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As senocular Slept... Get Studio 8 Now

Posted September 13, 2005 by senocular

Waking up this morning, taking a shower, and immediately hopping on the computer as I do when products are about to be released, I noticed Studio 8 is now available for download. Get your hands on the trials right away and purchase it if you haven't already. And not just Flash, or not just Dreamweaver (rarely do people *just* get Fireworks), but the whole Studio. Because, chances are, this will be the last of Macromedia's legacy and you just plain need it.

Flash 8 Source Files Available

Posted September 12, 2005 by senocular

I've just made all of the source files for my Flash 8 examples live and available - all 41 of them. Most are commented. About a dozen are not. I will work on commenting them tonight. If you download a source file that is not commented, check back tomorrow and it should (hopefully) have been updated with a commented version. When I have time, I will add them all to the Flash source files section of this site. Note that all of these are Flash 8 files and will require Flash 8 to open.

Flash 8 Released - to DevNet Subscribers

Posted September 12, 2005 by senocular

To the both of you who are DevNet subscribers, go login to Macromedia and pick up a brand new, shiney copy of Flash 8. The rest of us will have to wait another day. Prepare yourself, this may be the best release to date. Colin Moock even gives Flash 8 an A+.

New Flash 8 Examples (Transformation Matrix)

Posted September 08, 2005 by senocular

I've recently included a couple new Flash 8 examples that relate to working with transformation matrices. I'm currently working on a new tutorial that covers working with them in Flash 8 and the new examples will be part of that. Hopefully the new tutorial will be completed by and available for Flash 8's official release which is expected to be monday.

An Ode to the Color Object

Posted September 01, 2005 by senocular

I wrote an ode to the Color Object, a now obsolete class thanks to the introduction of ColorTransform in Flash 8. Here goes...

Dynamic Shape Tweening (AS 2)

Posted August 18, 2005 by senocular

The ShapeTween class is an ActionScript 2 class that allows you to tween two dynamically drawn shapes over a period of frames, acting much in the same way as a timeline-based shape tween. In fact, the class it set up to mimic the 'interface' of the timeline. It tweens:
  • shapes
  • fill colors
  • line colors
  • and line size
Read more to see it in action.

Flash 8 Online Examples Roundup

Posted August 18, 2005 by senocular

I've started a list of Flash 8 (Maelstrom) examples on the kirupa forums. Most, if you haven't seen them already, are quite impressive. Of those posted, probably the most important is franto.com's collection of maelstrom examples. There are over a hundred listed there alone.

Macromedia Edge Exposes Studio 8

Posted August 18, 2005 by senocular

This month, Macromedia's Edge newsletter starts to uncover the secrets of the applications seen in the soon to be released Studio 8. Dreamweaver and Flash have their own stories while Fireworks is addressed in Alan Musselman's Out for a Test-Drive with Studio 8.

See this month's edge newsletter for more information.

Flash 8 Tutorial: BitmapData Class

Posted August 14, 2005 by senocular

Neil of nwebb.co.uk has come up with another Flash 8 tutorial (pre-release tutorial, at least), this time a tutorial covering the new BitmapData class. The BitmapData class is one of the more exciting of the new classes available to Flash 8 that allows direct bitmap manipulation at the pixel level.

Macromedia Studio 8 Announced

Posted August 08, 2005 by senocular

Today, Macromedia announced Macromedia Studio 8 which includes Dreamweaver 8, Flash 8, Fireworks 8, Contribute 3, and FlashPaper 2. Though not actually shipping until "the middle of September", Macromedia is currently taking preorders for Studio 8 now, $999 to buy new, $399 for upgrades. If you hurry, your upgrade could also get you a free backpack (while supplies last).