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The 20% Animation Rule

Posted by Sravan | July 23, 2008 | Comment

You should read these wonderful Flash Animation Tips post by Hakim Elhattab on the media blog of Fi. Though the title has ‘Flash’ in it, they are all generic enough to be applied in any RIA with animation.

The tip that grabbed my attention, and all others’ who read it, was the 20% rule.
“When an animation feels excessive, you can apply what we call the 20% rule. This means that you show only the last portion of an animation flow to the user. For instance, imagine a drop down… instead of animating it expanding all the way down – animate […] Continue Reading…

Keeping rotated content clipped

Posted by Harry Vikatos | July 22, 2008 | 8 Comments

Every container in Flex by default clips its content, when that exceeds the boundaries of the container. Clipping appears to be a computational behaviour that kicks in once a display object exceeds the container boundaries either due to its position coordinates (x,y) or its size (width, height) . Missing something? Well yes; a display object might also exceed the boundaries due to its rotation status. When that happens clipping fails and the display object leaks out of its container to the dismay of everyone that tried to build an graphical editor allowing users to rotate display objects on the screen.

This is […] Continue Reading…

The New Flex.org

Posted by Sravan | July 22, 2008 | Comment

Flex.org recently underwent a complete makeover. While the previous look was geared up to get developers acquainted with Flex, the new one is more focused on community resources. Beginners can still use the Flex Development Center and Product pages on Adobe to get started.

The new Flex.org definitely seems more user-friendly, easily navigable and contains a lot of information in the home page itself compared to the previous version (snapshot). Content is aggregated from various sources — news from Digg and DZone’s flash-flex tags; jobs from SearchCoders, RIAJobs.org, FlexGigs and Dice.com; and aggregate podcasts from the Flex Show and RIA […] Continue Reading…

Flex in E-commerce

Posted by Sravan | July 21, 2008 | 11 Comments

Towards the end of last year, Charles wondered how RIA technologies can enhance usability in E-commerce sites. His main ideas were rotatable and magnifiable images, and an easily browsable gallery. I have come across very few websites that use RIAs not just for the main pages but also the stores.

Coyote Store is one such website, designed using Flex, which sells uniquely designed eco-friendly wrist watches. There are hardly twenty watches in the store now (perhaps newly opened), but they give us a clear idea of the impressive style and make.

Interestingly, it does have a slider to browse the gallery

and three […] Continue Reading…

Flex Programming Tips of the Week 0807c

Posted by Charles | July 19, 2008 | Comment

It’s a busy week. Flex/Flash/Maya 3D UI Button Controls – Live Example – As I said before, Flex is a great tool for bridging developers and creative designers. Here is an example by Joya Moore. He didn’t give out too much details but the result is just amazing. Create a SkinnableComponent in Flex 4 – If the whole skin thing gets your attention after playing the above example, then here you can learn how it will be done with Flex 4. I’m not sure I like the way he uses the skin the way does what he does but […] Continue Reading…

Flash is Ubiquitous

Posted by Sravan | July 17, 2008 | 6 Comments

In the past, I’ve voiced that the non-pervasiveness of Flash (rather an average user’s ability to install plug-ins) is one reason website designers should consider before going for Flash. I officially scrap that as a point no longer valid.

Millward Brown, one of the world’s leading market research agencies, recently closed a survey commissioned by Adobe Systems, Inc. with a goal “to track and compare Plug-In technology used to view content on the web.” This study, conducted quarterly, placed Adobe Flash Player at a comfortable 99% as the most pervasive software platform. Java (85%), Microsoft Windows Media Player (79.3%), Apple QuickTime Player […] Continue Reading…

A suggested Cairngorm based modular architecture

Posted by Harry Vikatos | July 17, 2008 | 2 Comments

There have been a few discussions around after Flex 2.01 introduced the concept of modules, about issues with using modular architecture along with Cairngorm framework. I will not address here problems arising from using singletons along a shell and loaded modules (as done here), but rather present a way to integrate a Cairngorm based shell app with one or more also Cairngorm based modules.

My starting point was that I didn’t quite wanted modules to be ‘crippled’ apps putting very specific requirements on how the shell is built. So I didn’t want modules to share either the FrontController nor the […] Continue Reading…

Ensure a Smooth Ride

Posted by Charles | July 16, 2008 | Comment

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Rails in Cloud?

Posted by Charles | July 16, 2008 | 1 Comment

We love Ruby on Rails. We will fall hard when Flex on Rails. Anyway, looks we are not alone. Amazon loves Rails too.If you are a Rails geek you must know Engine Yard, a young rails hosting company that is very visible to the Rails community. Amazon and another VC gave them $15 million this week. I won’t be surprised when the whole “yard” moving to EC2/S3 with Amazon, which is a great thing. A Rails in the cloud might solve the scaling problem (seemingly) happened to twitter lately.


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