Archive for July, 2007

Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers Samples Files Posted

Thursday, July 26th, 2007
Flash General

Quick FYI:  Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers sample files are now available on the book’s friends of ED website page.  The downloads were just a tad late, so Tom and I have been fielding a few emails.  Hope you enjoy ’em!

I’m on the Flashforward2007 Film Festival Judge Panel

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
Flash General

What a cool invitation!  :)   I was asked, not long ago, to be on the judge panel for the Flashforward2007 Film Festival.  I’ve seen over 100 entries, many of which were truly what I’d call “cream of the crop” examples of what Flash is all about.

Flashforward2007 Judge Badge

I’m looking forward to the conference itself in September!  I’m always happy to meet people I’ve come to know online.

How to Build a Basic Slider Widget (AS2)

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
ActionScript 2.0 Flash

In reply to a request from kweku, here’s another look at the basic slider used in the two-part “How to Build a Flash Video (FLV) Progress Bar” series.  This time, the slider widget, comprised again of two movie clips, will be used to adjust the volume of an FLV video file.  The ActionScript 2.0 involved is fairly straightforward and, in fact, can be cobbled together from existing articles on this blog.  Let’s break it down.  Keep reading »

Now Shipping:  Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers

Monday, July 16th, 2007
Flash General

On Thursday, July 12, 2007, a hefty box arrived at my doorstop.  Inside?  My author’s copies of Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers, written by Tom Green and me.  What a way to perk up the afternoon!  :)

Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers

Right away, I flipped to the XML chapter to show Meridian the picture of herself (she’s in one of the XML sample files, which includes a number of JPGs).  Keep reading »

How to Build a Flash Video (FLV) Progress Bar (Part 2)

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
ActionScript 2.0

In Part 1, not quite a week ago, we looked at a relatively simple way to track the progress of an FLV file as played without the FLVPlayback Component in a SWF.  Here in Part 2, we’ll make the knob draggable, causing the video to seek to the point in time that corresponds to the knob on its track.  As it turns out, the ActionScript involved doesn’t change all that much.  It may look like a lot more code, but the mechanics should be easy enough to follow.  Keep reading »

Making Buttons Work in Flash CS3 (A Reply)

Monday, July 9th, 2007
ActionScript 3.0 Flash

Often, but not always, I syndicate my blog entries on the blog at Community MX, CMXtraneous.  That particular blog has a word limit on article length, so not everything I write makes it over — that, and sometimes I simply forget to copy/paste my content to both locations.  In any case, I don’t see replies to the CMX entries nearly as often as I do my own, but I do try to make the rounds.  I just found three replies to my recent “Making Buttons Work in Flash CS3 (ActionScript 3.0),” and since the CMX interface doesn’t seem to like replies with sample code in them, I’m replying to those comments here.  Keep reading »

How to Build a Flash Video (FLV) Progress Bar (Part 1)

Thursday, July 5th, 2007
ActionScript 2.0

Following on the heels, at least conceptually, of “How to Control Video (FLV) without a Component” here’s a quick look at how to indicate the progression of an FLV by way of a custom made progress bar (thanks for the suggestion, Rick!).  In a follow-up article, I’ll show how to make the progress bar interactive by having the draggable knob seek to keyframes in the FLV.  It turns out that much of the code for this first part derives from “How to Determine the Completion of a Flash Video (FLV) File,” which shows how to determine video length, with and without the use of Components, in ActionScript 2.0.  In this article, we’ll be going the non-Component route, because FLVPlayback already has a progress bar.  Before we delve into the code, we need to prepare two small movie clips.   Keep reading »

I’ve Been BoDo’d!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

A couple months ago, a writer for BoDo (Business of Design Online), asked to interview me after happening upon this blog.  I was happy to oblige, and what followed was a bit of pleasant correspondence that culminated in the article linked here (thanks, cat!):