Archive for January, 2009

Finding Page URL using ActionScript

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

How can I find the url of the page my flash is embedded in? This may seem really simple but I cant count how often I find js functions which pass this value into the flash. ExternalInterface allows access to a wide variety of js and should not be over looked. The below line of code will call the javascript “window.location.href.toString” and return the url as a string.

SWF to SIS Online

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Mobile development is something I have always wanted to spend some time on. Recently I have been looking at mobile application development. I have found there are a lot applications or tutorials on how to convert your Flash Lite files to sis installers which allow you present your swf files like an application on the main menu of your Symbian based phone.

SWFPack is a on-line service which will package up your swf into sis file with little to no effort. Mind you its still in beta but it does what it promises on the tin. Hell it even lets you add a custom icon which is used on the menu.

Evolution of Games

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Being the gamer that I am I feel a post on the direction of games might be worth a look. Without a doubt online gaming is where it’s at. You have two easy to see growth industries. Multiplayer which is no longer just for 1 on 1 or the elite geek MMORPGers.
Xbox Live is releasing a premium channel with online game shows which any one can watch or participate in. Is this a possible direction TV might take in the future?

Then we have user generated content like the ever popular Little Big Planet on the PS3. The levels being made by the community are quickly out doing the original levels. Now Microsoft will be stepping in with one of their community games Kodu. A game building game where you build your own world and create your own type of games. Check out what a 12 year old can do with it.