Archive for October, 2008

This Week’s Top Posts (10/30)

Here is a collection of blog posts from my coworkers on the Flex SDK, Flex Builder, AIR, and LCDS/BlazeDS teams:

And from our friends on the Flash Authoring, Flash Player, and Flash Platform Evangelism teams:

Various posts on Adobe MAX 2008, RIA Hackathon in India, the past Flash 10 Camp in San Francisco, as well as some videos from the past 360Flex conference in San Jose:

This Week in Flex Developer Center and Adobe Developer Connection (10/29)

Here is a list of new entries posted by the Flex Developer Center and Developer Connection teams from the past week or so:

Three new specs added to Gumbo Specs page

Three new specs have been added to the Flex SDK Gumbo page recently: Arbitrary Type Interpolation, New Effects for Components and Graphics, and 3D Effects Support.

That brings us up to a total of 24 specs!

CSS Advanced Selectors and Pixel Bender Integration specs added to Gumbo Specs page

Two new specs have been added to the Flex SDK Gumbo page recently: CSS Advanced Selectors and Pixel Bender Integration.

That brings us up to 20 specs. If you want to check out what’s new in the next major release of the Flex SDK (codename: Gumbo), check out the following specs:

If you want to download a nightly build of the Flex Gumbo SDK, head over to the Download Flex 4 page on the opensource.adobe.com site (and remember to follow these instructions to get Flex Builder 3.0.x to compile against Flash Player 10). You can also find the latest Gumbo Language Reference at http://livedocs.adobe.com/flex/gumbo/langref/.

Using Flex classes in Flash CS4

A coworker of mine on the Flash Authoring team, Tareq AlJaber, has an excellent blog at flashauthoring.blogspot.com where he explains how you can take advantage of some of the classes in the Flex.swc and use them in your Flash applications.

For more information, see the following posts:

As a long time Flex, Flash, and ColdFusion user I was very intruiged after reading Tareq’s blog, and within minutes was using the Flex ObjectUtil class in Flash CS4 to trace out large objects and arrays, using the [Embed] metadata to embed PNGs and assets from library SWFs into Flash CS4 components, using the Flex HTTPService classes to load remote XML and text and display it in the Flash TextArea control, and creating custom label functions in Flash which used the Flex CurrencyFormatter class. The best part is that it was all very easy! Just point to the correct Flex SWCs, import the correct mx.* packages, and then start coding.

Playing animated GIFs in ActionScript 3.0

Somebody emailed me recently to tell me about loading Animated GIFs in Flex using the open-source AS3GIF library.

After playing around with it for a while I can definitely say it is pretty cool! Check it out.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 available for purchase now, trials available mid-November

As I’m sure you are all aware by now, Adobe recently released Creative Suite 4 (PDF press release), but what you may not have known about is when the trial versions will be available to download!
<spoilerAlert>mid-November 2008!</spoilerAlert>

After a bit of investigation [and asking around] I found the Creative Suite 4 product notification page on Adobe.com, where you can sign up to be notified by e-mail when Adobe Creative Suite 4 trials are available. The dates were actually hidden within the Creative Suite 4 trial FAQ, which says the following:

When will Creative Suite 4 trials be available?
Trials for all products except those in Japanese should be available by mid-November 2008. Japanese-language trials are expected to be available by early December 2008. To be notified about trial availability, you may sign up to be contacted via the product notification form located at www.adobe.com/go/cs4notify.

For more information on which products are available for trial download and how you can get a DVD of the various Creative Suite trials, check out the FAQ at http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/trial/faq/.

This Week’s Top Posts (10/17)

Here is a collection of blog posts from my coworkers on the Flex SDK, Flex Builder, AIR, and LCDS/BlazeDS teams:

And from our friends on the Flash Authoring, Flash Player, and Flash Platform Evangelism teams:

Various posts on the past Flash 10 Camp in San Francisco, as well as some videos from the past 360Flex conference in San Jose:

Today’s bonus link comes to us from Renaun Erickson, Flash/Flex Developer on “Pacifica” at Adobe:

This Week in Flex Developer Center and Adobe Developer Connection (10/17)

A little bit of a busy week due to Adobe releasing Creative Suite 4 and Flash Player 10.

Here is a list of new entries posted by the Flex Developer Center and Developer Connection teams from the past week or so:

I almost forgot, you can also check out the Flash Quick Starts page on the Flash Developer Center to see numerous articles (some written by me) on getting starting with Flash CS4 (and CS3)!

Adobe Flash Player 10 is live!

I just noticed that Flash Player 10 (10.0.12.36) is live at http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer/! (Installation instructions)

For more information on Flash Player 10 (codename: Astro), check out the Flash Player homepage, the Flash Player Developer Center, and the “Astro” homepage.

A huge congratulations to everybody on the Flash Player team.