Archive for September, 2004

Flash Video / Xbox / DevChat Tests

Just a quick fyi, we are going to be running some tests involving Flash Video, Xbox and DevChat over the next hour or so. So drop by DevChat if you want to check it out, or just chat.

Btw, I’ll update this post with some pictures in a little while.

DevChat Today

I’ll be hanging around in the Developer Chat today, so if you feel like chatting, or have any questions, drop by.

You can install DevChat from here.

What does “8Ball is focused on designers” mean?

There has been some discussions over the past couple of days around 8Ball (the next full release of Flash) and what its focus is going to be.

I wanted to make a quick post, and just clarify something:

8Ball is focused on designers.

What exactly does that mean? It means that the past 2 releases of Flash have been focused almost solely on developers, and that it is time that we once again show some love to designers. Does this mean that 8Ball will have no developer features? No, not at all (there is going to be some very cool stuff). It does mean that one of the primary themes though are designer focused. What are the primary themes?

  • Performance / Stability / Usability
  • Expressiveness

Again, just to repeat, this doesn’t mean we are dropping developers, or that we are not going to have any features for developers. It does mean that we are spending a lot of time adding new features to Flash that will once again make it the top tool and platform for creating expressive content. Regardless of the focus, this is something that will benefit both designers and developers.

We are really focusing on building a great platform for creating content and applications (more info on this in the coming weeks and months). Flash Developers are vital to the success of that platform.

Ellipsis Article translated into 8 more languages

Just a quick note that my “What is the significance of Ellipsis” article has now been translated to quite a few languages. Here is what I wrote about the article in an earlier post:

While I think Ellipsis as an update to Flash is huge, I think it takes on an even greater significance when you look at it in the context of other things that have been going on at Macromedia and on the Flash team. I wrote an article on just this subject, and if you have the time, I highly recommend reading it. Hopefully it will help give a glimpse into how we are thinking of things, how Ellipsis fits into the context of all of the recent changes, and how it relates to 8Ball (next full version of Flash).

Here are the articles:

If you happen to speak one or more of the languages above, please help forward the relevant link through the respective communities.