Archive for January, 2003

DRK Component Documentation Online

The documentation for some of the Flash Components from the Developer Resource Kits is now online.

DataGrid Documentation from DRK 1.

Flash UI Component Set 4 Documentation from DRK 2.

I think we are still working on getting the other documentation up. I will post here when I find out more info.

O’Reilly.net : What is a Flash Component?

O’Reilly is running an article by Colin Moock titled What is a Flash Component? It is a very good introduction to Flash MX components with plenty of links to other relevant resources.

Of course, Colin is the author of ActionScript for Flash MX : The Definitive Guide, so you know that the article is worth looking at.

Valentine’s Day Flash Promotion

We just started a Valentine’s day Flash promotion. If you buy Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver or Fireworks, you get a free visual quick start guide, a month of training, and a free box of chocolates.

You can find more info here.

Ok, so it is a little hokey, but who can turn down free chocolates!?! Plus, the FMA for the promotion on the main site is pretty cool (with some nice jazz playing).

FYI : DRK Promotion is about to end

Just a quick FYI, the Developer Resource Kit promotion (buy one get one half off) ends this Saturday (January 31, 2003). The promotion allows you to buy DRK 1, and then get DRK 2 for half price.

Below is a list of some of the Flash related content included on the DRK:

  • DataGrid Component
  • Media Controller Component
  • Sound Player Component
  • Flash movie player Component
  • Flash Streamer Component
  • Loading Box Component
  • Advanced Message Box Component
  • Tool Tip Component
  • Tool Tip Light Component
  • Rich Text Editor Component
  • Smart Combo Box Component
  • Advanced Calendar Component
  • Color Picker Component
  • Simple Menu Component
  • MyPhoto Flash Photo Application
  • Stock Services Flash Remoting Library
  • Email Services Flash Remoting Library
  • Sample Applications
  • Complete Offline Archive of DesDev Center from January to October 2002

There is also a ton of Dreamweaver MX and ColdFusion MX content included.

Here are the links for more info on DRK 1 and DRK 2.

You can find more info on the promotion here.

Flash Player Performance on OS X : Looking for Examples

We are looking for examples of Flash movies that perform measurably worse on OS X than on Windows. If you have an example, please send it to wish-flash@macromedia.com with the following information:

  • Simple fla demonstrating the issue.
  • Steps to reproduce the issue.
  • How performance is being measured.
  • System specs on mac machine, as well as windows machine (if it was tested on both).

The more that you can isolate where the performance is being degregated, the more likely we will be able to isolate and address it.

Thinking about Subscriptions

I have been meaning to post this for a while, but haven’t had a chance until now. Since we launched the Developer Resource Kit (DRK) about 5 months ago, I have seen a number of posts requesting that we make the DRKs available via some sort of subscription based service.

So, my question for the day is: what do you think of software subscriptions in general? What about a subscription to our tools? What would you want to see included? How would you want it implemented?

Update : note that I am not talking about DRK subscriptions (or at least not that specifically), but subscriptions in general.

Post your thoughts in the comments section…

Macromedia Backgrounds for Sony / Ericsson t68i

I wanted to thank everyone for the birthday wishes (here, here and here), so I put together a set of Macromedia backgrounds for the Sony / Ericsson T68i cell phone.

You can use these as the background or as the screen saver for the T68i and impress all of your friends.

Continue reading…

Keeping up with new Flash Content at Macromedia.com

We publish a ton of content on the Macromedia Flash Support Center and the Macromedia Designer and Developer Center. So much content, that it can be difficult to keep up with everything new.

I just noticed that the “new technotes” page also lists the most recent flash related articles from DesDev, so you can use that URL to always know what the latest Flash resources at Macromedia.com are.

You can view the page here.

Pet Market app in Pure ColdFusion MX

I missed this one, but Christian Cantrell just posted that we have released a ColdFusion only version of the Pet Market application.

You can find more information and download the code here.

Looking over the article, the entire app was created with just 1,500 lines of CF code, compared to 3,500 in .NET and 14,000(!!!) in Java.

It should be pretty interesting to check out the code and interface and compare it to the Flash based Pet Market application.

Macromedia Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2003 Financial Results

We announced our 2003 3rd quarter financial results today. To summarize, we made a net income of 10.8 million US dollars (compared to a net loss of 42.9 million during the same quarter last year).

You can view the press release as well as download the numbers here.