Free SWF to XAML Converter.

This should interest any one who wants to get into WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). What interests me is Michael Swanson’s interview in which he explains SWF file format internals.

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Introducing ObjectStore.

What is ObjectStore? Object Store is a service for creating, managing and accessing objects on the server. It is a light weight alternative to keeping XML data on the server. How do we compare ObjectStore with RemoteSharedObject? ObjectStore is similar to RemoteSharedObject in terms of storing data on the server, but ObjectStore does not poll (automatically refresh) data and does not fire...

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XML Shortcuts V2 approved by Macromedia.

XML Shortcuts component is tested and approved by Macromedia. Now you can download it from Macromedia Exchange

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XMLShortcuts Version 2 coming soon.

I’m already working on version 2 of this XMLNode easy access component. It will give better performance than the previous version. It will have two components, XMLShortcuts Lite and XMLShortcuts Pro. Both provide the same functionality. XMLShortcuts Lite is optimized for file size & memory, it is recommended for Small Projects. XMLShortcuts Pro is optimized for processor &...

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Breeze Presentation on “Taking Sketches into full-blown Flash Animations”.

Yesterday we really enjoyed the presentation by Chris Georgenes, one of our Team Macromedia Volunteers. He talks about the minute details of animation. Take a look at his great presentation here. If you like to see the resulting animation of his presentation, take a look at his website. Enjoy...

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Pixel Perfect Drawing Tools for Flash MX04.

So far, whenever in need of pixel accurate graphics in flash, I follow the following steps 1. Enable the snap to pixel option (if not enabled already) 2. Zoom in to see the pixel grid 3. Select Rectangle Tool 4. Select ‘No Color’ for Stroke 5. Draw Pixel Rectangles with the help of snap to pixel The good news is, now we have a better and efficient way to do the same, thanks to Patrick...

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Flash MX 2004 JSFL Reference

While the Macromedia’s official documentation for JSFL(The Flash JavaScript API) is not yet released, Steve Webster has put in some effort and created a reference for JSFL. Thanks for your efforts Steve! Have a look at it here!

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Yet another way to generate reference documents

Philter has developed a parser to parse the flash doc style comments in your actionscript. Using his parser you can generate gModeler XML. You already know that gModeler can generate reference XML. Combining this two tools we are getting complete solution for free. On behalf of all the users let me thank Philter and Grant Skinner for all their...

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New Open Source Socket Server for Flash

If you are building multiuser applications you might be interested in Oregano Multiuser Server, which was released last week. You can download it from www.oregano-server.org. It is completely free and Open Source and has an extensive feature set (automatic synchronization of data, integrated database connectivity, serialization of ActionScript data types, clustering, etc.) and it comes ...

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Extended Textfield to get pixel coordinates of characters

Converting x,y position in a text field into index and vice versa is very useful. Flash Coders with Director background already know the advantage. With this we can create text rollovers, place emoticons and pictures in line with the Textfield. I came to know about it through one of the FlashCoders email, Eric Westra has created a component which extends the Textfield to have the following...

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ActionScript based 3D Engine by Robin Kohli

Take a look at Robin Kohli’s 3D engine at his website. You can draw 3d Shapes and save them right there. He has given download for the source as well.

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Bringing in Languages to Flash

Embedding fonts in flash removes the hassle of font download and installation on the viewers machine, which is of great use when we publish multilingual content on the web. What if we can develop an application in flash which enables typing in different languages using phonetic keyboard layout? Especially Indian languages and Chinese languages use external software to configure the...

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Flash Remoting Using AMF in PHP!

There is an interesting thread in Flash-DB which is discussing the various possibilities of passing data to flash from PHP. The attractive part in that to me is using AMF(Action Message Format – binary format for sending Flash Objects) with PHP. Musicman has come out with this PHP class which can construct the AMF data. Alessandro(sephiroth) has put a sample application using this...

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Using CF.query with ServerSide ActionScript in JRun

Many of you already aware that CF.query method is available for ServerSide ActionScript only in Coldfusion to query a database. There is no such object available in JRun 4.0. Tom Muck created an object for JRun 4 ServerSide ActionScript that adds a CF.query() method to SSAS. He has given example of how to make use of it in his Flash Remoting Random Thoughts. Take a look at it...

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New Public Flash Player is released

After a big round of beta testing public version is now released. Also it is the first Flash 6 Player for Linux with full support for Remoting, Video playback, and Flash Communication server. You can download the updated version here. [via:Mesh on MX]...

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Screenweaver MX Beta 3 is released

The current Flash player is primarily used to display Flash content that was initially created for the web. Screenweaver is an extension to the Flash player that aims at providing Flash developers with a toolset to produce rich media desktop applications. By doing so it enables the developer to apply their existing skill set to new uses of Flash technology. Screenweaver enables the Flash MX,...

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Server Side ActionScript in ColdFusion MX vs JRun

Both JRun and ColdFusion MX support Server Side ActionScript, but there is a difference. In ColdFusion there is an Object called CF with two exposed methods query and http. Using CF.query we can retrieve data from the database by executing SQL query. There is no such object in JRun. 🙁 I came to know about this when I was trying to port my server side actionscript file (.asr) from ColdFusion...

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Yet Another Action Script Highlighter

Cyberfunk (Flash-tools) has come out with his own actionscript highlighter in Perl. He calls it PASH (Perl Action Script Highlighter) and it is also available for download. You can read more on his site.

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Reference XML Viewer Pre Alpha Release!

I can not hold it with in myself any more!!! I’m almost done with the reference viewer. This will be useful for testing your reference documents. This pre alpha version supports “see also” type of cross reference links too 🙂 ( see the stringUtilsRef.xml for example). Still it is not a complete application, it is just a demo preview only. download from here and try it your...

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Flash Remoting with PHP

Nik has come out with a solution for flash remoting with PHP. I haven’t got time to test it. Check it out your self at his website.

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Another weblog from India

My friend Darshan Sawardekar (well known for his components) has come up with his blog. I can proudly say that I acted as a catalyst in this reaction ( see I’m remembering my good old chemical technology days !!!). Also take a look at his Building Flash MX Components that don’t “PRE”-LOAD! tutorial. I saw branden hall also commented about this as a must read article for...

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Were Not Here?

What happened to Were-Here Forum? I’m not able access it. If you know the reason please post it here in the comments.

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Syntax Highlighting ActionScript.

Creating html tags to color highlight actionscript will be very useful for flash related websites. I’m talking about this for long time. I’m still in the process of creating one with flash itself in my spare time. My current code takes more time to this highlighting. Still I’ve not given it up 😉 I also thought of server side solutions. Before starting to make one myself,...

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FUIComponentClass ActionScript Dictionary

FUIComponentClass is the base class of all of the Macromedia components. Understanding that will help you in building your own component. Peter Hall has compiled a dictionary for it; you can take a loot at it here [via: peterjoel blog]

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Flash Studio PRO 1.5 released

Flash Studio is a third party program for creating screen savers and applications out of projector files. The new pro version has some major additions. The updates are massive and unique including enabling joystick control, running applications in hidden windows, and sending email directly from the projector file. A full list of additions can be seen on Flash Studio’s website. The...

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MIT Open Source Courseware!!

If you are interested in developing e-learning content you may find this link useful. MIT is Open Sourcing some of its courses and course content.

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Pre-Alpha version of FCF Chat

Greg Burch and Mike Chambers are working on a new frame work for multiuser applications with Flash Communication Server. You can see the pre-alpha version of their chat application here [via:mesh on MX]...

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Tooltip Component Demo by Stuart

Stuart has created a nice demo for Tooltip Component that comes with Flash UI Components Set 3 (Which is part of The Macromedia MX Developer Resource Kit) You can have a look at it Here

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Director projectors for Pocket PC!

Werner Sharp has just announced a public beta of the “Export to Pocket PC Xtra” for Director 8/8.5. This Xtra will actually take your .DIR and convert it into eMbedded Visual C++ code that will then compile in the freely available eVC IDE from Microsoft. All your Lingo and cast members are converted into eVC code and assets, and compiled into a native Pocket PC application. For...

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The ‘Object-Oriented Programming with ActionScript’ Book

Thanks to New Riders, today I received the most awaited book written by Branden Hall and Samuel Wan You can get more info about this book here. I will post more about this book as and when I finish reading...

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