part 1 of the german translation of actionscript for flash mx: the definitive guide is now available here:
the german version is split into two books, one for the language fundamentals (part 1) and one for the language reference (part 2). the second volume is expected late june. prima!
german code examples from the book are available at the code depot.
This japanese site is a tight little example of how you can dynamically layout an interface in Flash Player 6 with the Stage.onResize() event. make sure you open enough categories (news releases, topics, net communities, what's new), then resize your browser. also try the expand button on each panel. nice work.
james patterson has a beautiful new piece up at www.presstube.com. and he's finally got some drawings up for sale. i think there were only 3 left last i checked, so if you want one make it fast :)
i'll be doing a presentation on Unity 2 at the flash festival en france via webcam this sunday at 5:15pm CET (11:15 am EST). there should be lots of time for questions as well. info here:
i recently published a new article at oreillynet.com covering submitting forms with the ENTER key. here's the opening paragraph:
"With the release of Flash MX's Flash UI components, building forms got a lot easier, but form submission itself is still trickier in Flash than it is in HTML. In HTML, forms can be submitted via a submit button or "automagically" via the Enter key. Flash does not have built-in support for Enter-key form submission, so we must handle the Enter key manually. The remainder of this article explains how to do just that."
i just noticed a long and interesting discussion over on oreilly.com about rich internet client applications, including dhtml, flash, and java. hear what tim o'reilly and other o'reilly heavyweights (including the editor of asdg2) have to say about the topic...
Public invitation: help alpha-test Unity 2, the second version of moock.org's xmlsocket server. Unity 2 features an extensive object-oriented ActionScript API for creating multiuser Flash applications. Spawn rooms, manage users, save and share per-room or per-client data, and invoke methods remotely all with ActionScript. Tutorials and documentation are now available.
Unity 2 information:
Download Unity 2 Alpha:
Unity 2 documentation:
actionscript viewer (asv) has been updated again. it sports a new command to extract all the text from a .swf. could be really handy for providing a translation or editing agency with copy from your movies. nice addition to a handy utility. the upgrade is free to existing asv owners. (btw, the command is a little buried...it's under File > Batch > Save All Text).
how cool is this? multi.dimensional.media has released flashcast, a screen recording tool that outputs recordings in flash format. for example, you could record someone using dreamweaver or microsoft word, and output their actions to a .swf file. totally perfect for creating online product tutorials or demonstrations. i'm recording this blog entry as i type it (361k)...pretty slick! and you can even add sound. flashcast also does powerpoint-to-swf conversion. pretty impressive tool.
you can download a trial of flashcast here.