Archive for July, 2004

Uncovering some Gems within Flash

The Flash Team is in the middle of doing a lot of customer visits, getting information and feedback for the next version of Flash (we are currently in New York City). As part of this process we actually watch users for about an hour working on a project in Flash. This has been really interesting, and aside from learning how we can improve Flash, I have been learning a ton about Flash itself (and I thought I knew it pretty well).

Another thing we have discovered is that a lot of users ask us for features that Flash already has. Basically, a lot of users don’t know about all of the features, functionality or shortcuts in Flash (including myself).

So, I am going to try to start to post some of these little items that come up from day to day. Either things that I didn’t realize Flash could do, or features / workflows other users didn’t know about. Some of them may seem simple and mundane, but I think on the whole it will help turn up some gems.

Look for the posts to start in the coming days and weeks. Also, if there are any little gems in Flash that you know about, but don’t think others do, make sure to post it in the comments.

Sweet Euro 2004 Flash Video App

Check out this really cool Flash Video based Euro 2004 application. It shows videos of each goal in the tournament, as well as a diagram of the players on the field during the goal.

You can view the application here (Click the Open FlashBack link).

Being in the United States, I didn’t get to see much of Euro 2004, so now I can finally get my fix.

XBox Live Flash based gamer tag app

Eric Dolecki has put together a nice little Flash based XBox Live gamertag application for the Flash community.

You can view the app here.

If you play XBox online, make sure to add your info. Who knows, maybe we will set up an online tournament with the community and Flash Team?

Lack of Updates and an Update

Sorry for the lack of delays lately, I have been pretty busy with a couple of projects and haven’t had a chance to post much on my weblog.

So, what has been going on? Well, first and foremost, I have really been focusing on Ellipsis, the upcoming update to Flash MX 2004. I won’t go into much detail on this just yet, but you can find a lot more info on the FlashTeam weblog, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear some information on it at the FlashForward keynote this week in New York City.

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