Archive for February, 2005

Macromedia.com: 95000 served, especially LiveDocs

An interesting blog about Macromedia.com (the web site).

www.markme.com/neils/archives/2005/02/a_brief_macromediaco.html

I’m always interested in the numbers – check this out:


Some Numbers
There are currently over 95,000 “pages” (html documents with a body tag) currently on the site. Of these, more then half (about 50,000) are LiveDocs, online versions of our in-product documentation which don’t use the regular macromedia.com styling. Of the remaining 45,000, there’s almost 20,000 that are new since the last redesign (in August 2003), the rest are “legacy” pages that visually match the rest of the site, but don’t use the current CSS, and are not actively maintained.

Check out this blog for more.

Macrochats in February

Here are the free macrochats for February.

Partial Page Caching in ColdFusion MX Macrochat
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM US/Eastern

Learn how to write a custom tag that allows for simple caching in ColdFusion MX. Ray Camden will lead this discussion on creating a CF tag for partial page caching of information. Ray is the Director of Development for Mindseye, Inc., a Team Macromedia member and Macromedia User Group manager.

What You Will Learn
– Existing ColdFusion Caching (query caching and cfcache)
– Persistant Scopes
– The ScopeCache Custom Tag

You must register for this event at:
www.macromedia.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=137271&loc=en_us

Debugging Movies Using the alertHook Command Macrochat
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM US/Eastern

Script errors in Director usually display details describing why an error occurred. However, once a projector or Shockwave movie is created, generic script errors sometimes appear, such as “Script Error, Continue?” These errors can be difficult to troubleshoot if there is no information describing why the error occurred. Join Macromedia Senior Technical Support Engineer Boaz Englesberg who will be leading a live demonstration on debugging movies using the alertHook command and a Director.ini file. Boaz will demonstrate how to use alertHook and the Director.ini/Shockwave.ini file for debugging purposes at run time.

What You Will Learn

* Using the Director.ini file to troubleshoot script errors
* Troubleshooting a generic script error in a projector or Shockwave movie

You must register for this Macrochat at
www.macromedia.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=149910&loc=en_us

Flash Video Basics Macrochat
Thursday, February 24, 2005
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM US/Eastern

Macromedia Technical Support Engineer Bentley Wolfe will introduce Flash beginners to basic Flash video concepts. You’ll learn how Flash imports and exports video and how to create Flash FLV files for use with Player and Flash Communication Server.

What You Will Learn

* Video formats that Flash MX 2004 imports
* Importing video into Flash MX 2004
* Using Flash MX 2004 to create video
* Creating FLVs
* Creating FLVs
* Playing FLVs as embedded video; linking with media components and using the Flash Communication Server

You must register for this Macrochat at
http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=149624&loc=en_us

satellite images in Flash

Loosely staying with the theme of maps, this time check out a really cool Flash implementation of a satellite image viewer. You might be able find and zoom into your house (I did!)

Check it out the top 10 images here:

http://www.spaceimaging.com/gallery/top10_2004/

You could even catch an image of a building, such as our new office here.

Just need another zoom level to spot those pedestrians ;)

New Google Maps – a nicely executed web app

It’s not Flash, but it’s some really great web work. Check out the new “Maps” feature from Google.

601 Townsend in San Francisco

Even more impressive:

Sushi in my neighbourhood

Nice design, good maps, drop shadow that isn’t lame, putting the competition to shame. Try clicking between the markers. Gotta love it.

runtime data binding article

A new Developer Center article goes live on runtime data binding. You can read the article here:

www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/flash/articles/databinding_classes.html.

As always, comments, corrections, tips, and suggestions about related topics you’d like to see documented or things that’d make this article better are most welcome. I know there is a lot more that could be covered on this topic (in part limited due to word count contraints!)

Sorry, but I might not be able to personally answer additional questions in the comments below due to current and severe time constraints. However, still ask them. If you have questions you’d like to see answered in future docs, or examples added to future documentation or articles – please let us know in the comments.