Win PJ and Supreme4 collections Flash Effects

PJ and Supreme4 collections of Flash Text Effects, which were available as SWFX/WildFX plugins, are now available as Macromedia Flash MX (MX / 2004 / 2004 professional) Component collections. Drag & drop effects from the component panel, set text; as easy as that. All effects have customizable parameters. They can now be adjusted to your liking without any limitations. PJ and Supreme 4 collections together contain over 150 original effects.
I am thinking of two winning options
(a) Three lucky individuals can win 3 Power pack (PJ+Supreme4)
or
(b) 5 licenses of choice for either PJ or Supreme4 for the first 5
If the demand is good, Mr. Patrick Jansen is ready to give us more.
I am yet to come up with an idea for the competition, while I am on it, you can go to the Component’s site and view the details. Come back to my blog later to know what you have to do to win the same (may be I will post another message so that all aggregators and newsreader also picks up the same).

Get help at Macromedia Web Forum

Recently I realized that Macromedia Web Forum no longer “subscribe” you to the thread you reply automatically. This was done more to facilitate the fact that the e-mail reminder do not disturb people while posting or replying on the web forum. Unfortunately for me, I have not grown to click that manually and thus I lost tract of all replies that I made on the forum. Previously all follow-up posts were dropped in my message centre automatically through which it was easy for me to reply back. But then, I am also getting used to some enterprising people who mail me directly with the link to the forum post which they want my attention, this is a cool idea. I would be glad to help out and follow-up to the replies I made and if I am not following up on your post for quite sometime, please mail me with the link to the web forum and I will do what I can. Yes, I am available more on the Flash Web Forum.
On a more lighter note, let me take this opportunity to highlight a forum dedicated to all Macromedia Products, more emphasized on the Indian Developers but then very open to the whole world. It is the forum at the IndiaMMUG; (this was the forum attached to my site but then I denounced it and dedicated it to the group).

EAS 2.0 – Application Development

There are many good books that caters to the need of good Application Development using Object Oriented Programming methodology. Mook’s Essential ActionScript 2.0′ Part 2 “Application Development” preaches the same but to the point in an easier way for the Flash Developers to understand faster. I particularly like the clear cut explanation to separate the source and the public accessible files for your application. The book advices to have “ApplicationName” folder which contains two distinct folders for the “source” and the public accessible “deploy”.

The choice of names is yours too. I usually have “bin” for the public accessible ones and “src” for all the source. The number of sub folders for distinct modules, parts and patterns is upto you.
This book will definitely help other developers coming into Flash Development to get the feel of Flash easily, quickly and effectively. And for those Flash Designers and Developers who do not wish to move to OOP yet, there are instances where Flash can equally do a good job without relying on OOP or Design Patterns. But, that is not really adviced for a re-usable good Flash Application.

Suggested Reading (this time not from the book):

Essential AS 2.0 – Part 3

Essential ActionScript 2.0Much like a hollywood flick, Essential Actionscript 2.0 releases on friday, the 18th June, 2004.
For Flash Developers and Designers alike, I need not re-iterate that it is a must have. Yesterday, as anticipated, the knock on the door from the Fedex guy was my pre-release copy. I will try to write about the book by dividing the review into three parts.
I started from Part 3 and will go to Part 1 at the end. Well, it is not that I am already through with Actionscript 2.0 or alike but that the later part caught my attention first.

So, this summer, get ready to tickle your Actionscript skill and hone your application development skill and catapult to another advanced level. Thanks to Colin Moock for the book and his contributions to the Flash Community.

Part 3 of the book discusses four design patterns (Observer, Singleton, Model-View-Controller and Delegation Pattern), that are applicable to Flash, and shows how to use them to structure sections of an Actionscript 2.0 application.

The reason for choosing the four patterns according to the book were;

  • They’re extremely well known and relatively easy to understand.
  • They address event architectures, an important part of OOP that affects nearly every application.
  • They demonstrate tangible, practical ways to develop user interfaces in OOP, which is perhaps the most important aspect of Flash Application development.
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Maxivista

< ?php ImgBlog(“reviews/maxivista.gif”, 0, “Maxivista”, “”);?>Couple of months back, I downloaded the demo version of Maxivista and I loved it for many reasons. It includes a virtual graphics adapter which fools your primary PC into thinking that there is an additional monitor display installed. Windows enables its multi monitor capabilities and extend the desktop to an additional screen. The content of this extra screen is transmitted to your secondary PC via a standard network connection and displayed by the MaxiVista Viewer program.
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Empty Spaces

The Wanderer is Philippe Wittenbergh, image poet, wanderer, web designer. He is currently living in the eastern part of the world, timezones ahead of most people, surrounded by tea fields, a cat, a partner and some more. He loves Jazz, avantguarde music and books, fine wine and some beers should not be forgotten.

This message is dedicated to my role model for xhtml/css and I am confident that you will also love his post, learn few tips and tricks from him. Visit his main homepage for other information. While we are here, let us bookmark TextPattern too, a web application designed to help overcome hurdles to publishing online, and to simplify the production of well-structured, standards-compliant web pages.

Jai Hind, the National Anthem

I am really beginning to like the idea of the theaters, cinema houses, multi-plexes and even the Dome, in Mumbai, India in their way of making its cinegoers, citizen remember the National Anthem and be loyal to the country every time they are about to watch a movie.

I am not sure of the other parts of India. As far as I can recollect neither Delhi nor Bangalore do anything similar. Today, I went for the Spy Kid’s Game Over 3D and once again I “stood up” along with everybody to the National Anthem being sung at the AdLab just like what had been happening since a long time I could remember.

When else do you listen and pay respect to the National Anthem beside Independence Day, other National Days?

Indian National Anthem Lyric

The playing time of the National Anthem is approximately 52 seconds. The following is Tagore’s own English rendering of the stanza:

Mouseover DOM Inspector

A very good friend of mine, infact my ‘CSS’ role model, sent me this link of a bookmarklet on Mouseover DOM Inspector. “This favelet allows you to view the properties of any HTML element on a page simply by mousing over the element. The element will be given a gray background, and a DIV element that trails the mouse cursor will contain the element type along with all of the specified attributes of the element.”