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November 19, 2003

Macromedia Central Tutorial: Instant Messenger / 2Way Video Chat application ("Just combine Central and Flash Communication Server葉he sky's the limit!")

Many people was waiting for a good example "of how Central and Flash Communication Server can be used together to build really powerful applications quickly and easily".
Peldi, the Flash Communication Server Guru says in the article "The most exciting feature of Central, to me, is its notification mechanism. Finally you can build an application that sits in the background and attracts the user's attention only when necessary."

The tutorial covers:
Introduction
The vChat Application
The Client Side: Building the Application
The Client Side: Building the Pod
Lessons Learned

You can also download the tutorial and sample files (160K)

Post your questions about the article in Peldi's blog.

November 20, 2003

MAX presentations reviewed in Flash video weblog

Now, this is a good idea. Martijn and Ronald from Rhinofly are reviewing the Max presentations that they attended. Some topics: Object Oriented ActionScript, the Essence of Rich Internet Experience, Coding for Scalability, Securing ColdFusion, Dreamweaver killer tips...! Wow, kudos for them! Just one thing: the videos are in dutch. Hey! It's never too late to learn dutch! Besides it's a beautiful language. I have my dutch dictionnary with me right now.

But, yeah, it would be nice a blogger reviewing the MAX presentations with english videos. I haven't seen anyone yet... Shall this guys inspire them. Anyway if you don't understand dutch at all, the videos will show you some locations of the MAX conference and the ambiance created by this particular event. See the videos here. I recommend you to take a look to the "Impressie general session" video in english.

[Via waldosmeets.com]

December 4, 2003

22 Macromedia Breeze presentations and interactive tours

[Note: For some of this links, high bandwidth connection is recommended]

Featuring: Flash MX 2004, Flash MX Professional 2004, Data Integration (Flash), ActionScript 2.0, Screens (Flash), Components (Flash), Video (Flash), Macromedia central, Macromedia Flex, Business Impact of RIA, Studio MX 2004, Dreamweaver MX 2004, Fireworks MX 2004, Macromedia Breeze, Director MX, Authorware 7, Freehand MX and Macromedia DevNet Professional.

Flash MX 2004:
What's new in Flash MX 2004? Take our in-depth feature tour (15 min)

How do I use Flash MX 2004? View a free online seminar (50 min)

How do I use Flash MX Professional 2004? View a free online seminar

Data Integration (10 minutes)
"Get started working with data in Flash MX 2004. Learn about using the new data components to connect to data sources. Use data binding between components to populate interface elements throughout your applications with appropriate data."

ActionScript 2.0 (10 minutes)
"ActionScript, the coding language for Flash, has become fully object-oriented in Flash MX 2004. Learn the structure of the language; you'll find it familiar if you have experience with other object-oriented coding languages, like JavaScript."

Screens (10 minutes)
"Use screens to plan, organize, and build applications visually. Screens give you a quick way to develop navigation, place application elements, and plan how the different parts of an application will work together. "

Components (10 minutes)
"With the addition of data and media components, you can build more in less time in Flash MX Professional 2004. Learn about using components, working with the new v2 component architecture, and building components."

Video (10 minutes)
"The new Flash video (FLV) format and Flash Player provide faster performance and better quality. Find out how to use FLV files and how to control their playback with the new media components in Flash MX Professional 2004. "

Macromedia Central:
Macromedia Central Features Overview by Kevin Lynch (Macromedia Chief Software Architect)
"A Renaissance in Application Design, Development and Delivery"

Macromedia Flex:
Macromedia Flex overview
"Presenting Flex. Join Libby Freligh, Flex Product Manager, for an overview and demo of Flex."

The Business Impact of Rich Applications

Studio MX 2004
What's new in Studio MX 2004? Take our in-depth feature tour (6 min)
How do I use Studio MX 2004? View a free online seminar (25 min)

Dreamweaver MX 2004:
What's new in Dreamweaver MX 2004?Take our in-depth feature tour (5 min)
How do I use Dreamweaver MX 2004? View a free online seminar (15 min)

Fireworks MX 2004:
What's new in Fireworks MX 2004? Take our in-depth feature tour (10 min)
How do I use Fireworks MX 2004? View a free online seminar (20 min)

Macromedia Breeze:
Macromedia Breeze Overview and Demo

Director MX
See interactive tour

Authorware 7:
See Aurhorware 7 in action
"Take a five minute tour to see how you can easily develop accessible rich-media e-learning applications with the new features in Authorware 7. "

Freehand MX
Five Minute Tour
"No other design tool has the unique features of FreeHand MX. Take this five-minute tour to see why."

Macromedia DevNet Professional:
Overview Presentation
"Want to learn more about DevNet Professional? Sit back and listen to our hosted overview presentation."

With this post I'm launching a new category in my blog called Macromedia Breeze Presentations. This new category list some Breeze presentations that I have begun to put together. I figured that it might be useful for the community. Like my Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 Tutorials: The Definitive List, here it is another centralized and selected source for you.
In this listing, there are Macromedia Breeze presentations, interactive tours and Macromedia On Demand seminars.
Enjoy it!

December 13, 2003

Following Colin Moock on ActionScript 2.0

August 13. Colin Moock announce in his blog the extensive chat tutorial. He said:
"if you're not interested in chat, but are interested in OOP flash development, you'll probably want to take a look" [...] "more than just chat, this is a solid overview of multiuser application development in general".
This unity2 uSimpleChat tutorial has now an ActionScript 2.0 version that you can read here. To see the uSimpleChat v4 in action please click here.

August 20. Barber's Pole visiting Colin Moock's blog, find the tutorial and post an entry.

August 25. Colin Moock post an entry on "flash mx 2004 announced" saying:
"/**
* my impression of this release?
*/
for programmers and app developers: fucking outstanding." [...]
adding the famous comment "my favourite new feature: ActionScript 2.0. (the prototype is dead! ding dong the mean old prototype is dead!*) [...]* almost..."

August 26. Moock post an entry on asdg2, actionscript 2, and asgd3 saying that he's working on a project that will cover ActionScript 2.0:
"however the details and shipping date are still confidential" adding:
"even if you're working in actionscript 2.0:
1) the language reference of asdg2 is still 99% accurate, and still provides complete coverage of the core language as it exists in Flash Player 6. of course, if you want to use a specific Flash Player 7-only class, you'll have to consult Macromedia's help for the documentation.
2) all non-object-oriented aspects of the language have not changed, so asdg2's coverage of non-object-oriented topics (such as variables, loops, conditionals, operators, movie clips, etc) is still accurate and should continue to be useful."
Thirteen minutes later, he made a new post on "a taste of ActionScript 2.0". You can taste the post here (must read! is very simple but it's history ;).

September 10. Moock announces "flash mx 2004 now shipping". If I'm not wrong, he was the first in the Flash blogger community to announce the release. You can read his post here.

November 10. Moock announces in his blog that in shockwards in germany:
"i'll be doing a 5-hour, hands-on training session. the workshop will show how to build a chat application based on Unity. it teaches how to structure an actionscript 2.0 OOP application, how to use the flash mx 2004 v2 components, and how to build multiuser applications. every participant will be sitting in front of a computer, actually using flash mx 2004 professional."

December 3. Francis Bourre writes in his blog that Colin Moock officially announces ActionScript 2.0 essentials. You can see my comment here.

December 10. Mario Klingermann (Quasimondo) announces in his blog that the sessions of the shockwards conference 2003 in Stuttgart are available on videostream. Read his post here. In those videostreams, there are the three sessions (must see!) available of Colin Moock. See my comment on "Videostream of Colin Moock on "multiuser experience", "Introduction in OOP in ActionScript 2.0" and " Applied OOP in ActionScript 2.0"" here [via Francis Bourre]. The abstracts of those sessions are available here.
Seeing the videostreams I have learned that ActionScript 2.0 Essentials will be ready for february.

December 12. Somebody told me that Colin Moock is busy finishing ActionScript 2.0 Essentials.

December 13. I noticed that C. Moock is updating his ActionScript WorkShop for ActionScript 2.0, pointing to the sampler chapter and sampler files in his new site for ActionScript 2.0 Essentials. Object-Oriented Development with ActionScript 2.0.

Preparing some material for flash students and updating Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 Tutorials: The Definitive List (hey!! The update it's not yet available! ;) I came up with this record. I hope it is useful for you.

December 16, 2003

Macromedia to Launch Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS) powered by VitalStream

"Apple, Microsoft and Real Networks are the big players in the streaming video market today. All three offer customers free and pro versions of their applications as well as Web sites to view content specifically designed to highlight the benefits of their technology. But Macromedia doesn't feel any of these companies are doing it right.
"We don't feel video is being deployed correctly on the Web right now," said Hock. "We are offering the next generation of video delivery -- this is our coming out party."" (Flash streaming video hits the Web by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral)

Read Delivering High-Quality Video with Flash Video Streaming Service by Tim Napoleon of VitalStream

More links:
Macromedia Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS)
See Flash Customer video Gallery from here
Visit VitalStream on Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS)

Updated Flash Video Exporter (1.1) and Media Components Available at Macromedia

"This update resolves issues identified with the Flash Video Exporter and Media Components in Flash MX Professional 2004. All users creating video projects in Flash on any language should install this update."

Download the update and learn more here

New DevNet articles available at Macromedia

My favorites? Ok, here we go:
Using the Central Accordion Tab Component by Mike Chambers, Developer Relations Product Manager, Macromedia

Using Notices in Macromedia Central by Ethan Malasky, Macromedia

That's all.

Ok, Ok, ;) there are more really, really nice articles in the wild (sorry I'm a central fan). Take a look:

Providing a Flex Front End to Your Struts Applications by Christophe Coenraets, Macromedia

Flash Video Templates and Tutorials by Forest Key, Senior Product Manager, Macromedia Flash

Delivering High-Quality Video with Flash Video Streaming Service by Tim Napoleon of VitalStream (see my previous entry on FVSS)

Controlling Media Components with Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Behaviors by Dan Carr, dancarrdesign.com

Planning Your Mobile Flash Projects by Nader Nejat, OmegaMedia

First Penetration Statistics for Flash Player 7 Released!

The first NPD Online Worldwide Survey (September 2003) for the Flash Player 7 shows:

Asia: 12.4% (Flash 6: 85.3%)
Europe: 9.40% (Flash 6: 91.8%)
Canada: 9.00% (Flash 6: 92.7%)
US: 7.20% (Flash 6: 90.0%)

The flash player 7 really rocks!!! The Flash Team made an incredible work here. I'm really impressed with the performances of the player and for video is awesome! ... but, hey, US: 7.20% ?
In September 2003 only the english version of Flash MX 2004 was available, the localizations were available only in mid november if I'm not wrong... hmmm interesting.

From Cow To Cone To Flash Video

"Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) and Ben & Jerry's today announced that Macromedia Studio MX 2004 is powering the new "From Cow To Cone" minisite, a euphoric user experience that makes extensive use of Flash video to explain how its ice cream is made. The Ben & Jerry's site is featured as a premier example of a Flash video experience on the new Flash Video Gallery (see separate release). To see the site, visit www.benjerry.com/fun_stuff/cow_to_cone/." (Read more here.)

Chech my post on "Macromedia to Launch Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS) powered by VitalStream" here.

You gonna love this one Jesse.


Ok folks, I'm going to stop flooding the aggregators today with useful information :p

December 30, 2003

MacWorld review: Flash MX 2004

MacWorld has just published a review of Flash MX 2004: "Flash MX 2004. Development tool of choice for creating rich Internet content." You can read the review here (link).

January 5, 2004

Director MX 2004 and Flash MX 2004. Key features and comparisons

So far, there are 5 Director MX 2004 key features concerning Flash MX 2004 (see below). Now, when to use Flash and when to use Director? when to use them together?

The five 5 key features of Director MX 2004 concerning Flash MX 2004 are:
Macromedia Flash 7 Support, Launch and Edit Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Content (see screnshot), Flash Component Support, Optimized Flash Sprite Handling and Flash Content Playback Improvements (playback performance gains of 15–70%).

Well, pretty good. Macromedia has released the Macromedia Flash MX 2004 and Director MX 2004 Resource Center to help you out with some important choices and combinations. Basically Macromedia say:

"- Use Macromedia Flash MX 2004 to create streaming vector animation, lightweight video, and Rich Internet Applications, both for devices and the web.
- Use Director MX 2004 to create extensible multimedia content that utilizes long form (or streaming) video, including advanced 3D games and learning applications, deployable across multiple mediums.
- Then combine the two solutions to build the most engaging, powerful, and easy-to-deploy Internet content that leverages the strengths of both applications."

Macromedia also provides some interesting comparisons and guidelines:

- Quick Comparison Chart
- When to Use Flash
- When to Use Director
- When to Use Them Together
- Video Comparison
- Terminology Comparison
- Player Comparison

Visit the Macromedia Flash MX 2004 and Director MX 2004 Resource Center for more information.

January 8, 2004

Content syndication (RSS Feed and JavaScript) for: Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 Tutorials: The Definitive List!!!



I'm very pleased to announce that content syndication (RSS 2.0, RSS 0.91 and JavaScript) for "Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 Tutorials: The Definitive List" is available!

You can add these feeds to your aggregators or display the contents of The Definitive List in your blog, website or application. You can also customize your own feeds: just send me a private message via the board.
Select your favorites lists-forums! You can display the contents in your blog, website or application and offer to your readers your "Definitive RSS Feed List" and "Definitive JavaScript Content Display List". If you have a list-forum, customize your own RSS feed and JavaScript!

The links for the Full Blend (Full blend: last 99 topics. Important note: Currently there are at least 415 tutorials, tips and articles listed!! So you might to browse the Definitive List via the search feature, don't miss anything!):
RSS 2.0
RSS 0.91
JavaScript

Check The Hall of Justhese, category aggregators, to see the RSS feeds (2.0 - 0.91) in action.
For the JavaScript syndication, check it out here the JavaScript Full Blend (cool isn't? Imagine your blog or website displaying the full blend like that or just your forum-list favorite!!!):
JavaScript Display - Full Blend - Last 99

December 15, 2005

Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 eSeminar

Register here for a "one-hour eSeminar on Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 software with featured speakers Daniel Grotta and Sally Wiener Grotta, PC Magazine's digital photography gurus."
Learn

"how to use Premiere Elements to:
* Import your videos from your DV camcorder or digital camera into your computer
* Combine clips into a single movie
* Add special effects, transitions, text and music
* Control the timing of all the elements in your movie
* Output your movie to DVD (with professional menus), or for the Web, to VHS or Windows Mobile-based media players. "

Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0, Dec 19, 2005, 2 p.m. Eastern / 11 a.m. Pacific (60 minutes)


Well is time to ask for our dear Flash Player !!!!!!

February 16, 2006

Adidas-Polar training system

Nice video. I'll buy it.

May 30, 2006

"On2 Technologies Receives Patent for Video Optimization Technology"

"NEW YORK, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On2 Technologies, Inc. (Amex: ONT) announced today that it has been granted patent number 7,027,654 for advances first implemented in its TrueMotion VP6 and VP7 video compression technology. The patent was issued for an improved video compression system employing video decoding strategies that improve performance in constrained environments such as live video applications or in environments where CPU processing power is constrained."
Read more here.

September 17, 2006

The rise and rise of YouTube : The Guardian

"YouTube is the fastest growing online brand in the UK, increasing the number of its users by nearly 500% in the first six months of 2006."
Read more here.

September 19, 2006

Microsoft to launch YouTube rival (BBC & Mercury News)

Mercury News: "Unlike many Microsoft products, though, Soapbox will work with several different formats: Microsoft Windows or Apple Computer operating systems, Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Mozilla's Firefox Web browsers, and Windows Media Player or Adobe Flash media formats." Link.
BBC: ""Microsoft is jumping on this bandwagon with some uncertainty with where it's going, but the company believes it needs to be on board," Joe Wilcox, an analyst at Jupiter Research, told Reuters news agency."Link.
See soapbox in action.

October 11, 2006

Adobe Buys Mobile Software Technology Developed by Actimagine

"Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the acquisition of vector graphics technology developed by Actimagine, a company that develops, patents, and licenses software solutions in the field of video and interactive vector graphics. With Flash® technology already established on high-end mobile handsets around the world, the acquisition will extend the reach of Adobe mobile technologies, including Adobe® Flash Lite™, to high-volume, mass market devices. Under the terms of the agreement, Actimagine will also incorporate existing and future versions of Adobe Flash Lite technology into their service offerings."
Read more here.

October 19, 2006

Adobe Extends Video Software Offerings with Acquisition of Serious Magic

"Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced it has acquired Serious Magic Inc.™, maker of video software and communications tools for creative professional, business, consumer, and education markets. With Serious Magic solutions such as DV Rack extending direct-to-disk recording and monitoring into the field and Visual Communicator and Vlog It™ delivering the power of video communication to general business users and casual bloggers, the acquisition strengthens Adobe's leadership position in video software -- for both video professionals and consumers."
Read more here.

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