Category Archives: Flash

Pretty Loaded

“Pretty Loaded is an archive of preloaders that preload other preloaders…which in turn reveal yet more preloaders. Copy that? It\'s a tribute to a vanishing art form amid a constantly changing digital landscape. Created and curated by Big Spaceship.”

SWFAddress: Deep linking for Flash

“SWFAddress is a small script that sits on top of SWFObject and provides deep linking for Flash websites and applications. In other words it enables the Back, Forward and Reload buttons of the browser and creates unique URLs with page titles that can be sent over email or IM. SWFAddress uses the ExternalInterface functionality introduced in Flash Player 8 and comes with a technique that enables search engine indexing for deep Flash links.” (Thanks jonnymac!)

1 Bit Audio Player

“1 Bit Audio Player is a very simple and lightweight Adobe Flash MP3 player with automatic JavaScript insertion. Its main purpose is to act as a quick in-page preview for audio files you link to from your website or blog. The player can be easily installed as a WordPress plugin or used stand-alone in any website. Small audio players will than automatically appear next to any MP3s you link to.”

The Rise of Flash Video, Part 1

“The rise of Flash video from relative obscurity to a web standard is a fascinating tale. There is no one date we can point to and say, ‘This is when it happened.’ Some would point to Flash MX and the inclusion of the Sorenson Spark codec. Others will claim it was Flash Professional MX 2004 that really got things started, and a valid case can be made for the current iteration of Flash (Flash Professional 8) and the improved FLV Playback component which seems to be so ubiquitous in today’s video experience. For me, Flash Video became ‘real’ in 2000.”

Learning Flash for programmers?

“I’ve decided it’s about time I learnt some Flash, mainly because of the exciting opportunities posed by the Flash-JavaScript bridge. It’s become pretty obvious now that Flash is the most practical option for dealing with audio and video on the Web, and the bridge means that anything Flash can do is now available to JavaScript as well. Google Finance and the Yahoo! JS-Flash Maps API are just two recent examples of why this stuff is worth knowing more about. I have minimal design skills, so much of the Flash literature out there isn’t much use to me. Does anyone have any recommendations for books and tutorials on Flash aimed at programmers?”

Microsoft IE ActiveX Update

“As some might remember, in 2004 Microsoft lost a lawsuit to Eolas Technologies concerning a patent for ‘Distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document’ In short, Eolas holds the patent for how things like flash and quicktime/mediaplayer movies are added to a website — in any browser… Two days ago Microsoft released a preview of the ActiveX update for MSDN subscribers. This update is a workaround — or so Microsoft claim[s] — to the patent, but it also means a very different approach to adding embedded content in Internet Explorer… The ActiveX update makes a very simple change. It prevents you from automatically interacting with an embedded object — like a Flash movie. You have to activate it first.”