Back from VRA25

So I am back from the VRA conference in Kansas City, MO. I have to say that this was the absolute worst travel experience I’ve ever had. Not because of the conference itself, or the hotel, or anything like that- mostly just because I was sick the entire time and having a head cold while traveling by airplane is pretty much a guarantee that you are going to have some extra issues. In this case- my hearing was so messed up that I could barely carry a conversation with anyone while I was there. On the technical side there were

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Adobe CS3 Upgrade Paths?

Various Amazon worlwide stores have posted pricing info and box art for the upcoming Adobe CS3 product suites that will be officially announced tomorrow. Depending on where you look, both upgrade and ‘upsell’ pricing is present alongside the full retail licenses. I hope that the Adobe store will offer a variety of upgrade paths as many of us own both a collection of Adobe software and also Macromedia Studio 8. Fractured Vision Media is licensed with both Studio 8 and the CS2 Production Studio Bundle- so we pretty well have the CS2 version of the new “CS3 Master Collection” being

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Apollo Security Sandbox

The documentation released along with the Apollo downloads is tremendous. Brushing through on a basic level, I’ve found the following item of interest: SWF files installed with Apollo applications do not need to look for cross-domain policy files. Capabilities that normally require another SWF file to grant access by calling the Security.allowDomain() method are not restricted to SWF files installed in Apollo applications. This sounds very good. I’ve always found Flash Player security a bit restrictive. No other platform that I’m aware of has such tight rules about reading crossdomain data. It is also stated that: All other resources—those that

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CamStudio: Premiere/After Effects Solution

CamStudio 2.0 is a free screen capture tool that can be used in the creation of tutorials, demos, and such. You can configure it to either output a SWF or AVI file. I prefer AVI because it enables me to edit, add title screens, and do general production tasks before outputting to FLV for delivery. CamStudio gives the user quite a bit of flexibility in choosing the codec used to compress the video. One such codec is the “CamStudio Lossless Codec v1.0” which does a fine job of maintaining high frame rates, while preserving small details and even rendering gradient

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ActionScript 3.0 Drawing API Example

This is a small module I wrote as a migration exercise from AS2 to AS3. Written using FlashDevelop and the Flex SDK, there are probably a few small things I could work at to optimize the code, but as an introductory exercise, I am fairly pleased. The actual drawing process is very smooth- I’m really impressed with the performance of the new VM. Oh, and making images available through code is very cool: 1 [Embed(source="bg0.jpg")][Embed(source="bg0.jpg")] Also of note are new drawing API methods which greatly simplify the creation of basic circles, rectangles, and such: 1 2 3 4 5 6

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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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