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Paint.NET: Free Image Editor for Windows

Posted December 22, 2004 by senocular

Paint.NET is a very interesting free image editor for Windows that is said to be a kind of MS Paint replacement. The current version (2.0) is nice feature-wise but can't quite compete with MS Paint's speed. The other free alternative, Gimp, which recently reached version 2.2, is cross-platform and has even more to offer. Paint.NET, however, is a great, simple Windows image editing application that I would most certainly suggest for someone like my younger brother.

Erain Swift 3D Holiday Offer

Posted December 19, 2004 by senocular

For anyone who hasn't bought their copy of Swift 3D yet, now may be your chance. Erain is offering a holiday price cut of $70 from the Swift 3D/Swift Xpress bundle and providing free shipping. This will last until January 15th of next year.

Fireworks Tutorial: Creating Custom Auto Shapes

Posted December 19, 2004 by senocular

The tutorial on Creating Custom Auto Shapes for Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 is complete.

- Covers Auto Shapes, Auto Shape tools and Auto Shapes as utilities
- Explains most every detail of Auto Shape creation and Auto Shape capability
- Has over a dozen auto shape examples each with fully commented source files
- Offers a collection of useful functions that can help with Auto Shape development and
- Lists bugs and and common pitfalls never before documented

I think a big reason there aren't many more Auto Shapes out there is because people just don't know how to make them. Hopefully this will shed some light on the subject :smile:

Macromedia Edge: December 2004

Posted December 17, 2004 by senocular

The new Edge newsletter is out for December. You can check it out here. Highlights include a FlashPaper case study with Erain and a section on Fireworks tips and tricks. As always, don't expect much from these articles, they're pretty flaky. For instance, in the Fireworks tips and tricks article, no real tips or tricks were given; mostly only standard features were covered and not to any real extent (even at the end the tips weren't anything un-intuitive). Nevertheless, the article focuses on a few developers and how they use these features in their work which makes for some worthy light reading.

Happy Penguin Holidays From Macromedia

Posted December 16, 2004 by senocular

As if there wasn't enough penguin games out there, Macromedia has brought us another one in the form of a 2004 Holidays Greeting. Its cute, but not very hard. I managed to get a perfect 30 on my second jump.

In Progress: Fireworks Auto Shape Tutorial

Posted December 08, 2004 by senocular

Ever think about making your own Auto Shapes for Fireworks? Decide against it because you didn't know how? Hopefully that will soon change. I'm currently working on an Auto Shape tutorial that should make Auto Shape creation easy enough for anyone capable and willing. Much like most of my tutorial attempts, it's quickly becoming long and bloated. I have no ETA yet, but hopefully it will be out by year's end. You can see my notes and a preview of what I have so far here.

New Flash MX File: Collapsing Menus

Posted December 06, 2004 by senocular

By request, I have created some collapsing menus and included them for download. There are 3 types of menus available, all of which should be quite easy to edit and customize as needed.

New Fireworks AutoShape: File Info

Posted December 02, 2004 by senocular

This new simple auto shape, File Info, for Fireworks creates a bar at the bottom of your document listing out various properties of that document such as name, size, resolution, etc. The format of these properties is fully customizable using the control point provided with the shape.

New Fireworks Extension: Simple Linked Selection

Posted November 29, 2004 by senocular

Here is a new Fireworks extension (panel) that allows you to have linked objects. By linked objects I mean that when you select one, the others become selected along with it, much like how linked objects work in something like photoshop. Here, however, you have no handy link icon in your layers panel; its all really kind of hidden. No worries; I'm working on a more enhanced version that provides a layers panel-like inspector for object selection and linkage handling. Then again, I may never get to finish it (so bring back the worries). In the mean time, you can use this simple version if you find the feature useful.

New Flash MX Files: Preloading Images

Posted November 19, 2004 by bob

I just uploaded two new Flash MX flas, Load Consecutive jpgs and Preload Next Image. I made these a good while ago for a basic preloading tutorial I fear I'll just never get to. No point in letting them rot away on my hard drive as they have been doing for this long.

Updates: Here are some other new files added: