Archive for January, 2005

Audi USA and Flash Video

While on the subject of cool Flash Video sites, have you visited auto manufacturer Audi’s official US site lately? Great example of integrated Flash video in action… check it out.

Virtual Stan

I somehow missed this in my daily blog trolls recently- Virtual Stan is a hilarious application of Flash video in the vein of the Subservient Chicken, by Rob Weychert and friends. (the face of ‘Stan’ being web design/standards powerhouse Jason Santa Maria, of course.). Funny diversion for a overloaded work Friday, should you require one… ;-)

Flash Detection Kit Macrochat

Flash Detection. Simple phrase, complex subject- and the Flash Detection kit offers an easy way to solve the problem of serving up the right content to your site visitors based on their browser’s capabilities. Macromedia’s Jason Wylie will be holding a free Macrochat on the Flash Detection Kit tomorrow- Friday, 1/28– from 1-2pm EST. The preso’s expected to cover building detection from scratch, and leveraging the functionality of the Flash Detection Kit to make this process smooth as silk for your next deployment. You can preregister at the link above, just hit the ‘more’ link below for the full session details as well. Should be a great Breezo!

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Headed to Sydney…

Just got my travel budget approved (phew!), and will indeed be headed to the MXDU conference in Sydney next month, February 17-18th. If you’re going to attend, I’m looking forward to meeting you there! The speakers look very strong this year, so I’m sure I’ll be sponging up information in many of their sessions as well.

Pop Menu Magic

Fresh off the bit-presses from DW extension and CSS gurus Project Seven, PVII Pop Menu Magic– a commercial Dreamweaver extension that simplifies the creation of horizontal/vertical pop-up menus on your web sites. Some cool features include unlimited submenus, standard list-based markup, automatic window edge detection, submenu animation and 26 visual styles to choose from- a rather sweet commercial package that automates an otherwise tedious process. And as with PVII’s popular design packs and prior extensions- generated code degrades gracefully in older browsers (should that still be a point of contention with your own website and/or clients). You can also check out a demo of the end result here. Nice. :)

Recently released from the folks who brought you Style Master’s podGuide, What’s a podSite, you ask? Simply a collection of related text files, links to other text files and/or related sound and image assets, all accessible from your iPod. Check out the link for more information, an online ’emulator’ (to test your podSite content) and most importantly (as text notes are not necessarily a new concept on iPods), a well-formed style guide containing best practices for creating ‘podSites’. Great concept, and an excellent free resource for those interested in publishing similar content to iPods… check it out!

Macrochat – Dreamweaver FTP

Have you ever had issues with Dreamweaver’s FTP and site management features? Or perhaps some burning questions about best practices for using the Site features in general? Then be certain to register for the Dreamweaver Macrochat on 1/18/2005, a free Breeze session focused on troubleshooting FTP connectivity, hosted by Macromedia’s own David Alcala. You can read more details on this and other upcoming Macrochat sessions at the link above, or register for the Dreamweaver Macrochat directly here. See you there!

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MacWorld Keynote Impressions

I’ve been getting IM’ed a lot last day or two about all the new Apple announcements during Steve Jobs’ MacWorld SF Keynote yesterday.
(although I’m completely cross-platform at work, I prefer Macs at home where I do more audio/video work). That being said- here’s my post-keynote braindump from yesterday (edited down significantly)…

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@Media 2005 Conference

The @Media 2005 conference will be held in London June 9-10, a con of serious interest to those following web standards and accessibility. The speaker list looks very strong- featuring Jeffrey Zeldman, Joe Clark, Andy Budd and many other key figures in the standards movement.

Macromedia@ the SF Apple Store

If you’re in town for MacWorld and so inclined, Macromedia will be hosting two seminars tomorrow (Wednesday, 1/12/05) at the San Francisco Apple Store, just a few scant blocks from the Moscone Center. The focus of these seminars is around Dreamweaver (noon – 1pm) and Flash Professional (3-4pm)- and you can find full specifics and session details at the prior links in this posting. Enjoy!