Flex developers often use a combination of tools as part of their workflow, and Adobe Flash Builder 4 beta takes that into account. Follow Tim Buntel’s article to learn how well Flash Builder 4 can play with four other Adobe products in both data-centric and design-centric phases of a project: Adobe ColdFusion Builder beta, Adobe LiveCycle Data Services 3 beta, Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, and Adobe Flash Catalyst beta. Then move on to Elad Elrom’s article on how to use Pixel Bender with Flash Builder 4 beta as a number crunching engine.
Augmented reality (AR) made a big splash this year when GE’s Smart Grid reached mass-market appeal. Experienced Flash developers can dig into Samuel Asher Rivello’s AR project, which overlays a 3D model of the Eiffel Tower onto a 2D marker using FLARToolkit code libraries and a webcam. For those just getting up to speed with Flash CS4 Professional, check out Dan Carr’s five short presentations to learn about working with timelines, symbols, instances, buttons, Motion Editor, and ActionScript 3 in Flash. Finally, check out Paul Robertson’s new QuickStart on understanding the benefits of using the Vector class in ActionScript 3.
Web video producers might want to explore Lisa Larson-Kelley’s updated web video player template, which makes it easy to publish multiple videos on the same web page without authoring a new SWF for each one. Also use Jens Loeffler’s live dynamic streaming and digital video recording sample app to set up a dynamic streaming environment without any coding.