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.
If you’re interested in learning more about 3D, you’ll be happy to know that the new 3D support in Adobe Flash Player 10 does a lot of the work for you. Rodney Smith explains how to use ActionScript 3 in Flash CS4 to make a user-controlled 3D animation. For a different effect, Keiichi Yoshikawa describes the process behind his interactive business cards that take advantage of augmented reality technology in Flash to display 3D animations based on 2D block patterns.
Creative teams of designers and developers are continuing to garner attention with the cool experiences they’re building using the Flash Platform. This past week, 20th Century Fox released an interactive trailer, powered by Adobe AIR, for the upcoming release of the sci-fi adventure “Avatar” that you should check out. Download and install the trailer app to experience how you can use the AIR runtime to appeal both to your users and to brand owners.
One reason for the success of e-commerce is that the Internet can provide people with a secure medium for making payments. However, for RIA developers the challenge of integrating payment services into RIAs comes from the fact that current payment services such as Amazon FPS are designed to work in a request-response paradigm, while RIAs are stateful. Read Miti Pricope’s article to see how his approach can help you beat the challenge with Flex and Adobe AIR.
Many developers see the advantages of Test Driven Development (TDD) but hesitate to use it due to perceived time constraints. In his article, Test Driven Development using Flash Builder 4 beta and FlexUnit, Elad Elrom shows you how to use TDD to simplify future application maintenance while reducing your development time.
I just uploaded a new tutorial on using the FLARManager library to create augmented reality applications. This library makes things much easier than using the FLARToolkit directly, especially when dealing with multiple markers. In this example I display a video on a 3D plane that follows the AR marker. The tutorial also covers how to [...]
Below you can watch my full session on augmented reality from Adobe MAX. I highly recommend watching this in fullscreen so you can actually make out the code snippets. I love that I had to use my backup project called IfShitFails. I will also be doing a video tutorial on using FLARManager later today.
This is a very focused video tutorial to help developers understand the basics of X, Y, and Z axis rotations of graphical components while programming in Flash Builder 4 (Flex 4 framework) and using AIR.
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.
I just uploaded a new tutorial showing how you can create 3D models with textures for use in Papervision3D. I use Blender in this example, which is a free, cross-platform 3D tool. I create a basic model and then create a texture file in Photoshop. After applying the texture I export it as a collada [...]
I just uploaded a new tutorial showing you how to create a simple AR scene. Some of this code is a little hairy but you don’t have to understand every part of it to use it. You can read more information about it from the this great blog post that I reference in the tutorial. [...]
I just uploaded a new tutorial that shows how to make a cool 3D photo panel. This type of 3D effect is very common and is a good skill to have in your toolbox. When you click on an image it scales up into focus. This tutorial also serves a dual purpose as being a [...]