Archive for January, 2009

ActionScript 3.0 API Reference for iPhone available

Hi folks. Mike Chambers has just released his new AS3 API Reference application for iPhone. The app is available here: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=302952929&mt=8 (iTunes link). It’s about 10MB, so you’ll need to be connected to WiFi or your computer to download it.

Mike’s got a blog entry and a main page about the app. Thanks Mike for this awesome addition to the AS Help.

So far the reviews are really positive, with one ironic one (see if you can guess why ;-). Enjoy.

-Jay

AIR App: AS3 Language Reference

Jamie Kosoy, Technical Director at Big Spaceship, created an AIR application for displaying the CS4 Language Reference docs. Take a look.

http://labs.bigspaceship.com/2008/12/09/air-app-as3-language-reference/

Flash Online Help Updated

The Flash online Help system was updated last Friday, 1/9/09. Updates include:

- External article links added to the Motion Tween topic in the Animation chapter: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Flash/10.0_UsingFlash/WSd60f23110762d6b883b18f10cb1fe1af6-7d8aa.html

- Photoshop import topic: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Flash/10.0_UsingFlash/WS15FC055E-BC0A-45f6-99E4-F6D1A238DCB5a.html

- Publishing for AIR – now links to AIR 1.5 docs: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Flash/10.0_UsingFlash/WSF0126B20-BFF4-4c50-9978-BCA47C8C3C3F.html

- Choose a Product menu in upper right corner allows you to jump to other products’ help systems

The Flash Help system is available at: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Flash/10.0_Welcome/

Complete List of Flash Articles, Tutorials, Videos, Etc. on Adobe.com

I thought some of you might appreciate a simple list of all the Flash instructional material that’s available on adobe.com. There are so many different types of content, covering so many topics, in so many formats, that I thought a one-stop-shopping style list might make things easier. Hopefully a simple text search of this page will help you find what you are looking for. The list does not contain topics in the formal Flash Help system, but rather articles, videos, and other content found outside the Help system, but on adobe.com.

Technotes won’t be listed here, but can be found here. Also not included here are items relating to Flash’s cousins, i.e. Flash Media Server, Flex, etc.

Please let me know if you find something on adobe.com that’s not on this list. And let me know whether you’d prefer to see the items listed by subject or content type.

As of January 2009, this list is just getting started, so it will be a while before it’s really comprehensive. Feel free to help with that or be patient until it gets further along.

Here’s the list:

FLASH HELP SYSTEMS: ( Title | Content Type | Author | Publish Date | Link )

- Flash CS4 Help | Help system | Multiple authors | 10/15/08 | http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Flash/10.0_Welcome/WSC6B89A38-F236-4cb9-9D15-91A7BEC35EBF.html

- Flash CS3 Help | Help system | Multiple authors | 4/16/07 | http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/flash/

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ARTICLES: ( Title | Content Type | Author | Publish Date | Link )

- Deco tool and Spray Brush for creating complex, geometric patterns in Flash | Article | Jonathan Duran | 2/2/09 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/deco_intro.html

- Flash CS4 Missing Manual excerpts: Video, testing and debugging, optimization, and sound | Article | Chris Grover | 1/6/09 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/ora_flash_cs4_mm.html

- Creating a simple document in Flash CS4 Professional | Article | Adobe | 1/6/09 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/flash_cs4_createfla.html

- Introducing Adobe Flash CS4 Professional | Article | Doug Winnie | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/logged_in/dwinnie_flcs4.html

- Flash and ActionScript Components Learning Guide | Article | Multiple authors | 4/16/07 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/components_guide.html

- Flash Video Learning Guide | Article | Multiple authors | 5/27/08 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/video_guide.html

- Flash Graphic Effects Learning Guide | Article | Jen DeHaan | 4/16/2007 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/graphic_effects_guide.html

- Producing Audio for the Web Using Soundbooth and Flash | Article | Dan Carr | 12/10/07 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/web_audio.html

- Whatever Happened to Accessibility? | Article | Greg Pisocky | 4/24/06 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/logged_in/gpisocky_accessibility.html

- Flash Sound | Article | Peter Sylwester | 5/17/99 | http://www.adobe.com/support/flash/how/expert/sound/

- Sound Synchronization in Flash: an Interview with Alex Kilgo | Article | Adobe | 10/3/97 | http://www.adobe.com/support/flash/how/expert/interview/

- Creating Self-Voicing Puzzles in Flash | Article | Thea Eaton | 7/24/06 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/self_voicing_puzzle.html

- Handling cue points for audio files in ActionScript 2.0 and ActionScript 3.0 | Article | David Stiller | 12/3/07 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/actionscript/articles/cue_points_audio.html

- Exploring Flash Player support for high-definition H.264 video and AAC audio | Article | David Hassoun | 3/10/08 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/hd_video_flash_player.html

- Designing and Animating Characters in Flash 8 | Article | Chris Georgenes | 9/12/05 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/design_character.html

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TUTORIALS: ( Title | Content Type | Author | Publish Date | Link )

- Using Flash for the First Time — Part 1: Building a Banner | Tutorial | Jen DeHaan | 7/17/07 | http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/flash/articles/flacs3it_firstflash_pt1.html

- Using Flash for the First Time — Part 2: Adding symbols, animation, and ActionScript | Tutorial | Jen DeHaan | 8/7/07 | http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/flash/articles/flacs3it_firstflash_pt2.html

- Generating sounds dynamically in Flash Player 10 | Tutorial | Jeff Swartz | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/dynamic_sound_generation.html

- Creating blends, filters and fills with Adobe Pixel Bender | Tutorial | Charles Ward | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/pixel_bender_basics.html

- Using the Button Component | Tutorial | Peter DeHaan | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/quickstart/button_component_as3/

- Using the Label Component | Tutorial | Peter DeHaan | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/quickstart/label_component_as3/

- Animating with ActionScript in Flash | Tutorial | Buck DeFore | 4/16/07 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/quickstart/programming_animations_as3/

- Handling Metadata and Cuepoints in Flash Video | Tutorial | Peter DeHaan | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/quickstart/metadata_cue_points/

- Working with Symbols and the Document Class | Tutorial | Buck DeFore | 4/16/07 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/quickstart/external_files_as3/

- Enhance Your Flash Movie with Sound | Tutorial | Russell Chun and H. Paul Robertson | 2006 | http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/fla8at_controlsound/

- Creating a Sound Player in Flash | Tutorial | Tim Statler | 1/23/02 | http://www.adobe.com/support/flash/sound/sound_player/

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VIDEOS: ( Title | Content Type | Author | Publish Date | Link )

- Flash CS4 Workflow Basics | Video | Todd Perkins | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4053_fl

- Creating Motion Tweens: Part 1 | Video | Chris Georgenes | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4054_fl

- Creating Motion Tweens: Part 2 | Video | Chris Georgenes | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4055_fl

- Using Inverse Kinematics | Video | Chris Georgenes | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4058_fl

- Using Motion Presets | Video | Todd Perkins | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4056_fl

- Using the Motion Editor | Video | Todd Perkins | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4057_fl

- Working with 3D Art | Video | Chris Georgenes | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4059_fl

- Creating FLV and F4V Files | Video | Todd Perkins | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4097_xp

- Using the Decorative Drawing Tools | Video | Chris Georgenes | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4060_fl

- Getting Started: Working with Sound | Video | Todd Perkins | 10/15/08 | http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/flash/articles/lrvid4252_fl.html

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SAMPLE FILES: ( Title | Content Type | Author | Publish Date | Link )

- Media Sample: Sound Channels | Sample file | Adobe | 2007 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/samples/media_5/

- Media Sample: Sound Loading | Sample file | Adobe | 2007 | http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/samples/media_4/