InteractivePNG – AS3 Class to handle hit areas for transparent PNG's

Moses Gunesch, creator of Fuse Kit and ZigoEngine , has developed an AS3 Class which handles mouse interactions when dealing with transparent PNG’s.

Here is the theory:
If you have a PNG (one that contains transparent areas) embedded inside of a MovieClip button, the rectangle of the image acts as the hitArea of the MovieClip. In order for the hitArea to only be defined by visible areas of the image, you would normally have to create a custom mask in order to hide the transparent areas of the PNG. This AS3 Class allows you to specify an alpha tolerance (0=transparent, 255=completely opaque), that will allow you to selective exclude the transparent areas from your hitArea based on the value that you give it. This is a very simple concept, but an intricate implementation.

The project is open-sourced under the MIT  Open Source License. Go and check it out:

Date
February 2, 2009
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Setting up Eclipse + FDT for CS4 Authoring

Here are the swc paths that you’ll need to setup FDT for writing Flash 10 code.

Base Flash CS4 Class Path
$(AppConfig)/Common/Configuration/ActionScript 3.0/FP10

Class Path for ik.swc
$(AppConfig)/Common/Configuration/ActionScript 3.0/libs/ik.swc

Class Path for player.swc
$(AppConfig)/Common/Configuration/ActionScript 3.0/libs/flash.swc

Where $(AppConfig) = /Applications/Adobe CS4/Adobe Flash CS4

Date
October 10, 2008
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Flashcamp 10 San Francisco – Day 1

We got our copies of Flash CS4. The UI is pretty sweet. They now have some pretty decent presets for workspaces. Here are screenshots of the six workspaces that come out of the box.

Animator
Flash CS4 Workspace: Animator
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New VisionAire technology from Obscura Digital

In this video you’ll see Steve Mason demonstrating Obscura Digital’s VisionAire technology. He’s not using any controller in his hands. He’s not moving in sync with a pre-recorded video. They are using some proprietary motion capture technology to capture his movements and translate them to on-screen actions. The image is being projected from the ceiling reversed to a mirror on the floor. The image is then reflected to a screen net that is at a 45 degree angle to the presenter. Steve is able to move his arms around freely without having to touch anything. The audience that is front and center get’s the best view, but if your off to one side you can see the screen net. These guys are a group of talented engineers here in the bay.

Check them out: Obscura Digital

Date
August 6, 2008
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12:29 pm
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Flash 3D Wall Component from Flashloaded

Flashloaded 3D Wall Component

This is cool. This company has created a Flash component that will give you some quick and elegant visual effects for displaying images. The component is a wrapper for Papervision3D, leaving you to do little to no code. This is AS3 only.

Check it out: Flash 3D Wall Component | Flashloaded

Date
May 22, 2008
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7:58 pm
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Spectra Visual Newsreader | msnbc.com

MSNBC - Spectra Visual Newsreader

This is a really cool use of Flash 9, Papervision 3D, and web cameras. Beautiful data visualization and UI design.

Spectra Visual Newsreader | msnbc.com

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In2media, Danish advertising agency

Here is In2Media, a Danish advertising agency. They do some really nice work. Very similar style to North Kingdom and Big Spaceship.

In2Media

Check it out: In2Media

Date
October 24, 2007
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10:24 pm
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annhagen

Great Flash image gallery.

annhagen

Check it out: annhagen

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10:13 pm
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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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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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