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Adobe Labs Releases Alchemy - C/C++ Meets Flash

 Adobe recently released Alchemy, a project that includes a compiler for C/C++ that creates valid AS3 code - Flash.  C and C++, being lower level languages, can perform much faster than Actionscript.  Additionally, this means C and C++ libraries will be available for AS3 use.  This is huge news for the Flash and Flex developer community because now the possibility of leveraging advanced libraries for things like audio decoding, graphic data crunching, or anything else that is...
Fri, November 21, 2008 (6 Comments)

Google Announces Analytics for Flash, Integration with Adobe, Forgets AS2

  Yesterday, November 17, 2008, Google announced an exciting integration with Adobe: Google Analytics tracking for Adobe Flash.  Hurray!Article:  http://analytics.blogspot.com/2008/11/want-to-track-adobe-flash-now-you-can.htmlUnfortunately, this is not all that great.  Let's see...#1) For ActionScript 3 only!  Boo Google!  Boo Adobe!  Booooo!  I wouldn't be surprised by Adobe pulling something like this, but Google, I really thought you guys were more thou...
Tue, November 18, 2008 (No Comments)

Stop Flash CS3 from Exporting Test Movie

Has anyone noticed how incredibly unresponsive Flash CS3 can be once you decide to test your movie or application?  It practically seizes up, and if you're like me, you frequently realize something you'd like to edit right when you start compiling.Well, I just want to throw this out there as a time saver - one of the only ways I can get flash to actually cancel the compile without choking or crashing or waiting forever, the fastest way I've found at least, is:Click [Cancel] on the "Exportin...
Thu, October 23, 2008 (No Comments)

Is Mozilla FireFox (FF) Better Than Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)

Yes.For all of the people who always ask "Why?" in response to the statement "FireFox is much better than Internet Exploder" but will never understand any tech jargon or use any of the great add-ons or nice built in features, here's one look at why you might be afraid of using IE in the first place:   ...
Wed, October 08, 2008 (No Comments)

iPhone Gripes

Update:  This post was for the original 1st generation iPhone.  The 3GS is much faster now ;)  - new post soon.So I've heard the praise, made my fair share of bar-side pitches to people asking, and it is an AMAZING device, don't get me wrong, but the truth is the iPhone is far from perfect.  Once you become a steady user, you will begin to notice a lot of little areas where aesthetic design superseded functional design, which directly contradicts the pure nature of truly good...
Tue, August 19, 2008 (8 Comments)

How to get music off an iPod or iPhone onto Multiple Computers Without iTunes

Update: This ml_ipod + winamp solution does not work for iphone 3gs or firmware 2.x +.  See new post for solutions with more recent ipods and iphones: http://www.onegiantmedia.com/how-to-get-music-off-an-ipod-or-iphone-3g--3gs-firmware-2x  Original Post (7/1/2008):After being extremely frustrated going from home to work getting denied by the music lock-down that is iTunes,I had to find a way to get my music.The problem in general: you load up iTunes on different computer than your firs...
Tue, July 01, 2008 (7 Comments)

New Blog

Well, this is it, the start of the brandy-new one giant blog.  I hope it's enjoyable and useful for everyone. ...
Tue, June 17, 2008 (No Comments)

C'mon Adobe, Get Your Head In The Game

Dear Adobe, After integrating 3d in flash with my own concoction of open source engines and hackery, one thought comes to mind that I think I share with a number of flash designers & developers around the world: WHY ISN'T THERE 3D AUTHORING SUPPORT IN FLASH YET??Isn't this the future?  You've established the most widely distributed interactive web support in the world.  Now you've got the responsibility of making it the absolutely bleeding edge- as in the cutting edge is old news- ...
Tue, June 17, 2008 (2 Comments)

Ever Elusive but Useful Special Characters (Text)

I seem to always have to google around to find special characters that are supported just fine on most computers... You would think by now that english keyboards would have easier short cuts to generate special characters... Oh well.  In any case, I will just start listing them here in this blog post from now on so they're easier to find.  Also, here's a pretty comprehensive list from w3c:  http://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_entities.asp °  Degrees (°)http://www...
Wed, December 31, 1969 (No Comments)