Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Adobe to forgo Flash plug-in for mobile devices

Category: Flash

Earlier this week, Adobe VP and General Manager Danny Winokur disclosed that the company has concluded that HTML5 is ”the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.” The company said it would stop building Flash to run on mobile browsers. In a blog post on the new focus of Read the rest…

Posted by jvaughan at 7:04 pm
1 Comment

3.1 rating from 161 votes

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Passing Webcam Data into WebGL via Flash

Category: Flash, WebGL

File this one in the crazy cool hacks category. Peter Nitsch has been experimenting with using Flash to access a user’s webcam, and then feeding this data into WebGL: I tend to stay away from the HTML5 vs Flash “debate”, principally because I think it’s inane. Both platforms offer certain advantages over the other and Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:00 am
1 Comment

3.2 rating from 6 votes

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Tricks From Our Flash Friends: 3D in a 2D Context

Category: 3D, Flash, Tutorial

If you’ve seen some of the cool work that folks like Mr. Doob or Gerard Ferrandez have done with HTML5/CSS3/SVG/etc., you’ve probably seen them emulating nifty 3D effects in the browser (move your mouse to pan the camera): The demo above, by Gerard, uses SVG plus various mathematical tricks to emulate 3D. Mr. Doob has Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:00 am

2.3 rating from 6 votes

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Chrome Embeds Flash!

Category: Adobe, Flash, Google, Mozilla

For some time now, Adobe has been working with platform vendors to include the Flash plug-in pre-loaded. We’ve seen this ages ago in Windows, and more recently with Adobe’s efforts in the Open Screen Project. Now, there’s news of something a little bit different. In our second Google-y post of the week, there’s the news Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:00 am

3.1 rating from 45 votes

Friday, March 26th, 2010

GitHub moves network graph feature from Flash to Canvas

Category: Canvas, Flash

Given the current status of Canvas and the impending release of Apple’s iPad (which will have no Flash support at all), I finally decided to bite the bullet and do a complete rewrite of the Network Graph in JavaScript and Canvas. This is Tom Preston-Werner of GitHub, from his recent posted about migrating the network Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:10 am

4.6 rating from 37 votes

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Mouseovers on Touch Devices

Category: Apple, Editorial, Flash, iPhone

Most of the thinking on iPad’s exclusion of Flash has been focused on battery life, performance, stability, or control of the application market, but here’s a Flash developer who’s thinking differently. Morgan Adams argues it’s all about the mouseover, and he raises a point that is just as relevant to rich Javascript apps. Many (if Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 2:35 am

3.4 rating from 26 votes

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Gordon: Flash Runtime Implemented in Javascript

Category: Flash, JavaScript

This was quite a surprise! Tobias Schneider has built a Flash runtime that works right in the browser. It’s implemented in pure Javascript and HTML5, and the whole thing is open source, MIT-licensed, and hosted on GitHub. See Gordon in action (demos hosted by Paul Irish). It works like a charm in recent versions of Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:38 pm

4.8 rating from 81 votes

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Downloadify – create downloads on the fly without server interaction

Category: Flash, JavaScript

Downloadify is an interesting solution to offer files as downloads without having to create temporary files and loop through a script that sets a force-download header. As shown in the demo page offering a file for download and setting its content is as easy as this: < View plain text > javascript Downloadify.create(‘downloadify’,{   filename: Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 8:54 am

3.5 rating from 27 votes

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Even Crazier Times: HTML Rendering… in Flash

Category: Flash, HTML, Library

On Monday we saw someone rewriting an HTML renderer in Canvas. Continuing the fun times we see an open source project that does the same thing, but using Flash ActionScript thanks to one of the comments on our last post: Wrapper is a cross-browser compliant HTML/CSS rendering engine written in ActionScript that sits on top Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:30 am

2 rating from 51 votes

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

YUI 2.8.0 – Local Storage wrapper, better Flash interaction, crossdomain connections and progress bars

Category: Flash, JavaScript, Storage, Yahoo!, YUI

Yahoo this week announced the new release of the Yahooo User Interface library. This is great because it answers the question if the 2.x library is still being maintained whilst 3.0 is out and buzzing. The detailed release notes for YUI 2.8.0 show that there is indeed a lot of maintenance and improvement still being Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 5:49 pm
1 Comment

4.6 rating from 24 votes

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

SoundManager 2: Cool New Flash 9 Features

Category: Flash, JavaScript, Sound, Video

Scott Schiller has updated his popular SoundManager 2 library to include new functionality made possible by Flash 9, such as: * Full-screen MPEG-4 video (HE-AAC/H.264) and audio support * “MultiShot” play (layered/chorusing effects) * Waveform/frequency spectrum data * Peak (L/R channel volume) data * Audio buffering state/event handling In addition, SoundManager 2 now includes improved Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 8:00 am

4.6 rating from 35 votes

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Mouse Gestures with GWT

Category: Flash, Fun, Gears, UI

Marc Englund wrote to us about his recent experiments with mouse gestures and GWT: SimpleGesture is a GWT (and IT Mill Toolkit) implementation of the mouse gesture recognition method described by Didier Brun at bytearray.org (as I understand it). It allows you to register easy to understand (human readable) gestures, and receive events when these Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:00 am

3.7 rating from 28 votes

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Going full circle: could falling back to Flash solve IE’s lack of canvas support?

Category: Canvas, Flash, IE

There is an interesting blog post* and demo code on Azarask explaining Flash Canvas as a solution for IE’s lack of support for Canvas: How does FlashCanvas work? FlashCanvas is modeled after ExplorerCanvas which means it is a turn-key solution for adding Canvas support to IE. You can code away, happily using open standards and Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 4:43 pm

4.3 rating from 24 votes

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Seeding the clipboard in Flash10 with Zero Clipboard

Category: Flash, Library, Security

Following the bombshell of Adobe announcing that Flash 10 will not support unsolicited clipboard access from Flash and JavaScript as malicious flash ads flooded clipboards a lot of developers were wondering how to make the “copy to clipboard” still work without having to do it in Flash itself. An interesting and also slightly creepy approach Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 9:21 pm

4.4 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

How Flash Can Join The Open Web

Category: Editorial, Flash, HTML

As it is Adobe MAX this week, there is a lot of talk about the Flash platform. How does this relate to the Open Web? Well, it turns out that Dion and I have been discussing how Flash can join and become a part of the Open Web. Dion kicks things off with his blog Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:00 am

3.7 rating from 22 votes

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Flash 10 and the bad news for JavaScript interaction

Category: Accessibility, Adobe, Flash, Security

Right now you can use Flash to work around a lot of JavaScript limitations and many products use an invisible Flash movie to for example batch upload files (Flickr, WordPress), play movies in a screenreader accessible manner (with DHTML controls outside the main movie – Yahoo Video, for example) or automatically add content to the Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 4:11 pm

4.3 rating from 54 votes