It's official; Adobe has unleashed their Creative Suite 5 product family unto the masses. You can head on over to Adobe's website and grab individual products or one of the premium collections. Flash CS5 Professional is available for $699 for a brand new copy, or for $199 as an upgrade. The Web Premium package will run $1799 new or $599 for an upgrade, but don't forget this tip that will save you nearly $200 on Flash if you're going that route!
Archive for April, 2010
Last month I posted a tutorial on how to achieve some pretty neat effects using Perlin Noise with a BitmapData object. Since then I have been continuing research into this area and came across a phenomenal technique to get an incredibly realistic water effect. The best part? It is surprisingly simple! By combining Flash's DisplacementMapFilter with Perlin Noise you get an amazing effect. Let's check it out! (more...)
For some Flash developers file size isn't really an issue. Obviously we don't want to be wasteful of resources when creating an application, but in general it may not be something we think too much about. However, there are times when a small swf file is absolutely necessary. I've been working with strict size limitations for the last few months which mandate that swf files be no larger than 40KB. I'm not necessarily the one who creates the fla files to begin with, but it has become my task to size them down and I've found some pretty neat tricks for cutting back on file size that perhaps you may find useful as well. Recently I was handed a 62KB file and was able to whittle it down to 36KB using the techniques discussed in this article! (more...)
Here's a pretty handy trick that not many Flash developers seem to know. We all know about naming variables, classes and functions, but did you know that you can also name your loops? It's true! Just type the name of the loop, followed by a colon and then create the loop. Now you can refer to the loop by name if you need to break out of it. (more...)
Apple's latest news conference on the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 was full of announcements. They showed off new features and capabilities for the their new OS. They mentioned that, finally, the iPhone will handle multitasking. However, the one thing that stands out from this conference is nothing good. The big piece of news has nothing to do with a great new feature for the phone, instead the big story from the show is that Apple is restricting the platform to an unreasonable level and is flat-out screwing over developers. (more...)