Archive for May, 2006

10 Ways

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

10 Ways has some really interesting stuff. It’s a collaboration between Getty Images and 5 leading designers/agencies to create 10 interactive experiences that explore visual language.

Andries Odendaal’s pieces are definately my favourites. Both create a random way to view a gallery of images, but remain really nice to interact with. light is a 3D space built of images. You can move round this space to focus on individual images. information displays an image. Clicking on an area of this image will zoom in to reveal smaller images that you can then zoom into again. Zooming into different areas of color affect the following images that are shown.

Loving the idea behind transformation by Great Works as well.

It’s really worth looking at the other works by Less Rain, The Barbarian Group and Tomato.

Macintosh File Types

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

When using FileReference or FileReferenceList it is more than likely you will need to know the associate Macintosh file type with the Windows file type to limit the type of files your users can select.

The reason MM had to implement this is that Windows identifies a file type by its extension and associates it with an application and its icon. Because of this only one application and icon will be associated with any one file type. When you double-click a file in Windows, the same application will open it despite the fact that it may have been created (saved) in another application. The Macintosh file system stores more information about a file than just its type, it also stores information about its creator (which is why you get the extra creator property when using FileReference on a Mac). It stores this information as file type and creator codes in each file and therefore the system can associate more than one application with any one kind of file.

Here’s a list of some of the main Macintosh file types you may require.
NOTE: ‘_’ represents a space character.

World Archipelago Recruiting

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

World Archipelago is looking to employ an accomplished Flash Developer with a keen eye on creativity as well as a great grasp of OOP coding.

We have lots of flash projects spanning; Flash Media server, Flash Lite and up and coming Flex development work. Our clients range from the TV & Music industry to corporate clients (even the odd Hollywood star). We are setting up an office in New York as we speak and applications could have the opportunity of stints across the pond if they desire.

Potential applicants will be working with a great team of award winning designers & developers.

Take a look at their work and if you interested drop me a line or leave a comment and I’ll get you in touch with them.

Adobe Developer Week

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Adobe Developer Week consists of a series of Breeze sessions presented by Adobe technology experts between June 12-16, 2006.

Theres looks to be some great sessions including The Adobe Engagement Platform, Building Flex Apps with Flex Builder, Enterprise development with Flex Builder and Flex Data Services, Building Killer Desktop RIAs: Adobes Next Gen Technology and ActionScript 3.0 for Flash & RIA Developers. They’re even giving away prizes for attending if your in U.S. or Canada (I do wish Adobe would sort that out)!

Full list and registration here.

OFFF Round Up

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Due to it being my birthday the day after we hit Barcelona for OFFF I didn’t actually get to see much of the conference, but from what I did see I would recommend a trip to anyone next year, especially if you are in Europe and can get there on the cheap flights that are everywhere at the moment.

Two of the most significant things were the price and the timetable.

D&AD Awards 2006

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Earlier this week D&AD had their annual awards ceremony in London.

Congrats to Leo Burnett Canada, a couple of whom I managed to hook up and have some fun with whilst they were over here, for winning 1 of the coveted 2 Black Pencils awarded.

Go check the full list of winners here.

Web 2.0 and Wine

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Thursday evening Peter Elst and myself made our way down to Bedales, Spitalfields to talk to like minded people and drink wine organised by James Govenor. Anyone who knows me will know that I aint no wine connoisseur but I really enjoyed myself and ended up quite drunk. Apparently we drank some excellant expensive wines, all of which i thoroughly enjoyed.

More importantly I met a great bunch of new people from Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Preloaded, Agency Republic and independents like myself. Go check out the eightbar an independent blog writen by some of the emerging technologies group at IBM and Derek’s Digital Thoughts.

Thanks again to James for getting everyone together, to Adobe and Tim Brooks for funding the event, and Derek and Microsoft for the last couple of bottles.

London MMUG May 2006

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

This month we’ll be doing something a bit different holding our monthly meeting as part of Adobe Live 2006 on Wednesday 24th May.

The meeting will feature a panel titled ‘The future of the Internet as an Applications Platform’.

The panelists are:
Ben Watson – Adobe Flex Product Manager (moderator)
Andrew Shorten – Adobe Flex Application Engineer
Bola Rotibi – Ovum, Analyst
James Govenor – RedMonk, Analyst
Aral Balkan – Developer
Andy Hood – AKQA, Creative Development Director

More info and sign up.


Sunday, May 7th, 2006

On Tuesday I’ll be heading out to OFFF Barcelona with Guy, and Aral is flying over a day later.

I’ve never been to an OFFF event, which concentrate mainly on visuals and interaction (not so much code). I have a background in Art & Design but spend 95% of my time coding now days so I’m really looking forward to being inspired and seeing some cool stuff. They have a great line-up of speakers including Craig who it will be good to see again.

If your going and you want to link up then give me a shout! I’ll be in Barcelona from 10th to 14th.

London MMUG Videos April 2006 (pt 2)

Friday, May 5th, 2006

I’ve just uploaded the the video of Mike’s presentation titled ‘Developing Flash 8 Components’ from our last MMUG meeting.

You can view all the recorded sessions at

Thanks to Mike for a great session and also thanks to George for taking the time and effort to record it!