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 …

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My Flash On The Beach Schedule

September 26th, 2010 by Adrian

Flash On The Beach 2010

Well, it’s that time of the year again where the great Flashers from all around The World decend on Brighton, England. That’s right folks, Flash On The Beach is upon us once again. I’m really looking forward to it again this year (no different to any previous year really). Looking forward to coming away feeling enthused, inspired, educated and though provoked.

John Davey (the conference organiser) has only gone and made choosing what to see even harder this year by including a fourth track. Thanks John ;¬) Like it wasn’t hard enough trying to pick what to see (and what to miss).

At this moment in time, I have penciled in the following schedule …

Day 1: Monday 27th September 2010

Day 2: Tuesday 28th September 2010

Day 3: Wednesday 29th September 2010

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Flash Camp Manchester – Tomorrow (8th July 2010)

July 7th, 2010 by Adrian

Flash Camp Manchester

Flash Camp Manchester is tomorrow!

It is a FREE event, but you need to register online before you go.

Here is the schedule …

12:00 | Registration opens

13:00 | KEYNOTE – Adobe Systems

13:45 | Break

14:00 | INTRODUCING THE OPEN SOURCE MEDIA FRAMEWORK, Edwin van Rijkom (Adobe Systems OSMF Team)

14:45 | Break

15:00 | DEVELOPING WITH YOUR INNER DESIGNER, Mike Jones (Adobe Systems)

15:45 | Break

16:00 | SET YOUR CODE ON FIRE, Michael Plank (PowerFlasher Solutions)

16:45 | Break

17:00 | THE CURRENT STATE OF MOBILE UX, Anthony & Jerome Ribot (Ribot)

17:45 | Break

18:00 | MOBILE FLASH & AIR 2 FOR ANDROID, Mark Doherty (Adobe Systems)

18:45 | Break

19:00 | SPACE INVADING, Seb Lee-Delisle (Plug-in Media)

19:45 | PRIZE DRAW


See you there!

Visit the website for more details.

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Mike Downey to Join Microsoft Silverlight Team

August 6th, 2009 by Adrian

Mike Downey and microsoft Silverlight

Last week Mike Downey announced that he has taken a new job with the Microsoft Developer & Platform Evangelism team for Silverlight. Those of you that have been in the Flash world for a while will know that Mike was Flash’s senior product manager for a number of years. He has always been a great advocate of Flash, Interactive Media and RIAs. His departure from Adobe at the end of 2008 came as something of a shock and I was sure that we hadn’t seen the last of him. I think Microsoft have made a shrewd move employing the talents of Mike and I wish him well with his new position. The competition from Silverlight can only be a good thing for the Flash Platform and the RIA industry as a whole.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

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50 Flash Websites You Definitely Should See

August 6th, 2009 by Adrian

%0 Flash Websites

Over at they have put together a list of 50 Flash Websites You Definitely Should See. There are some amazing sites on there to check out and take inspiration from. I’m pleased to see the likes of 2Advanced Studios, Magnetic North and Unit9 on there. I hadn’t come across this site before, but taking a brief look through there are some interesting acticles and great lists of things to inspire and educate.

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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

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Colin Moock talks to Jim Corbett (Flash Player Engineer)

July 18th, 2008 by Adrian

Jim Corbett

This morning I finally got around to watching an interview Colin Moock did with Jim Corbett back at Flash In The Can 2008 in Toronto. Jim is one of the software engineers working at Adobe on the Flash Player. The interview is 50 minutes long and has some interesting insights in to the Flash Player, the history and culture of the team behind it and they discuss current and possible future directions the Flash Player will take.

Watch the video here.

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Displaying alternate Flash movies using SWFObject

March 27th, 2008 by Adrian

I use SWFObject regularly to embed my SWFs in the HTML page. But was not sure how to display alternate SWFs depending on the Flash Player version installed on the end user’s machine. However, I have just come across a blog entry by David Stiller that clearly explains how to do it.

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London Flash Platform User Group (LFPUG) meeting – Jan 2008

February 1st, 2008 by Adrian

London Flash Platfor User Group

Last night was January’s London Flash Platform User Group meeting at the CosmoBar in Clerkenwell. The speakers were Paddy Keane talking about his experience of using PureMVC and Rob Bateman talking about the history of 3D on the web. The event was so popular that Tink had to send an email out to everybody warning that over 120 people had signed up to go, and that places would have to be on a first-come-first-served basis (normally we only get around 40 – 50 people). Anyway, here is a quick bullet point summary of what they covered.

PureMVC (19:00 – 20:00) – Paddy Keane

  • Why use a framework?
    • gives agility to the project and code
    • helps with risk management
    • good when features are changing
  • Based on Model, View, Controller but with additional Façade
    • gives code clarity
    • shows your coding intent
    • need to have good Development Process
    • start with a list of features
    • mock-up features and then test
  • The best way to get started with PureMVC is to read the Best Practices document and then read it again

The 3rd Way: Handling 3D on the Web ( 20:15 – 21:15 ) – Rob Bateman

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15 Things to look in to during 2008

January 31st, 2008 by Adrian

Here is a list of things I want to look in to during 2008. If there is anything you think I should check out but have missed off this list then let me know.

  1. Papervision3D
  2. Tweener
  3. TweenLite
  4. Go (Go ActionScript Animation Platform)
  5. KitchenSync
  6. Xray (The AdminTool)
  7. AS3 Bulk Loader Library
  8. SWX: SWF Data Format
  9. Adobe Flex 2 & 3
  10. Adobe AIR
  11. Eclipse and FDT 3.0
  12. Cairngorm
  13. PureMVC
  14. ActionScript 3.0
  15. SWFAddress

Not necessarily in that order. Wish me luck!

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Location of Flash Shared Object (SOL) files

January 30th, 2008 by Adrian

If you are anything like me, then when you need to find your Flash Shared Object (SOL) files, you can never find them on your computer. Well, just as a reminder, they can be found here on a Windows XP PC …

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Macromedia\
Flash Player\#SharedObjects\<random string>\<domain>\
<path from webserver>\<filename>.sol

on a Windows 7 PC they are stored here …

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\Flash Player\
#SharedObjects\<random string>\<domain>\<path from webserver>\

and on a Mac they can be found here …

Macintosh HD:Users:<username>:Library:Preferences:Macromedia:
Flash Player:#SharedObjects:<random string>:<domain>:
<path from webserver>\<filename>.sol

I also recently noticed that the path to data saved from Adobe AIR apps is stored here on a PC …

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\
<AIR App Reverse Domain Name>\Local Store\#SharedObjects\

and on a Mac they can be found here …

Macintosh HD:Users:<username>:Library:Preferences:
<AIR App Reverse Domain Name>:Local Store:#SharedObjects:

NOTE: On Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and above (Mountain Lion etc) the Library folder is hidden. To make it visible you need to go to Finder, select the ‘Go’ menu from the top and then hold down the Option (alt) key. The ‘Library’ item will then appear so you can click on it. The Library folder will then open and you can then click into the ‘Preferences’ folder. Also note that Shared Objects from AIR apps are stored directly in this ‘Preferences’ folder using their reverse domain app ID. Shared Objects from a browser based SWF are stored in …

Macintosh HD:Users:<username>:Library:Preferences:Macromedia:
Flash Player:#SharedObjects:<random string>:<domain>:
<path from webserver>\<filename>.sol

Hope this is of some help, and will save you a bit of time trying to find them.

There are also a few useful tools out there that will allow you to check (and modify) the contents of SOL files. Try ASV SOL Viewer and Editor, SolVE: Local Shared Object Viewer/Editor or SOLReader.

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O’Reilly’s InsideRIA launched

January 29th, 2008 by Adrian


Last week O’Reilly launched the InsideRIA website, a portal/blog for Rich Internet Application developers around the world. It looks like it is going to be a great resource and it currently has articles written by respected people such as Colin Moock, Rich TretolaTony Hillerson, David Tucker, Tony MacDonellAndrew TriceAndre Charland, Jonathan Snook and Raymond Camden.

The also have an InsideRIA Atom feed (which I have added to my Google homepage).

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London Flash Platform User Group (LFPUG) meeting

January 28th, 2008 by Adrian

London Flash Platform User Group

This Thursday (31st January) there is a London Flash Platform User Group meeting. The speakers lined up are Paddy Keane talking about PureMVC and Rob Bateman talking about 3D in Flash (Away3D, Papervision3D and Sandy). It should be very interesting.

As always, a big ‘thank you’ to Tink for organising the event.

Time: 19:00 – 23:00 (doors open at 18:30)
Venue: CosmoBar, 50-54 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5PS (click for map)

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Colin Moock’s ActionScript 3.0: From The Ground Up Tour

January 28th, 2008 by Adrian

Colin Moock

Hooray! I managed to get a ticket to the Colin Moock ActionScript 3.0 training day being ran by Adobe. I’ll be attending the London event on Monday 3rd March 2008. The event is being held at Vinopolis, the famous wine tasting venue (map here). I hope we get some free wine to help us get our heads around the nitty-gritty of AS3. See you there, if you are going as well.

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Flash On The Beach ’07 – Visited Seminars

January 28th, 2008 by Adrian

Flash On The Beach logo

Back in November 2007 I went down to Brighton for the Flash On The Beach conference. It was a fantastic event (as it was in 2006) and John Davey did a great job of organising the event and getting a wish list of speakers from around the world. Here is a list of the speakers that I managed to catch across the three auditoriums.

Monday 5th November

Tuesday 6th November

  • Ted Patrick – Flex and ActionScript 3 Worst Practices
  • Craig Swann – Perceptive Interactions + Alternative Interfaces
  • Aral Balkan – Let’s talk about SWX, baby!
  • GMUNK (Bradley Grosh) – GMUKNICKDOWN 07
  • Alex Jenkins – Pulling the emotional trigger.

Wednesday 7th November

All of these presenters are doing some amazing work and I came away from Brighton really inspired and eager to learn more. Here’s looking forward to Flash On The Beach 2008!

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