Archive for the ‘Adobe Flash’ Category

When Your Flash File Won’t Open…

Friday, March 7th, 2008

This has happened to me, I’ve slaved days over a single .FLA file, regularly saving back-ups. One day, the worst possible scenario… I can’t open the FLA file. (I was using Adobe Flash CS3) What eventually happened is that I could open another file, and it was only then that I was able to open [...]

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5 Reasons To Use Flash On Your Website

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Sometimes people get caught up with bad reasons to use Flash including “all my competitors are using it”, “it’s cool” and “isn’t that what everyone does now”. Not the best reasons, but here are 5 important reasons to use Flash. Right Demographic You are certain that the demographic will be able to accomodate Flash’s basic [...]

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6 Reasons Not To Use Flash On Your Website

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

UPDATE, I wrote a newer article detailing 5 reasons to use Flash Although this may come off as a devil’s advocate article, there are reasons you shouldn’t use Adobe Flash on your website. Even though I do have a hat as a Flash Developer, there are things people should know. Here are the reasons I [...]

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Basic Actionscript Code Beginners Need To Know

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

I was there. I was a designer who had to start using Adobe Flash. Since I was a designer, I had more of a creative side then a logical side which meant learning to code Actionscript was a whole other ballgame. If you’re like me, here’s some easy Actionscript code you should know to get [...]

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Raster Animation vs Vector Animation in Flash

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Okay, you’ve just jumped into Adobe Flash and you need to animate a corporate logo, do you animate the a gif/jpeg image of it or a vector version of it? I’ll take a look at the pros and cons of each type. I define a raster file as a file where pixels are set. That [...]

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Loading Variables From Query String Into Flash

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The title says it all; I will go over loading variables from your query string (located in the URL address bar) into Adobe Flash. This can serve many purposes. For example, you can set a language toggle via query string. This way, you can avoid a language splash screen and avoid having 4 different files [...]

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How To Send Data From Flash To ASP/PHP Without A Page Refresh

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

This article will deal the how to of sending form data from Adobe Flash to your PHP/ASP file so it can be inserted into a database (or manipulated for whatever other reason). The trick is making sure a new window doesn’t popup and the page doesn’t refresh to run through the ASP/PHP code. That’s the [...]

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How To Do Feathered Masks in Adobe Flash

Monday, November 19th, 2007

If you’re looking to do feathered (or smooth, anti-aliased, depending on your terminology) masks in Adobe Flash, and you are familiar with the program, you’ll notice that it’s not easy to do a mask without sharp edges. Using this technique, you can use images with transparencies (PNGs) or draw vectors in Flash to use as [...]

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10 Flash Design and Development Tips Part 2

Monday, November 12th, 2007

In case you’ve missed, last week I wrote Part 1 on Flash Design and Development Tips. It was a success (in terms of traffic) so logically, here’s Part 2. 1 – Raster vs Vector Be well aware of the benefits of raster images versus the benefits of vector images. For the sake of CPU time, [...]

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10 Flash Design and Development Tips Part 1

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Since my articles with 10 tips seem to do quite well and get positive feedback. Why not keep on going? Today, I’ll talk about 10 Tips for Flash Design and Flash Development. UPDATE: BE SURE TO CHECK OUT PART 2  1 – Don’t Restrict Yourself Just because you don’t know the program well, doesn’t mean [...]

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