Archive for June, 2003

New Flash Resources at DevNet Center

We have just published some new Flash articles and resources at the DevNet Center.

You can visit the DevNet Center here.

[via mxna]

Ping MXNA via PHP

Robert Hall has put together a PHP script that will allow you to ping the Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA) when your site / weblog has new content. By doing this, you content will get added to the aggregator immediately.

If you are using PHP and not using MovableType (which has support for pings built in), this could be very useful.

You can find more info on pinging MXNA here.

You can find more info on Robert’s PHP ping script here.

User Interface Design for Programmers

CFOOP points out this chapter on UI design for programmers, appropriately titled:

User Interface Design for Programmers

Interesting read, and something that is very relevant if you are creating applications with Flash.

You can view the entire chapter here.

[via mxna via cfoop]

Rich Media Builder Released

Robin Debreuil has released Rich Media Builder. What is Rich Media Builder you ask?

Rich Media Builder is a free, swf focused, plugin based tool that makes building rich media projects easier. The main program simply controls the running and logging of plugins. In the download, there is a single plugin that allows compiling and running a Flash file from within a text editor. It allows compiling a Flash project without leaving your favorite IDE, termination via a hotkey, clickable errors that navigate to the correct file/line, and automated builds with logging.

The source code for the entire app is also available, which makes it a great learning tool is you are interested in c#/.net or controlling the Flash IDE programatically.

You can find more information here.

New Flash MX Resources at DevNet Center

The DevNet center has been updated with some Flash MX related articles and resources.

The highlight of this week’s release, is an article by Josh and Daniel Dura, discussing how they build and architected the Macromedia XML News Reader sample application available on DRK 3.

Here is a list of all of the new Flash related articles:

You can visit the DevNet Center here.

You can keep up with the latest articles from the DevNet center at the Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA).

Flash Remoting and Java as an alternative to JSP and Applets

Christian Cantrell (the server community manager) has written an interesting article on using Macromedia Flash, Flash Remoting and Java as a replacement for Java Applets.

Makes for some interesting reading over the weekend.

You can view the article here.

Royale FAQ / info on-line

If you were lucky enough to have been at FlashForward San Francisco, you would have seen a quick sneak peak of a new technology we are working on code-named”Royale” (I posted about it here). Since then, there has been a lot of questions about Royale from developers.

Well, we have just released some more information on our website about Royale. The site contains an FAQ, and also allows you to sign up to be notified when we release more information.

You can view the site here.

You can view the FAQ here.

MXNA Update : Feed Filters

We have made some updates to the Macromedia XML News Aggregator. We have implemented a number of feed filters, which should hopefully make the categories more on-topic, and ensure that websites and feeds that span categories, have their individual posts show up in the appropriate category.

Over the coming weeks, you may notice that all of your posts don’t show up, or they show up in different categories (depending on what you post about). If something seems to end up in the wrong place, then please let us know about it.

We have added an item to the FAQ with some more information.

You can view the Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA) here.

Whats in your headphones?

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. News has been slow, and I have been swamped (once again) with work (can you say DRK 4?).

Anyways, I have been doing a lot of programing and writing lately, which means that I have had a chance to listen to a lot of music. So, I am curious what the Flash community listens to when they are swamped with work and have Flash open 24/7.

So, what is playing in your headphones (or iPod, or 8-track, etc…). I have been listening to a lot of Chemical Brothers and Crystal Method lately (see bottom right).

DevNet Pro / Essentials iPod Contest

Just a quick fyi. We are running a contest where if you subscribe to DevNet Pro or DevNet Essentials, you have a chance to win one of the new 10gb Apple iPods.

You can find more information here.