Archive for September, 2008

London Flash Platform User Group September 2008

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Apologies for the lack of a meeting last month. You can find the videos and files from July in the presentations section of the LFPUG site.

I’m back on the speaking list this month, and I’m up first (to limit my time so I don’t prattle on) and I’ll be talking about ‘Flex Effects’, swiftly followed by James Deakin of dare, with a talk on ‘ActionScript in Commercial Environments’.

This months event is sponsored by friends of ED.

London Flash Platform User Group 25th September 2008 (25/09/2008).

Wipe ButtonSkin

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Here’s a skin we built recently for a very popular AIR application.

Like the gingerbread man example this skin has seamless transitions between its different states but instead of using Flash assets, everything is created programmatically.

The skin supports the following styles:

fillColors – an Array of 4 colors (the first 2 used for the background, the last 2 used for wipe)

fillAlphas – an Array of values between 0 & 1 to control the alpha of the fillColors (the first 2 used for the background, the last 2 used for wipe)

fillRatios – an Array of values between 0 & 255 to control the gradient ratios of the fillColors (the first 2 used for the background, the last 2 used for wipe)

topLeftCornerRadius – Number to specify the radius of the top left hand corner

topRightCornerRadius – Number to specify the radius of the top right hand corner

bottomRightCornerRadius – Number to specify the radius of the bottom right hand corner

bottomLeftCornerRadius – Number to specify the radius of the bottom left hand corner

type – String to define the wipe type (“wipeOn” or “wipeOff”)

direction – String to specify the direction of the wipe (“up”, “down”, “left” or “right”)

Most of the above can’t be set on the Button directly due to the way styles are implemented in Flex 3.0 (i.e. styles that belong to a skin are set on the Button itself), but you can easily define them with inline (see example below), or external CSS. You can also use these skins as Tabs due to the fact that you can round the corners individually.


You can get the source code for the example by right clicking in the example above, but the source code for the skin can only be downloaded from our Google Code repository.


Saturday, September 6th, 2008

For those on OS X who haven’t found Versions yet, its a great Subversion client for Mac.

At the moment the product is still in beta, each installation coming with a time limitation (usually replaced for free with another beta). Once released you’ll be able to buy Versions, unfortunately there’s no really info on what sort of price we can expect.

If you looking for a great GUI for Subversion for Mac, Versions is definitely worth downloading.

Flash on Tap Schedule

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

The full schedule for Flash on Tap was announced yesterday. Here’s the rundown of what I plan to attend…

10:00 – 10:50: JOA EBERT
Audiotool’s private parts
12:00 – 12:50: RALPH HAUWERT
Flash 2D + 3D effects
14:20 – 15:20: MARIO KLINGEMANN
The pixel whisperer
15:40 – 16:40: HOSS GIFFORD
(who I will be prodding for some info on his talk subject this evening)
17:00 – 18:00: GRANT SKINNER
Things every ActionCcript developer should know
20:00 – 21:00: CRAIG SWANN

11:00 – 11:50: ANDRE MICHELLE
Adobe mde some noise!
12:00 – 12:50: KOEN DE WEGGHELEIRE
Play with pixels: bitmap animation to go
14:20 – 15:20: BRENDAN DAWES
15:40 – 16:40: ROBERT HODGIN
The most rewarding 8-12 hours of my life
17:00 – 18:00: KEITH PETERS
Playing with chaos
20:00 – 21:00: PHILLIP KERMAN
Don’t get mad, make video!

If your going, do make sure you come over slurp a beer with me :)