Archive for March, 2004

Sneak Peak : Flash Resource Manager

I have been working on a new app in my free time over the past couple of weeks, and am getting close to finishing up the first version. I thought that I would post some screenshots, and give a sneak preview of it.

The application is basically a standalone Flash Help panel and resource finder. Here are some beta screenshots:

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MXNA Sample Application Source Code Released

Just a quick fyi, we have posted the source code for my MXNA sample application.

You can view the app, read some info, and download the source code from here.

Announcing Macromedia Flex

We have just released the initial version of Macromedia Flex and have updated the website with tons of information, including a new Flex Developer Center and an updated Flex product page.

I have also put together a Breeze presentation that talks about what Flex means for Flash developers and designers. Summary? While Flex is definitely targeted at developers who have not been able to use / understand the Flash authoring tool in the past, it does offer some potential opportunities for current Flash developers and designers.

Nigel Pegg has also put together a great article describing his take on Flex from the perspective of a Flash developer. You can view his article here.

We have also added a Flex category to the Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA).

I am really excited about Flex. While I won’t be using it much (I already know how to do this stuff in Flash authoring), I think it has the potential to really expand the reach of Flash rich applications to a new class of developers. This can only help expand and grow the Flash platform.

You can view my Breeze presentation here.

Central Presence API / SDK Beta

Hi. We are now looking for developers who are interested in beta testing the Central Presence API / SDK for Macromedia Central. The API provides access to AOL AIM and ICQ networks for applications running within Macromedia Central.

If you are interested, please send the following information to:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Why you are interested

to:

central_aol_beta@macromedia.com

We will contact you in the next couple of weeks if you have been accepted for the first round.

FullAsAGoog FireFox Plugin

I have created a FireFox search plugin for FullAsAGoog.

You can download it, as well as all of the other plugins from here.

Thanks to Geoff Bowers who made some changes to the goog to support the plugin.

Flash Desktop Wallpaper Contest

Since the Central desktop wallpaper contest was such as sucess (nearly 90 submissions), we have decided to do a similar desktop wallpaper content for Macromedia Flash.

Here are the details:

  • Submission Deadline is Friday, April 2, 2004
  • The Macromedia Flash team will pick the winner.
  • You can enter multiple times
  • To enter post links to your wallpaper in the comments of this thread.
  • Bonus points for providing your source files for other to modify.
  • Bonus points for providing multiple sizes, including:
    • 800×600
    • 1024×768
    • 1280×1024
    • 1280×854
    • 1600×1200

The prizes will be:

  • 1st : Choice between an Xbox gaming console or a Timbuk2 Flash Messenger bag (see pict below)
  • 2nd : What ever is not chosen from the first prize
  • 3rd : A Random Macromedia T-shirt

You can download some Flash graphical assets from here.

Post your submissions in the comments.

Flash Shell Extension

Daniele Ugoletti has put together a very useful Windows shell extension that gives a bunch of additional options when right clicking on an FLA.

You can find more information, as well as download the extension from here.

Flash Tray Tools Released

Chafic Kazoun has released a new Flash related app called Flash Tray Tools. This is a simple app that provides an easy to access menu for doing common tasks when working with Flash.

Features include:

  • Delete ASO file
  • Open personal configuration folder
  • Open personal classes folder
  • Open PrimalScript if installed
  • Open Flash MX 2004
  • Search Flashcoders
  • Search Flashcoders Wiki
  • Search Google
  • Search macromedia

You can find more information, as well as download it from here.

Btw, I am working on a little tool that I am going to try to release later this week.

FireFox Flash and Macromedia Search Plugins

I have created some FireFox search plugins for searching Macromedia and Flash resources.

The plugins included are:

function addEngine(name,icon,cat)
{
if ((typeof window.sidebar == “object”) && (typeof
window.sidebar.addSearchEngine == “function”))
{
var iconPath;
if(icon != “” && icon != undefined)
{
iconPath = “http://www.markme.com/mesh/files/firefox/”+icon;
}

window.sidebar.addSearchEngine(
“http://www.markme.com/mesh/files/firefox/”+name+”.src”,
iconPath,
name,
cat );
}
else
{
alert(“The Firefox browser is required to install this plugin.”);
}
}

Here is a screen shot of the plugins within FireFox:

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Dreamweaver and Studio Updates

We have just released some updaters to the Studio products, including Dreamweaver.

You can find out more information and download the updates here.