Free File Synchronization Utilities

I've recently been looking at a number free File synchronization utilities. I'd previously used SyncToy from Microsoft. It worked well for me for a little while, but then I ended up loosing a number of files because it removed files that I didn't actually want to delete. The horror of loosing precious files made me … Read more

Flash Actionscript Editor: Flex Builder vs. FlashDevelop

For doing complex development with Flash, it can help to have a more powerful Actionscript editor than the built in Flash CS3 editor. I’ve been testing Flex Builder and FlashDevelop, both of which can export both Flash or Flex (Flex is Flash with a library of components built for making web applications). Both seem to … Read more

Adobe Flash content is now Search Engine Friendly!

Great news everyone! Search Engines are now getting the technology to crawl through Adobe Flash content. The Flash SWFs files (even old ones) are now becoming searchable by search engines. 🙂 The improved SWF search even includes the capability to load and access remote data like XML calls and loaded SWFs. This means Flex applications … Read more

Search Engine Optimization for Flash

For those that heard me talk in the Seattle Flash User Group tonight, I thought I’d post some links to the things I was talking about. For search engine optimization and Flash, there is SWFObject. This is great because it nabs a few birds at once, by getting rid of that annoying "click here to activate" thing … Read more

Open Source e-Commerce – Magento vs. Ubercart

To my eyes, the most promising open source e-Commerce platforms I’ve seen lately are Ubercart and Magento. We’re actually currently using Ubercart here as I write this, for this very site! Ubercart is actually a module for Drupal (a powerful content managment system). Drupal has another e-Commerce module… Drupal e-Commerce (yes, not very imaginitive, I … Read more

3D Animation in Flash

Want to do 3D in Flash? There are 3 basic ways to get 3D animation in Flash.

Methods:

  1. You can export video (or a series of images) from your 3D program, and import it into Flash. These would be basically a series of raster images (i.e. bitmaps) in Flash, that look like 3D.
  2. You can use some type of export from a 3D program that renders directly as a vector object in Flash. This would be similar to method 1, except that it would be in a Vector format instead of raster.
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