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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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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 Those samples were still online but woefully outdated.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?

Creating Web 2.0 elements in Fireworks

Web 2.0 loosely describes the next wave of design and development on the web. You know the look, but how do you create it? M. Hammad Bhatti showed us some pretty cool glossy buttons he’d created in Fireworks using simple layered effects, so we asked him to write about how he did it.

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Hammad is my first author from Pakistan, and I think he did a great job. Our in-house Fireworks developer relations guy, Alan Musselman, tells me he’s really happy Hammad did this sample for us. Check it out, along with our other Fireworks samples.

Creating an icon in Fireworks

Vane Kosturanov and Vanco Stojkov pack a one-two punch as DryIcons: one is a developer, the other a designer (I’m sure their skills overlap). Together they wrote an amazing tutorial that shows you how to create a web icon — one of the basic ingredients of any good website.

Everyone I know who touched this article before posting on the Adobe Developer Connection told me how much fun it was to create the icon. Sarthak Singhal, a QE on the Fireworks engineering team, wrote, “I followed the article step by step and could not believe myself creating a beautiful folder icon. It is simply amazing.” Tommi West, the copyeditor, said, “I loved this article sooo much! I followed along with all of the steps, and I’m very pleased with the folder icon I made.”

Gee, who knows what you’ll think? Me, I’m pretty excited that I got to work with two excellent technical writers from Macedonia. There’s a first time for everything.

check out the latest Adobe Edge newsletter

Hi there – I manage the Edge newsletter, another product from the Adobe Developer Connection team. A couple days ago, we launched the February edition of the Edge and there’s lots of great content in there… For example, we published an article about Adobe Media Player (AMP) and how to structure RSS feeds to play within AMP. Zach Stepek contributed an excellent article about Blaze DS, another open source effort from Adobe. Brian Rinaldi penned an article in which he compares Flex and Ajax – very interesting. And of course, there’s the ever-so popular edge of Flash column that Rob Ford, of FWA fame, cranks out each issue. As usual, Rob’s column is the most

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