“Pretty Loaded is an archive of preloaders that preload other preloadersâ€¦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.”
“Chris Ware has returned with another animated opening for THIS AMERICAN LIFE.”
“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!)
Find the 25 graphic and publication design terms before time runs out â€” and maybe win a poster. (Thanks Coudal Partners!)
You’ve already seen this, but I’ve been out sick so I’m posting it anyway. This is a really slick Flash interface that displays the scale of just about everything. From humans to plants, chromosomes to trees, mountains to dogs. Nice.
“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.”
“Some links to celebrate Flash’s 10th anniversary.”
“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.”