Tutorials, extensions, and source files for ActionScript, Flash, and other Adobe products.


Flash Video Kit

Posted August 18, 2004 by senocular

Recently there has been a push for Flash video coming from Macromedia. This is reflected in their latest two press releases, Macromedia - Press Room : Macromedia Flash Video Enables More Effective Online Experiences, and more recently the announcement of the new Flash Video Kit for Dreamweaver MX 2004.

The good: The Flash Video Kit will make adding Flash video in Dreamweaver a snap (or at least easier than it was before) and will be free up until Sept. 30!

The bad: It requires Flash MX 2004 Professional and is only free to people who purchase or upgrade to Macromedia Studio MX 2004 by then. Otherwise it'll set you back about $50.

The ugly: my face after reading it was free but that I didn't qualify for it as being so :angry:

Wrapping Up "Introduction to XML" Tutorial

Posted August 13, 2004 by senocular

By request, I started working on, and am now (hopefully) fairly near completion of an XML tutorial for Flash. A lot of it is very basic but some important concepts are covered and... and, well, its long. I've been writing it under one file directly in Dreamweaver and, currently, an IE print preview puts it in at 43 pages.

SIGGRAPH 2004 Comes to an End

Posted August 13, 2004 by senocular

SIGGRAPH 2004 has finished up today (having started last sunday the 8th running through to today the 12th). There is a blog on blogspot recounting the events. SIGGRAPH is THE conference for computer graphics and interactive technology (well less so now than it was 5-10 years ago). I strongly suggest checking it out if you haven't already been keeping up.

Two New Flash Source Files Added

Posted August 12, 2004 by senocular

Just uploaded two new source files. One, rotatearoundabsolutecenter.fla, is a Flash 5 file (though it still applies to MX+) which shows how getBounds can be used to rotate a movieclip around its absolute center no matter where its registration point is placed. The other, changemoviecliptimeline.fla, shows a method of changing the _parent of a movieclip, or, how to move a movieclip from one timeline to another (doing so with a class called FreeRangeMovieClip).

KirupForum vs Billy Bussey Forum (updated)

Posted August 09, 2004 by senocular

Kirupaforum.com and the forums over at billybussey.com have engaged in a friendly battle. Unbeknownst to me, I was entered. Last night was the (well, my) deadline so, last night, before I fell asleep, I whipped this up.

Entry (source)

I spent maybe a couple of hours on it, though, admittedly, much of that time was also spent on IRC and chatting with others. I had planned more, but I got tired so I went to bed - you know how that goes.

Still, it's not horrible. Update: The source file is now available (made using Flash MX).

Voting will take place on blinking8s's forum.


Posted August 08, 2004 by senocular

There's a new name in town, and that name is flamingbarrel. Yes, that's right, our very own friend Ahmed is working on a new version of his site and I'm happy to report that it will continue to be branded with his flaming barrel (err... "orange"). To commemorate this, I present http://www.flamingbarrel.com - your portal to the flaming barrel!

Keep an eye out for updates and a brand spanking new look. You never know where the flaming barrel may roll to next.

Flash Drawing Pad with Load/Save via PHP (updated)

Posted August 03, 2004 by senocular

Here is something I started probably a few years ago but never really completed until yesterday when I saw a request for something similar over at http://www.kirupaforum.com. It's a simple drawing pad created in Flash MX which will let you save your drawing to a server and then let you reload it again for future reference/use. This example uses PHP, though really any server technology can be used since the drawing is saved and loaded as a simple text file.

Check it out

Updated: You can now save and load any number of files.

The idea behind the concept when I started it way back when was just to create a format for storing Flash drawing API commands that could be kept in a file of minimal file size. The result was the ASDRecorder class.

Small DW extension: Open site selection

Posted August 02, 2004 by senocular

When working in dreamweaver, the one panel I use most is easily the site panel. It outlines all the files in my site and gives me access to each for editing. However, the site panel does not always provide the solution to my needs. For example, I may have an image folder with a large number of images which I am unfamiliar with. It would be nice to be able to look at a thumbnail listing of those images quickly and easily. The best way to do that would be to open a folder view of that folder and list the files as thumbnails. Easy! However, often my site is defined on some obscure location on my hard drive making it difficult to navigate to, and, sadly, DW provides no direct way to open a folder from the site panel (at least that I know of). Well, not until now.

This simple extension does exactly that; it takes any single folder selected within the site panel and opens it in explorer for file viewing (Windows only). Files, too, can be opened in this way, though, because explorer.exe is being used to open the selection, it usually appears in IE (depending on file type). Simply select a folder (file) in the site panel and select Open site selection from the Commads menu to open it.


*Macromedia Extension Manager required to install.

Flashpaper 2

Posted July 27, 2004 by senocular

Along with the introduction of Contribute 3 comes Flashpaper 2. Flashpaper is a PDF-like format for printable material that is handled through the Flash player and can open documents in a browser window in under a second - much faster than Adobe's Acrobat Reader. Flashpaper 2 allows not only the creation of Flash Flashpaper documents but PDF as well.

See Flashpaper examples here.

Computer Weekly also has a brief article on it.

Flash 7.2 (Ellipsis) Released

Posted July 27, 2004 by senocular

Codenamed "Ellipsis," the new Flash updater (for Standard and Professional versions of Flash MX 2004) has been released and is available on Macromedia's updates page here.

A list of changes/updates can be found here and include:

  • Over 400 new code examples
  • The percentage of entries with examples has grown from 43% to 98%
  • Increased the amount of ActionScript documentation by 85%
  • Added 21 new documentation example FLA files demonstrating common application functionality
  • Fixed over 2000 documentation issues
  • Added 2 new chapters about working with Components
  • Rewrote 2 existing Components chapters, including styles and skinning info
  • Updated Styles info for every component

Despite the vast array of improvements, Macromedia admits Flash is still not perfect and known issues are also listed. Some of which won't be addressed until the next full release of Flash. :doh: