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Tutorial For 3D Using Flash 10

Posted by Sravan | November 18, 2008 | Comment

We all are now aware that the Adobe Flash Player 10 released last month allows 3D animations from 2D. Yahoo! Flash Blog is running a tutorial series with examples on this very feature. A couple of tutorials have already been posted.

In the first tutorial, they show a small application that allows X, Y, Z rotation and zooming in and out of an image. Then, they extend the same functionalities to work for a stack of images. The former is achieved by setting appropriate values for rotationX, rotationY, rotationZ, and z values of the image and the latter by setting […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week: Outside RIA

Posted by Sravan | November 17, 2008 | Comment

GigaOm reports that the alleged killer’s rampant shootings at SiPort had not been triggered by layoffs as some news reports claimed, but by individual termination.

Online ad growth is braking with a screech. From a growth rate of 12.7% in 4Q07 to 2.8% in 1Q08 to 1.1% in 2Q08 to 0.61% in 3Q08. My naive theory is that the rate to dip further and then increase slightly once the economy starts recovering. Then, it will reach a steady growth rate like many national economies do. Optimism and order rule it.

Aral is encountering issues with the Macbook Pro on OS X 10.5.5. […] Continue Reading…

Bookmash Mashes Search Results

Posted by Sravan | November 16, 2008 | Comment

Reviews of Bookmash floating around the web encouraged me to try it. Having done that, I’m not excited. Bookmash is an Adobe AIR app that provides a single window to news, music, images, videos, bookmarking and networking.

When you search for a keyword, results are returned based on the media type and further options you’ve selected. News from Digg under various categories; music genre-wise; videos from Dailymotion, Metacafe and Youtube; finding people based on location and interests; sharing across 36 social bookmarking or networking sites. The results are all displayed on a virtual wall which you can scroll around and […] Continue Reading…

Can JavaFX Desktop Save Java?

Posted by Charles | November 15, 2008 | 6 Comments

My post about ZK ignited some good talks about JavaFX and its position in RIA. One comment by Martin B. raised my curiosity level:
I think you are missing the point of what JavaFX is actually capable of delivering. While the ZK looks nice, it is nothing exceptional and (sorry for that) produces rather mediocre UI experience. I think you will be (positively) surprised next month.
So what’s up with JavaFX next month? I think it’s the long talked JavaFX Desktop. There have been talks or leaks here or there about how JavaFX will be invading desktop (again). I just don’t […] Continue Reading…

10+ Miss Placed Ads Prove UI Approximaty Matters

Posted by Charles | November 14, 2008 | 3 Comments

What is the UI Approximety? Well, after you spend big creative effort designed a cool intuitive user interface for a RIA component, then this component might not be placed in the right UI context, approximety, that’ll ruin all the effort you’ve put in. This could realistically happen when Flex developers work with Flash designers. Just be aware. Let me prove UI approximety matters to you, as the Friday eye candies too, using these miss placed ads (some images may not that tasteful, but they make good point): […] Continue Reading…

The RIA Cowboy’s Portable Flex App

Posted by Sravan | November 13, 2008 | 2 Comments

Portable RIAs are yet to catch up. That is perhaps because most haven’t seen that possibility until Adobe released Adobe Reader 9 with a feature to natively display Flash. James Ward, the RIA Cowboy, has a wonderful tutorial to create a portable RIA with an illustration of embedding a Flex app within a PDF document.

The way it works: Open the RIA in a browser, click ‘Create PDF’ button, and a PDF with the same data embedded in it will be created. The PDF can then be saved, viewed offline, and the data refreshed through the PDF directly at a […] Continue Reading…

Flex Certification at MAX Conference

Posted by Sravan | November 12, 2008 | Comment

Adobe is offering 33% discount for certification testing held during the MAX 2008 North America Conference. This is an additional reason for the interested, especially developers and students living in the Bay Area, to pay attention to the MAX Conference held between the 16th and 19th of this month. You may also get to breathe that air and possibly even network if you are not attending the conference for any reason.

Adobe Certification Experts (ACEs) are recognized across the industry, and the certifications are considered “the best way to validate proficiency in Adobe Products”. All exams are being conducted at this […] Continue Reading…

Java + MXML + AJAX = ZK, Sun Should have Done This

Posted by Charles | November 11, 2008 | 24 Comments

If you haven’t done this, it’s time now go check out ZK, a open source AJAX RIA development environment/tool/framework, which is Java driven and claims to be Direct RIA solution. Flex developers, be aware.

The smart people behind ZK seem to me have done everything right. Here are the reasons I come to think of:

It leverages Java at server side as runtime environment. The result is a huge developer base is ready to jump in.
It doesn’t reinvent any wheel, in stead you will build the UI just like using Flex’s MXML (like what Microsoft has done to Silverlight). The result […] Continue Reading…

Online Diagram Tools Using Flash

Posted by Sravan | November 11, 2008 | 13 Comments

Gliffy is a nifty little Flash app that allows users to create and share flowcharts and design diagrams. It is easy to use, and has a number of templates and clips to choose from. It also allows online collaborations, though not in real-time. The initial reviews expected it to replace Visio, and it definitely is a cost-effective alternative. After a long time in beta, it started offering Basic and Premium versions of the app early this year. Watch the Gliffy demo movie below.

Best4c (short for “Best for chart”) is another Flash app that can be used to create and […] Continue Reading…


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