I’ve been asked a few times how to create effects that require multiple instances of the Flash Player on a page to remain ‘in sync’, even with user interaction. Reading and writing to cookies frequently is inefficient and resource heavy. Also, when you have more than 2 SWFs, deciding which SWF updates who becomes tricky – especially if someone decides to change or remove an instance, or an instance which you picked as ‘master’ is not loaded, for some reason.
So, I came up with this solution, using LocalConnection with a twist, which works pretty well. But, if anyone has a better method, drop it in a comment below 🙂
I quickly cobbled together this little demo using the new native 3D transforms in Flash 10. Alongside the regular transform.matrix property, DisplayObjects now have a transform.matrix3D property, which controls its appearance in 3-D space. It’s pretty easy to play with in Flash CS4, without any coding knowledge – I can’t wait to see a version of GTA built using this 🙂
You know the drill… you open an FLA you’ve been given and it complains it’s missing several never-before-heard-of fonts that you can’t find anywhere. Wouldn’t life be easy if everything could just be Arial, for example. Try this little JSFL command I wrote (packaged as a ZIP, since it needs the dialog box XML file included) to change all textfields in an FLA to a given font name.
You know the situation: a designer has given you an FLA file to work from and either the text is too small to be legible for us mere mortals, or is going to be too wide when translated into Russian. Since designers rarely think of these things, I find myself either overriding text size dynamically, or using these couple of handy JSFL scripts that I wrote. One of them increases the point size of all text in an FLA, the other reduces it. You’re very welcome 🙂
I started playing around a little more with my Webcam and extended my previous motion detection example – this time to control the camera of a virtual 3-D space from motion detected in the user’s Webcam. It detects motion area and general direction, albeit with dubious accuracy, but you get the idea.
Due to popular demand, I’ve posted the source code for you lot to play with. It contains the FlashDevelop project file (it’s compiled with the Flex 3 SDK) and my cut-down 3-D engine, Pants3D 🙂
Back in 2002 some colleagues and I built one of the web’s first and most popular online multi-user Flash games, Dinky Bomb.
After the dotcom we were working for folded (NOW.com / Gamer TV), it was sold to EA and subsequently acquired by Atari, who have unfortunately done little with it. Gone for now, but not forgotten; there are a few YouTube videos out there, including this one, which features Dinky Bomb as part of a TV game show from way back then… good times! Continue reading Dinky Bomb – multiplayer game→
What I love even more than doing animation, is doing challenging code-driven animation.
This banner actually won some awards apparently, including NMA Campaign of the Month and was shortlisted for Cannes Lions.The line dynamics itself is just Hooke’s law stuff – basic physics. Took some experimentation to get a smooth curve drawn through a series of points (basicaly, the control points of your previous and next points need to be in line).
If you can’t see the demo above because you’re on mobile, or don’t have Flash enabled on your browser, you can see the banner in action below:
The cars follow one of the line’s points with differing elasticity and damping, but the real pain in the backside was drawing the dashed line via code, in crummy ActionScript. Luckily, I’m a persistent bastard 🙂 Read more about it on Bannerblog.