Archive for April, 2006

Magnum In Motion

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

This is a fantastic site of reportage photography made up of interactive essays with audio tracks and graphics.

There’s some great essays there, the lastest title ‘Chernobyl Legacy’ is particularly well done and thought provoking.

Magnum In Motion

Cyrillic Text and Specific Fonts

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I’m working on a project at the moment that will run in a few languages and one of them requires cyrillic characters. The font we’re using is Helvetica World Font Family from Linotype, which has all the characters we require.

But when trying to use cyrillic text dynamically none of the characters showed. It didn’t matter whether I embeded the font in the library or in the TextField itself. What was strange was that if i changed the font to Arial, then all the characters would show fine, so I figured it must be the font.

It turns out that Flash didn’t seem to be embeding the cyrillic characters, even if i specifically listed them.

The solution was to create a new TextField on the Stage and have a least one character from the cyrillic set in it, any character. This one character seemed to force all the cyrillic characters to be embeded and appear correctly. I also had to remove the font from the library and and make sure it was only embeded in TextField instances.

Thanks for the tip Javier!

London MMUG Videos April 2006

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Adam (who’s got a new blog) recorded my session at the MMUG last week. I’ve uploaded it along with the others.

Mike’s presentation was also recorded I’m just waiting for the video.

Viewstacks and States

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Johannes has a great post on his blog that goes into detail about viewstacks and states in Flex 2.0 with example code. Worth checking out.


Monday, April 24th, 2006

Old news about the renaming of the next Flash Player over at Monk-e-mail.

You’ll need your speakers on!

Be Carefull with AS 3.0′s new casting Operator

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

I say be carefull because if the compiler fails to convert your object to the specified type using the new operator, the compiler doesn’t throw an error, instead the object will just have a value of null and the movie will continue as if nothng out of order has happened.

Using the old AS 2.0 casting method, the compiler will complain.


A Round Trip with FileReference

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Last night I presented the session I wrote for webDU at the London user group. Due to there being a lot to cover and lack of time I nowhere near got through the whole presentation only really getting to cover the first 3 examples on FileReference, and taking a quick look at the main class in the AS 2.0 ‘Round Trip’. I didn’t actually really get to cover any of the AS in the ‘Round Trip’, or any of the server side stuff either.

You can view the webDU presentation here, and the London user group presentation here. They are both the same except they have slightly different graphics.

If there’s enough people who actually want me to go through the ‘Round Trip’, then post your requests in the comments here or on the London user group forum and I’ll see what I can do.

All the source for the examples in the presentation can be downloaded from the ‘Download Example’. If anyone has any questions whether it be the AS, the PHP, or just working with classes, don’t be shy! Post your questions here and I will do my best to answer them.

I’m going to concentrate on developing the Flex 2.0 version (its beta 1 at the moment) for a future talk at any conference that will have me.


Friday, April 21st, 2006

Great little site that made me smile. It has a kind of cheeky feel.

No advanced effects or anything, just a great design, nice and colorful and a nice solid build.

Sometimes simplicity wins the day!


Preloaded Recruiting

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

I’ve never actually got to work with the guys at Preloaded (hint hint if anyone from there reads my blog), but it looks like they are hiring!

There looking for game , Flash and HTML peeps, both designers and developers, full time and contract.

They get some great projects and churn out quality work so if your in London and looking for work get over there.

Nerd Results

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Everyone seems to be taking this test and posting there results.

If your prepared to waste your time taking a naff little test to see and you have an urge to see how nerdy you might be then, well your a nerd, don’t matter what your score is!

If you have no urge to take the test and find out, you aint a nerd.