Laptop Refresh

October 29th, 2012 by Adrian

Today is a sad (but refreshing) day. Last night I decided to give my MacBook laptop a freshen up. It was getting a bit slow and I only had about 150MB left on the hard drive. So I decided to reformat the hard drive and reinstall OSX, CS6 and my other apps (Chrome, WebStorm, Coda etc). Whilst these were installing I also started to pick at the stickers that I have had on my laptop since 2008. A lot of these stickers have memories attached to them: enjoyable conferences, people I’ve met, inspirational speaker sessions, technologies invested in.

Obviously, once I had started there was no going back. So, with a rag, a bottle of white spirit, some short finger nails and three hours later, I present to you, my refreshed MacBook …

Posted in Adobe, AIR, Conferences and Events, Exhibition, Flex | 1 Comment »

Creative Coding Podcast

March 4th, 2011 by Adrian

Creative Coding Podcast

A new podcast has been brought to my attention called the Creative Coding Podcast.

Hosted by Seb Lee-Delisle and Iain Lobb, two names I’m sure you will recognise from the UK Flash scene.

They will be discussing the ins-and-outs of programming for visual and creative applications. The first episode only went out on 30th January 2011, so it is still early days. Give them your support by subscribing in iTunes now.

Here are direct links to the three episodes so far …


UPDATE – October 29th 2012 – New episodes have been added below …

Posted in ActionScript 3.0, Adobe, AIR, Android, Augmented Reality, BlackBerry, Flash, Flash Catalyst, Flex, Game, Generative Art, Infographics, iPhone, Mobile, OpenFrameworks, Papervision 3D, Physical Computing, Podcast, Processing, Websites | 2 Comments »

Flash Camp London is Coming – 2nd December 2010

November 11th, 2010 by Adrian

Flash Camp London

Book your tickets now for Flash Camp London.

When: Thursday 2nd December 2010 @ 10am – 5:30pm
Where: Cinema 1, The Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS
Who:  Serge Jespers, Mike Jones, Rob Bateman, Mark Doherty, Ryan Hall, Peter Dolukhanov, Jodie O’Rourke

The sessions will include …

  • Keynote
  • Digging into ‘Molehill’ with Away3D
  • Deep Dive – AIR for Android & The Digital Home
  • iWonder: Multi-Screen Music Recommendations, Gone Pete Tong…
  • Flash Media Playback & OSMF
  • Introducing Flash Builder ‘Burrito’
See you there! (Remember to book your ticket)

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GreenSock Tweening Platform has been updated to version 11

October 24th, 2009 by Adrian


The GreenSock Tweening Platform (which includes TweenLite and TweenMax) has recently been updated to version 11. It is still available for AS2 and AS3 and claims to be faster and more capable. There is a huge list of improvements on the GreenSock website (it was great before, even better now) and it has now confirmed to me that it is the best ActionScript tweening engine out there. The website is full of loads of help, examples, documentation, tips, speed tests and faq. I’ve always found the interactive examples on the GreenSock website particularly useful.

Three great new additions to the platform are TweenNano, TimelineLite and TimelineMax. TweenNano is only 1.6k in size and designed to be used where filesize is at a premium (i.e. banner ads). TimelineLite and TimelineMax allow you to build and manage sequences of tweens.

There is a feature comparison on the site and a Getting Started Tweening guide which you may find handy.

Go and check it out, and start using it in your projects.

Great work Jack! Thanks.

Posted in Actionscript 1.0 & 2.0, ActionScript 3.0, Animation, Flash, Flex, Tweening | 2 Comments »

ActionScript 3.0 Reference for the Adobe Flash Platform (BETA)

October 7th, 2009 by Adrian

BETA ActionScript 3.0 Reference for the Adobe Flash Platform

Adobe have consolidated all their ActionScript 3.0 help documentation for the Flash Platform in to one central place online. It works using search and filters to show you the information you are looking for.

BETA ActionScript 3.0 Reference for the Adobe Flash Platform

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Launched: Open Source Media Framework Blog

August 7th, 2009 by Adrian

Open Source Media Framework Blog

A blog focussing on the Open Source Media Framework has just been launched. Product Manager Sumner Paine has posted a couple of blog posts. I’d recommend adding their RSS feed to your aggregator of choice.

Find out more …

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Launched: Adobe Flash Platform Blog

July 29th, 2009 by Adrian

Adobe have launched the Adobe Flash Platform Blog.

To quote their ‘About‘ page …

“Welcome to the Flash Platform blog from Adobe. This group blog provides the latest news, updates, and insights into the technologies, tools, and partners across the Flash Platform. Join the conversation on the latest topics with our experts, engineers, product managers, and others on the platform team.”

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What’s What on Adobe Labs (at a glance)

July 23rd, 2009 by Adrian

Adobe Labs

I find it is not very easy on Adobe Labs to quickly and easily see what all the current projects are. Just seeing a list of names like Durango and JamJar doesn’t really tell you very much at a glance, and it takes a little while to click through each one in turn to find out what they all are. So here is a list of all the current projects and a short summary (copied and pasted) from their respective pages. Presentations

A better way to create, edit, and share presentations with others online. Built on the Adobe® Flash® platform, Presentations looks and behaves like a desktop presentation application but operates inside a web browser. Tables

a better way to work with others on data and information — such as task lists, schedules, contacts, sales numbers, etc. — that are typically created and shared in spreadsheets or simple databases. Built on the Adobe® Flash® Platform, Tables looks and behaves like a desktop application but operates inside a web browser.


Alchemy is a research project that allows users to compile C and C++ code that is targeted to run on the open source ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM2).


Blueprint is a plugin for Adobe® Flex® Builder™ 3 and Adobe Flash® Builder™ 4 that allows users to query for Adobe Flex and Adobe Flash code examples found on the Web directly inside of the development environment.


BrowserLab provides web designers exact renderings of their web pages in multiple browsers and operating systems, on demand. BrowserLab is a powerful solution for cross-browser compatibility testing, featuring multiple viewing and comparison tools, as well as customizable preferences. Since BrowserLab is an online service, it can be accessed from virtually any computer connected to the web.

ColdFusion 9

The ColdFusion 9 public beta release unveils three main themes: unrivaled developer productivity, deep enterprise integration and simple work flow with Adobe Flash® Builder™, Adobe AIR® and AJAX to create expressive applications.

ColdFusion Builder

Adobe ColdFusion Builder is an Eclipse based IDE for ColdFusion development that is deeply integrated with ColdFusion 9. Now you can manage your entire ColdFusion development cycle from concept to production all in one easy to use tool.


Configurator is an open source utility that enables the easy creation of panels (palettes) for use in Adobe Photoshop® CS4. Specifically, Configurator makes it easy to drag and drop tools, menu items, scripts, actions, and other objects into a panel design, then export the results for use inside Photoshop. These panels leverage the support for Adobe Flash® built into Photoshop, making it possible to drag and drop audio, video, images, and even other SWF files into a panel design.

Distributable Player Solution

The distributable player solution enables developers to create rich applications for the latest version of Adobe® Flash Lite® and directly distribute their content to millions of open OS smartphones, providing a better on-device user experience.


Durango is a framework that allows developers to build Adobe® AIR™ applications that can be customized by end-users. Durango allows developers, designers and end-users to easily mashup independent components to create new applications or extend existing Durango-enabled applications. These “mashable” components can be visual or non-visual (e.g., web services). Designers and developers can rapidly create prototype applications and then generate Adobe Flex® MXML source projects for further development. End-users can take parts of their favorite applications and bring them together in new ways.

Flash Builder 4

Welcome to the Adobe® Flash® Builder™ 4 (formerly Flex Builder) public beta release on Adobe Labs. The first thing that you’ve already noticed is that we are renaming Flex Builder to Flash Builder. This name change will create a clear distinction between the free open-source Flex framework and the commercial IDE.

Flash Catalyst

Adobe® Flash® Catalyst™ is a new professional interaction design tool for rapidly creating user interfaces without coding. Transform artwork created in Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Illustrator® into functional user interfaces. Create interactive prototypes with the ability to leverage them in the final product. Publish a finished project as a SWF file ready for distribution. Work more efficiently with developers who use Adobe Flash Builder™ 4 to create rich Internet applications (RIAs). Designers use Flash Catalyst to create the functional user experience then provide the project file to developers who use Flash Builder to add functionality and integrate with servers and services.

Flash Collaboration Service

Adobe Flash Collaboration Service is a Platform as a Service that allows Flex developers to easily add real-time social capabilities into their RIA (rich Internet applications). Comprised of both Flex-based client components and a hosted services infrastructure, Adobe Flash Collaboration Service allows you to build real-time, multi-user applications with Flex in less time than ever before. And because hosts the service, issues like deployment, maintenance, and scalability are taken care of for you.

Flash Player 10

Adobe® Flash® Player 10, code-named “Astro,” introduces new expressive features and visual performance improvements that allow interactive designers and developers to build the richest and most immersive Web experiences.  These new capabilities also empower the community to extend Flash Player and to take creativity and interactivity to a new level.

Flex Builder 3 for Linux

Flex Builder Linux is a plugin-only version of the Flex Builder that you can use to build Flex applications on Linux. Feedback from previous alpha releases has been very positive, and we are pleased to continue offering this version.

Flex 4 SDK

Welcome to the Adobe Flex® 4 SDK beta release on Adobe Labs (previously code named Gumbo). This release marks an expanded role for the Flex framework, now supporting both developers creating Flex applications and designers using Adobe® Flash® Catalyst™ to create interaction design.


Hub is a client Adobe® AIR® application that connects to Adobe LiveCycle® ES services for the purpose of generating PDFs or assembling different PDFs into packages.  It demonstrates how to connect a client desktop to LiveCycle ES services using Adobe Flex® Remoting. The drag-and-drop client interface allows the user to upload files, watch the progress and retrieve the content back to the desktop with a single gesture. Hub was developed in response to customer requests for a client connector to Adobe LiveCycle ES.

InContext Editing

Welcome to the free preview of Adobe InContext Editing, the first Adobe hosted service developed for web professionals. Adobe InContext Editing is an online service that allows designers to create, manage, and control editable web pages. Web designers can use Dreamweaver CS4 to easily create editable or repeating regions, specify editing options or define CSS styles made available to authors. Content editors and publishers can also use Adobe InContext Editing to update website content through their browser — without learning HTML, installing software, or compromising design integrity.


We invite you to see for yourself the kind of interactive, visually attractive, and scalable rich internet application that can be developed using Flex 2 technologies. JamJar provides a private and persistent canvas for small groups to easily exchange digital content in order to Plan events, Exchange ideas, Manage projects, Centralize information and Share files and images.


knowhow is a technology preview that delivers single-click, contextual access to relevant help information from a panel in Adobe® Creative Suite® 3 software. knowhow gives users access to a wide variety of information—basic tool descriptions and short cuts, Adobe Help content, as well as community-generated tutorials, tips, and techniques on the web.

LiveCycle Data Services 3

LiveCycle Data Services server makes it possible to easily integrate Flex with Java/J2EE based applications.

Mars Project

The Mars Project is an XML-friendly representation for PDF documents called PDFXML. PDF, an ISO standard format, is the global standard for trusted, high fidelity electronic documentation. The PDFXML file format incorporates additional industry standards such as SVG, PNG, JPG, JPG2000, OpenType, Xpath and XML into ZIP-based document container. The PDFXML plug-ins enable creation and recognition of the PDFXML file format by Adobe Acrobat Professional and reading of PDFXML-format files by Adobe Reader software. Mobile Beta

the easiest way to upload, view, and share photos online from your Windows Mobile phone. Getting started is simple. All you need is a supported Windows Mobile® handset and a membership. Available only to U.S. consumers as a free beta download.

Pixel Bender

The Adobe® Pixel Bender™ technology delivers a common image and video processing infrastructure which provides automatic runtime optimization on heterogeneous hardware. You can use the Pixel Bender kernel language to implement image processing algorithms (filters or effects) in a hardware-independent manner. The Pixel Bender graph language is an XML-based language for combining individual pixel-processing operations (kernels) into more complex Pixel Bender filters.

Spry framework for Ajax

The Spry framework for Ajax is a JavaScript library that provides easy-to-use yet powerful Ajax functionality that allows designers to build pages that provide a richer experience for their users. It is designed to take the complexity out of Ajax and allow designers to easily create Web 2.0 pages. The Spry framework is a way to incorporate XML, JSON or HTML data into pages using HTML, CSS, and a minimal amount of JavaScript, without the need for refreshing the entire page. Spry also provides easy to build and style widgets, providing advanced page elements for end users.


Adobe® Flash® Player 10 and Adobe AIR® 1.5 introduce a new communications protocol called the Real-Time Media Flow Protocol (RTMFP). The most important features of RTMFP include low latency, end-to-end peering capability, security and scalability. These properties make RTMFP especially well suited for developing real-time collaboration applications by not only providing superior user experience but also reducing cost for operators. In order to use RTMFP, Flash Player endpoints must connect to an RTMFP-capable server, such as the Stratus service. Stratus is a beta, hosted rendezvous service that aids establishing communications between Flash Player endpoints. Unlike Adobe Flash Media Server, Stratus does not support media relay, shared objects, scripting, etc. So by using Stratus, you can only develop applications where Flash Player endpoints are directly communicating with each other.

Text Layout Framework

Welcome to the beta release of the Text Layout Framework for Adobe® Flash® Player 10 and Adobe AIR® 1.5. The Text Layout Framework is an extensible library, built on the new text engine in Adobe Flash Player 10, which delivers advanced, easy-to-integrate typographic and text layout features for rich, sophisticated and innovative typography on the web. The framework is designed to be used with Adobe Flash CS4 Professional or Adobe Flex®, and is already included in the next version of Flex, code named Gumbo. Developers can use or extend existing components, or use the framework to create their own text components.


When a friend posts a status update or there’s new content on your favorite site, be the first to know.  Adobe® Wave™ software gets the information you care about right to your desktop.  Click on the Adobe Wave badge on a website you want to follow and you’re ready to go.  Best of all, you’re in control: you choose which sites can contact you.  If you’re no longer interested, turning it off is a click away — Adobe Wave does not share your email address with websites. With Adobe Wave, get all of your notifications through a single application. You don’t have to worry about downloading a separate notification application for each website. To find out more, click on a notification to take you to a browser pointing right where you want to go.  Built with Adobe AIR® technology that has been installed over 200 million times, Adobe Wave lets you see all your most recent alerts at a glance.

XMP Library for ActionScript

Welcome to the XMP Library for ActionScript v1.0 preview. Adobe® Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) is a labeling technology that allows you to embed data about a file, known as metadata, into the file itself.  XMP is an open technology based on RDF and RDF/XML.

Posted in ActionScript 3.0, Adobe, AIR, Flash, Flash Catalyst, FlashLite, Flex, HTML, Mobile | 1 Comment »

FFD Magazine will be FREE

July 15th, 2009 by Adrian

FFD Magazine

From September 2009 FFD Magazine will become an online magazine. What is important – it will be also FREE of charge . The only thing you need to do is to sign up to their Newsletter.

If you’re not sure if you like the idea – try out the magazine – 4 back issues to download:

Check this out! Let’s build the biggest Flash and Flex Developer’s Community!

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Flash & Flex Developer’s Magazine

May 27th, 2009 by Adrian

Flash & Flex Developer's Magazine

The latest issue of Flash & Flex Developer’s Magazine is out now (issue 2/2009).

Some of the topics covered in this issue are …

  • Flash Flex developer interview with Dave Schroeder about the Flashbelt Conference
  • BannerSnack – A quick alternative to Flash?
  • Working With Flash CS4 New Features: Inverse kinematics (IK) with Bone Tool
  • Tracking Time with Screenweaver HX
  • Using all the different components within CS4 to built a complete site
  • Model View Controller – What’s the Secret Sauce… ?
  • JSFL Quirks
  • SWX: The Native Data Format for Adobe Flash
  • An introduction to Flickr In Flash
  • Flash video and AS3
  • WebORB tricks
  • Multi-user Applications in haXe
  • Achieving a retro-style using only Flash
  • Secrets of a professional Flash game programmer
  • Interview with Lee Brimelow

Click here to subscribe

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AS3 Code Libraries (APIs)

August 19th, 2008 by Adrian

Here is a round up of some of the most popular ActionScript 3.0 (AS3) libraries out there to use.

Let me know if I have missed an important one off.

NOTE: This list was originally for my personal use (that I thought I would share), it is not intended to compete with or replace the list maintained by OSFlash or RIAForge.

Update 29/10/08: Ted Patrick has put together a list of ActionScript Cloud/Service APIs that he going to highlight during his Adobe MAX 2008 keynote presentation.

Update 28/11/08: I have just come across the Actionscript Classes website. A very handy resource.

Update 11/01/09: Rich Tretola has a small list of AS3 Libs on his blog EverythingFlex.

Update 12/01/09: The Flashchemist has compiled a similar list on his blog.

Update 27/02/09: Check out Spark Project which includes the FLARToolkit for Augmented Reality

Update 11/08/09: I just stumbled across this (old) list of projects.

Update 19/12/09: Sean “theflexguy” Moore has just written a blog entry called ‘List of 34 More ActionScript 3.0 APIs‘. This is a follow-up to his original post ‘List of 22 ActionScript 3.0 API’s‘.

Update 22/12/09: “30+ ‘Must Try’ Open Source Actionscript 3 Libraries” and “30 MORE Awesome Open Source AS3 Libraries

Update 28/01/10: “30 Classes AS3 bem úteis!”

Update 29/01/10: “15 Awesome ActionScript 3 Frameworks To Inspire Your Next Project”

Update 24/02/10: Emanuele Feronato has a good list of Isometric Engines on his blog

Update 19/03/10: Tom Krcha has posted a list of Flash Gaming Engines, plus a few others that were new to me.

Update 09/07/10: FluxDb has a huge list of AS3 Libraries.

Update 15/04/12: Exagone has a list of libraries

Update 16/04/12: 68 Small but Useful Open Source ActionScript Libraries (misc) help Flex/Flash Developers Improve Work Efficiency

Update 17/04/12: List of ActionScript 3.0 APIs

3D Engines

3D Game Engines

2D Engines (utilising the GPU using Stage3D)

2D Game Engines

Isometric Engines

3D Animation Framework

3D Physics Engines

Augmented Reality

Animation Tweening Engines

2D Physics Engines


Audio Libraries

Particle Systems

Data Visualization

Loading Kits

OOP Frameworks

Website Frameworks

Debug / Stats / Trace / Output Panels

Other APIs and libraries

Posted in ActionScript 3.0, AIR, Augmented Reality, Flash, Flex, Papervision 3D, Tweening | 123 Comments »

FlexCamp – London 08

August 14th, 2008 by Adrian

A free on-day Flex conference has been announced, called FlexCamp – London 08. It will be held on Thursday 28th August 2008 at Conway Hall in London. The nearest tube is Holborn. Sign up now by visiting the Flex London User Group (FLUG) Meetup website.

The sessions will run from 2pm – 8pm and include Building your 1st Flex application, Styling, skinning, designer/developer workflow, Flex and Flash, Flex and ColdFusion, Flex and Java, Who you need on your Flex team, Application development best practices, Introduction to Cairngorm and Flex component development.

Visit the official FlexCamp website for more details.

Posted in Adobe, Conferences and Events, Flex | 2 Comments »

Adobe Developer Week 2008 Screencasts Available

May 9th, 2008 by Adrian

Adobe Developer Week 2008

The screencasts from the Adobe Developer Week (March 27th – 28th, 2008) are now available to watch online. There are 20 eSeminars in total and they were recorded using Adobe Acrobat Connect. The topics covered include, building AIR applications, ColdFusion 8, Flash Lite 3, Flex, Creative Suite 3 and BlazeDS. If you missed any of these when they were broadcast back in March I reccommend taking a look and watching a couple (though I did find the audio slowly got out of sync with the visuals).

Watch the screencasts here.

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Installing Papervision3D on Flash and Flex

April 24th, 2008 by Adrian

Papervision3D, Flex and Flash Logos

Fabian Vercuiel has posted a useful entry on his blog titled ‘Installing Papervision3D on Flash and Flex‘ which outlines how to get up and running with Papervision3D using Flash and Flex.

He covers, downloading and installing a subversion client such as TortoiseSVN, getting the Great White Papervision3D files from GoogleCode, downloading and installing the Flash Extension (mxp file), adding the Papervision3D class-path, adding the SWC file in Flex Builder.

This is all pretty useful information if you haven’t done it before.

Posted in Flash, Flex, Papervision 3D | 1 Comment »

Flash on the Beach 08

April 21st, 2008 by Adrian

Flash on the Beach 08

Yipee! Ordered my Flash on the Beach 08 ticket this morning. The tickets went on sale this weekend (just gone) and already 150 tickets have been sold. The first 250 tickets can be purchased at the reduced Super Early Bird price of £199 for the 3-day conference pass. They are also holding two pre-conference workshops on the Sunday (28th Sept), I have booked for the Papervision3D session.

Currently, there are 94 Super Early Bird tickets left. So get in there quick if you want to save some money.

At the time of writing, the confirmed speaker list (with links to their personal websites) includes …

I’m really looking forward to it. I went to both the 2006 and the 2007 conference and it is a fantastic event. We’re so lucky to have an event like this held in the UK. I always come away from it inspired, fired up and wanting to learn more. Many thanks to John Davey for organising this awesome event every year.

If you haven’t been before, get your tickets and see for yourself. I’ll see you there …

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Flex app causing weird browser crash

April 16th, 2008 by Adrian

This afternoon I stumbled across Kaushik Datta‘s blog post ‘Toyota’s Model Selector in Flex‘ where he mentions a new Flex site for Toyota. So I thought I’d take a look.

Initially it looks very nice, but after a short play with the sliders my Firefox browser crashed and displayed a weird error message. It was not an error message I have ever seen before.

Windows XP, Firefox Error Message: Illegal Operation in Plugin

Illegal Operation in Plugin

I restarted Firefox and tried it again, but the same thing happened. It is 100% repeatable.

So then I thought I’d give it give it a whirl in Internet Explorer (IE 7.0.5730.11) and, bingo, another new error message.

Windows XP, IE Error Message

Internet Explorer Error Message

The version of the Flash Player I have installed is WIN 9,0,115,0 (Debug player).

You can check your player version here.

And then finally the whole browser would die.

Toyota Model Selector

Take a look at the site and see if it crashes your browser too!

It also crashed Opera 9.24 on my Windows XP machine.

NOTE: It doesn’t crash in Firefox or Safari on my MacBook.

Posted in Bug, Flex | 3 Comments »

Flex SDK coding conventions and best practices

April 15th, 2008 by Adrian

I just came across this page which I thought was useful and would share with you all.

It covers topics such as Naming, Language Usage, File Organization, Formatting & ASDoc.

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Flash, Flex, AIR and RIA Conferences 2008

March 27th, 2008 by Adrian

Just thought I’d put together a list of all the Adobe Flash, Flex and AIR conferences I know of that are going on around the world this year (plus a couple of others that are related, ie. SXSW and MIX). If you know of any other ones that I have missed then let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

January 2008


February 2008


February 23rd, 2008
Munich, German

FITC Amsterdam 2008

February 25th – 26th, 2008
Amsterdam, Netherlands

360|Flex Atlanta

February 25th – 27th, 2008
Atlanta, US

March 2008


March 5th-7th, 2008
Las Vegas, US

South by Southwest (SXSW)

March 7th – 11th, 2008
Austin, US

Adobe Developer Week
Adobe Developer Week 2008

March 27th – 28th, 2008

April 2008

360|Flex Europe

April 7th – 9th, 2008
Milan, Italy

Scotch on AIR
Scotch on AIR
April 11th, 2008
Dublin, Ireland

NAB Show
NAB Show 2008

April 11th – 17th, 2008
Las Vegas, US

FITC Toronto 2008

April 20th – 22nd, 2008
Toronto, Canada

May 2008

flashconference 2008
10th flashconference 2008

May 8th, 2008
Stuttgart, Germany


May 8th – 10th, 2008
Lisbon, Portugal

WebManiacs 2008

May 19th – 23rd, 2008
Washington DC, US

Flashforum Konferenz 2008

May 21st – 24th, 2008
Cologne, Germany


May 23rd, 2008
Kortrijk, Belgium

Web Flash Festival
Web Flash Festival

May 23rd – 25th, 2008
Paris, France

June 2008

Scotch on the Rocks
Scotch on the Rocks ’08

June 4th – 6th, 2008
Edinburgh, Scotland


June 10th – 13th, 2008
Minneapolis, US

webDU 2008

June 12th – 13th, 2008
Sydney, Australia

FITC Chicago 2008

June 22nd – 23rd, 2008
Chicago, US

July 2008


August 2008

Flashforward 2008

August 20th – 22nd, 2008
San Francisco, US

Flex Camp London 08
August 28th, 2008
London, UK

September 2008

Flash on the Beach
Flash on the Beach 2008

September 28th – October 1st, 2008
Brighton, UK

October 2008

Flash on Tap
Flash on Tap
October 7th – 9th, 2008
Rescheduled: May 28th – 30th, 2009
Boston, US

Flashpitt 2008
October 10th, 2008
Pittsburgh, US

The Actionscript Conference
The Actionscript Conference
October 19th, 2008

Singularity 08

October 24th – 26th, 2008

November 2008

Adobe MAX 2008 North America
November 16th – 19th, 2008
San Francisco, US

December 2008

Adobe MAX 2008 Europe
December 1st – 4th, 2008
Milan, Italy

January 2009

Adobe MAX 2008 Japan
January 29th – 30th, 2009
Tokyo, Japan

Adobe on AIR Tour Europe
Don’t forget that the Adobe on AIR Tour is coming to Europe this spring. Starting off in Madrid, Spain on March 31st, and then running through to June 13th in Milan, Italy. Check the website to see if it is coming to a European city near you (it is in London on April 9th at The Brewery).

One other Flash conference that has happened in the past, but it doesn’t look like it is happening any more is Spark Europe.

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Setting framerate and stage size in AS3 project using Flex

March 10th, 2008 by Adrian

UPDATE 29/07/2010: Flash CS4 and CS5 now support this metadata, and will override the stage properties that are set in the IDE.

If you are creating an AS3 only project in Flex then at some point you will want to set the framerate, stage size, and stage colour. This is not obvious to find and can be done in one of two ways.

The first method is by providing this information as compiler arguments in the Flex IDE. Go to Project > Properties > ActionScript Compiler. And in the ‘Additional compiler arguments:’ textfield you could enter the following …

-default-frame-rate 25 -default-background-color #FFFFFF
-default-size 800 600

The second method is by putting this information in to your main AS3 class as metadata. For example …

package {
     import flash.display.Sprite;


     public class Test extends Sprite {
          public function Test() {


Make sure you put the SWF Metadata AFTER any import statements.

Here are a couple of other blog entries on the subject …

Posted in ActionScript 3.0, Flex | 2 Comments »

Adobe Flex 3 and AIR Released

February 25th, 2008 by Adrian

Adobe Flex 3 and AIR

Today Adobe officially released Flex 3 and AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) for the desktop. I won’t say too much about them here, as there is already plenty of info out there in the blogosphere. If you want to find out more, follow the links provided.

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