AS3 Animation Benchmarking Utility, TweenBencher

Moses Gunesch the creator of FuseKit created a very nice open-source tool called TweenBencher. The utility can be used to chart animation performance through the Flash Player’s framerate over the time of the animation. This is a really nice tool and goes a long way to helping developers figure out which animation package to use and for what reasons.

My results showed that the top performers were (in order):

  1. Simple AS3 Tween (could not find a link for this one)
  2. TweenLite
  3. Tweener

Here is the output of my tests for every animation framework that is listed in the demo application.
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Date
October 24, 2007
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Gmail IMAP support!

Gmail IMAP support is finally here. Late last night Google announced that they were offering free IMAP support for Gmail. I’m so glad for this since I manage all of my domains through Google Apps. It’s a slow rollout over the next few days and unfortunately it hasn’t made it to my accounts yet. Here are a few links from Gmail to get you going:

October 25, 2007, 4:22 PM : I now have IMAP support for my psyrendust.com domain! I just got it working on my iPhone and through Apple Mail.

Here is an official video on how to setup Gmail IMAP support for your iPhone:

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Using DVDFab in Parallels to copy a DVD

Well it’s been a bit of a difficult time getting adjust to only using a MacBook Pro laptop for all of my day-to-day needs. One thing that I used to do pretty heavily is backup my DVD movies to my hard drive using Windows XP and DVDFab Platinum.

Well I tried installing DVDFab under Parallels Desktop 2.0. This didn’t work out so well. The copy process would get about half way through then it would error out. This was probably due to the DVDFab trying to write to the Parallels virtual hard drive.

Recently I decided to give it another try with upgraded software:

This time it worked great! The only difference here is that I set the Target directory to my \\.PSF\.Home\Movies folder. This translates to my /Users/larry.gordon/Movies/ directory in Finder.

I’ve successfully copied 5 movies at DVD9 quality with no errors. There was minimal memory usage (no more than what Parallels was using when running no apps). And my CPU levels never went above 50%.

In case anyone is wondering, my system setup is the following:

  • MacBook Pro
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

On my next DVD copy I’ll add a few screenshots of the task manager and the activity monitor in this post.

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30 Days of Night

Man! This movie rocks! If you haven’t seen this yet you have to check it out!

30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night

Date
October 20, 2007
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10:02 pm
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Adobe MAX 2007 in Chicago

Busy busy busy! How can a person be so busy that he can’t even write in his blog???

Aaron Smith (Ruby AMF) and I hit up Chicago to attend the Adobe MAX 2007 conference. I have to say that it was a big treat for this nerd! A ton of cool sneak peaks. The ones that I found most interesting were Papervision3D and Flash Player Internals.

I want to take the opportunity to thank a few people that I met in Chicago at MAX 2007. The talks that I had with you all were inspiring!

Date
October 4, 2007
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Adobe Creativity Conducted at Adobe MAX 2007, Chicago

This is a freaking nice implementation of integrating Wii remotes to control a Flash Interactive application developed by BLITZ. Here is what I created

Here is a video of it in action:

Kudo’s to BLITZ for creating this experience!

Date
October 2, 2007
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10:46 pm
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Watch Ascii Star Wars IV on OS X via telnet

I was digging around the other day and found a site that listed things you could do with Terminal. Not all of them actually worked on the Free BSD port for Mac OS X. This was the only one that really caught my interest. It’s Star Wars IV in Terminal! I haven’t had the chance to watch it all the way through, but it’s surprisingly accurate!

Run this command in Terminal:

Date
September 23, 2007
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11:47 pm
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iPhone and my lady!

So I finally made the plunge today and purchased an iPhone. I have to say that I’m more impressed now that I have one. Passingly playing with someone else’s iPhone never really gave me an idea of what it was really like to use one. I’m half way through my first day and I have to say that I’m a happy camper. There are a few things that I’m impressed about:

  • The UI is easy to use. The simple subtleties of deleting, scrolling, and the zoom features are very nice.
  • The Edge network, while using Google Maps, is not as slow as it seemed on my Cingular Blackberry Curve (also Edge).
  • Typing on the phone is a lot easier than expected.

I suppose the cool thing above all of this, is that my fiancée is totally diggin’ the iPhone. She might actually trade her Blackjack in for an iPhone! At first glance she didn’t like it. She had some difficulties using the touch screen interface. We felt that it was mostly due to the fact that she had long nails. Well about 15 minutes ago she locked herself in the bathroom. A few minutes later she came out and said “alright let me see your iPhone!” I looked at her hands and she had cut off all her nails! Well lets just say that she’s a happy camper and is now toying around on my iPhone while I’m typing away on my laptop. But on the brighter side, she made taco’s tonight! and is now baking some cookies!

Bad Ass!

Date
September 4, 2007
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Crank

Do you use SVN? Do you use Ruby? Have you ever wanted to easily generate a log output from your SVN repositories? Well my friend Aaron has and it’s called Crank. It creates RSS and HTML output from SVN repository logs using Ruby. It’s sweet and simple to use.

Date
July 31, 2007
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Two great things happened today!

Last month I quit my job at Crispin Porter + Bugusky and moved to San Francisco to be with my fiance. As of July 2nd I’ve been working on contract with Truveo (owned by AOL) developing Flash widgets. But today two great things happened to me.

The first is that we found a new place to live and it’s a pretty sweet spot in SOMA near the financial district. I just picked up the keys a few minutes ago and signed the lease!

The second is that I accepted a job offer from McCann Worldgroup SF. I’m very excited about all of this! This is the beginning of great times for Mari and I.

Date
July 19, 2007
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