Archive for March, 2003

FlashForward Pictures Online

I have uploaded some pictures from last weeks FlashForward. They include a few new images of Macromedia Central, as well as a sneak of one of the apps included on DRK 3.

You can view the pictures here.

If you post any photos from the conference, make sure to add a link in the comments section.

Repost : New Macromedia DevNet RSS Feed

We have launched a new Macromedia DevNet Center RSS feed. We still have the old feed, but it should be considered deprecated. If you are using the old feed you should switch over to the new RSS feed.

The new feed is an RSS 1.0 feed, and has a lot more information than the old feed.

You can view the feed here:
http://www.macromedia.com/go/devnet_rss

You can find more information on the feeds here.

Btw, if you are curious, we use the RSSify application which will be available on DRK 3 to create the feed.

FlashForward / Strong Bad

Well, every FlashForward, I always find new Flash stuff that I didn’t know about. This FlashForward, everyone seems to be watching Strong Bad. I’m not sure how to describe this, but it is hilarious!

You can check it out here.

FlashForward Update

I am currently sitting in on Phillip Torrone’s session on devices. Phillip’s sessions are always a treat, and he is not disappointing today. I think he has already shown about 15 devices.

I had my session and QA this morning and they went well. Before the session, I got to meet Sean Voisen, which was really cool. Last night I met and chatted with Josh Dura and Daniel Dura. We ended up talking about video games most of the time.

Anyways, meeting up and hanging around with people I know from the community is always my favorite part of FlashForward. If you are at the conference and see me around, stop me and say hi.

FlashForward Day 3

It is the beginning of the third day at FlashForward. The FilmFestival last night was fun as usual. They limited the finalist to 4 this year, so it flowed much quicker.

I am giving a session on Flash Remoting this morning (discussing Object Oriented Client / Service Interfaces) and then a QA session. After that I plan to catch Phillip Torrone’s session, and then Erik Natzke’s

I’ll try and post updates through the day.

FlashForward Film Festival (LIVE!)

The FlashForward Film Festival is about to start. I am going to post the winners as they are announced, so keep hitting the refresh button.

Update : WOW!!!!! James Burchfield, audio poet just gave an amzing freestyle vocal human beat box sessions. Simply amazing!

  • Motion Graphics : elevation
  • Application : GModeler (Grant Skinner)
  • Educational : BrainPop
  • 3D : Tokyo Plastic
  • Story : Life of PI
  • Art : The Beauty if Details
  • Typography : WDDG
  • Navigation : Perfect Fools
  • Cartoon : KunstBar
  • Commerce : Nike Basketball
  • Original Sound : Defenders of the Universe
  • Technical Merit : gskinner (Grant Skinner)
  • Game : Battle for the Sudan
  • Experimental : Repurcussion
  • Video : Eagle F1
  • People Choice : MediaramaS

Thats it for the show. I have to go and get ready for my session in the morning.

FlashForward Keynote : Macromedia Central

Probably the biggest announcement from this morning’s keynote, was Macromedia Central. Macromedia Central is a desktop environment for running rich, occasionally-connected applications.

Kevin showed how simple it was to install Central through the Flash Player (completely seamless to the user), and then install and run applications within it. It took a total of about 5 seconds to install Central, install an application and then have that application running within Central.

Kevin then showed a bunch of data aware apps running within Central. One of the cool things was that the apps would download and cache data on-line, so when they were running without a network connection, they could still be used. A representative from Intel came up and showed their wireless access HotSpot finder application running with Central. The cool thing about it was that it worked when you didn’t have an internet connection (which is when you need a wireless hotspot finder the most!).

Alex Wright came up and showed an application running within Central that pulled data from PriceGrabber and allowed the user to easily browser, compare and buy stuff. It was pretty nice, and really showed some of the advantages that of building these types of interfaces within Flash while running them outside of the browser (and in Central).

Kevin then announced that we would be release an SDK for the Central shortly. If you are at the conference, you can go to our booth and get a free Central T-Shirt when you sign up for the beta.

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Macromedia Developers Lab

Just a quick reminder that Macromedia is running a developer’s lab during FlashForward. If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to meet some of the people from Macromedia and the Flash team, come down to the lab either today or tomorrow. It is located in the internet lab.

I will be there today from 4 to 5 pm. So if you get a chance, stop by and say hi.

FlashForward KeyNote : Macromedia Communication Server 1.5

During the keynote this morning, Kevin Lynch announced that a new version of the Macromedia Flash Communication Server is available. Version 1.5 adds a number of new features and bug fixes including:

  • HTTP Tunneling (to get around firewall issues)
  • Support for Linux
  • MP3 Support

We have also released a free developers edition of the server which does not timeout.

Kevin then showed part of a 15 minute video which was streaming live from the Flash Communication Server and running full screen.

You can find more information on the Flash Communication Server here.

You can read the press release on the new version here.

You can download the free developers edition here.

New Macromedia DevNet RSS Feed

We have launched a new Macromedia DevNet Center RSS feed. We still have the old feed, but it should be considered deprecated. If you are using the old feed you should switch over to the new RSS feed.

The new feed is an RSS 1.0 feed, and has a lot more information than the old feed.

You can view the feed here:
http://www.macromedia.com/go/devnet_rss

You can find more information on the feeds here.

Btw, if you are curious, we use the RSSify application which will be available on DRK 3 to create the feed.