Monthly Archives: February 2007

Solving the IE – SWF: click to activate and use this control

IE7 logoThe first time I discovered the unfriendly gray border around a SWF it was when I launched the IE7 beta. I thought that it was only a IE7 bug but I were thought that it was in fact because of the Eolas lawsuit.
So what does it change for web developer/publisher? Simply that our SWF will only play once the user have release his click over it. One click to much in my point of view. I know it was already solved a long time ago but I still get a lot of visitor with this query (and I observed a lot of website who haven’t made the update yet). So here’s a quick solving:
Depending if your work with Flash or Dreamweaver you need to download the active content update.
So first download it:

  • Update for Flash
  • Update for Dreamweaver
  • Once downloaded, install it.
    In Dreamweaver nothing smart to do, just import your Flash Media and Dreamweaver will do the rest.
    In Flash, a bit more to do: edit your publish settings template to: HTTP active content. Publish your SWF and HTML. In Flash>commands>apply active content update and select your html files.
    That All ! Problem solved, just take care to let your new created .js file linked with your html.

    This is the Adobe solution, see why to use it. What it does is to load the SWF from Javascript and not from a Html <embed> , <object> or <applet> tag.
    All info you might need are on Adobe website.

    Ahmet

     
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    Linking J2ME with Flash Lite

    First read over Marco Casario BlogMachBlue
    Great news from 3GSM, Bluestreak Technology announced the future release of their MachBlue™ Mobile.
    From there website:

    Technical Highlights

  • Greatly exceeds the graphic capabilities of JAVA, BREW, and other native languages
  • Supports large subset of Flash® 7 and ActionScript 2
  • Developer-friendly platform allows use of industry-standard Flash® authoring tools in tandem with MachBlue Studio
  • Extensible scripting architecture to launch and control external applications and hardware
  • Supports XML for dynamic data loading and OTA content updates
  • Offers two architectures for maximum flexibility: a single-threaded version for low-end device RTOSs and a multi-threaded version for high-end devices
  • Battery-efficient software design with no compromise between form and function
  • Strong compatibility with existing applications and web-based coding practices
  • Networking support (e.g., HTTP, UDP, WAP push, Bluetooth, IR)
  • Modular code architecture enables fast porting to diverse handset profiles
  • Includes Bluestreak’s APIs for mobile phones and mobile TV:
  • o Call-handling features
    o Agenda, contacts, and call log
    o Messaging support
    o Vibration
    o Power usage
    o Audio/video streaming and codecs
    o Program info
    o Video windows

    In short that mean that we could easily link the power of J2ME (Java Mobile Edition) with the power of Flash Lite. It will certainly open a incredible number of possibilities for the developers.
    I’m just wondering what is waiting Adobe to buy them so they could already create a version Flash Lite 3 compatible.

    Ahmet

     
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    Free Wifi Everywhere: Whisher

    WhisherInitially I’ve heard about it during the Liftconference.

    WHISHER allows you to share your WiFi and roam the world freely, chat, talk and share files at high speed. Download it now for free!

    The map seems completely empty by now but it might be just a question of time. I love the idea of free wifi everywhere but still I’m wondering about security.

     
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    New Job: Project Manager

    Mba-exchange logo
    I’ve signed this morning, I’ll now be Project Manager at MBA-Exchange (an international marketplace for top business talent) for the Front-End Web Development department. I’m really looking forward to this new experience, I certainly will learn a lot from the team and it’s exactly the topic that interest me.
    It’s now my last month as a multimedia operator at TSR (swiss tv) where I’ve been working this last two years.
    I’ll also stop my activities as a freelance web-technologist but I won’t stop my activities as a teacher of Adobe Technologies nor my activities as a student in Information Systems and Communication (candidate for a Master).

    So bye bye TSR and hello MBA-Exchange 🙂

    Ahmet

     
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    Flash Lite 3 Is Coming… Soon!

    Flash Lite Logo
    2007 is going to be great for developers and service providers using Adobe technologies. The CS3 suite is coming soon and I’ve just read, via actionscript hero ,that Flash Lite 3 is also going to be release in the half of 2007. The big news about Flash Lite 3: video! With Flash Lite 2 the only way to display video was to embed it on a SWF or on a 3GP file format. SWF trouble was the cache memory of the phone and the 3GP wasn’t played by the Flash Lite Player but by the phone embed video player (for Symbian : Real Player). With Flash Lite, FLV will be readable in mobile, web and desktop (just need to change compression). What I say: thanks you Adobe, you just realize my dream;)

    My only question is: what about the market? Will it be like Flash Lite 2, commercialized only for the operators and developers or will it have a web based installers? For a simple developers like me mobile market is unreachable, at least here in Switzerland where operators hardly collaborate with developers, I call a lot of service from Swisscom and no one was able to inform me about video streaming (i.e: what do you mean with streaming? Never heard about it). The only example of working video service I know is the news made by the Swiss TV (TSR) and they collaborate directly with Swisscom (a phone operator here).

    To my understanding penetrating the mobile market is very hard, but there can be some strong commercial interested in Flash Lite,


    Other talks about Flash Lite 3:
    Business Wire
    Zdnet
    JD on EP


    Ahmet

     
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    It’s Exam Time, Again…

    ExamI’ll be more quiet these next days as I’m entering my exam period.
    Lot’s of nice stuff:

  • Marketing tools
  • Enterprises Strategy
  • Marketing research
  • Environmental Economy
  • Durable Development Economy
  • Iconography & Semiology
  • But the good news is that Lift conference will take place exactly the same time, so after exam I can go and listen to nice meeting 🙂
    Here’s the workshops that I’ll follow on Wednesday 7 :

  • Getting started in consulting presented by Martin Röll
  • GPS Marketing presented by Stephane Perino
  • Wish me good luck 😉

    Ahmet

     
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    Don’t reinvent the wheel…

    Example of 3d environment
    You like to use 3D in your flash animation but you are lazy to code the 3d motor? I’ve just been pointed out about the 3DEnvironment which is a Flash component to create a fast 3D environment with a minimum of effort. It works in Flash 8 (or MX 2004) and you can use any movieclip to display in your 3D environment (rotation in x, y, z).

    Here’s the quote from there website :
    The 3DEnvironment is a Flash component that allows you to build 3D interactive interfaces and environments in Flash. Built-in depth and perspective effects create the illusion of three dimensions. Customizable controls and full keyboard and mouse interactivity enable movement and rotation of the environment. Use simple graphic or movie clip symbols as well as external objects and animated movie clips. Requires no 3D modeling.

    As you see it seem to be a nice one but unfortunately it’s not free (price is $59.95), but compared to all the time needed to develop it, it’s not that expansive! It’s greatly customisable, you can easily give an action to a keyboard event in the panel menu of the component. The nicer is the API, so you can directly control the camera with action script 2 🙂

    Ahmet

     
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