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senocular.com Design Preview

Posted March 06, 2004 by senocular

I sat down last night and made up a new design for the site. I chopped it up and HTML-ized it today. Here is a preview. If I need to go back to the drawing board, let me know ;) All I need to do now is work it into the news/downloads templates and it should be good to go. I expect to get that done by the end of the weekend.

Eolas's IE-threatening Patent Invalidated

Posted March 06, 2004 by senocular

It seems that, according to c|net, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated Eolas's patent claim that threatened how Microsoft's Internet Explorer handled plugins like Flash. This isn't a complete victory yet. Eolas still has 60 days to respond and there are more steps to be taken for this threat (a nightmare for all Flash developers) to be neutralized.

Macromedia to Develop AOL IM Tools

Posted March 05, 2004 by senocular

In other internetnews.com news, in AOL Eyes Enterprise, Mobile IM Growth there's mention of Macromedia developing for AOL:
[AOL] also recently signed a agreement to allow Macromedia to develop IM tools for its platform.

This presumably with via Central as, Daniel Dura points out, reflects an announcement made in Novemeber.

Flex, Rich Clients for Web Services

Posted March 05, 2004 by senocular

internetnews.com posted an article today, Richer Clients a Must for Web Services, which has a small mention of Macromedia's Flex and how it can "run and execute applications within Macromedia's client-side Flash environment." The main intent of the article seems to be based around the importance of rich clients - fairly interesting read.

Windows SP2 Could Break Your Existing Applications

Posted March 05, 2004 by senocular

PC World is reporting that XP's next Service Pack (SP2) may break existing applications. SP2 is a big security fix. Some of these fixes change defaults and behaviors that can cause existing Windows XP applications to no longer work properly.

The release of SP2 (arstechnica.com) is set at mid 2004 and, acording to PC World the article, "Compatibility issues should not hold back its release, Goodhew says. 'We're aiming to release SP2 midyear. As far as we stand, we're still on track to do that,' he says." No word on whether or not any Macromedia products will be effected.

Flash Video Gallery Source Released

Posted March 04, 2004 by senocular

Mike Chambers recently noted that [Macromedia has] released all of the source FLAs from the movies from [their] Flash Video gallery. You may or may have not seen the Video gallary before. If not, now's your chance to and should you be so inclined, also get the source files. If you want, you can learn more about Flash Video in Flash MX 2004 in the updated Video Resources center over at Macromedia.com.

Macromedia Looking to Port to Linux

Posted March 04, 2004 by senocular

This is very exciting news I would have to say. It seems Macromedia is looking to improve compatibility of Flash MX with WINE under the Linux Operating System which, as c|net is reported, will eventually lead to Macromedia products for Linux? The article quotes Macromedia's Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch:
"What we've been investigating is, When will it be time to bring our tools to Linux?" Lynch said. "I think it might be happening now."

Now, at this point, nothing is concrete, but its looking promising for the linux community. Both Flash and Dreamweaver would be very strong products for Linux as their are currently no real competitive alternatives for that platform.

Update: For those interested, here is a petition for Flash on Linux provided by dream.in.code and this is one from Petition Online (which is for both Macromedia and Adobe products). Also, don't forget Macromedia's own Feature Request and Bug Report Form.

Software: FlashPACK - Reduce SWF File Size

Posted March 02, 2004 by senocular

FlashPACK is a free batch compression utility by Berg Software that enables you to easily compress multiple SWF files up to 70%.

Thanks to eyezberg for pointing this out on kirupaforum.com.

Looking For Macromedia Flex This Spring

Posted March 02, 2004 by senocular

Here's another tid-bit I missed from late last month while the site was on the fritz. This concerns Macromedia's latest big venture Flex (aka Royale). According to CRN, it seems that Flex is on track to ship this spring. From the article:
The XML-based multimedia tool, which entered beta testing in November, aims to give high-end and mainstream corporate developers and solution providers a familiar programming model and environment for developing rich Internet client applications that consume Web services. For instance, the platform runs J2EE and .Net applications, and developers can use any IDE or text editor, such as Jbuilder or Eclipse. The Flex runtime uses Macromedia's Flash player, which according to research firm NPD Group has more than 500 million users.

San Francisco-based Macromedia also is developing an easier-to-use visual designer, code-named Brady, that's built on top of the company's Dreamweaver platform and is designed to "give to XML what Dreamweaver gave to HTML," Mendels said.

Seems to be quite exciting stuff. Of course the real test of usefulness will be seen its release.

Flash Forward 2004 is Upon Us

Posted March 02, 2004 by senocular

One of the more anticipated Flash events of the year, Flash Forward 2004 has started today. Flash Forward is a Flash film festival that is being held in San Francisco from today March 3rd through to March 5th. This is the 11th Flash Forward and the largest Flash conference in the world. Be sure to check your local Flash idols' blogs for updates. I, myself, however, did not attend. So sadly you'll get nothing more out of me about it - no photos - no stories about meeting those other influential members of the Flash community - no nothing. Maybe some pouting and remorse, but thats it.