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FLASHPoint - Power Point to Flash Converter

Posted October 15, 2004 by senocular

Chironex software recently announced the release of FLASHPoint, a Power Point to Flash converter.
Quick and easy conversion from power point slide presentations to streaming flash content, ready for publishing on any website in seconds. FlashPoint takes your power point presentations to the next level. With a focus on simplicity and attention to detail, FLASHPoint is a key tool in your document management and web publishing solution

Cost is $29.95 USD and a free trial is available for download from their site.

CherryOS, Run OS X on Your Windows Box

Posted October 13, 2004 by senocular

Maui X-Stream has recently announced CherryOS, a PowerPC (Mac hardware) emulator for Windows (using Intel hardware) costing only $50. Wired has a pretty good story covering the announcement.

In the Wired article they quote programmer Kryeziu as saying that the 36,000 lines of code making up CherryOS and was inspired by the well known open source PowerPC emulator PearPC but is in no way based on it where Kryeziu said (and this is my favorite part), "They are way slow." PearPC can idealy provide speeds 1/15th the speed of emulated hardware whereas CherryOS claims 80%.

Some claim this is vaporware. Others claim that the software is in fact based off of PearPC. Who is right? Keep an eye on The Mac Observer as they intend to get a hold of the software and test it out, reporting on the results. You can see their story on the announcement here.

Open Source Flash Blog

Posted October 13, 2004 by senocular

egoldy from the kirupaforums posted a link to http://www.flashblog.org that offers a free download of an open source Flash blog (currently in beta 0.2) complete with Flash and PHP files. The site is in spanish so you may want to freshen up on your espanol.

Ariaware Flash Optimizer

Posted October 12, 2004 by senocular

There's a new Flash optimizer in town, Ariaware's Ariaware Optimizer. It boasts optimization for Flash movies and Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) that result up to 70% smaller file sizes. The best part? It's from Aral Balkan, Peter Hall and Burak Kalayci; well known members of the Flash community.

via eMediaWire article.

Fireworks Commands: Selection Commands

Posted October 11, 2004 by senocular

News has been a little slow and work on senoculog has been even slower so here is a new set of Fireworks commands. These are for general selections. Read about them and download them here.

Also, I've added a new command to the Path Commands collection. This command is the Invert command. I remember writing it a while ago but couldn't seem to find it when I gathered up the commands to be posted here so I rewrote it this morning (hopefully without error).

Laszlo RIA Platform Now Open Source

Posted October 05, 2004 by senocular

Eweek is reporting that Laszlo Systems has open-sourced their rich internet application platform. Laszlo Systems is a direct competitor with Macromedia who, too, have been pushing rich internet applications, or RIAs, for the web recently. Both provide Flash-based web solutions. From the article:
Lazslo President and CEO Steve Ciesinski said Laszlo decided to open-source its platform "to establish a free and open platform for rich client application development and deployment. As a result, we expect to accelerate the adoption of rich client applications on the open Web, as well as enhance the quality, performance and feature set of the Laszlo platform. Laszlo Systems will continue to develop the open-source platform, along with providing commercial application modules, support and education programs for customers."

Could Macromedia's decision to provide a free license for Flex be a direct result of this?

Flex Now Free For Non-commercial Use

Posted October 05, 2004 by senocular

Macromedia Flex can now be used free of charge thanks to the Macromedia(R) Flex(TM) non-commercial deployment licensing program. From BusinessWire:
The Macromedia Flex non-commercial/non-institutional deployment licensing program is free, but requires qualified participants to pay $8.99 to cover shipping and handling. The software for this program is expected to be available in November. An application for interested individuals will be available on macromedia.com in the coming weeks. In the meantime, email FlexLicense@macromedia.com to be notified when the application is available.

Definitely would be something I'd like to play with... if I ran my own server.

MAX 2004 Conference

Posted October 04, 2004 by senocular

Macromedia's second annual MAX conference is being held in New Orleans this year (from November 1-4).
The conference will address the increasing need for businesses to differentiate products and services in this expanding digital world and will emphasize the powerful role great experiences play on the Internet. Designers and developers can sharpen their skills, learn techniques from industry experts, and get up to date on the latest technologies.

Read more from the press release.

I love the idea for MAX - and I'd love to attend. But, much like with Captivate, it's just too rich for my blood. I can't afford to pay the standard registration fee of $1095 US to loaf around New Orleans for a couple of days to listen to banter about the direction of the industry (as much as I would like to).

Robodemo becomes Macromedia Captivate

Posted October 04, 2004 by senocular

Macromedia has a new piece of software out called Captivate which is what RoboDemo has matured into becoming. RoboDemo, a screen capture and training application which supported the Flash file format, was aquired by Macromedia last year. See the press release for Captivate here.

I'm all for what Captivate can do, however, at $500 US for a copy, it just doesn't seem worth it. Let them look at stills (and let them eat cake!).

Fireworks Commands: Mask Commands

Posted October 02, 2004 by senocular

And here are my Mask Commands. Descriptions of those commands are accessible in the link provided.

This will probably be the last collection of commands I release any time soon. There are a few more floating around on my hard drives but these past few sets were the bulk of them. Next I plan to put more focus on finishing up senoculog and getting that installed and running.