Category Archives: Flash

Once a product of Macromedia, Flash is now Adobe’s Rich-Web IDE

[VIDEO] El Lupe Live Recording
Date Created: November 28, 2011  Date Modified: May 6, 2012

Back when I was a student I aspired to work in the glamours world of the music industry, needless to say that didnt happen, but here is one of the many gigs I filmed at the time.

It was shot on a Canon XM1, but as you can see this upload has been thru the codec blender (blame the producer, not me. I didnt upload it)

More info can be found on the producers MySpace page (Im mentioned by name on this site…)

Occupy Web Technology
Date Created: November 21, 2011  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

The “Occupy” brand has exploded, Im not going to get into all the different products latching onto the Occupy theme–that would take to long. What I have found a little interesting is that two Occupy movements have popped up that I think are worth a mention here, they are Occupy Flash and Occupy HTML. Oh dear.

Lets start with Occupy Flash. Flash is propriety software that is distributed by the corporate giant Adobe, after they purchased their biggest competitor–much to my annoyance at the time. At the time I saw it as Adobe creating a web monopoly, something the OWS have been vocal about since they launched their brand. Since then the web has changed and the Macromedia stable is nolonger the dux-nutz of web development tools. Who uses Dreamweaver as much as they did in 2001?. Flash managed to survive the Web 2.0 upgrade by catering toward a different market, and it worked; testimony to that was Microsofts attempt at encroaching Adobe’s market share with Silverlight… To any webmonkey claiming flash is dead, just log into Google Analytics and right click on the map overlay!

However the folk at Occupy Flash seem to think otherwise:

Flash Player is dead. Its time has passed. It’s buggy. It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It doesn’t work on most mobile devices. It’s a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash present a completely inconsistent (and often unusable) experience for fast-growing percentage of the users who don’t use a desktop browser. It introduces some scary security and privacy issues by way of Flash cookies.

Flash makes the web less accessible. At this point, it’s holding back the web.

All of the above could be true of any web technology; Sharepoint, iOS, .NET, their all guilty to some extent. Holding back the web? well back in the late 90’s it was Flash that was the fore-front of rich web, and without it we would have never seen any of the Web 2.0 technology we have today; Google Maps, Youtube… I could go on.

Then there is the counter argument from the Occupy HTML folk:

Flash is mature. It’s supported by all major desktop browsers. It’s stable when used properly. If not, it crashes a lot, just like every other technology. It requires constant security updates, just like every other web technology. It doesn’t work well on most mobile devices, and for good reasons. It’s a content plugin, developed during the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash can present a unique (and often unparalleled) experience for the massive percentage of users on a desktop browser. Flash powers some amazing experiences that work consistently across all of the major browsers in a way that cannot be replicated without Flash technology.

Championing simplistic statements regarding web technologies makes the web less educated.
At this point, it’s holding back the web.

A “content” plugin? well thats news to me–altho the XML data connector is a great little object to display your content in a visually pleasing way, Flash is for the most part asthetically driven as opposed to content driven (but maybe my definition of content differes from the writers?). The point about Flash working consistently accross browsers is a misnomer too–Konqueror anyone?.

As someone who wasted MANY years of my life with ActionScript, Im not one to quickly bash Macromedia’s Adobe’s rich-web software. That said, having years of experience dealing with an anti-Flash market, and the shortcomings of the platform, Im not one to instantly praise it. Flash is still useful in certain situations, and HTML5 does not get full cross browser support (yet). Really its like comparing Apple’s and Wintel’s.

Im not going to bash either technology, both are useful, both are required by the market. Both cater to a different market share. And most importantly: Both can co-exist on the web. If we as developers and designers dismiss one tech for another then we are only limiting ourselves to one market or the other.

Live and let live.

I dont think so
Date Created: October 2, 2011  Date Modified: January 7, 2013

Had an interview at a local design agency, one that actually does design. I dont think I will be the successful candidate, as I made two cardinal sins in the design field.

First off was calling Mac’s evil empire machines, yes I have a bias against Apple, but one must never let opinion override professionalism.

The second, wich ties in with the first a little was that I mentioned flash, the rule here is: dont bring up old technology. Sure flash is still used, but its no longer held in the same regard as it once was. I tnink if I can overcome my own perzonal bias I will have no trouble securing the next placement.

SVG Slideshow
Date Created: September 14, 2010  Date Modified: May 24, 2012

Im trying out the picasa slideshows thingy, yeah way to articulate. It will probably remove some of my early pics as I have moved them out the blog album..


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Lab Week 12 – Annimation
Date Created: May 3, 2010  Date Modified: July 16, 2013

Ok, Im being real lazy this morning. We are meant to do some simple annimations in Photoshop, but Im not really a keyframe kinda guy–Im more of a tweener who is learning the joys of moving off the timeline and doing all annimations with ActionScript… its easier and creates a better end product, and also smaller file sizes. This wabbit I knocked up in Macromedia Adobe Flash CS4, it was my first animation using CS4–tho I have done a few using MX 2004. Man that was a culture shock.

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Texas George Roughs.
Date Created: January 28, 2010  Date Modified: January 28, 2010

Im spreading out some of the posts that have more images, so things arew ordered a bit better. I have mentioned Texas George before, below are the roughs:

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Internet Troll
Date Created: January 18, 2010  Date Modified: January 18, 2010

I use this charichter as my facebook pic when ive been doing the odd spot of trolling…

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A nice cup of tea…
Date Created: January 13, 2010  Date Modified: January 13, 2010

I blame Lesn for this. A friend posted on facebook a status update about the stupid groups we all join, as I was enjoying a nice cup of tea at the time I decided to create a tea related group

A nice cup of tea is better than an evil one

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Date Created: January 12, 2010  Date Modified: April 2, 2016

this was originally posted on my old blogger account, the SWF was on my old domain so I needed to edit this…

it wa smy first attempt at AS3 on Flash CS4 (please gimme a MX Studio 2004 and some coffee–Ive made SWF’s out of less!) I did like the improved tablet support in Flash CS4 but I had a little dabble with AS3 and decided to jump on the “flash is dead” bandwagon…

No Description
Date Created: September 10, 2009  Date Modified: November 21, 2011

EDIT: Since importing this from my old blogger account I realised I might need to include some .txt

First image was from an animation I was doing about the business practices of Satan and his soul-trading enterprise…

Second is from Bananaz in Bandanaz animation project that I have let slip by. The lack of a coherent plot was the main reason to abandon this project.

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Banana Hostage Negotiations
Date Created: August 18, 2009  Date Modified: September 9, 2011

I knocked up this first image in Flash (my new cs4 edition) for a “hypothetical” site I may or may not be building for my cousin.

Since the site may or may not, probably not ever get used i decided this banana could have his own life–if only short and tourtured.

Ill post an update on him soon.

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The CI logo
Date Created: August 15, 2009  Date Modified: August 15, 2009

The Cartenz Interactive logo; Where to start… well its a “C” and an “i” united in both negative and positive space… I wont paste anything out of the corporate style guide–as Im still working on it but I think the logo looks pretty shmick.

I started to do the tracing of the roughs in illustrator, but due to the problems saving .ai files I ended up exporting it as an .swf and finishing it off in flash–which makes sence since its for a flash development outfit.

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Texas George: more peices…
Date Created: July 14, 2009  Date Modified: July 14, 2009

I was looking for ages last month for any files related to Texas George, and just then by accident–I was just so happening to be using Vista’s friendly search utility to find another old .FLA when i found a working rough of the entire movie, so I exported the oil rig out the libary–about the only thing that I bothered at the time to make its own SWF…

anyway, since you cant post SWF’s here I have placed it on my sites server.

Its for the background so its not ment to be hella detailed.

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Google Chrome: Love and hate it
Date Created: July 9, 2009  Date Modified: September 14, 2011

Ive been using chrome alot latley, and I love the fact you get more srceen realestate, but im not happy that the java plugin keeps crashing, and highlighting input boxes is annoying, but when those bugs are fixed its going to be great.

The best thing is it supports flash right out the box. I f you havnt tryed chrome then download it now and check it out.

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Date Created: July 4, 2009  Date Modified: July 4, 2009

I dont think i have EVER used Freehand (does the product even exist anymore?), Ive used Fireworks alot in the old days, Dreamweaver plenty, Flash–well that was the whole reason for purchasing the Marcomedia studio set.

but freehand? i dont think i ever even installed it.

but I will tomorrow. If you have been following this blog you may have noticed that Illustrator is giving me probems at the moment and I just picked up a tablet so I want some sort of SVG app to draw penis’s.

I read in a book i brought on studio MX 2004 (dont ask WHEN i brought that book) that Freehand is sensitive to tablets–I can empathise!. some pills you need to take with vodka just to take the edge off.

Ok, i was ment to limit insane posts to the discourse blog.

here is an ASCII penis till then

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