Adobe has released Adobe Flash Player 10 Beta. This looks very good and has some very interesting features.
Below is the run down of features from Adobe's website.
3D Effects - Easily transform and animate any display object through 3D space while retaining full interactivity. Fast, lightweight, and native 3D effects make motion that was previously reserved for expert users available to everyone. Complex effects are simple with APIs that extend what you already know.
Custom Filters and Effects - Create your own portable filters, blend modes, and fills using Adobe® Pixel Bender™, the same technology used for many After Effects CS3 filters. Shaders in Flash Player are about 1KB and can be scripted and animated at runtime.
Advanced Text Layout - A new, highly flexible text layout engine, co-existing with TextField, enables innovation in creating new text controls by providing low-level access to text offering right-to-left and vertical text layout, plus support for typographic elements like ligatures.
Enhanced Drawing API - Runtime drawing is easier and more powerful with re-styleable properties, 3D APIs, and a new way of drawing sophisticated shapes without having to code them line by line.
Visual Performance Improvements – Applications and videos will run smoother and faster with expanded use of hardware acceleration. By moving several visual processing tasks to the video card, the CPU is free to do more.
You can read more about Flash Player 10 Beta here.
The two features that stand out for me are the Enhanced Drawing API and the 3D effects. This could give some great effects for web pages.
If you have designed any cool web sites or applications that displays many images you may have been looking for some good image galleries. Well, over at NTT.CC the have put together a good list of 15 free flash image galleries.
Below is an excerpt from the post.
Following are some free but powerful flash image gallery which I collected. Hope you will enjoy it and share with your friends.Note: listed in no particular order.
As stated on many other articles on this site, dfGallery is one of the coolest Galleries currently on the Web.It is a Flash Gallery to support both Flickr , Picasa , Fotki, Photobucket and Custom Images, enable / Disable “Print Screen” ( requested by Photographers ), liquid Layout - Fits to any size you specify, and free, etc.
No.2 Photo Viewer
The Photo Viewer uses both Flash and XML. All data is stored within an XML file making it easy to make modifications and update.
No.3 Flash Photo Gallery
Flash Gallery is a FREE, simple photo gallery built in Macromedia Flash 2004, that uses XML files to store the information about which images to display. The gallery is easy to configure and update since you need to change only the XML file.
SimpleViewer is a free, customizable Flash image viewing application.
Flash Photo Stack is a simple Flash template that enables you to click through a stack of your favourite photographs.
AutoViewer is a free, customizable Flash image viewer. AutoViewer is designed to display a linear sequence of images and captions.
This template is based on the free version of the FlashPageFlip flash engine on www.flashpageflip.com. It lacks the advanced functions of the commercial versions but still makes a very nice photo album on your website. You can see and hear the pages flip.
TiltViewer is a free, customizable 3D Flash image viewing application.
You can read the full post here.
Below is just a small sample of the Galleries.
If you are looking for a cool way to display images on your site or application I definitely recommend checking out this list.
If you are a developer of Facebook applications your applications may be affected by the new security patch release for Flash 9. The patch will be distributed this April (so, it will be released very soon and no this isn't an early "April Fools" joke).
Below is an excerpt from the announcement by Facebook.
If any of the following situations apply to your application, then your application could be affected by the update.
- You use sockets or XMLSockets, regardless of the domain to which you are connecting
- You use addRequestHeader or URLRequest.requestHeaders in any network API call when sending or loading data cross-domain
- You provide access to content on remote domains as a web service provider
- You have SWFs that are exported for Flash Player 7 (SWF7) or earlier that communicate with the hosting HTML by any means
If you develop Facebook applications or if you are a Flash developer then you will want to look into how this may affect your applications.
The uploaded file is submitted separately from the rest of the page and form. Each file is uploaded individually which keeps the server-side upload handling script simple as it only ever has to handle a single uploaded file at a time. Since Flash is providing the upload service the page does not have to be reloaded. The usage pattern for SWFUpload is more like that of an AJAX application than that of standard HTML form. Often the server-side script that receives the uploaded file is different than the target of the page's form. The page's form will be processed separately from the file upload.
The below code would be put inside the head tag of your web page.
The part of the above code that you will be most interested in is the last line. The soundManager.createSound('aDrumSound','button-0.mp3'); is what actually loads the sound file.
The below code will cause the sound to play.
If you are developing AIR applications then this will be good news for you. Adobe has released an update for Flash CS3 Professional so that it can now open .air files. This coincides with the release of Adobe AIR beta 3.
You can download the Adobe AIR beta 3 release here
You can read the full story here.
From the swfIR homepage:
When you start to use swfIR, you’ll need the ability to style it, the same way that you can do with regular images. To get around browser inconsistencies, swfIR adds a with a class of swfir around any image you’re replacing.
The library and its required files are about 11.89 KB.
Once the library is included you can take advantage of its features:
var borders = new swfir();
Here are the properties you have available:
There are some issues with swfIR that the creators make us aware of, and they are:
- Resizing/zooming in Opera crashes the browser
- alt text is not preserved upon replacement
- HTML right-click options are disabled
- Incompatible with other JS libraries like Prototype or MooTools
- Doesn’t work with hot-linked images because of security restrictions in Flash