Some Thoughts on Flex Builder 2

I was able to devote an entire day to working with Flex Builder yesterday and am very pleased with the experience. Having previously done work in Flex and ActionScript 3 in FlashDevelop using the Flex SDK, using a dedicated tool was very liberating. I have nothing whatsoever bad to say about FlashDevelop, but Flex Builder is a full Flex editing environment and who wouldn’t want that? Some of the features I particularly enjoyed include; full featured DEBUGGER!, layout/design mode, full class integration and context menus, package explorer panel, and the integrated language reference. One thing that is driving me nuts

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The Necessity of ‘Extended’ or ‘Professional’ Versions

These thoughts are spawned by the announcement today of of an ‘extended’ version of Photoshop CS3. I’ve never seen the reasoning behind having two versions of a product like this. Take Flash 8 vs. Flash 8 Professional for example- the difference in feature set between the two versions is huge! I [perhaps wrongly] assume that anyone shelling out that much cash for a product would always pay the extra hundred dollars for the more comprehensive version. I cannot help but see the situation as a ‘full’ version of the product vs. a ‘light’ version no matter what it is actually

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Presenting at the VRA Conference

I’ll be presenting my work with Flash Media Server and the DUVAGAII project as part of a panel on March 29th at the Visual Resources Association‘s 25th Anniversary conference. It should be a fairly interesting panel and I will be demonstrating some of the video tools I’ve authored allowing instructors to produce short clips of longer film materials online, at their leisure, for presentation in the classroom and on the web. For anyone interested in using the Flash Platform, Coldfusion, and Flash Media Server for dynamic video delivery, this should be a panel worth attending! A Burgeoning Beyond Restraint: Delivering

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Flash Media Encoder Released

Just picked up the news from Flashcomguru that the Adobe Flash Media Encoder has been released. I’d previously tested the beta version off of Adobe Labs and was very pleased with the results. We had looked into the streaming of live events through Flash Media Server previously, but due to the limitations of the Spark codec had dismissed FMS (for live events) in favor of MPEG4. This is huge!

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Flash Player Security Sandbox is Smothering Me…

I’m currently building a standalone app in Flash/AS2 translated to an execuatable via Screenweaver. What has really been a downer are the incredible restictions placed upon BitmapData.draw(), which is used heavily throughgout the application. The really terrible thing is that we own all of the domains the loaded images and video are originating from, but since a standalone app is not necessarily part of any domain, I cannot use the draw() method on any of the digital objects being loaded into this app. I understand that there is a way around this in ActionScript 3.0 using “LoaderContext.checkPolicyFile”, but we need

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