Updated Flickr PhotoSearch for Flex 2 Beta 2

It has been awhile since I last updated the Flickr PhotoSearch application. This new version, for Flex 2 Beta 2, is essentially the same as the previous version, but I changed the experience a little.

In the last version, clicking a thumbnail opened a dialog box with the enlarged image. In this version the gallery of thumbnails resizes to make room for the enlarged image. I also updated the search capabilities to include search by date. You will also have to click the Search button (magnifying glass) after clicking a row in the search history grid. I decided that you might want to add additional tags or other search options before launching the search. Of course once you take the source you can change it back if you wish.

I included with the Favorites panel a slide-show view. There is a small slide icon on the lower left corner of the Favorites panel. When you click it the Gallery turns into a slide viewer.

Once again I made heavy use of states and transitions. If you are having problems with them, take a look throughout the code to see working examples.

In the original Flex 1.5 version of this application I used a Tile with Repeater to build the Gallery and Favorites panels. In the first Flex 2 Alpha 1 version of this application I switched to using a TileList and a renderer. For this version I have switched back to the Tile and Repeater. I found that since I am only grabbing enough images to fill the screen (and not all the images), the performace of the Tile and Repeater were better than the TileList. This was especially true when using a Resize effect during the transition from the full Gallery state to the enlarged image state.

Finally, if you are unsure of what something does, hover your mouse over it and a toolTip should appear.

The source and zip file are now available directly from the program. I used Flex Builder 2′s source code packaging tool. Once the application has started, right click and pick View Source.

Launch the application from this URL: http://www.keaura.com/flex2b2flickr/ from a browser with the Flash Player 8.5 from the Flex 2 Beta 2 site at Adobe Labs

I will try to keep this application more up-to-date as Flex 2 evolves.

This application is compatible only with Flex 2 Beta 2 and the Flash Player 8.5 that accompanies that release. If you have any other version of Flex 2 you will need to recompile (and possibly change) the source code to work with your Flash Player 8.5