New tutorial on SWF framerate optimization


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 […]

Tutorial: Building a data-centric app using Catalyst and Builder betas

As part of my learning process with the beta releases of Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder I created a simple version of the Employee Directory application that we use inside Adobe to find information about employees.

I’ve written up the process of building this application and it’s now available on the Adobe Developer Connection site as a tutorial. If you’re interested in walking through the process of importing a design into Flash Catalyst, converting graphics to components, creating states and transitions, adding interactivity and then moving to Flash Builder, to connect to a ColdFusion or PHP back-end to retrieve and display data using the new DCD (Data Centric Development) features then I’d recommend it to you.

This is the application that you will build by following the tutorial:


You can access the tutorial and download the sample files here.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for future tutorials then please let me know.

Two-part tutorial on Flash Catalyst and Flex 4


I just finished uploading two new tutorials on using Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder 4. The first public betas of the these tools just went live tonight and these tutorial will get you up and running in no time. They show you how to build a nicely designed Twitter search application starting with an Illustrator […]

New tutorial on using MonsterDebugger


Update: The guys from De Monsters are Dutch, not German. Sorry guys!

I have just uploaded a new tutorial that shows you how to debug your Flash movies at runtime using the MonsterDebugger AIR application. This well designed application allows you to view and modify all of your objects and methods at runtime and contains a […]

Custom Flex preloader video tutorial


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


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 tutorial on Google maps with Flex


I just uploaded a new tutorial that guides you through the basics of creating a Google Maps application in Flex. In addition the tutorial also covers the use of PHP to retrieve data from a MySQL database. The end result is a map of Afghanistan which shows custom image markers at certain locations that were […]