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Feb 28 2009

News

Symposium on combining art and programming next weekend in Pittsburgh

I learned about this too late unfortunately(!), as many of the workshops are now full, but there is a symposium called ArtAndCode happening next week, March 7-9, 2009, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. I am very busy right now, but am quite tempted to attend the first two days. General admission is only [...]

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Feb 26 2009

News

What would a browser look like if the Web was all there was?

Mozilla Labs has a design challenge to encourage students to answer this question. In their own words: As the Web becomes even more ubiquitous, we’ll never have to leave it. Whether it’s on touch tables, giant wall-sized screens, mobile devices, or just our computers, exploring the interactions for browsing a windowless Web will become ever-more [...]

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Feb 26 2009

AS3 | Flash | Tips

Common Flash Compiler Errors: #1009

My students often run into the same kinds of errors, so I thought I would post some info on the more common ones. One very common error to receive in Flash is this one: TypeError: Error #1009: Cannot access a property or method of a null object reference. Quick Answer and Solution Somewhere in your [...]

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Feb 16 2009

Mobile | News

Adobe announces a slew of new initiatives for mobile development

Today was a big news day for mobile content developers—at least in the eyes of Adobe, whom, to coincide with their participation in the GSMA Mobile World Congress, released a number of press releases detailing—among the finer technical points—the incredibly large sum of money they are throwing at securing Flash as the de facto platform [...]

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Feb 12 2009

AS3 | Flash | Tools

Flash movie clip transformational properties explorer, manipulate values live!

I created this simulation to visually show the relationships between a movie clip’s (actually any display object’s) transformational properties (x, y, width, height, scaleX, scaleY, rotation, and transformational matrix). Drag the square around the “Stage” and move the sliders to transform it. Each property is prefixed with a dot “.” since in a real application [...]

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Feb 11 2009

News

Spring <br /> Conference 2009 call for speaker proposals

This year I am co-chairing the Spring <br /> Conference, an annual one-day web technology and design conference happening June 9th at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. In the past the conference has drawn an average of 350 attendees regionally and from across the country. I would encourage anyone with expertise in a particular area [...]

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Feb 02 2009

Flash | Tips

Flash CS3 IDE not displaying all coordinate decimal places

Flash CS4 has corrected this issue, but in Flash CS3 the coordinates of a movie clip on the Stage are only displayed to the first decimal place (e.g. 100.5). So an x coordinate value of 100.55 would be displayed in the Properties panel as 100.5, yet still be 100.55 in the x property of the [...]

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Feb 01 2009

News

Flash for the iPhone, closer to actuality

While Adobe has been at work on a Flash Player for the iPhone at least since last March (Wall Street Journal: Adobe Working on Media Player for iPhone), the effort has sounded one-sided, with Apple’s Steve Jobs panning the player for running “too slowly for the iPhone,” and describing Flash’s slimmed down mobile cousin, Flash [...]

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