily put video on a web page in a format that almost anyone can view. This guide provides an introduction to web video, including information on how to create and publish video on the web. Explore the sections below to dive into whatever topic interests you.

Overview of video for Flash – Start things off right with this overview of key concepts and terminology related to web video and video formats.

Progressive and streaming video for Flash – Examine the variety of options for delivering video to Flash Player.

Capturing and encoding video for Flash – Learn how prerecorded web video is encoded and how to get best results when capturing video.

Adding video to a web page – Learn the two general approaches to adding video to web pages: using Dreamweaver or Flash.

Synchronization and captions in video for Flash – Get an overview of the key concepts involved in content synchronization and captioning.

NTSC and PAL video standards – Understand key concepts related to the NTSC and PAL video standards.

The video learning guide for Flash Professional introduces core concepts of video on the web, and provides you with tools for developing your skills.

 

Adobe Cookbooks recipe drive – extended

After rolling out the CF recipe drive a few weeks back, I received a lot of feedback from community members who were contributing Flex, ActionScript and Flash code recipes to the Cookbook. Their feedback can be succinctly boiled down to, “Hey, what about us? We like t-shirts too!”

You want it? You got it! This post is to officially extend the recipe drive to include contributions made to the Flex Cookbook, the ActionScript Cookbook and the Flash Cookbook.

Not sure what the Adobe Cookbooks is? It is a repository for community generated code samples that offer fellow developers coding tips & tricks, workarounds and solutions to specific development challenges. If you are still uncertain as to what the Adobe Cookbooks are all about, or what a code recipe should look like, take a peek at this recipe to get a better idea.

For the entire month of November, EVERY person who contributes a code recipe to the one of the Cookbooks above will receive an ADC branded t-shirt. If you contribute two recipes in that time frame, yes, you will receive two shirts!

How do you collect your shirt, you ask? Simple: drop me an email <esulliva at adobe dot com> with the link to your recipe contribution, your preferred t-shirt size and your mailing address/phone. That’s it…you’re done!

But wait…we’re not done yet. Whoever submits the most recipes during the contest duration will receive an ADC-branded Timbuk2 bag that will contain some additional yummy surprises in it.

One final word: please don’t rush over to the cookbook and submit a bunch of a half-baked code recipes just to get a t-shirt. That’s not going to help anyone. If you really need a t-shirt that bad, email me <esulliva at adobe dot com> and I may take pity on you.

If you have any questions on the recipe drive or the cookbook application itself, don’t hesitate to drop me a note <esulliva at adobe dot com>.

I am looking forward to seeing some great code contributions from the community…happy coding!

Updated: Facebook Developer Center on the ADC

Adobe just released a major update to the Adobe ActionScript 3 SDK for Facebook Platform (formerly: ActionScript 3 Client Library for Facebook Platform API). Developed by gskinner.com and fully supported by Facebook and Adobe, this class library facilitates the development of Flash Platform applications that communicate with Facebook using the Graph API. To help you get started, we also posted new and updated resources in the Adobe Developer Connection, including two new inspirational showcase examples: FIFA Superstars (developed by Playfish) and Glee Your Life (developed by Trailer Park, Inc. for FOX Home Entertainment).

To understand the technologies behind these applications and the types of applications you can build and how they communicate with your server and Facebook, refer to the Technology overview and the Architecture overview articles.

To get started with this new API, watch Alan Greenblatt’s overview video, and then step through Jeanette Stallons’s four-part tutorial series on Creating your first Flex and Facebook application, which covers building applications that you can deploy to the desktop, browser, and Facebook.com.

To jumpstart your development, we’ve also included 13 updated and new code samples for you to explore and reuse.

Check it out: Download the new ActionScript 3 SDK for Facebook Platform from Google Code, check out the new resources in the Facebook Developer Center and be sure to provide us with feedback and participate in the discussions on this new API.

Michael Koch
Adobe Developer Connection

Announcing Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 was announced yesterday. To get an idea of what improvements and new features you can expect from Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash Professional, refer to the following articles:

Introducing Dreamweaver CS5
: CSS, CMS support, Site Setup, BrowserLab integration, and more
Introducing Fireworks CS5: Stability, performance, and workflow and extensibility improvements
Introducing Flash Professional CS5: New text engine, XML-based FLAs, video improvements, streamlined IDE, mobile development, and more

Creating games on the Adobe Flash Platform

The Adobe Flash Platform is the leading platform in the world for developing games on the web. The Flash Platform Game Technology Center is a great place to start learning how to develop your very own Flash games. Additionally, several articles have been posted recently to the Adobe Developer Connection on the topic of game development that are great resources for developers creating games on the Flash Platform.

Danielle Deibler, a senior engineering manager at Adobe, wrote an article to introduce developers to the Flash Platform Game Technology Center. It is a great read as she discusses the tools for building games, the runtimes for rendering games and even touches on some of the new Flash Platform services being offered to assist developers in not only deploying their games, but also monetizing them.

Next, Nick Avgerinos, a senior systems engineer at Adobe, put out a terrific piece to provide an introduction to some of the many different Adobe technologies that you can use to build great games, in an attempt to break down some of the technologies and terminologies used in the Flash Platform to help new developers make sense of it all.

Finally, there are two articles that go into depth on using a technique called “blitting”. First Renaun Erickson (a recent addition to the Adobe Platform Evangelist team) demonstrates in his article how you can give your games a performance boost by using blitting techniques and Flash Builder 4. Then, Michael James Williams follows up with an article that delves into some more advanced blitting techniques and caching.

Adobe Cookbooks – Contributor Spotlight

I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few cookbook contributors who have been extremely active in the Adobe Cookbooks lately.

Elad Elrom: Elad is a rising star of the Flash development world. He brings a fresh perspective, a strong background, and an inherent knack for the more subtle aspects of the Flash platform. The author of several books, Elad has also been invited to be a member of the Adobe Community Professional program. Additionally, he is one of the organizers of the upcoming Flash And The City event. Recently Elad has contributed a bunch of excellent cookbook recipes focusing on AIR 2; check them out!

David Powers: If you are part of the Dreamweaver or PHP communities then the name David Powers is probably not unfamiliar to you. David is constantly out there assisting the community and is also a member of the Adobe Community Professional program. David is also the author of several best-selling books about Dreamweaver and PHP, including “The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP“, “PHP Solutions“, and “PHP Object-Oriented Solutions“. David has recently been making quite a splash in the Adobe Cookbooks with his recipe contributions. You can see a list of his recipe contributions here.

Sergey Landar: Sergey is a relative newcomer to the scene. He has 5 years of experience in UI for the web and has recently started picking up ActionScript to expand his skillset. Sergey has contributed over 40 cookbook recipes over the past several months, sharing tips and tricks with the community as he picks them up in the course of his learning. Be sure to check out his impressive list of recipes.

A big thank you to Elad, David and Sergey! It is folks like you who continue to make the Adobe Cookbooks a great resource for the community.

SWFs indexed without lifting a finger

Today there’s some big news for RIA developers and folks who blog about Flash SEO: Google and Yahoo! now have optimized Adobe Flash Player technology to enhance search engine indexing of SWF files. The implemented solution works with all existing SWF content, across all versions of the SWF file format. Best of all, developers don’t have to do anything to their published SWFs for them to be indexed. Read the FAQ to find out more.

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Popeye for President

Lisa Larson-Kelley has updated her very popular Flash video template of a dynamic video playlist that allows both streaming and progressive delivery of your video to a customizable player.

Why Popeye? Find out why. (Go Spinach Party, go!)

Continue reading…

Playful Flash ActionScript 3.0 samples

Back in the day, Noah Zilberberg created two dozen samples for Macromedia Flash MX. Some of these files were complete applications, games, or other types of content — while others were simple movies intended to introduce a concept from which Flash users could build their own movies.

People loved them. But then Flash 8 came, and then Flash CS3 replaced it. Those samples were still online but woefully outdated. Dan Carr has updated the most interesting ones and added a few of his own. These Flash ActionScript 3.0 samples demonstrate various features common in Flash development.

Here’s one in particular that’s fun to play with:

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Which sample do you like best? Would you like to send us one of your own to add to the site?