July 31, 2003
Will I manage to be the 5th on MXNA?

Flash Player 7 Beta is here!! A first look at the release notes sounds promising: Finally the player checks for updates itself. Actionscript performance has been improved a lot Video performance and quality have been improved...

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Posted at 08:41 PM
addRequestHeader

Browsing through the appendix of Colin Moock's excellent ASDG2 I noticed a new command addRequestHeader() that was added with the release of the Flash Player 6.0.65.0. As Macromedia only mentioned this once in their release notes, it looks like this command has...

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Posted at 06:55 PM
July 25, 2003
Hebrew MX Tools

I'm still in the process of making a Hebrew version of one of our client's sites. As I cannot wait for the next version of Flash to hopefully solve all my right-to-left problems I've written some workaround tools for myself. Tool number...

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Posted at 04:37 PM
July 23, 2003
Multiuser Pong Tutorial

Now with the free XML socket server Oregano out there, I guess there are some people who would like to write a little test application. And if you have never programmed multiuser games or applications before you might be looking for a...

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Posted at 08:58 PM
Macromedia Answers

A minute ago Macromedia succeeded in positively surprising me: They finally installed an automatic email reply script! I just reported a little bug via their Bug Report/Wishlist form and expected it to vanish in this black hole as usual. At least this...

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Posted at 04:44 PM
Darron Schall Blog

I just came across a relatively fresh Flash related blog: it's maintained by Darron Schall and is titled "the personal and professional thoughts of yet another application developer". He's recently conducted a speed test to compare the different methods to run a...

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Posted at 02:37 PM
July 21, 2003
The Flui Project

Joe Rinehart from clearsoftware.net has just released Flui, a GUI interface for Flash applications or in other words: Windows for Flash. It looks very clean and feels smooth. It's free for non-commercial purposes and non-profit organizations....

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Posted at 12:22 PM
Flight404

It looks like Robert Hodgin has found a new love. Version 6 of his experimental stage flight404 is using Flash merely as a presentation engine. The stunningly beautiful and elegant experiments themselves are handled by the java-based proce55ing which is way faster...

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Posted at 11:43 AM
July 20, 2003
MX Drop Shadow Plus

I'm delighted to hear that Grant Skinner found my drop shadow prototype worthy enough to be included in the next version of his site. As big shadows can become quite a performance issue he added a quality parameter which allows to reduce...

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Posted at 11:40 PM
Oregano Multiuser Server For Flash

If you are thinking about getting a XML socket server for Flash you should seriously consider this new kid on the block: Oregano is a multiuser server for Flash clients written in Java. It is using JDBC to connect to any available...

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Posted at 04:44 PM
The Right To Left

Amir Dotan, Mushon Zer-Aviv and Naim Kamel have started a petition called The Right To Flash. Its goal is to convince Macromedia to fully support the Unicode standard related to bidirectional languages in Flash. As you might have read also in my...

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Posted at 04:18 PM
Returned From Flashforum Conference

I just turned on my computer after 3 days of absence - ouch that's a lot of unread mail. The last two and a half days I 've spent in Offenbach - promising candidate to the "Germany's least attractive city" award -...

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Posted at 03:58 PM
July 16, 2003
Greed is Good

You probably have read it already on every other blog and even though I normally don't repeat what you can have somewhere else, this time I'll make an exception: CHECK OUT THE RELAUNCHED STUDIOWHIZ.COM SITE! Of course there are several good reasons:The...

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Posted at 11:05 AM
July 15, 2003
FastFroots Sneak Peak

If you are quick you have the chance to take a first view at Andre Michelle's amazing 3D racing game ala Mario Cart: FastFroots. For 12 hours he opens it to the public for a beta test. So try your luck: URL:...

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Posted at 03:22 PM
Beware, Beware

When the sun rises in San Francisco I know of some people who will be absolutely not amused when they see what you are doing here. You better think about posting this before it's too late. You only make that mistake once....

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Posted at 02:54 PM
July 13, 2003
Flasholympics Anyone?

I have this idea which I want to tell you about. The more I think about it, the more ideas I get, but unfortunately the whole project is probably too big to become reality. I'm talking about the Flasholympics, the World Cup...

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Posted at 01:48 PM
July 10, 2003
Macromedia Affiliate Program

Is this something new or was I just ignorant? On studiowhiz.net I saw this banner to Macromedia which said "Macromedia Authorized Affiliate". So it turns out that there's indeed an affiliate program on Macromedia where you can earn up to 10% commission....

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Posted at 12:40 PM
July 09, 2003
Bruno Bozzetto Movies

I just received a very funny Flash movie by the italian animator Bruno Bozzetto via email, visualizing the differences between Europeans and Italians. This reminded me that lots of people search for his clips on my site, because I had a related...

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Posted at 05:48 PM
July 08, 2003
3D Mapping Engine

I'm pretty impressed by this example of a Flash 3D game engine. Amazing speed. It's done by PercyPea who has also some other 3D engines on his site. There's a whole discussion about this engine on FlashKit. There's also a variation of...

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Posted at 06:00 PM
July 07, 2003
AS Shape Decoder v0.51

Thanks a lot for all the nice comments for my AS Shape Decoder. I made a few updates and bugfixes: Claus Wahlers asked for SVG support and as you will see I tried to implement it. It doesn't do the colors yet...

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Posted at 10:33 PM
AS Shape Decoder v0.5

If you know Peter Hall's blog or have visited Helen Triolos site recently you'll have noticed that they have created some classes and experiments based on the new export functions that Burak's Actionscript Viewer offers: the ability to export shapes from within...

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Posted at 12:51 AM
July 04, 2003
Flash To Video

There are a few tools out there that allow you to convert swf file to a video format like Quicktime or avi. The problem with almost all of them is that they fail as soon as you are using actionscripted animation. That's...

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Posted at 10:27 PM
July 02, 2003
Raumpatrouille Orion

Yesterday I've been invited to the world-premier of the cinema version of Germany's first science fiction series from the sixties: Raumpatrouille Orion. The series ran on German TV in 1966 which means that it existed before Star Trek. It's really amazing to...

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Posted at 12:15 PM
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