Running Phaser as a Chrome Application

When I was testing out different mobile platforms for my new Lynda.com course, HTML5 Game Development with Phaser, I wanted to also explore how everything runs in both desktop and mobile browsers. Just pulling something up in Chrome for Android (for instance) works wonderfully… but you have to deal with browser chrome. I found a neat way to get around that and allow use of the prepared icon set to function as a shortcut to launch the game inside a nice, simple Chrome engine instance without all the browser UI.  This works for Chrome, in both the desktop (Windows 8.1,

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Parfait?

This… is very cool. Adobe has a beta project – accessible via web browser – which can introspect PSD files, extract contents, generate CSS… fonts… colors… gradients… pretty damn cool. Here’s a video of the thing in action: Nice. Check it out at https://projectparfait.adobe.com/

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Mobile App Tool with Brackets and TopCoat

I came across this new tool from Intel this morning: Intel XDK. I remember looking at this a while back in it’s previous incarnation but it wasn’t as appealing at the time. It didn’t offer much over other IDEs and the relience upon a login with Intel was off-putting. Since that time… and after the pain involved in teaching a course on PhoneGap – I’ve been looking for a solid tool I can recommend to my students which integrates a lot of the steps and tooling involved in mobile app development using PhoneGap. I want something you can code in,

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Another update to LevelUp for Photoshop CC: Level 5

LevelUp for Photoshop is a game of missions — and points and rewards — that guide you along the way of learning basic Adobe® Photoshop® CC software skills. If you are just starting to use Photoshop, this is the game for you. We just shipped an updated version of LevelUp that contains a new, fifth, level. This new level has missions to help you create a poster, which is a bit different from the first four, which are all related to photography. New in this version (1.1.0) of LevelUp for Photoshop CC: An additional level to attain – Level 5:

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Flash Professional CC – Toolkit for Dart

With Flash Professional CS6, Adobe released an extension called “Toolkit for CreateJS” which allowed Flash Professional content to be exported for use in the HTML5 canvas element via CreateJS libraries. With Flash Professional CC – the toolkit is actually integrated into the core product. Why stop at CreateJS? Along with Flash Professional CC – Adobe is also releasing an additional toolkit as an extension… “Toolkit for Dart“. From the FAQ: The Toolkit for Dart is an extension to Flash Professional CC to publish artwork and animation to the Dart language, which is a class-based, object-oriented language and compiles to efficient

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Creative Cloud : Massive Update

As announced at Adobe MAX 2013 – the new suite of creative tools from Adobe has now gone live. The distribution method is quite different from past years of course – since the new CC apps are only available through Creative Cloud. Your favorite tools are about to get even better. Introducing Creative Cloud™ desktop applications, including Adobe® Photoshop® CC and Illustrator® CC. They’re the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync — files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your

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Absinthe Dilution Faerie 2.0

Absinthe Dilution Faerie version 2.0 is now available for free via Google Play! “Absinthe Dilution Faerie” is a small application which calculates how much water one should temper a dose of absinthe with in accordance with the ABV percentage as laid out by Michael Meyers of The Wormwood Society. So what’s new in this version? Quite a bit! New application imagery Default database of absinthes Clicking upon an absinthe will load it into the calculator Ability to add your favorite absinthes to the database Database management: add/update/delete Include tasting notes for each brand of absinthe So… go download and louche

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