MXNA’s been a good resource site for Adobe Technology with articles being aggregated from many blogs. However, of late, there were lots of uproar from the community as MXNA wasn’t able to withstand the traffic onslaught. It was plagued with regular downtimes and slow in serving the aggregated contents.
MXNA was started, during the times of Full as a Goog, by Mike Chambers and Christian Cantrell as a simple aggregation site for Macromedia technology related blogs. My website was lucky to be one of those first few which MXNA aggregated during its early days. With the move to Adobe, MXNA grew tremendously, outgrew its infrastructure and it has been really seeking attention for an improvement. Continue reading →
My archives won’t be that complete without an article that highlights the completion of the acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe which was officially closed on the 3rd of December, 2005. One of the interesting outcome of the acquisition at this moment is the announcement that Adobe Reader to be part of the Flash Player.
The title would have been much better if I can have a full sentence; “A Flashcom Application coded with OOP patterned to MVP, to detect user bandwidth and play specific FLV“.
We have recently been fascinated by a fad; “no hanging codes on frames”. You can remember the old days of Flash 5 when there was no option but to write piggy-bag codes on Buttons and MovieClips. But hey, there was Flem (by Branden Hall), which helped you write codes pretty much on the frames and not really on top of the MovieClips. But then as Flash/ActionScript evolved into a more matured form, things have taken shape in a much better way.
A day earlier, I went to the Macromedia Office, Bangalore (INDIA) and met some friends. I met the GHOST but could not get authenticated. By the way, I learnt that Bangalore has abundant wi-fi hotspots unlike Mumbai.
A screen, region recorder, BB FlashBack is a cheaper alternative to Macromedia Captivate, if you are looking for a nominal cheap solution for software demonstrations, presentations, tutorials and training.
If you are not really looking for the all the enhanced features of Captivate, then this can prove to be a good solution.
Adarsh Rao mailed me, “I want to appear for Macromedia Flash MX Designer Exam”. No, there is nothing funny or surprising about that until I realize he is “I am Adarsh Rao (6 years old)studying in 2nd class, vidya vinayalaya school, Hyderabad”. At that early age he had Macromedia Flash MX besides Adobe products like Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier, Sound forge. He may definitely not be a good Flash Designer but his work is worth a look. If his works are really authentic and his own then, I really want to wish him all the best in his life ahead.
I am surprised with the interest and quality this little kid have. I have heard of many whizkid stories, I think he fits into one of those. In his mail, he was happy to say, “I am certified in Flash designing and computer Graphics and animation with 94% and 3D Max from institute of Image Malakpet Branch, Hyderabad. I made my website and my school website and has done several small projects.
Hope, I am not so late on posting something for Central, I am infact posting this as an inauguration of my category archive for “Macromedia Central” and a reminder/reference for me and everyone else. Macromedia Central is an environment, a special browser made just for flash.
Well, the weekend seems to be a good time to look at new softwares; this time I got ActionScript Viewer 4.0 and the first thing that came to my mind is “Wow! every teenagers dream is here”. Had James Bond been a Flash Developer, he would have been presented ASV 4.0 by “G” long back. On first looking into it, I could see that it had totally stripped the well dressed SWFs naked; I could see everything, the audio files, the bitmaps and more importantly the Actionscript.
The Timeline, Frame, Library, Instance Names, Actionscript, Special Tags are helpful enough to show you how a SWF was constructed and what do they contain. AS2 Mode for Actionscript is another cool feature to view SWF 7 files, just click on the “ActionScript” section and view each and every script for all frames, symbols. The Classes used can be seen, just copy them and study them yourself; you can see how other developers script and learn from them. You can also use the File > Save SWF data as Text … and have all scripts in a single text file complete with the location of the scripts on the frame of the individual MovieClips etcetera.
ActionScript Viewer is a SWF decompiler and resource extractor that lets you view ActionScript embedded in Flash movie files, extract resources and browse the internals of SWF files. ASV is at its fourth incarnation at the time of writing this review. The current version of ASV supports ActionScript in Flash 7 published files and below. The ActionScript are decompiled and converted to text format, which you can then view on screen and are easy to understand, copied and pasted.
ASV have an easy to use interface which displays lists of frame labels, instance names, library symbols; provides a timeline view with context sensitive preview with many options. “ASV can extract most of the resources from SWF files and displays all the necessary information to help you reconstruct a FLA file you have lost. ASV even tries to help reconstructing a FLA file by generating a JSFL command file for Flash MX 2004 to rebuild the FLA“.
JSFL for Rebuild-Data Extraction : One of the cool and striking feature I noticed was that of ASV’s ability to generate a FLA file using JSFL. ASV extracts and saves resources, a readme file and a JSFL command to a folder of your choice, with the intention of helping the reconstruction of the FLA file for the current SWF. Though there are limitations to this, this feature should be able to help you to get a head start for rebuilding many SWF files and can even rebuild some SWF files without any problems. The FLA file for the SWF may not be rebuilt 100% accurately, depending on the content of the SWF file.
ASV works better with Actionscripts in the SWF file have been compiled by Macromedia Flash 3/4/5/MX/MX2004/MX professional 2004, it learnt from reliable sources that it does not always gives a reliable output when Actioncript at Obfuscated by other tools.
A list member from Blueworld’s Dreamweaver list mailed me as to where has the default template for the new Pages that opens up in DMX gone. Well, the “default” template in the new DMX is is no longer on “…\configuration\templates”. The new location of the default templates for DMX is now in “…\Macromedia\Dreamweaver MX\Configuration\DocumentTypes\NewDocuments”. You will find a bunch of all templates for new documents, change whichever you want to suit yourself. The default for your html is “Default.html”.