July 31, 2002
Hail Eris!

Wow - the last days where all a bit quiet, but suddenly there seem to be discussions all over the place: David Emberton opened Pandora's Box when he rambled about "Why the latest Flash hype makes me nervous." on Actionscript.com. This is...

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Posted at 07:45 PM
To Pay Or Not To Pay?

Guy Watson has started some thoughts about selling flash components instead of giving them away for free. Looks like this created quite a reaction... [Via Mesh on MX]...

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Posted at 06:45 PM
Just Cards

yhb's postcard collection features a very nice collection of, well, postcard motives. Just the stuff I'd buy at fleemarkets. [Via Everlasting Blort]...

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Posted at 11:11 AM
July 29, 2002
The Amazing Amazon Application (Part 5)

It's update time again for my Amazon Explorer. Finally you get to see a little bit more information about the books and the other stuff. Wow - I'm amazed how fast the text and scrollbar adjust if you drag the little divider...

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Posted at 10:00 PM
July 26, 2002
Keyboard Sumo

Ouch! My finger hurts. This game is the greatest idea I came across in a long time: Keyboard Sumo! Be warned - it get's physical. [Via Otherworlds]...

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Posted at 07:47 PM
Blocmedia

This site has a look that is really original. Great idea, great execution. Definitely worth a visit: blocmedia.com And wait a while for the little surprises. and play the game. [Via K10K]...

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Posted at 07:20 PM
July 24, 2002
HOT or NOT?

It's what inside what counts, isn't it so? Well, not so at HOT or NOT: now you can vote on the beauty of blogs. Their service is still in beta and it seems that the link got out by accident, but still...

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Posted at 06:22 PM
July 23, 2002
Amazon Explorer - Part 4

Finally I had time for a few updates on my Amazon Explorer. So what's new? - Finally you can also get rid of items. Pressing the Delete or Backspace key will remove all selected items - It is now possible to select...

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Posted at 09:57 PM
Help Mike Chambers

You can help Mike Chambers to stress-test his Flash Communication Server App. On Wednesday (July 24) at 1pm eastern time he needs a lot of people to join to see how his application handles the bandwidth. The link to the venue will...

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Posted at 01:13 PM
July 22, 2002
New Standalone, External and Debug Players

Shortly after the update of the Flash plugin to version 6,0,40,0 follows an update to all the developers' players. Download the english version here and non-english versions here. Thanks a lot Macromedia! [Via Mesh on MX]...

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Posted at 09:34 AM
July 19, 2002
Flashing Amazon - Part III

Of course this HTML implementation of the Amazon.com search kit is much faster than my flash version will ever be, but that's not the idea behind this experiment. I don't expect to design a better amazon, it's more playing with the possibilities....

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Posted at 10:41 PM
Daniel Dura Flash Blog

Say welcome to the latest additon to the Flash Blog community: Daniel Dura (Josh Dura's Brother) started his Flash Application Development Blog a few days ago. I'm looking forward to another source of inspiration, challenges and discoveries! Even if I was a...

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Posted at 10:58 AM
July 18, 2002
Amazon Explorer The 2nd

I'm making some progress on my Amazon Explorer. I just added a function which visualizes the "People who bought this book also bought that...". Next step will of course be all the text info, which is already parsed and ready, I just...

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Posted at 08:39 PM
My Expedition Into The Amazon

Here is a little sneak peek into my Flash based Amazon.com search engine. This is all in a very early stage, but at least all the backend stuff seems to work....

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Posted at 01:41 AM
July 17, 2002
What's 2.5 MB Between Friends?

I must say I had a good laugh looking at the Macromedia INTERNATIONALIZED application which was showcased on FlashForward and is now available on ericcd.net. A little quote from the introduction page which elaborates over the advantages of using flash mx :...

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Posted at 07:31 PM
FlashForward NYC Source Materials

Eric Dolecki has a special area on his site where you'll find links to the speakers' notes of the latest FlashForward. Thank you Eric for compiling them!...

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Posted at 06:38 PM
Amazon.com Web Services

Amazon is following in Google's footsteps by officially announcing the official launch of their XML-based webservices. Now you can write applications that can do quite a few things to the amazon.com database: 1. Search for products in a variety of ways –...

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Posted at 10:54 AM
July 16, 2002
Flash Multi-Threading Revisited

After Matt Rice and Jeremy Larkin swfnews.com have released the alpha of their multi-threading class, there has been some discussion about the usefulness of such a class or some nasty remarks about its "novelty factor" ("huuuh?!?! this is simply an emulation using...

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Posted at 01:54 PM
July 15, 2002
Self-Resizing Flash Files

Well, it looks like the self-resizing flash object (the combo box in the sidebar) is not 100% compatible with all browsers/os. So far it looks like it works fine on all my Windows IEs, on my Mac Explorer the flash file simply...

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Posted at 11:32 AM
July 13, 2002
DHTML Flash Object Resize

There is one thing where HTML is superior to Flash - and especially with the new combobox component this becomes obvious: HTML dropdown boxes can cover the rest of the content while they are open - flash boxes can't. This problem nagged...

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Posted at 08:51 PM
Connect Locally - Search Globally

You might have discovered the new "experimental search" area in my sidebar. This is part of my current localConnection experiment. What it actually does is to send special queries to all my little google API widgets on this page as soon as...

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Posted at 06:50 PM
Design Divine

Oh my god is this beautiful! Andries Odendaal from Wireframe has designed a site for the german advertising agency Hoffmann Reiser Schalt DDB. I don't know how old that one is, but I did not see it before. And it is made...

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Posted at 03:25 PM
Flash Forward Sequel Time

Looks like everybody's coming back home from FF NYC. Hopefully most of the speakers will put their notes online. Samuel Wan is already preparing it. (My guess is that you will find it soon here). I will try to gather the urls...

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Posted at 02:34 PM
Game On

Game On is a big exhibition in the Barbican Gallery, London featuring the history and culture of video games. What you definately must not miss is their great game in the goodie section. [Via pixelsurgeon]...

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Posted at 01:19 AM
Crying Boy Fanclub

I can't believe it. There is a whole site dedicated to the "Crying Boy" by J. Bragolin. Unfortunately it is Dutch only. A while ago I found this set of prints on the fleemarket and decided to collect this stuff. Now these...

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Posted at 12:10 AM
July 12, 2002
Usability at its Worst

British Telecom starts a full scale approach to ruin the image of Flash. Their new 1,000,000 Pound online museum Connected Earth is a great example on how not to do it. It starts with a quirky browser detection, uses an innovative "mystery...

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Posted at 11:49 AM
July 11, 2002
podLob.com

podLob.com is a very well done personal page of Travis (could not find his family name) featuring Flash & DHTML experiments, photography and as an extra: beautiful pixel patterns. And this guy can't be a bad person because among his favorites there...

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Posted at 02:09 PM
July 10, 2002
FF NYC

I wish everyone who can attend Flash Forward NYC a great time! Damn, I couldn't make it - I hope there will be a europe event in autumn this year. I will try to follow the event from here reading Mike Chambers...

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Posted at 10:22 AM
July 09, 2002
Relationship Visualisation

Peter Merholz has an interview with social network researcher Valdis Krebs from orgnet.com on his blog. He is in the business of "Social Network Analysis" which sounds quite related to my Flash Connection experiment. [Via jd on mx]...

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Posted at 07:38 PM
Branden feeds the rumor mill

Overheard on Flashcoders: Branden: [...] Also there is a *very large* ISP that will soon be rolling out a number of very affordable hosting plans that will include the FlashCom server. [...] Mike Chambers: watch this url for information So it looks...

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Posted at 04:54 PM
mProjector - flash movies in shape

Somehow I must have missed this until now: mProjector by binary noise is a cool tool that allows you to create windowless flash projector files having any shape you like. On top of that you can even control the positioning of the...

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Posted at 10:50 AM
Flash Communication Server MX

Videoconferencing, Audio Chats, Streaming Video and much more - finally the Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX is released. And if you fork over $4500 it's yours (that's for the professional version - it's only $499 for the personal version). So download the...

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Posted at 10:26 AM
July 08, 2002
flashcomponents.net

I just came across another flash mx component site: flashcomponents.net. They have already more than 50 components for download presented in a very clean layout. Nice....

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Posted at 11:23 AM
July 06, 2002
Shared Fonts Fiasco

Branden Hall has done some very good detailed research about the do's and don'ts of using shared fonts in Flash MX. This topic is definately painful - I have my own experience from working on the Triumph International site. My proposal for...

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Posted at 12:39 AM
July 05, 2002
Psilocybin Flash

Flashback starts a bit ...well... odd, but then it is quite astonishing. Denny Gomez must be quite a maniac to create an intro like this. [via Everything Burns]...

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Posted at 12:21 AM
July 04, 2002
Google Zeitgeist

Probably I look pretty stupid now because everybody else has known this for years but I didn't know this part of google yet: Google Zeitgeist gives you some interesting statistics about search trends, browser usage, operating systems and more. I wonder what...

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Posted at 11:45 PM
Graph Visualization

Playing around with graphs and trees I came across quite a few projects that have done that on a more advanced level: Touchgraph is an open source project which looks very promising. Microsoft has a research project called Netscan that allows you...

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Posted at 06:53 PM
Kartoo.com - a Visual Search Engine

Apart from having a design that probably causes eye-cancer the idea behind kartoo.com sounds interesting. This is a flash-based search engine which visualizes the results graphically by showing the connections between the results, filtering out keywords and allowing you to refine the...

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Posted at 06:20 PM
The Flash Connection v1.1

I made a little update to the flash site link visualizer. This version allows you to switch off the connection lines, you can try the new "gravity" mode and the site names have now a box for better readability. BTW the link...

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Posted at 05:37 PM
The Making of 5K Chess

On webreference.com you can find an interview with Douglas Bagnall, the author of a 5K chess game which is among the entries in this year's 5K Award. He talks about the development process, how he got the whole thing down to 5k...

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Posted at 10:48 AM
July 03, 2002
The Flash Connection

I'm a big fan of diagrams and tree charts. Here is my first attempt in visualising a linked list structure. This kind of list is different to a normal tree structure as there is no top-down hierarchy, but links that can also...

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Posted at 03:38 PM
July 02, 2002
Worst-Case Scenarios

Worst Case Scenarios is a site where you can find useful tips for every dangerous facette of life, like "How to Determine If Your Date Is an Axe Murderer", "How to Cross a Piranha-Infested River" or "How to Survive Being Hit in...

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Posted at 05:08 PM
flashcomponent.com

I just came across flashcomponent.com a site that deals solely with flash components, done by Josh Dura and Keran McKenzie. So if you want to spice up your Flash MX a little bit and save you some work check out their download...

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Posted at 11:05 AM
Bit-101 25 Lines ActionScript Contest

Bit-101 starts another round of his do-something-amazing-in-25-lines-of-actionscript-contest. There were some truly amazing results last time, like the winner entry JELLO. Check out the entries from may here and decide if you can live up to the expectations... [Via swfnews]...

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Posted at 10:45 AM
July 01, 2002
The Search for Quasimondo

As you can see I integrated my little flash banner that utilizes the Google API on my index page. This version is slightly improved over the last one as it caches the queries for 24 hours. Like this I will probably will...

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Posted at 10:35 PM
The Secret Lives Of Numbers

3 is the magic number... Are you sure? Turbulence.org feature a very interesting piece by Golan Levin about the relative popularity of each number between 0 and 1000000. The visualisation tool is written in Java and is a real beauty. Especially the...

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Posted at 04:21 PM
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