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


GPLFlash2 - The Free Flash Plugin Returns

Posted June 03, 2005 by senocular

NewsForge is reporting that GPLFlash is back. GPLFlash is an open source version of the Flash player plugin for GNU/Linux. The project was initially abandoned when Macromedia released the Flash player for Linux. The project has returned with hopes to replace the "restrictively licensed" Macromedia counterpart.

Drip: IE Leak Detector

Posted June 03, 2005 by senocular

Drip is a handy little tool developed by Joel Webber that helps DHTML developers pinpoint memory leaks in Internet Explorer.
It's a pretty simple application. Basically, it lets you open an HTML page (or pages, in succession) in a dialog box, mess around with it, then check for any elements that were leaked.
It's basically an alpha release but it looks useful. Check it out.

Alan Musselman, Blogger

Posted May 27, 2005 by senocular

Alan Musselman (Sr Product Support Engineer at Macromedia), best known for his very informative Fireworks Best Practices Macrochat, now has his own blog. Expect loads of Fireworks brouhaha including files, links and other helpful resources. Thank you for sharing your voice Alan.

3DFS :: 3D Flash Studio

Posted May 21, 2005 by senocular

Here's a new and interesting 3D engine for Flash, 3D Flash Studio from Antonin Stefanutti. It comes with a decent list of interesting features including:
* polygonal object rendering (a face can be any 3D convex polygon);
* camera management (track, dolly, tumble, pan & shake functions);
* visible surface determination via S-Buffer implementation (perfect object intersection);
* clipping (front, left, right, back planes);
* backface culling (per object or face enabling);
* flat shading with lighting coefficients : ambiant, diffuse & specular;
* variable rendering resolution and simple variable blur rendering;
* user defined object mouse events : onMouseOver, onPress, onRelease, etc;
* usual math transformations : scaling, Euler & quaternion rotating, etc;
* XML format scene loader;
* command line 3DS Max '.ASE' format converter ('tri' or 'quad' modes available);
Check out the two examples: cube and ring.

Source: kirupa.com/forum/

senocular's ActionScript 2.0 Documenter: AS2Docular (Updated)

Posted May 20, 2005 by senocular

It's ok to laugh, AS2Docular probably won't be the final name. But, it was funny enough to stick with for a while until I think of something better... if I ever do . At any rate, it's practically usable now. I've made some example templates showing some different styles that can be created, 3 from well known documentation including JavaDoc from which this project was based loosely on. Head on over to the project page and watch AS2Docular dynamically generate html documentation for a not surprisingly goofy example Zoo class.

Either tomorrow or tonight I'll add a way to use your own classes and ultimately your own templates (if you feel so inclined). Once that's done, that should help with some debugging as well. Until then you're stuck with the Zoo and those 3 templates which, stylistically, are nothing new.

Update: You now have the option of using your own files (ActionScript and/or templates). Also, I wrote some documentation explaining what AS2Docular is and what it's capable of. Enjoy (and send let me know if you find any bugs)!

New: Swift 3D v4.5

Posted May 19, 2005 by senocular

Electric Rain's flagship product, Swift 3D, has recently gotten upgraded. The move from 4.0 to 4.5 brings new video export features, some new rendering features as well as increased rendering speeds (up to 50 times faster!).

The upgrade will cost 4.0 owners $79 US ($69 download) - a price I can't afford, though the increase in rendering speed is very attractive.

Learn more from Erain.

Netscape 8.0 Released

Posted May 19, 2005 by senocular

Get it while it's hot (or just don't), Netscape Browser 8.0. In fact, if you go to Netscape's site now, you may get a warning informing you that your browser is outdated (unless, of course you visited on Netscape 8.0). New features include:
Netscape 8.0 warns you if you come across possible spyware sites, and automatically configures its settings to help protect you.
Tabbed browsing has been expanded so you can open all of your favorite web sites in one window automatically.
New Passcard Manager remembers all your screen names and passwords and can auto-fill that information on sites.

Another Alternative for AS2 Documentation

Posted May 18, 2005 by senocular

At the end of this past weekend I decided that I would create my own Javadoc-style ActionScript 2.0 documentation tool. The idea was to create something that was simple, flexible and allowed for maximum customization. I think, for the most part, I've been able to do just that. It's written in PHP so will be available for online use (and could potentially be downloaded for personal use as well assuming you have access to a server and php). It's still not ready, however...

Progressively Drawing Dynamic Shapes in Flash (AS 2)

Posted May 15, 2005 by senocular

Usually it isn't that difficult to get a grasp on how the drawing commands in Flash work. You use lineStyle or beginFill to set some color and stroke options, use moveTo to move the drawing location to a point and then use either lineTo and/or curveTo to make some lines from that point and each successive point drawn to from then on out. Test it out and boom, the drawing is instantly created. Now what if you want that drawing to draw itself over time? That is a bit more difficult.

In the vein of my Path class and ASDRecorder, I've created a new class, ProgressiveDrawing, to facilitate just this need (in fact, ProgressiveDrawing is basically a simplified Path class). It works very much like the current drawing commands for movie clips, only it allows you to have that drawing draw itself over a period of time (frames) as opposed to being drawn immediately. Read more for some examples.

Fontographer Returns Via FontLab

Posted May 13, 2005 by senocular

Fontographer, the popular font creation tool from Macromedia (which hasn't been updated in ages), is returning to the scene thanks to FontLab.
Fontlab Ltd. is pleased to announce the licensing from Macromedia Inc. of the Fontographer product line. "Fontographer is a respected name in the field of digital typography," said Ted Harrison, president of Fontlab Ltd. "We are proud to add this legendary font editor to our lineup of products."
Find out more from FontLab's announcement.