New content in the Adobe Developer Connection

Adobe Flash Builder 4 beta includes a new feature called the Network Monitor, which you can use to debug network traffic between a Flex application and an application server at runtime. Read David Gassner’s article and try out this new feature by using Adobe ColdFusion and a set of sample Flex applications. Meanwhile, follow Sujit Reddy G and learn how to build a Flex application that connects to a BlazeDS Remoting destination using Flash Builder 4 beta.

Just released, Adobe LiveCycle Data Services ES2 (version 3) simplifies the development of web applications using Flash and Java. Download a trial version of the software and read Anil Channappa’s article to get an overview of the new capabilities in the release.

If you are finding yourself with some developer holiday downtime during the next few weeks, get inspired by some of the amazing Flash websites picked by veteran website reviewer Rob Ford as the best Flash experiences in 2009—and then cast your vote for the best site of the year. In the meantime, Rodney Smith continues his series on using ActionScript 3 to bring 3D motion to your Flash projects. This time, it’s how to pan, zoom, and move objects within a 3D space.

Also, improve your understanding of search engine optimization by watching SEO gurus Jay Middleton and Damien Bianchi discuss best practices for optimizing SWF-based content for search engines.

New content in the Adobe Developer Connection

Flex developers often use a combination of tools as part of their workflow, and Adobe Flash Builder 4 beta takes that into account. Follow Tim Buntel’s article to learn how well Flash Builder 4 can play with four other Adobe products in both data-centric and design-centric phases of a project: Adobe ColdFusion Builder beta, Adobe LiveCycle Data Services 3 beta, Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, and Adobe Flash Catalyst beta. Then move on to Elad Elrom’s article on how to use Pixel Bender with Flash Builder 4 beta as a number crunching engine.

Augmented reality (AR) made a big splash this year when GE’s Smart Grid reached mass-market appeal. Experienced Flash developers can dig into Samuel Asher Rivello’s AR project, which overlays a 3D model of the Eiffel Tower onto a 2D marker using FLARToolkit code libraries and a webcam. For those just getting up to speed with Flash CS4 Professional, check out Dan Carr’s five short presentations to learn about working with timelines, symbols, instances, buttons, Motion Editor, and ActionScript 3 in Flash. Finally, check out Paul Robertson’s new QuickStart on understanding the benefits of using the Vector class in ActionScript 3.

Web video producers might want to explore Lisa Larson-Kelley’s updated web video player template, which makes it easy to publish multiple videos on the same web page without authoring a new SWF for each one. Also use Jens Loeffler’s live dynamic streaming and digital video recording sample app to set up a dynamic streaming environment without any coding.

Recent content in the Adobe Developer Connection

As an Adobe Flash Platform developer, you’re probably frequently integrating video and sound into your projects. In this issue we have new sample projects on using Adobe Flex and Adobe Flash to work with media.

Jens Loeffler shows you how to create a video sharing application in just a few steps using Adobe Flex Builder and Adobe Flash Media Server. Dan Carr explains how to manage audio in a media project using Adobe Soundbooth with Adobe Flash Professional. Doug Winnie provides an iterative approach to the designer-developer workflow with Adobe products and technologies.

For those of you gearing up for the next release of Flex, check out Tim Buntel’s article, Five great new features in Flash Builder 4 beta. Meanwhile, Flex developers who are interested in mapping should not miss Matt Sheehan’s article. It teaches you how to build a basic interactive map with zoom and pan functionality, and then extend the application to include multiple providers and markers.

New content on the Adobe Developer Connection

Flex developers: Secure your applications with the Flexible Chimp project and Spring BlazeDS Integration project. Ryan Knight and Jon Rose show you how in their article, Enterprise security for Flex.

If you want to learn more about ActionScript programming in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, you’ll want to watch Doug Winnie’s recent ActionScript video tutorials. In these videos, Doug teaches designers how to code interaction and animation, as well as basic programming concepts. Also be sure to check out the Components Learning Guide for Flash CS4 It will help you reduce your development time and effort by using building blocks for creating rich interactive applications on the web.

For the more advanced crowd, ActionScript expert Colin Moock’s Lost ActionScript Weekend turns a fireside chat with friends into a series of real-world lessons about ActionScript 3.

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New Content in the Adobe Developer Connection

As part of our weekly content launches in the Adobe Developer Connection, we’ve recently published some new articles for Flash Platform developers.

The new skinning architecture in Flex 4 beta makes it easy to completely change the look and feel of an application. Follow Ryan Frishberg to learn about the new improvements by writing a basic skin for a button and then delving into skinnable components. Building on what you’ve learned there, Evtim Georgiev addresses a number of pain points in skinning, CSS, components, states, animation, text, and graphics tags. He also shows you how to create a custom layout in his article, Spark layouts with Flex 4 beta. Meanwhile, read Tim Buntel’s article to learn how a brand new approach in Flash Builder beta can simplify the development of data-centric applications.

If you are working with web video, you’ll want to learn how to customize the ActionScript 3 FLVPlayback component, the built-in solution in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional for displaying video on the web. Also be sure to download two updated templates: spokesperson presentation with synchronized graphics and showcase website for personal video.

Flash animators: Dig into Chris Georgenes’ popular series covering the entire process of creating a digital animated character in Flash CS4 Professional. And there’s a bonus: a killer animation technique that creates convincing 3D effects while remaining in the 2D realm. Also be sure to check out Tom Green’s article on Integrating Flash CS4 with After Effects CS4.

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