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make a wish – right click

Posted by Charles | November 20, 2006 .

I’v reviewed quite a few Flash/Flex based startups (mostly Flash based) recently. There is just one thing I always do when get on to a rich Flash UI site, right-click on items (or Mac equivlent) to see what’s on the context menu. Always barely anything.

Looking into those AJAX rich sites such as Google Doc, you have all these rich right-click functions at finger tips. I don’t think Flash developers wouldn’t want to have similar things. I can’t say there is no way Flash/Flex can’t do it (we did in our apps). However, I do think it’s fundamentally Flash’s lack of context menu support.

I still remmber how hard to get Macromedia to get the file upload function out, now I wish very soon we can have a better Right-Click feature from Flash/Flex and applications take advantage of it.

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10 Comments so far
  1. Anonymous  November 20, 2006 5:03 pm

    your link to google doc is wrong (doc.goolge.com) should be http://doc.google.com

  2. Mrinal  November 21, 2006 1:15 am

    Hi Moxie,

    “I can’t say there is no way Flash/Flex can’t do it (we did in our apps)”
    How did you do it? I am fairly new to flex and I hate the ugly right click menu on my flex apps. If you know any tricks to work around it .. do share.

    Thank you,
    Mrinal

  3. Carlos Rovira  November 21, 2006 3:41 am

    Seems to have a solution here…

    http://www.flex-flex.net/blog/article.asp?id=12

    Hope they show the code and how they did it

  4. Mrinal  November 21, 2006 4:09 am

    Thanks Carlos …I would love to have that ability …. but that post is a month an a half old .. no code yet :(

    Mrinal

  5. Mike Rankin  November 21, 2006 11:24 am

    Have you looked at the ContextMenu class in the flash.ui package? It looks like changes to the right click menu are pretty well supported already.

  6. mrinal  November 21, 2006 1:52 pm

    Hi Mike,

    The ContextMenu I believe just allows you to add and remove options to the flash player right-click menu (the one that has “About Adobe Flash Player …” etc.) but we here are discussing the ability to replace this default(ugly) menu with a menu of our own … kinda like what you see here http://www.flex-flex.net/flex/RightClickMenu/RightClick.html

    Mrinal

  7. mrinal  November 21, 2006 1:56 pm

    Hi Mike,

    The ContextMenu I believe just allows you to add or remove options to the default flash player right-click menu (the one that has “About Adobe Flash Player …” etc.) but we here are discussing the ability to replace this default(ugly) menu with a menu of our own … kinda like what has been done here http://www.flex-flex.net/flex/RightClickMenu/RightClick.html

    Mrinal

  8. Tonelli  October 10, 2007 5:24 am

    Hi guys,

    I’m sorry, but I couldn’t get and view the source code of that right click stuff, how can I see that source code?

    Tonelli

  9. Maxon  November 26, 2007 11:04 am

    Hey there,

    this is the first time I ever see the damn right click standard menu disabled. Just a pity that they never revealed their secret?!?

    Or does anyone know it.. almost a year later :-)?!?

    Cheers, Maxon

  10. maruk  February 18, 2008 12:38 am
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