Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Flash Tooltips using jQuery

Category: Examples, Flash, JavaScript, Library

Peter Goodman wanted really rich tooltips, so he decided to experiment with Flash tooltips using jQuery. jQuery has a Flash plugin that lets you embed Flash movies with code such as: < View plain text > javascript $(‘#hello’).flash({     src: ‘hello.swf’,     width: 320,     height: 240 }); It may be a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:37 am

2.9 rating from 81 votes

OpensIFR: Tool to generate font files

Category: Flash, UI, Unobtrusive JS

OpensIFRr is a new tool that enables you to create sIFR flash files that represent fonts that you need. Ben and I demonstrated sIFR at JavaOne last week. We took the typography of ajaxian.com and spruced it up in an unobtrusive way. Here is a simple hello world recap of how to use sIFR: < Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:07 am

3.5 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

How Adobe can overcome the issues around open sourcing the Flash Player

Category: Flash

The debate and opinion around Flash, and how “open” it needs to be is a tough, and long argued one. Ryan Stewart has chimed in on how Adobe can overcome the issues around open sourcing the Flash Player which came from a dinner that he had with Ted Leung and Bryan Zug, leaving him with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:34 am

3.7 rating from 19 votes

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

OpenLaszlo 4.0 Released – Now with Ajax

Category: Ajax, Announcements, Flash

The Laszlo guys caused some buzz when they said they were going to support Ajax and Flash as runtime platforms for their new release. That release, OpenLaszlo 4.0 has just been released. With or Without Flash OpenLaszlo is designed to support deployment of Ajax applications across multiple runtimes and devices. OpenLaszlo 3.x can deploy applications Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:34 pm

2.9 rating from 68 votes

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

SWFUpload Update

Category: Component, Flash

Lars Huring and his team have released a new version of SWFUpload with lots of new features. All downloads are now queued properly, and there are more callback-options and events than before. SWFUpload is a small javascript/flash library to get the best of both worlds – The great upload capabilitys of flash and the accessibility Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:43 am

4 rating from 41 votes

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Flash (In)Accessibility for the Speed Impaired

Category: Flash

Ara Pehlivanian has a few words to say on the accessibility of Flash: Disabling the Flash context menu is a bad idea! By turning it off (actually setting the menu property’s value to “false“), you’re not only not allowing me to lower the quality of the animation, but you’re also not allowing people with impaired Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:10 am

3.4 rating from 25 votes

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Photoshop Online

Category: Adobe, Flash, Office

Adobe has announced it will release a web edition of Photoshop. Yes, it will almost certainly be Flash based, not pure Ajax (technology aside, it’s the logical choice for the owner of the Flash platform!). Still, it’s big news for anyone involved in rich web apps…it wasn’t long ago when people would cite graphical editors Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:56 pm

4.2 rating from 49 votes

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Picnik: Web based image manipulation gets better

Category: Flash, Screencast, Showcase, Utility

Picnik is another web-based image manipulation tool that uses Flash to do the heavy lifting. The UI is simple, and it does a lot of the little things that you want to do. Coupled with the desktop widget Image Shackle I really can do the simple things with simple tools. Here is a screencast of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:07 am

3.8 rating from 31 votes

Flash Embedding Cage Match and SWFFix

Category: Flash, JavaScript

How should we be putting Flash objects into our pages and Ajax applications? embed/object? SWFObject to get by the IE “feature” that makes you click on the area to activate it? Bobby van der Sluis has written up the history of this lovely world of hacks in Flash Embedding Cage Match. The good news it Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:26 am

2.4 rating from 39 votes

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Audible Ajax Episode 20: Project Tamarin

Category: Firefox, Flash, Interview, JavaScript, Podcasts

We at Ajaxian have long been hoping for a JIT compiler inside of the browsers’ JavaScript interpreter — so we were pretty stoked when Adobe donated their excellent JIT-compiling JavaScript virtual machine to Mozilla back in Nov. ’06. The new open-source codebase, maintained by the Mozilla Foundation, is known as Project Tamarin. In this episode Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 1:58 pm

4 rating from 73 votes

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Laszlo Webtop

Category: Ajax, Flash

David Temkin has previewed Laszlo Webtop “a commercial product that enables the delivery of multiple windowed applications in any browser. You can think of it as a framework for creating and delivering a browser-based “desktop” or “WebOS” experience, in which each application is written using OpenLaszlo. Laszlo Webtop provides the overall user interface, the glue Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:41 am

3.1 rating from 43 votes

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Free Ajax Ringtone Maker

Category: Ajax, Flash, Showcase

My sister-in-law was just asking me about editing ringtones, and then an hour later I get told about this free Ajax ringtone maker. You can send it some audio, make quick edits (Flash/Ajax integration), and then create the new ringtone. There are social features too. When you create the new tone, you choose how public Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:05 am

3.8 rating from 73 votes

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

SWFAddress 1.0: Deep Linking for Flash

Category: Flash, JavaScript, Library

Michael Klishin has released SWFAddress 1.0, a new open source JS library (and set of simple techniques) that targets Flash/Ajax SEO and deeplinking problem. SWFAddress uses URL rewrite at client and server-side to redirect from “plain” URL to anchored URL that SWFAddress understands and acts accordingly to what developer implemented. Thus one can use links Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:38 am

4 rating from 47 votes

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

SWFUpload: A nicer file upload experience

Category: Component, Flash, JavaScript

Lars Huring and team have created SWFUpload, a small JavaScript/Flash library that tries to re-make the way file uploads works on the internet. It works by replacing the contents of a div with a small transparent flash that handles all the upload-frontend, javascript for configuration and callbacks and html/css for styling/looks. This allows: Specify what Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:44 am

4.1 rating from 163 votes

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Fjax: Switching the A to F means what?

Category: Flash, Framework

Jay and Steve McDonald didn’t like traditional Ajax (the libraries, the XML parsing (even though you can use JSON of course)) and decided that they could create “smoother, more desktop-like web experiences that AJAX promises”, as they said in an interview at juxtaviews.com. What is Fjax? Website: “Fjax is an open, lightweight, cross-browser methodology for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:45 am

2.6 rating from 42 votes

Monday, November 6th, 2006

SpeedTest: Test your internet connection speed

Category: Flash, Showcase

This is an old classic. SpeedTest.net is a hybrid Ajax/Flash web application that shows you upload and download stats between your computer and server around the world. It has a very nice visualization of a dashboard and a map (Flash) that integrates with your results and sharing those results via HTML. They could have just Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:55 am

4.1 rating from 29 votes