January 26, 2005
The Admin Tool

John Grden from Acmewebworks.com has finally created a tool that I always wanted to build myself but never did due to excessive lazyness: it's called The Admin Tool and is probably best described as an swf debugger on speed. It allows you to remotely connect to swfs you are developing and wade through their intestines, check out and change objects, variables, functions ... just anything. You can remotely execute functions, play sounds and movies - short you have almost full control over the swf - and that's definitely something that the normal debugger has not.

The Admin Tool is currently in beta v.08, but the documentation is excessive (even including videos) - it can be downloaded here. Give the online demo a few moments to load, it took a while at least on my machine.

Posted at January 26, 2005 11:07 AM | Further reading

Hey thanks for the write up! I really appreciate it.

Check back soon, some of the features I'm adding are :

1. sort orders for the treeview (sort by object type, object name, depth etc)

2. output window updates and filtering. Set filters on the debug output you want to view.

3. fps meter

Thanks again! - John

Posted by: John Grden on January 27, 2005 04:40 AM

Another great tool for debugging Flash stuff that talks to web services, etc. is Charles from www.xk72.com. It's written by my colleague Karl von Randow (in Java, so it runs on Windows and Mac OS X), and it's ultra useful for looking at the http calls being made to and fro between a Flash component and a service or server. It does all sorts of other useful stuff too, like throttling a high-speed connection down to modem speed/latency - very useful for testing how Flash sites truly run over a modem.


Posted by: Matthew Buchanan on February 2, 2005 12:25 PM

Thanks for that tip Matthew. That's a great tool indeed. BTW - your Cactuslab ( http://www.cactuslab.com/ ) site is really good.

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on February 2, 2005 01:13 PM
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