Tutorial: Dealing with iPhone Screen Orientation

Dealing with screen orientation is a matter that has be dealt with early on in the development cycle of your iPhone app – our tutorial will teach you how to deal with matter in Flash using the AS3 StageOrientationEvent Class.

Molehill Interview at theFlashBlog

Lee Brimelow of theFlashBlog recently posted a video interview with Adobe Product Manager Thibault Imbert to learnt about the latest updates of Molehill – the new 3D API of the Flash Player. The highlights of this interview is that this new powerful 3D API will be a highlevel API that will (1) provide 3D developers with deep access to the 3D capabilities and (2) make it difficult for AS3 developers to work on it directly meaning that they will have to use frameworks built on top of it in order to easily use it.  The interview suggests that those interested in learning Molehill can start off by reading material on OpenGL as it uses the same 3D concepts. According to Imbert, the public beta of Molehill is expected to be out in the first half of 2011.

You video interview taken from theFlashBlog can be seen below:

Molehill FAQ Video with Thibault Imbert from Lee Brimelow on Vimeo.

Tutorial: Using the Pan Gesture in Flash Using AS3

The last tutorial in our series of gesture tutorial will teach you how to use the pan gesture (two fingers) gesture in Flash mobile application to scroll an object on the stage. Read our tutorial on the AS3 Pan Gesture to learn more about this trick.

Tutorial: Rotate Gesture in Flash Using AS3

We previously published tutorials for the swipe gesture and the pinch to zoom gesture, now we are adding another one to our collection: the Rotate Gesture. This one is probably the most simple one to use of all the gestures available in ActionScript 3.0, but surely not the least in importance. Learn how to use by reading our tutorial here.

Flash Player 10.2 Beta Released

Adobe just released on Labs the beta version of Flash Player 10.2, the beta  is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and provides a number of new features including a new StageVideo class that greatly improves the display of GPU accelerated video, a new API for customizing native mouse cursors, support for full screen with multi-screens, and Internet Explorer 9 hardware accelerated rendering support. You can learn more about this new beta and download it for yourself via this link.

Tutorial: Reacting to iPhone Status Changes Events

Developing an iPhone application has a number of unique issues that needs to be addressed such as the fact that your application might be interrupted at any moment by receiving a phone calls. This tutorial you teach you how to react to iPhone status changes by using ActionScript 3.0.

Flash Player 10.1 Most Widely Adopted Version

According to a statement made by Adobe CEO at the Web 2.0 Summit two days ago, the Flash Player 10.1 is the most widely ever adopted version in the history of the Flash Player and that, in disregard of what the press says, the use of Flash video on the internet is strongly increasing.

It is worth mentioning that the Flash Player 10.1 is available for desktop operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux as well as Android OS. It is expected to be released for Microsoft Phone 7, BlackBerry OS, and Symbian OS.

You can learn more about the statement Adobe CEO made at TechCrunch.

Tutorial: Using CacheAsBitmap & CacheAsBitmapMatrix Properties

Using Flash on mobile devices requires special considerations for optimizing content in a way that does not exhausted the limited resources of mobile devices. This tutorial will teach you how to use the cacheAsBitmap and cacheAsBitmapMatrix properties to cache your vector graphics as bitmaps in order to save processing resources and help make your applications run more effectively on the iPhone and AIR runtime.

Tutorial: Using the Pinch to Zoom Gesture in Flash

All touch-based mobile applications nowadays feature the pinch-to-zoom gesture that allows you scale pictures up or down. This tutorial will teach you how to create the Zoom Gesture using ActionScript 3.0.

Flash Media Gateway – VoIP For Flash

Adobe just announced a new server platform called Flash Media Gateway that will enable Flash and AIR developers to communicate with traditional telephone networks. In addition to regular voice calls, Flash Media Server will support video calls, flexible telephony APIs, customizable call flow, audio mixing, and real time transcoding. Using the Flash Media Gateway will require using a Flash Media Server and an SIP account to connect to the telephone network.

This is a great development for the Flash platform as it will now allow Flash developers to make a wide set of new communication applications.

You can learn more about the Flash Media Gateway and try it out the prerelease version for free at Adobe Labs.