Archive for July, 2003

DRK 4 : 3D Pie Chart Example

Peter Hall has put together a very cool example of the 3D Pie Chart component from the Flash Charting Components Set 2 on DRK 4.

He has used the extrude depth of the pie chart to display additional information, and has added some code so that the chart morphs between data sets.

You can check out the example here.

You can find more information on the Charting Component Set 2 here.

What do you want to know about Macromedia Central?

The title says it all. What do you want to know about Macromedia Central? Post your questions in the comments section.

Update: We you can see a new Central screen shot at the following sites:

You can find a ton of additional information at the Macromedia Central Development Center.

Embedding Flash Player in Windows Applications using C#

The Macromedia DevNet center has just published an article I wrote that discusses embedding the Flash player within Windows applications using C#.

The article is based on the Stock Charting Windows application which is included on DRK 4. The application uses the line chart component from the Flash Charting Component Set 2 to chart historical stock data within the windows app.

You can read the entire article here.

Online Poll / DRK 4 Pollster

You may have noticed the online poll on the right of the page. This is actually the Flash interface to the Pollster sample application included on DRK 4.

Pollster includes the following:

  • A Flash Interface to place on your website.
  • Complete Admin back-end written in ColdFusion
  • A Dreamweaver extension that makes it easy to insert the poll into your web site.

The Poll has quite a few features including:

  • Complete admin back-end.
  • Limit votes per user.
  • View results in HTML.
  • Export raw results to Excel.
  • Enabled and Disable Polls.
  • Supports up to 5 answers.
  • Complete source code for Flash interface is included.
  • Complete source code for ColdFusion back-end included.
  • ActionScript API and Library for creating your own Flash interfaces.

The Flash interface uses the Pie Chart component from the Flash Charting Components Set 2, also included on DRK 4.

Finally, there is code that protects against users abusing the poll (by mass voting). However, it is not full proof.

You can view an image of the admin interface here.

You can find more information on the Pollster sample application here.

You can find more information on DRK 4 here.

DRK 4 is Now Available

The DevNet Resource Kit Volume 4 (DRK 4) is now available for for DevNet Essentials subscribers and for individual purchase ($99). Yes, you heard that right, no more three months before you can buy it individually.

This DRK is probably our most comprehensive yet, with over 25 new components, extensions, sample applications, graphic libraries and other resources.

You can see a complete list of content here.

Here are some of the highlights:

As usual, the DRK contains content for Flash, ColdFusion and Dreamweaver.

I will be posting more about the content on the DRK over the next couple of days.

You can find more info on DRK 4 here.

More SVG / Flash FUD?

I just finished reading this article on SVG over at, and came across this quote:

Apple used something very close to SVG for their recently released presentation software. Once again, this is further evidence that SVG has the potential to go places that Flash will not.

So, let me get this straight. Apple uses a format that is “very close” to SVG but is not SVG (doesn’t that describe every vector based format that exists?), and this is an indication that SVG will go places that Flash cannot????

Well, if we are talking about presentations, I see tons of Flash based presentations every day. Specifically, static presentations created in Flash, Static presentations with audio created with PowerPoint (and exported with Breeze), Dynamic presentations posted on-line, and real time, collaborative presentations with multiple users, audio / video and screen sharing all with Breeze live.

Couple of other interesting tidbits:

Today Adobe software cannot natively write Flash code because Macromedia is a competitor.

LiveMotion and Illustrator both output Flash files, as well as tons of other tools (that both read and write Flash files).

SVG definitely has its place, but I am constantly amazed by some of the misinformation put out about Flash (especially from a site such as

Thoughts? Comments?

Product Activation Pilot

I have started to see some questions and comments from people who noticed that Contribute 2.0 will include a pilot of Product Activation. We are well aware that this is a potentially very heated issue, and thus have spent a lot of time, effort and resources making sure that it works well and is unobtrusive. We are also trying to be as forthcoming with information as possible, and thus have posted a ton of information about activation on our site.

As part of this, we are also changing our EULA to allow for users to install the software on more than one computer (for non-concurrent usage). You can find more info on that here.

Here are some links with information about how we are implementing product activation.

So, check out the links above and post any comments, questions or thoughts in the comments section below.

Contribute 2.0 / FlashPaper

Today we announced Contribute 2.0, which among other things has support for OSX and FlashPaper.

What is FlashPaper you ask? From the website:

Macromedia FlashPaper printer driver technology for Windows 2000 and XP lets Contribute 2 customers transform any printable document into a compact, web-friendly Macromedia Flash format and then embed the document as an intrinsic part of a web page. The end result is an unbeatable document viewing experience for website visitors.

Once you see an example, it makes a lot more sense.

You can find more info on FlashPaper here.

You can find more info on Contribute here.

DRK Sneak : Pollster Test

At FlashForward last week, I gave a sneak peak of some of the content on DRK 4 (due out shortly). One of the things I showed was a polling sample application, that uses Flash as the interface.

Well, here is your chance to check it out.

Continue reading… Update has been updated with a new look and content. Some of the content is still being moved over to the new site, but it is already a great resources.

You can view the site here.

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