Tutorials, extensions, and source files for ActionScript, Flash, and other Adobe products.


New Tool: Browse Source

Posted January 26, 2006 by senocular

I just uploaded a little PHP script I made a few months back that lets you browse the source code of your server's HTML pages. It even browses parsed PHP pages (i.e. you aren't seeing the PHP scripts, but the HTML they produced). Links within the source code link to the browse source version of the linked page with circumflex (^) links direclty after to see the page in context. The link in the tools menu links directly to the Browse Source download. You can also see Browse Source in action.

Fireworks: Forget the GoLive Style

Posted January 24, 2006 by senocular

Fireworks allows you to select different HTML Styles when exporting HTML (as HTML and Images). You are presented with the option to choose between different styles for Dreamweaver, GoLive, FrontPage, and one labeled as Generic. As of Fireworks 8, all these styles are virtually identical - all except GoLive's. Golive's style is almost identical but contains one small error that will create an invalid style sheet when popup menus are used. As a result, you should avoid using the GoLive HTML style. In fact, because all of the styles are identical in Fireworks 8, there's little reason to change them at all - that is unless you use your own.

Creating Fireworks Panels - Part 2, Correction

Posted January 21, 2006 by senocular

There was a small error in Creating Fireworks Panels - Part 2: Advanced Custom Panel Development I discoved last week that is now corrected. It dealt with event disruption. The original Annotations panel updated the selection on a few events such as onFwStartMovie and onFwActiveToolChange as well as onFwActiveSelectionChange. However, in using onFwActiveToolChange the crop tool becomes unusable. The article and source files for the Annotations panel have been updated to ommit selection detection within onFwActiveToolChange thereby correcting the problem.

Dreamweaver 8.0.1 Updater Available

Posted January 16, 2006 by senocular

Might as well get it - the Dreamweaver 8.0.1 Updater. It fixes some issues, but not enough. For example, 3 of the issues I've experienced that I can name off the top of my head include:
  1. Opening a recent file on an unplugged drive results in a "No Error Alert."
  2. Images dragged into a file from explorer are always placed at the visible top of the document instead of the cursor location and
  3. The absolute God-awful Design-view text editing within pre tags

The last is particularly annoying. Here's to hoping for a 8.0.2.

senocular.com Ease Class Changes

Posted January 15, 2006 by senocular

After some deliberation, I've finally changed my Ease class. In fact it's been separated into two classes, Ease and Tween. I'm now a little more comfortable with its current state and it's still just as versatile as before (if not, maybe a little more). With this change means updating the tutorial (which was never complete itself) - something that I will have to work on during the next couple of weeks.

Flash Tip: Enumeration in AS 2 Class Instances

Posted January 12, 2006 by senocular

I'm currently working on sprucing up my OOP for ActionScript tutorials (AS 1 and AS 2). It will probably be a while still, depending on what time I can find to work on them and how much enthusiasm I can muster to do so. In the meantime, I'll try to post some tips about what they will cover. Today's tip (and this is not to imply there will be a tip a day), enumeration within ActionScript 2 classes.

Flash 8 Examples Moving

Posted January 12, 2006 by senocular

I'm finally taking the time to move the Flash 8 examples I posted for the launch (originally found here) to the Flash Source Files section of the site. If I'm not mistaken, this should push me to over 200 source files for Flash from Flash 5 up to Flash 8. Expect some time for this move to take place (maybe a couple of days). I'm a little slow in carrying them over.

Update: All examples are now in the Source Files section of the site.

Flash Tip: Getting the Local Scope Object

Posted January 10, 2006 by senocular

Ever want to have a reference to a local scope such as the local scope of a function call? Using 'this' won't give you that reference, but rather that of the object calling the function. If you want the local scope of the function call itself, you can get it with this little trick.

What will happen to the MMUGs now?

Posted December 30, 2005 by senocular

MMUG - MacroMedia User Group. Now that Macromedia is no more, what will happen with MMUGs? Will they become AUGs? That kind of sounds like someone dying. Not to say AUGs didn't exist prior to the acquisition, but it certainly doesnt have the same ring to it. Someone suggested that they become MultiMedia User Groups thereby retaining the acronym. Sounds good to me though it might not apply to all user groups such as those with a specific emphasis. I guess time will tell.

New Fireworks Auto Shape: Custom Shapes

Posted December 11, 2005 by senocular

Just added a new Fireworks Auto Shape, the Custom Shapes Auto Shape. Unlike other Auto Shapes, this isn't necessarily a shape itself but rather a means for you to save your own shapes (Paths and groups with Paths only) within a single contained Auto Shape accessible from the shapes panel. A slider is provided to let you go between all the shapes you've saved. Being the nice guy I am, I've included one default shape with the Custom Shapes Auto Shape.