Archive for the ‘flash’ Category
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
This is a silly little test swf that I created while working on a project for the Intelligent Information Laboratory. It’s not perfect… but it sure is fun.
Go on… Get out some aggression. It might be the healthiest thing you’ve done all day.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
So, I recently created a showcase reel that involves several flvs with transitions between. For various reasons, I had to make this a timeline based animation. I was running into a problem with latency because of download times and the flvplayback component. The flvs would play and the transitions between the flvs would occur really late.
Add an event listener to the flv instance and listen for COMPLETE.
READ MORE ABOUT the FLVPlayBack component
Monday, November 30th, 2009
I encountered a super annoying error message in flash today:
5005: Unknown Error optimizing byte code
I received it when trying to publish a flash file that incorporates several FLV files.
Apparently, Adobe says this error can occur when publishing really large files (http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb405257), but my FLA is only 1.6 mb and the published SWF is only 345 k. I’m guessing it has to do with the FLVs that are being loaded in.
Thankfully, I found a concise and easy to use solution here (THANK YOU, Stefig Design! You’re the bestest.):
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Hurray~! A smart phone that supports flash! Thank you, Android. Again, you are leading the pack.
Personally, I’m thrilled by this. It’s one step closer to being able to extend interactivity to new input devices. Can you imagine playing a game on a touch screen? Or experiencing an interactive art piece with your hands? The possibilities are endless and exciting. One small step, one giant leap.
You can see a demo of flash on Android here:
If you are a web developer, you can learn more about making flash work on Android here:
Friday, May 29th, 2009
Websites these days are simply layers of technologies stacked on top of one another. Every member of the digital sandwich doing what they do best. HTML structuring, CSS styling, Flash flashing, etc, etc…
Sometimes they all play well together and sometimes it’s an alley way knife fight.
I recently completed a project that involved creating little flash widgets that would call a pop up using some sort of js lightbox library. Turns out this is not as simple as I thought it would be. After auditioning 10 (that’s right 10) lightboxes I finally emerged with a winner: Shadowbox.
Most lightboxes use the rel attribute to call the popup function. As far as I can tell, there is no way to insert a rel attribute inside of a getURL() in Actionscript. To be honest, i had lots of other issues with the lightboxes I tried: browser capability, conflict with other js libraries I was using (jquery), inconsistent behavior, inability to load html pages (vs just images), etc.. etc..
I’ve even created a working sample for you, just to make it that much easier.
FYI: If you run it locally, Flash will try to verify that you have security clearance for that file. It’s not an error. It’s a security measure.
Friday, February 20th, 2009
So being a full time freelancer, I’m looking at ways of diversifying my income – especially supplementing my large project based paychecks with smaller more frequent paychecks – the trickling stream method, if you will.
So, one of my strategies to create passive income is through the sale of stock illustrations and flash files. There are number of sites that specialize in this sort of submission / payment method. They get paid. You get paid. Clients get high quality work for affordable prices. Everybody wins. Two excellent examples that I plan to participate on are:
Here is my first submission. It only took me a few hours and was so much fun to work on.
I LOVE ILLUSTRATION.
I love it so much, I’m going to actively seek out more illustration jobs. It’s such a lovable combination of arty, imaginative and potentially lucrative.
Watch out illustration world, here I come.
Monday, February 9th, 2009
Okay, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration. They are nowhere near lovers… but, at least, it seems they are beginning to flirt a bit.
As a flash designer and animator, I have been pulling for adobe and apple to put aside their differences and learn how to play well together for A LONG, LONG TIME. It seems as though the peace process has finally begun…
Read more about it here: