Archive for November, 2003

Tip : Don’t Spill Coffee on your laptop

Well, early Thursday morning, I accidentally spilled an entire cup of coffee onto my laptop. The computer immediately shut off, and after a day of drying in front of a fan, it will still not start up.

So, if you have sent me an email in the past week or so, and haven’t received a reply yet, it might take a little longer.

Luckily, I had already ordered a new PowerBook last week (yes, I am finally make the switch), and thus should hopefully be back up and running soon. I should also be able to recover the data from the old hard drive, so I shouldnt loose any data (finders crossed).

Anyways, until then, I will use my trusty iMac (it’s so pretty!).

Command Line Compilation with ANT

Ethan Malasky, an engineer on the Central team, has created a weblog. His first post includes a custom ANT task that he and Mike Williams built to compile their Flash projects from the command line.

This ant task is specific to Central and allows you to install and publish applications into Central. However, you could of corse modify it for any Flash build process.

You can view the post and download the code from here.

Trouble Installing Central

We have seen a couple of reports of people having problems installing Central. We are trying to track down the issue and fix it. So, if you have had trouble installing Central, please post in the comments section, with the following info:

  • Operating System
  • Operating System Language
  • Browser
  • Flash Player Version
  • CPU
  • Amount of Ram
  • Are you behind a firewall
  • Do you know which firewall it is?
  • When you click install, do you see To install this application you must first install Central. Would you like to install it now?
  • Did you have the beta version installed before?
  • Do you connect through a proxy?

Thanks for any information.

Macromedia Central and AOL / AIM / ICQ

Last week at the MAX Keynote, AOL and Macromedia announced that it would be opening it IM (AIM / ICQ) network to Central developers. This is the first time that AOL has ever opened its network up to outside developers. Throughout the conference we showed a number of applications using the Presence SDK (the AIM / ICQ functionality). These apps included an early working version of a Central AIM / ICQ client, as well as an auction application that allowed buyers and seller to directly communicate, and a modified blog reader application that allowed readers to send comments to writers.

Ray Ryan and I also did a number of sessions on the Presence API. Ray is the engineer from AOL who is building the AIM / ICQ API within Central (it is implemented as an Agent). Ray showed some of the apps mentioned above and also went over some simple code examples that demonstrated how to use the API.

I am very excited about this partnership with AOL for a number of reasons. First, the ability to tap into AOL’s IM network is super cool, and opens up a ton of possibilities. Right now, everyone seems to be focusing on instance messaging apps and chats, but I like to think of it more as a way to transfer information between clients (with IM and Chat just being one type of message sent). Since the network is open to developers, they have control of what data is sent and how to handle that data when it is received. More on this later…

I am also excited because AOL believes enough in Central to put their weight behind it. From a pure distribution standpoint, this will be a huge win for Central developers, as AOL has millions of subscribers. Couple this announcement with Intel’s use and support of Central, and I think you can start to see a pattern emerging.

The AOL Presence API is slated to be available this winter, with the AIM / ICQ application released sometime in the Spring. We will have a lot more information on this in the coming weeks and months.

If you have any questions, post them in the comments.

You can find more information on Macromedia Central here.

Central Standalone Debug Panel for Windows

I have created a simple shell that allows the Central Debug panel to run outside of the Flash IDE. Among other things, it allows you to set the panel to always be on top, which makes it easy to watch trace information from Central.


  • Windows
  • .NET Framework
  • Flash Player 6 or higher ActiveX control

You can download the installer from here.

Note, this is something that I did in my own time, and is not supported by Macromedia. Use at your own risk.

FYI, I plan to make a Mac OSX version in the next couple of weeks.

If you have any comments, suggestions or problems, post them in the comments.

New Version of DevChat in 1 Week

FYI, I will be releasing a new version of the Central DevChat a week from Monday (i.e. December 1).

Lots of new features including a new look, connections moved to an agent, support for blast, new commands, and much more.

DevChat Login Issues Fixed

FYI, the login delays with the DevChat Central application should be fixed now.

Sorry for the hassle.

Macromedia Central and Mobile: New Ways to Connect

Craig Goodman has put together an article talking about all of the sessions and events around Macromedia Central and Mobile Flash at the MAX conference .

Lots of pictures, sessions summaries and good information.

You can read the entire article here.

What is on the Central SDK?

We have spent a ton of time and effort on the Central SDK, trying to make it as useful as possible.

I thought it might be useful to post a list of everything included on the SDK:

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New Central Resources at Macromedia

I am about a day late in posting this, but there are a ton of new resources on Macromedia Central at the Macromedia website. Here is a summary:

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