Archive for September, 2003

Executing JSFL files

My favorite feature of Flash 2004 is the addition of an extensibility layer into the IDE. This allows you to use JavaScript (JSFL) to script the IDE.

Did you know that you can execute JSFL files from outside of Flash? There are two ways to do this. The first is to simply double click the jsfl file. Flash 2004 will open up and execute the JSFL contained within the file.

The second is to call the Flash 2004 executable from the command line passing the JSFL file as the first argument:

flash.exe command.jsfl

This will open Flash and execute the commands within the jsfl file.

Among other things, this will allow you to process Flash movies from the command line.

You cannot pass arguments to the JSFL file though, but one work around is to create another program that dynamically writes out the JSFL file, and then executes it.

Where is Macromedia Central?

Oscar Trelles, commenting on Sean Voisen’s post about Central notes that he feels that discussion about Macromedia Central has died down recently and wonders if it is still on track.

Well, considering that Central is still in beta, we have actually been talking about it quite a lot. In fact, I think that we have been more open about Central than any other pre-release product. Of course, the past couple of weeks all of then attention has been focused on the MX 2004 launches (and rightfully so), but now that they are out the door, you will begin to hear even more about Central.

We will be publishing an article soon on the website with an update, but I wanted to post some of the information here in order to get it out as soon as possible. Central is still on track, and development is going well. We were originally aiming for a late summer release, but have decided to push it back a couple of months. Why? Well, we are really focusing on making this as solid a first version as possible, and we needed some extra time for some additional development and usability testing.

We are slowly ramping up the beta, and will be having a public beta in the next couple of weeks. So, if you are not on the beta yet, don’t worry, you will have plenty of time to get up to speed before Central is released.

I will also be speaking about Central at the Flash Parade conference in October, and of course, we will have a ton of info and sessions on it at the Macromedia Max conference in November.

As always, if you have any questions, post them in the comments (note, there might be a short delay before I respond to any questions).

Macromedia Flash and Flash Pro 2004 now Available

If you keep up with the community weblogs, then you probably already know that Macromedia Flash and Flash Pro 2004 are now available from our website. If you have been waiting to check out the new tools, head on over to the Macromedia website, and you can download a 30 day trial. If you are a DevNet Pro subscriber, then you can download the full version of Flash Pro from your subscription portal.

So, what is my favorite new feature? Well, I am excited about the new components (tons of them) and ActionScript 2.0, but I my favorite feature is the extensibility layer, which allows you to create reusable commands and behaviors as well as script the IDE. You can do some really cool stuff with the extensibility layer (such as compiling and publishing SWFs from the command line).

You can find more info on Flash 2004 and Flash Pro here.

You can download the trial from here.

I am Back (Finally)

I am sorry (yet again) for the lack of updates the past couple of weeks. I have been in the process of moving from the east coast to the west coast. I am happy to say that I am finally here (after many trials and tribulations), and will be posting more often.

Free Passes to Seybold Keynote

Rob Burgess is giving the keynote address at Seybold 2003 San Francisco tomorrow morning (September 9). If you are in the San Francisco area and would like to attend you can download a free pass for the keynote from the Macromedia website.

Should be pretty cool. I plan on being there so if you see me, stop by and say hi.

You can find more information on Seybold here.

You can find more information about the free pass here.