Monthly Archives: February 2006

How Flash help the TV medias

I’m positively surprised by the TSR (Swiss TV) were I work as a freelance.
They really use the new possibility of Flash. Their website is mostly using some Flash 7 adds for broadcasting news and TV show. Nothing revolutionary will you think but it’s not all. One of the show about the new technologies use some Flash 8 adds in some good manners. For example the visitor can let a message taken with their webcam and some of the nicer is then showed on TV.
The new Flash Lite 2, already open a lot of possibilities to broadcast on mobile phone. Unfortunately the mobile sphere is to young now (hard to update the plugin on mobile phone)
The “big fight” in Europe TV Media (and I guess all TV Media), is the TV on demand. Now that the situation is getting better in term of download speed most of the medias are preparing for this. And I guess that Flash will have a central position. Why?
Flash is cross platform. Flash is the easier system (I guess) that can control video (cue points).

 
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My Visit Card

I have read around recently about Flash Lite business cards, so I thought i would post mine.
VisitCard ScreenShoot
It was done with Flash Lite 1.1.
It’s simple dynamic textfield loading the data from a txt file online.
So if I have to change my phone number, my address or anything else it will directly be updated the next time you open it.

I added some options :

  • A button for calling getURL("tel:555-1212");
  • A button for opening the mail app getURL("mailto://hello[AT]metah.ch");
  • A button for sending me sms getURL("sms:555-1212");

If you want to test it you can download it to your mobile.
Right click this link to download it (and Save As)

 
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Three Dimensional Images in the Air

Picture of the 3D laser in Air

Incredible article I read today from The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, they managed to make a 3D image floating in the air. They didn’t mentioned anything about motion, but they said:

The emission time of the laser pulse light is on the order of a nano-second (10-9 sec). Our device uses 1 pulse for each dot to that the human eye can recognize plasma emission by utilizing the after-image effect, and enables a 100 dot/sec display.

I can’t wait to see it over my city 😉
Read the full article

 
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The Benefits of Making your Website Accessible

According to Trenton Moss of Webcredible (http://www.webcredible.co.uk), there are seven reasons to make your website accessible :

  • Your website will be easier to update
  • Your website will be compatible with new browsing technologies
  • Your website will appear higher in the search engines
  • You will not have to incur legal fees
  • The download time of your website will be significantly improved
  • The usability of your website will be enhanced
  • You will gain good publicity

Sure you can think what you want about those reasons, but in my point of view it’s nice to make your website accessible when knowing that

  • There are 8.6 million registered disabled people in the UK
  • One in 12 men and one in 200 women have some form of colour blindness (nine percent of the UK population)
  • Two million UK residents have a sight problem (four percent of the population)
  • There are 12 million people aged 60 or over (21% of the UK population). At this age most people begin to experience a decrease in vision, hearing and physical and cognitive ability.
  • You can find the two articles about the “Benefits of making your website accessible”, part1 and part2

     
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    Flash Movie Contest

    Citizens for Global Solutions is holding a contest for students, budding artists, multi-media designers, and activists who are interested in making some cool flash videos.[…]We’re looking for short flash movies that can inspire, amuse and activate people out there who believe a better world is possible.

    You got until April 1, 2006 to make your submission. The theme this year is :

    AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE WORLD: why do global problems matter to Americans and what do you think America should do about them?

    A good way to tell the world what you think about the “Fight for Freedom” vision.

    Flash Movie Contest 2006 Homepage
    Watch the Winner of the contest 2005

     
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    See the sound from your video

    See'n'Sound capture
    Great idea that come from Italy, A&G Soluzioni Digitali has create a great application that show you from where come the sounds and also how strong it is (they use circle). This application is for video editing, so you can see what object makes sound (someone falling down) and how strong the sound are, directly on the movie.
    This application can also be used for 3D and for games development.
    Visit the See’n’Sound Website
    By the way, their website is really unfriendly and old designed for a 1 year old website.

     
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    Flash + Usability = Love !

    One more Top 10 Mistakes In Web Design, which include Flash. Here’s my personal answer about this topic.

    The Mistakes #3 according: http://www.bootstrike.com

    Flash, Director and Java Usage

    Flash, Java is cool. Shockwave, cooler. Director, awesome! They are good, but it brings a host of disadvantages to a site using it –

    * Can’t be indexed by search engines – Especially sites that are fully based on flash, search engines will have trouble indexing them with the exception of Google, but it still pays to have a non-flash section

    This is the only point that I accept, and I think it’s the biggest (and only) problem of Flash.
    I really hope that it will be solved soon.

    * Big download == Long Wait – If you are using a flash movie as a splash image, do make sure you have a “Skip Introduction” outside the flash in HTML source, NOT in the movie itself, as it will bar users without flash from entering.

    When was the last time you saw a Flash introduction? Maybe for games or movies websites and in this case it’s useful.
    More, Flash give you more control over your loading (load the text first, then image, then video or any order you want).

    Animation (Including Flash)

    Animations serve to distract. That is why advertisement banners are animated (or even in Flash animation).

    The first property of distraction is to take the attention of your webuser, and it’s exactly what I want, (i.e.: why my products are the best or what is the prize of a pizza).
    For me the web is more multimedia than only a text media.

    Here you can find some more critics about Flash :

    My conclusion :
    Sure Flash is a dangerous technology if you don’t use it well.
    But some solution are well working :

    • The use of html link on the Homepage give the spider (of search engine) access to all of your webpage.
    • A webuser who don’t have the appropriate plugin version or have JavaScript deactivated can be nicely handled with the detection kit
    • If banner distract it’s not because of Flash, the .gif, java as already shown the problem years ago.

    It’s always a question of just middle. The problem doesn’t come from the technology but from the developers who forget they make website for user and not for them (when they don’t do it for them).

     
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    Google Local for Mobile

    I’ve downloaded the Local for mobile service from Google but here in Switzerland it’s useless.
    Google Local on my v800
    In France, Italy, Germany at least we can see the superhighways and some city name, but not for us in Switzerland. The only info we have is that this country is named “Switzerland”. I can’t understand why there is nothing for us, only because were are not in the EU ? From the other hand this service is really great and I can’t wait to see it fully available in Europe (I also want to search a pizzeria from my mobile!). By now Google still say that it’s an US service only, no estimated date for Europe. For the people who never came here, I assure we also have super highways here … 😉
    Local for mobile (google.com)

     
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    Another Flash Player Penetration Statistic

    The first pre-result are out from my stats counter:

  • 87% have a Flash Player 8 (!)
  • 98% have a monitor DPI = 72
  • 55% have a resolution bigger or equal to 1280px
  • 56% have a resolution bigger or equal to 600px and under 1024px
  • 54% have accessibility on
  • 87% of Flash Player is quite impressive, but this stats is done with a Flash 7 swf, so all web user who don’t have FP7 won’t be include in the database.
    I’ll soon (when my exams end) make a stat of the different FP who come on my site.

    Take a look at the Flash stats counter

     
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    How to know better your Web Users ?

    Just a few words about a website I dicover yesterday.
    It’s all about web statistic, I often ask myself about the people (you) who use my website, what is their average resolution, what is their favorites browser, where they come from, how long do they stay on the site?
    Recently I get tired with my native statengine from my ISP, so I build a little stat application with Flash, but still I was missing some infos, that’s when the website I discover yesterday enter in game : it make some really nice stats :First webuser who has read this post location

  • Entry, exit pages, came from
  • Keywords analysis, recent keywords activity
  • Search engine wars
  • Returning visits
  • Browser, system, IP,
  • Country, State, City, ISP
  • The best of all, it’s totally free (for small stats).
    Go to statcounter.com if you want to know better your Web User.
    Unfortunately they don’t make stats about the Flash Player.

     
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    Is your Homepage Immature ?

    I’ve just read this little essay about the immaturity of homepage and I must say that I agree with the content, I guess you may find it interesting too.
    You’ll found six steps to help your homepage grow up

    • Meet monthly with team responsible for messaging
    • Think every pixel as dynamic content
    • Divide the homepage into section
    • Assign a marketing manager to each section
    • Consider creating a section for quick links
    • Don’t feel obliged to list products

    Read the full essay from adaptivepath.com

     
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    The new edge newsletter is out

    The first edge newletter to be published since Adobe has buy Macromedia.
    In this new edge, they write about :

    • Flash lite
    • Flex 2.0 beta 1
    • Vine project
    • Lightroom
    • Videos pro studio
    • Adobe developer relations
    • Case study
    • Sites that Inspire (3 only)

    I’m sure you want to read it by yourself, adobe edge newsletter

     
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    WordPress upgrade

    I finally found the time to make the upgrade of wordpress to 2.0.1. The wordpress team really make a great work, it’s so easy to make the upgrade.
    If you don’t know it yet (is that possible?) you should go check the wordpress website, if you have interests in blog.

     
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    Macromedia Flash Player Version Penetration

    Still the same question for me, what about the Flash Player Penetration ?
    Macromedia give a response here. But I didn’t found any other website giving information about it. It’s not that I don’t trust Macromedia nor Adobe, but i would like to have other source than them. Here are more information about their methodology :

    2,000 participants, comprising a representative Internet sample responded to this survey. The study was evaluated at a 95% significance confidence level, (5% risk).[…]

    The actual statistic that I got are not so much trustable because to few people come on my website, and this statistic is far to young to be interpretable anyway.
    See the Metah Flash Statistic.

     
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