Apache Flex 4.11+ and OSMF Quick-Tip

When using Apache Flex 4.11 (or 4.12) – and the Spark VideoDisplay component (based around OSMF)… you may encounter the following runtime error: TypeError: Error #1009: Cannot access a property or method of a null object reference. This happens when attempting to reference the videoObject element of a VideoDisplay component. For example, when attaching a camera: videoDisplay.videoObject.attachCamera(camera); Why does this work correctly in 4.10 and breaks in never versions of Apache Flex? As explained in this bug report, it is because of the newer version of OMSF which is distributed with Apache Flex 4.11 and higher. This is a bug

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Apache Flex 4.12.0

With the release of Apache Flex 4.12.0, users can now get the SDK and related libraries through use of the excellent AIR-based installer. A few choices, a couple clicks, and you have the final bits. So what’s new in this release of Flex? Here are the release notes and official Apache announcement. Once you have the SDK, simply add it to Flash Builder or whatever IDE you use to write Flex applications. The installer makes this so simple.

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Flash Platform Rundown – End of November, 2013

Updates to Flash Player 12 and AIR 4 betas Adobe has updated the beta runtimes to include some really cool new features on top of the ones which have already been announced. These include an improved packager for iOS, ANE resource improvements in Android, textfield enhancements for desktop, and a new Context3D convenience array. More details on each of these features is included below. Flash is alive and well! iOS – Improved Packaging Engine We’re very excited about this new feature. The new packaging engine we’re working on can improve iOS packaging time up to 10 times over the current

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Flash Platform Rundown – Week of November 10th, 2013

A ton of things happened in the Flash Platform world over the past week. There is a lot to take in – so let’s get started! Flash Player 12 and AIR 4 betas This week saw the initial beta releases for both Flash Player 12 and Adobe AIR 4. The Adobe Flash Platform runtimes, Flash Player and AIR, together enable businesses to efficiently deliver rich customer experiences across multiple digital touch points. With Flash Player and AIR, content can easily and consistently move between the browser, standalone applications and native operating systems to reach users on the devices of their

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Flash Platform Rundown – Week of November 3rd, 2013

As the end of the year approaches, I imagine news will thin out a bit as people go about celebrating holidays and wrapping up the current year. This may go bi-weekly during this time depending upon how much news there is. This week also includes a pretty significant milestone: the 2 year anniversary of the announcement by Adobe that they would no longer develop the Android browser plugin version of the Flash Player. The effects of that decision can be felt even today – but the most disastrous consequence is the gutting of what was an absolutely unique community of

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