Flash 10.1 for Mobile beta

I read an article yesterday by Nick Saint on Flash for Smartphones, Nick claims that its terrible.

He does add the caveat that it's still in beta, and the video he does to show some of the functionality isn't bad, but his speed comparison for page loading between the iPhone and the Nexus is like comparing apples to oranges (no pun intended).

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Adobe Flash on the I-Phone?

There has been a lot of noise in the past week about Apple lifting a ban on 3rd party browsers. Apparently a few browsers (Edge Browser, Incognito) are now available on the i-tunes store backdated to sometime in October.

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Adobe Cocomo

Released yesterday on Adobe Labs is a Platform as a Service codenamed "Cocomo", which is set to provide Flex developers with the ability to add realtime social capabilities to their Rich Internet Applications.

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Adobe Alchemy Project

Another new release on the adobe labs site is the project called Alchemy. The purpose of this project is to allow developers to compile C and C++ code into Action Script.

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SlideRocket Launches

Want to create amazing presentations online without having to install yet another piece of software?

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Flash Player 10 Released

After almost 5 months in Beta, Flash Player 10 was released by Adobe on October 15th. The flash video that Adobe produced to show off the new features is, in my opinion, pretty damn cool.

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Piclens Firefox Plugin

A little while ago I installed the Piclens firefox plugin to take for a test-drive. I first thought "not another flash gimick".

But I actually really like it for browsing my pictures on Flickr.

Its a heck of a lot better than the built in slide show viewer. The scrolling is smooth the image loading is fast and it's really quite fun to zoom through the images.

The only thing is that I find it has a very limited use. SearchMe on the other hand had made some pretty nice improvements to its flash visual search engine since it first released it's Beta back in March of this year. Its use as a visual search engine also probably has niche market, but I guess only time will tell whether it can carve out a little bit of the search engine traffic to stay make the business worthwhile.

Happy coding...

Adobe Releases Flash 10 (beta)

Today Adobe released on their labs website Flash Player Version 10 for public beta.

This version of Flash has a few new key features:

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Flash Lite 4?

Ever since the release of Flex 2 I have been dabbling more and more in Flex and as I recently posted am looking at studying for and taking the Flex certification exam.

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Flash Player 9 for Solaris

We already can see H.264 quality video and hear HE-AAC quality audio from flash videos on Windows, Mac and Linux. Well now you Solaris geeks can experience it for yourselves with this Flash Player 9 update

Of course your videos need to have been properly encoded to witness the full beauty of this update but if don't have any videos you can see a demo here.

Now you can have your cake and eat it too!

ps: The updated flash version for Windows, Mac and Linux 9,0,115,0 can be found here

3.2 Billion Installs for Flash Player 9

The title says it all.

Ted Patrick posted today that Flash Player 9 has reached 3.2 billion installs by November 11th according to Akamai.

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Adobe buys Buzzword

I just heard about this little start up out of Boston called Virtual Ubiquity on a post on basement.org, they have created a feature rich online word processor using Flash. I signed up for a preview account and I have to say I am really impressed with the functionality and ease of use.

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Uploading Multiple Files

Ever wanted to build an application that allows the user to upload multiple files? Well we all know it can't really be done unless you use either a Java Applet or Flash.

Doing a Google search turns up all manner of applications to do just that. But I want something simple, nothing more than a text box, a browse button, an upload button and a progress bar. Unfortunately my search turned up nothing, so I set about building my own using Flex 3.0.

It isn't anything special but you can: 1) Change the background color by tagging on a query string 2) Have a javascript function on the page that passes the urlyour upload page and any other parameters you want to pass along to the SWF. 3) Have a javascript call back function on upload complete

It provides the functionality I want and that is to upload multiple files, without any other unnecessary fancy bits, and requires minimal setup too.


<object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="380" height="78">
<param name="movie" value="Uploader.swf">
<param name="quality" value="high">
<param name="wmode" value="opaque">
<embed src="Uploader.swf?BackgroundColor=ffffff" wmode="opaque" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="380" height="78" style="z-index:-100000 "></embed>
</object>

The Javascript functions:


<script language="javascript">
    function getPath(){
        return "upload.cfm?cfid=#cfid#&cftoken=#cftoken#&path=#uploadpath#"
    }
    function uploadComplete(){
        //do something here after the upload
    }
</script>

And finally a screenshot:
1)Before Upload:

2)After Upload:


If you would like a copy send me an email: gary[ at ]garyrgilbert[ dot ]com or you could click the download link at the bottom of this post.


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