Well, I've been really liking the AS3Tiuo Framework. I've been using it to build the app for the digital graffiti wall, and I've used it for a little experiment with the Hype Framework... I do love me a good framework mashup!
That Particle generator app used a different type of listening events than I expected though. And I really needed to get back to using TouchEvent to interactive with specific objects on the stage. The particle generator just listens to all the Flash as a whole and reacts, it was never set specifically to anything, that is the way just using this.tuio.addListener(this); works it seems. Really nice for things like that, just listening to anything.
But I now need specifics in my programming. So I need TouchEvent.TOUCH_DOWN and whatnot now! As I'm sure you all would like that too. Well here is a simple way of getting started...
I keep writing posts and not posting them because they are work related and I guess I need to tread lightly around work stuff... Don't need to get into hot water, just gotta do what I gotta do. So here are some resources I use, and a little about why I like them. Read the rest of this entry »
So there are some videos out there that drew my attention to GML
What is GML? It is Graffiti Markup Language. "an open repository for sharing and archiving motion captured graffiti tags." Artists are archiving graffiti, amazing. That is a constantly growing collection of beautiful fluid animations.
So I took a quick look into it. XML, awesome. Standardized, brilliant! Importable into Flash? INDEED.
So I am trying to build out this proof of concept application, its a demo of a conference's floor plan with a list of all the attendee on the side, you'll scroll through the list, pick one and the app will show you the location on the map and give more information about the attendee. Only one problem, I'm using the TUIO, so there isn't a component for a scollable list of ...anything. So looks like I just have to build one.
I took a couple tries before I stopped coding myself into a corner. The layering of the component had to be just right. Plus, it needed to the usable at any angle. It is intended for a table top / multi-user display. And to make that happen, I needed quite a bit of layering, on the app and in the code itself.
I also wanted this to start off all code based, so I only used FlashDevelop. So moving forward, if you have Flash you can build a MovieClip and attach it to the List Item Object and customize the look of the selectable items.
It about time I mentioned an application I've been working on. Expanding the start of using Google Maps, this demo expands on it and combines a few examples I found into one application.
The idea behind it is to be setup in a local that is getting a lot of unfamiliar to the area traffic. This could be a place of commerce, public space or conference to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »
I'm so excited that I finally got to work on some experimental Flash at my professional employment. It is a nice change of pace to push an idea to the limits...and then some. In fact, I'm still not done working on the possibilities. This was only the starting point. Making text fall. Tie it into the Box2DFlash Physics Engine.
I want to give yet another shout out to Emanuele Feronato. If you are looking at this code, and are completely lost, he has EXCELLENT tutorials to get you started. Thats where I ended up taking my first steps in Box2DFlash.
Now in the guise of learning. I don't intend on going too indepth with the code...there is a lot going on. But hopefully, by breaking it down into phases, you can understand my building process. Something like this isn't accomplished in one chunk of code. It is build up by steps. At least the way I code. Read the rest of this entry »
Sure, it doesn't seem like there has been many recent posts. It can be hard juggling a life around experimenting. It doesn't make it any less awesome when you see something and get inspired. Here is what I found, a AS3 script that would not just draw a line, but so nice ribbon curving and add a glow around everything automatically. It is just begging to be multitouchable (that sounds a little dirty now that I think about it).
"This experiment uses the AS3 drawing methods to generate an organic mask formed by several pairs of points linked with curveTo.
The generated shape masks a simple radial gradient and the result has a GlowFilter and a DropShadowFilter applied to it."
It works great, no doubt about it. But the source is there, we can take it a little further. Now I got a lot further than expected working on it, and the night is starting to get late, so I'm going to try and condense the main ideas I want to remember that are the most useful.
For this one, you are going to need Flash CS3 or CS4 as far as I know. I don't know how FlashDevelop or Flex will translate. We will be using assets from the Library which are linked to AS files. I'm thinking it'd be best to go through the files. Read the rest of this entry »