Archive for October, 2004

Cool OS X Trick For Us Poor Spellers

I don’t know what kind of readership overlap there is between my blog and What Do I Know, but yesterday, Todd Dominey blogged a very cool trick he picked up from Ars Technica. Basically, inside of any Cocoa application, you can hit F5 or Option-Esc to get a list of spelling suggestions. How cool is that? Totally undocumented, and totally useful.

New TattleTale Product Page: Macromedia News On Your Desktop

Just wanted to mention that I finally got around to putting together a product page for TattleTale, the application that lets your receive Macromedia news on your desktop. In case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a Windows, OS X, and cross-platform Java version. The product page contains all the information you need to get going with TattleTale, including screenshots of all three versions.

Cool Tool Friday: Community Vision 2.0

If you were hanging around the blogging scene last year around this time, you might remember Community Vision. Community Vision is an application that lets anyone publish images to a kind of public picture weblog. We launched it just before MAX last year, and collected a ton of cool pictures of all the goings on in Salt Lake City.

I just installed a new version of Community Vision, and I need your help testing it. The biggest changes I made were in the code that processes the emails and attachments. It should be significantly more robust now, and it should handle emails sent from all different types of devices. To help test, simply:

  1. Take any of type of digital picture with any type of device.
  2. Attach it to an email (using any type of device — all phones and PDAs should work) and send it to (the -at- should be ‘@’ — we had a massive spam problem last year).
  3. The subject of your email will be the image’s title, and the body will be the caption.
  4. Wait no more than five minutes, then check out your picture online.

Before participating, please check out the official rules and instructions by clicking on the “About Community Vision” link on the main Community Vision page. Also be aware that since this is a test, things may not go complete as planned, so if you notice that something has gone awry, let me know, and I’ll get it fixed.

Bug Tracking

What kind of bug tracking systems are people using out there? In particular, I’m interested in free, web-based systems. I’ve used Bugzilla in the past, and GNATS, both of which were decent, though I think I preferred GNATS. What’s your favorite, and why?

Non-commercial Flex Licenses Now Available

Flex just became much more accessible. If you’re a student, educator, or if you run a non-commercial, non-institutional website, you can now use Flex for free in a production environment. From Macromedia’s site:

This software license will enable individuals, including students, technology educators and individual developers to build and deploy Flex applications at no cost (except for a small shipping and handling fee). Participants also receive 1 license of Macromedia Flex Builder, the Macromedia IDE for Flex.

Find out more (including exactly who qualifies) by reading the Flex FAQ.

Macromedia Launches Captivate

From the website:

Macromedia Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) automatically records all on-screen actions and instantly creates an interactive Flash simulation. Point-and-click to add text captions, narration, and e-learning interactions without programming knowledge.

You can find out more at the Captivate product page…

… or, for those of you short on time, check out this recorded Breeze Live presentation which spells the whole thing out, including a demonstration.

Xbox Flash Video Experiment

A few of us (Mike Chambers, Mike Downey, and Danny Dura, primarily) were experimenting with Flash video last night, and it just so happens there was an Xbox and a copy of Star Wars Battlefront lying around the office that were just begging to be experimented with. Mike Chambers is going to post the final results and details of the test sometime today (I’m about to get on a plane, which is why I’m blogging now), but just to give you a preview, we basically found a way to split the audio and video feeds between a plasma and a PowerBook where we recorded the feed with iMovie, then compressed the movie into Flash video. Before that, we played a few rounds while broadcasting live via DevChat and Flash Communication Server. It all worked perfectly as Mike will demonstrate at some point today, and we even managed to crush the rebels in the process. Just imagine the possibilities for the gaming industry!