November 07, 2006

Flash wins Emmy, enables "Invention of the Year"

I’m a little late in mentioning it, but I wanted to congratulate the Flash team on winning an Emmy Award for the contribution made by Flash Video!  Even though basic video capabilities first appeared in the Flash Player in 2002, it wasn’t until the past year that its popularity became massive, thanks to Flash-powered sites like YouTube and MySpace.  And speaking of YouTube, Time Magazine has dubbed the site the Best Invention of 2006. [Via]

In other Flash Player news, today the team dropped a bit of a bombshell: Adobe is open-sourcing the code behind the fast new virtual machine inside the player, and it’s contributing the code to the Mozilla foundation.  As Mike Potter writes, "From a developer point of view, this means that you can build applications for Flash Player 9 that will use the same code structure as applications for Mozilla 2. No longer will you need to learn two seperate languages."   Player engineer Tinic Uro discusses the highlights.

By the way, for any Hollywood types out there, note that a Flash Media Server 2.0 event is scheduled for Thursday in West Hollywood.  You can register here.

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Drawing tools: Rat brains, willows, and Director

  • Mikons is "a new form of self-expression that connects people through visual symbols (personal tags)," and the site creators call their Mikon Machine (created using Director) "the most advanced drawing tool of its kind available on the Internet."
    They plan to add color, text input, a product builder, and a store to enable artists to sell their designs.
  • Cumulate Draw offers a some similar capabilities but is done by leveraging the scripting engines built into modern Web browsers [Via]
  • If having humans in the loop gets you down, why not try a little tree art? British artist Tim Knowles attaches pens to the branches of various trees, letting them draw whatever the wind dictates.  I’m having trouble getting the photos to appear in my browser, but here’s a link in case you have more luck.
  • Not out there enough for you?  Okay, how about 50,000 rat neurons in a petri dish driving a robot arm in Australia, translating neural activity into drawings? Read all about it.
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