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July 19, 2003

XML sockets

Thanks to Jason Schubring for share this links in the flashnewbie list.

The quest for preloading powers

Following the tradition of the greatest actionScriptsHeroes...

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July 22, 2003

XML (General)

Great XML tutorial:
A Free XML editor:
Director :Using the XML Parser Xtra
Integrating XML and Flash in a Web Application
Tips for viewing XML generated in a trace output window or a visual property editor :
Creating a JPEG slide show with XML

July 29, 2003

Loading images (general)

[Update August 12, 2003]
Slideshow and transitions classes by Bokel:
Slideshow prototype "Slice of Life" by Pete:
img2swf: dynamic image loading
As Flashmagazine writes:
" Since the release of Flash MX we have been able to load an image file into Flash at run time. Due to codec and player size issues though, this has been limited to files in JPEG format. img2swf changes all that."
Read the entire post at:
Breadcrumbs: Dynamically Loading Images
"This tutorial will show you how to dynamically load images from any URL. This article assumes basic knowledge of Flash MX. "
Read the tutorial at:


Loading images dynamically in Macromedia Flash MX
How to Use the Easy Slideshow Component v1.0
Scaling Slideshow component. Scales to the image size.;=275
A thumbnail gallery based on the scrollpane.;=173
Loop Engine component for creating 360 panoramic viewer,sliding mc,menu and some other loop effect.;=165
* ZoomPane. * ExtendedFScrollPaneClass. (used to communicate between
ZoomPane and FScrollPane). * MouseCursors.;=223
Creating a JPEG slide show with XML

August 1, 2003

LoaderClass by R. Bokel and C. Moock

Don't miss this excellent LoaderClass() by Ralf Bokelberg and Colin Moock.
As Colin Moock, the author of Actionscript - The Definitive Guide stated lately: Preloading still is a major problem for a lot of flashers. The different interfaces to the different filetypes (SWF, XML, Text, Sound), the asynchronous behaviour of the loading process and the uncomplete errorhandling alltogether make preloading really hard to handle. This is why Colin started a petition and proposed a new interface for preloading.
The LoaderClass is based on Colin's interface proposal. Some changes and additions had to be made, because of practical implications.
The loader class documentation is here:
Don't forget to donate if you fnd the class useful.

aSH loader class selection

Hopefuly I'll launch my site soon!!

For my flash console, I decided to work with the Loader built by Bokel who turned Moock's MovieClipLoader-Interface into an universal Loader interface.
In his words:
The new class is able to load and show the loading progress of Sound, XML, LoadVars and MovieClips.

It is true, this is the continuation of my last post. I recomended this class.
In helpQLODhelp you can download the class and one example, here the permalink. For the download, there is a problem with some html tags, so if you find a 404 error edit the link in your browser the current LoaderClass is available at or at the left hand side of
Please donate to this guys if you find useful their work.

August 3, 2003

LoadClass v1.01, dynColortween Mx v1.01 and bouncy menu system

For my fl_aSH console, I'm working with Bokel's LoadClass v1.01, Tatsuo Kato's dynColorTween Mx v1.01 and a bouncy menu system built by Peter Amisano from PB&J; Solutions, who got inspired by

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August 4, 2003

Getting started with XML and Flash

If you need selected articles, tutorials and resources to learn how to use XML with Flash, this article 'XML and Macromedia Flash from start to finish" writed by Mike Chambers is what you need.
So you want to create dynamic Macromedia Flash content, and everyone is telling you to use XML with Flash. But you know nothing about XML, and have no idea where to start.

August 5, 2003

Samuel Wan's Fisheye Menu and Muzak's XML news headlines

Fisheye menus are preferred by many users (not all). There are recommended for optional use where selection from a long list is required.

[quote]"Users [study] preferred the fisheye menus for browsing tasks, and hierarchical menus for goal-directed tasks."[/quote] (Benjamin Bederson)
[quote]"fisheye views have a strong advantage in browsing scenarios, but scrollers have a slight advantage during goal-directed tasks (when user knows exactly what he/she's looking for)"[/quote] (Samuel Wan)

Fish eyes menus
By by Benjamin B. Bederson, Computer Science Department,
University of Maryland
Click here
Fisheye menu v.1.01
Fisheye Menu Usability:
Fisheye Menu in Flash MX:
Fisheye Menu 1.01 Patch:
/*Fisheye Menu in Flash MX, by Samuel Wan. May 2002
For overview and research citations, refer to Actionscript comments in first keyframe.*/
XML news headlines;=27
/*XML news headlines by Muzak. For overview, refer to Actionscript comments in first keyframe.*/

August 8, 2003

Bokel released LoaderClass 1.02

[Update August 12, 2003]
Thread in Chattyfig on "Bokel's Preloader Class - Revisited"
Thread in Chattyfig on "Bokel's Preloader Class - Queue Management?"
Thread in Chattyfig on "Bokel's Preloader Class - "onLoadProgress" callback function"
Thread (december 2002) in Chattyfig on "Is Bokel's onLoad method applicable with onData?"

[update August 9, 2003]
More information :
Flashcoders: Thread in Chattyfig on "Bokel's Preloader Class".
There is also a good explanation about class creation by [email protected]
Joen Weidemann post in Chattyfig on "Yet Another Preloader Question":
I cannot imagine anything simpler and more effective than Bokel's preloaderClass. It really works. It's already written. You only
need to add [...]

As you can remember, the Bokel's LoaderClass was my final selection. Now, Bokel released LoaderClass 1.02. This guy is serious. Really. Please read the release and don't forget to donate if you find his work useful!

Did you say "level"?

Yes! And layers, depths, loadMovie, loadMovieNum, _root, _level0, preload and park...! Take a look at this references and say "level" like me. ::Trying to answer 8 questions in one post ;)::

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August 15, 2003

"Flash based blog"... "flash blog viewer"... You think that's air you're breathing now?

"Why many flashers (scripters and developers) don't use flash based blogs?" Ok, we already know why, but many humans still don't know why (some flashers just don't know how). My 2 cents: some links, sources and discussions on flash based blogs and flash blog viewers.

Morpheus: How did I beat you?
Neo: Your too fast.
Morpheus: Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place? You think that's air you're breathing now?... Again.
(Matrix transcript)

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August 17, 2003

actionScriptHero flash aggregator: The Hall of Justhese

Don't miss the adventures of the most famous actionScript Heroes in the World! For the first time, you can find them together in the Hall of Justhese!
Bookmark this Flash Based Aggregator to stay current with the last world news about Flash.

Read the summaries of:
+ The blogs of the most famous Flash developers in the planet,
+ Macromedia blogs,
+ Flash Team Macromedia blogs.
Get the last resources:
+ Components, flas, tutorials, add-on tools, code, kits...
+ Select your favorite aggregator an read it
+ Read the last tech news in the world
Flash design:
+ Read the last news in Flash design
World News:
+ You can even read the last news selecting your favorite source... and much more!
The best of the Flash World selected and syndicated by aSH for you. Stay tunned! Keep in touch with the Flash Community!

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August 21, 2003

Edgar A. POE, aSH and typewriter effects: What a HELL!

Clients can be so scary as to cause chills and shudders. That's right. Typewriter effect, loadXML, loadVARS, different speed... quickly! :-O Luckyly I had this component... Sources and links of corse, and my picture reading Edgar A. Poe "The Tell-Tale Heart"!

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August 22, 2003

Flash based RSS viewer using a txt file. No database needed.

Following my latest notes about Flash based blogs and Flash based viewers (see actionScriptHero flash based aggregator too), here a really easy customizable RSS viewer to integrate in your site. You can add your preferred feeds and offer to your visitants acces to summarys (with links) of your selected sites. You don't need databases, just add your feeds to a txt file.
This Flash based RSS viewer was developed by Jorge Solis, from Is one of the most easy Flash RSS viewers I think, that's why I recommend his utilisation if you don't have access to databases.
Only requirement: PHP (4 or above. You don't need to touch those files).
A taste? See my adventure. For more information, demos and downloads please go to flash-db. com, click here (In this page you'll find an HTML reader, Flash 5 reader, RSS viewer Flash 6 using MySQL, and the RSS reader).
If you have some questions, visit the board of here. If you want my advice, I'll be glad to share my experience with you (feel free to post your questions), although I'm pretty sure that in you'll find all the information that you need.

September 6, 2003

And I got a hero in the clouds.

This week Brajeshwar got 2 ergonomic chairs from Steve Rachels and Richard Carr. Well, I got a "hero in the clouds". Richard Carr (aka flash ho) send me his own version of "aSH". With this Scaling Slideshow Component (Armen Abrahamyan) you can see his artwork. See his movies here: v.1.0 v.2.0.

Thank you Richard!

About Richard Carr:
[email protected]
Former Architect, presently woodworker/furniture designer, turned into a flash ho. Currently doing Flash, video and multimedia presentations.

September 14, 2003

Flash Parade 2003 in France: Come to learn, understand and relax. [Featuring XML Load Image by Muzak,]

[quote]Decidedly, the air of Paris does not resemble any other air. It has in it something indescribably stimulating, exciting, intoxicating, which fills you with a strange longing to dance about and to do many other things. As soon as I arrive here, it seems to me, all of a sudden, that I have taken a bottle of champagne.[/quote]
Guy de Maupassant on "A QUEER NIGHT IN PARIS".

Well, now the air of Marseille does not resemble any other air. Marseille, a beautiful French city with 26 centurys of history, has "something indescribably stimulating, exciting, intoxicating" too. And in this amazing city, the Flash Parade 2003, organized by the French MM User Group "Vison Flash", takes place in October 9, 10 & 11, 2003.
Come to Learn, come to Understand and come to Relax. Read the program!
Flash Parade 2003. October 9, 10 & 11. Marseille - France
If you want, you can visit some html pages:
Program / Registration / Acces / Flash parade Festival
REMEMBER: The promotional code FP2003a1f it's not valid after September 20th!!

About this adventure:
Photos by aSH. Taken in Paris at the "Festival de la Musique" (Music Festival) 2003.
The application:
XML Load Image by Muzak,
[quote]This sample show how to load an XML file, display the XML data in a UI ListBox and when an item is selected, an image is loaded into a UI ScrollPane[/quote].
To see the sample and download it, visit with this link.

October 13, 2003

Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 Tutorials: The Definitive List (First Edition)

[RELEASE: The Second and definitive Edition is online!! Tons of tutorials, tips and articles!!! You can check it here. TIP: Use the search feature with keywords or authors to find your favorites topics. Note: this page will not longer be updated with tutorials, check the new version.]

[Announce: January 10, 2004: RSS and JavaScript Generator launched! Now you can create your own RSS Feeds and JavaScript! Display listings of tutorials in your blog or website and syndicate The Definitive List setting your preferences! Read announcement here.]

[Announce: January 9, 2004: Content Syndication is available (RSS 2.0 - RSS 0.91 and JavaScript)! Read announce here and visit The Definitive List: you'll find the RSS feeds and JavaScripts at the top of every page.]

[Announce: December 12, 2003: Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 Tutorials: The Definitive List (Second Edition) will be released the next week. New environment with search feature, new and updated tutorials. Stay tunned!]
[Update: October 27, 2003: 152 links]
[Update: October 15, 2003: 131 links]
[Update: October 14, 2003: 127 links]
[October 13, 2003: 117 links]
Below there are list of tutorials, tips and articles (In English, French and Dutch) on Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 that I have begun to put together. I figured that it might be useful for the Flash Community, so here it is, a centralized and selected source since the release of Flash MX 2004 a month ago. Enjoy the series.

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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 7, 2004

CNET News: Ten tips for killer Web services

"We've synthesized the best and worst practices of early adopters into tips that business and information technology managers should follow to avoid common pitfalls and build killer Web services." Read more here link.

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

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

January 15, 2004

New Developer Center articles available (January 15, 2004)

Great stuff! Central! Central! My favorites: Using Regular Expressions in Macromedia Central by Byron Saltysiak, The mDialogBox Component: Not Your Father's Dialog Box by Phillip Kerman. A flash article Bike Trips Sample: Using the XMLConnector Component by Leo Schuman, J.D. and more!
Byron's article rocks!

January 23, 2004

XML and Flash. A synthetic history of tutorials, tips and articles.

XML Tutorial -

Recent TOP resource:
Jen deHaan: XML in Flash -

Macromedia Developer Center, XML Topic Center

Flash 5 - Flash MX:
Mike Chambers: XML and Macromedia Flash from start to finish -
A Technical Introduction to XML -
Introduction to XML -
XML and Flash 5 -
Integrating XML and Flash in a Web Application
Tools: XML object - Helen Triolo -
XML Object - Helen Triolo -
Getting XML into Flash - Helen Triolo -
List XML contents - Helen Triolo -
XML -> Object (again) -
XMLNitro -
AS Dictionary XML (object) -
Flash MX XML Quicktip for Developers -
XML 101 -
Create and Edit XML in Flash -
XML to and from Flash -
Kirupa on XML with Tuts XML-PHP

Flash MX 2004:
Data Integration Overview - (TOP, samples, breeze presentations, tutorials...)
LordAlex: How to populate a ComboBox using the XMLConnector -
L. S.: Bike Trips Sample: Using the XMLConnector Component -
LoadVars carga XML AS2 (spanish) -
Building an XML News Reader Sample in Flash MX Pro 2004 -
XML Tutorial: Timesheet (Flash MX Pro 2004) -
XUpdateTutorial: Update the Timesheet (Flash MX Pro 2004) -
Peter Brouwers: Commands tutorial, XML to UI version 2.2 (Path: Menu>>Flash MX 2004>>Commands tutorial) -
mama: Etendre Flash avec JSFL et XML to UI (in French) -
Neil Webb: Loading Images Via XML into Flash MX 2004 -
Neil Webb: Loading External XML formatted Content -
Note: The tuts/tips for XML and Flash MX 2004 were found in The Definitive List. Check this link to try the search feature. Remember that The Definitive List has RSS and JavaScript syndication, a Mobile Edition for mobile devices (Palm - Pocket PC) and a RSS and JavaScript Generator to customize your feeds. You'll find all this features at the top of every page of The Definitive List. More soon. Stay tunned. Syndicate The Definitive List with the official feed (left column in this page).

Were-Here XML forum

Flashcoder thread:
XML tutorial (April 2002)

Macromedia Central (your next step - unavoidable):
Central XML object
Using XML objects to send data

1. There are tons of resources for XML and Images/Pictures/JPG etc.. and they are not included here! See my firsts post in the "Loading Images" category.
2. Reproductions, errata, distributions, blogs posts, forums posts, etc of this post/list are allowed and encouraged.
3. It would be VERY NICE if the community post in blogs, forums, comments... their bookmarks by topics! Please, do it!
4. If you have more links that you want to share here, please use the comments section. Give back! :D Share your findings!

February 10, 2004

MTgotoAndComment: a flash based form for Movable Type comment system. The swf rocking the blog world!

Ladies and Gentlemans, MTgotoAndComment by St馭ane Funaro (

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February 12, 2004

The Data Connection Wizard and The Wonderful City of Oz

"Even with eyes protected by the green spectacles, Dorothy and her friends were at first dazzled by the brilliancy of the wonderful City. The streets were lined with beautiful houses all built of green marble and studded everywhere with sparkling emeralds. They walked over a pavement of the same green marble, and where the blocks were joined together were rows of emeralds, set closely, and glittering in the brightness of the sun. The window panes were of green glass; even the sky above the City had a green tint, and the rays of the sun were green."
L Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Chapter 11 - The Wonderful City of Oz

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