Archive for July, 2009

Please take a survey about using Flash

We are conducting two brief surveys to learn more about how customers get information about using Flash. We’d like your feedback. Please click a link below to take a brief survey on one of the following topics:

Using Video in Flash

Creating Buttons

Thank you.

Don’t forget to update Flash CS4 to version 10.0.2

The 10.0.2 update for Flash CS4 Professional addresses issues related to compiling large projects and many other bugs. Specifically, it addresses stability and performance issues related to large animation files, such as Timeline scrubbing and looping and nested movie clips, as well as text handling.

You can download the update here, or choose Help > Updates from within Flash.

For more details, see the technote for this update. For more about this update the Flash product manager, Richard Galvan, visit his blog.

New JSAPI added to Flash CS4 Professional in 10.0.2 Update

A new JSAPI that allows for silent publishing of FLA files without opening them in the Flash IDE has been added to Flash Professional CS4 in the 10.0.2 updater. This API replaces functionality that went away when the old CS3 Project panel was replaced with the new CS4 Project panel.

Here are the details. This info will be added to the online version of Extending Flash soon.

Usage
fl.publishDocument( flaURI [, publishProfile] );

Parameters
flaURI — A string, expressed as a file:/// URI, that specifies the path of the FLA file that should be silently published.

publishProfile — A string that specifies the publish profile to use when publishing. If this parameter is omitted, the default publish profile is used.

Returns
boolean

Description
Method; publishes a FLA file without opening it. This API opens the FLA in a headless mode and publishes the SWF (or whatever the profile is set to). The second parameter (publishProfile) is optional. The return value is a boolean indicating if the profile was found or not. In the case where the second parameter is not supplied, the return value is always true.

Example
The following example prompts the user to select a FLA file and silently publishes it using the “Default” publish profile:

var uri = fl.browseForFileURL(“select”, “select a FLA file to publish”);
var publishProfileName = “Default”;
fl.publishDocument(uri, publishProfileName);

Adobe needs users for a workflow study – get an Amazon gift card

Adobe is looking for participants for a brief (~1 hour) online work observation and interview. Compensation will be a $100 Amazon gift card.

There are two sets of criteria, each applying to a different study. Read the criteria carefully before responding. Also, it is important to indicate in the subject line of your response which one of the two studies you meet the criteria for and wish to participate in.

There will be 2 studies of Flash workflows. One is about deploying video content in Flash. The other is about creating a button to perform some control of the Timeline. The studies will be conducted over the telephone and Adobe Connect (software for screen sharing).

For the video study, participants must meet the following criteria:
– some experience with Flash CS4
– some experience viewing video on the Web
– no experience using video in Flash
– have any version of Creative Suite 4 or Flash Professional CS4 installed (with most recent updates) on a computer that can be connected to the Internet
– ability and willingness to install and use Acrobat Connect on the same computer as the above software
– a 90-minute block of free time between 10:00 and 16:00 Pacific Time (GMT-8) on a weekday during the first two weeks of August (3August-14August).
If you meet these requirements and would like to participate in this study, please contact me at jarmstrong [at] adobe [dot] com, with the subject line “Flash video study”.

For the button study, participants must meet the following criteria:
– some experience with Flash CS4
– no experience creating buttons in Flash
– have any version of Creative Suite 4 or Flash Professional CS4 installed (with most recent updates) on a computer that can be connected to the Internet
– ability and willingness to install and use Acrobat Connect on the same computer as the above software
– a 90-minute block of free time between 10:00 and 16:00 Pacific Time (GMT-8) on a weekday during the first two weeks of August (3August-14August).
If you meet these requirements and would like to participate in this study, please contact me at jarmstrong [at] adobe [dot] com, with the subject line “Flash button study”.

Participants in these studies will be thanked profusely in addition to receiving the Amazon gift card.