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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New tutorial on SWF framerate optimization

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I just finished uploading a new tutorial that explains how you can optimize your Flash movie’s framerate so that it only uses the resources that it needs to. Most of the time you only need a fast framerate for animation and you can structure your movie so that the rate is high only during those […]

Custom Flex preloader video tutorial

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This week I set out to try and create five new tutorials in five days. Well I have just uploaded the fifth tutorial that shows you how to create a completely customized Flex preloader using Flash CS4. One thing that really bugs me about most Flex applications is the standard aqua loading screen. This video […]

New video tutorial on using SWFAddress

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I just uploaded a new tutorial that shows you how to enable direct and deep linking using the SWFAddress library. Deep linking is just another name for making the back button work. This tutorial also goes over a couple of potential gotchas that you need to avoid in order to get SWFAddress working properly. Adding […]

New video tutorial on runtime font loading

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I just uploaded a new tutorial showing the best practice method of creating and using external font SWF files using Flash CS4. You can now easily create font files with a subset of characters using the new Flex metadata support. This was not possible prior to Flash CS4 and the new workflow speeds things up […]