Tag Archives: Flash

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: Creating a Hello World iPhone App Using Flash CS5

Learn how to create your first iPhone app using Flash CS5 and have this application installed on your iPhone for testing.

How to Build an iPhone App Using Flash

Lee BrimeLow of the Flash Blog has posted a nice video tutorial on how to create a native iPhone application using the upcoming Flash Professional CS5. This tutorial shows how similar the process for creating an iPhone application is to process for creating AIR applications.

Just like on-device testing using Xcode, those wishing to test their Flash-created iPhone application would have to acquire the $100 developer license from Apple in order to be able to test their applications on their actual devices or in order to distribute them through the iTunes store.

Learn more about this by viewing the video tutorial here.

Adobe Working on Blackberry Support

Adobe Blackberry In addition to its efforts to appear on the iPhone and Android, Adobe has announced in a recent developers conference its cooperation with RIM to bring the full Flash Player to the Blackberry platform.

According to Comscore there are more than 14 million blackberry devices out there and Adobe believes this to be a serious market to tap into.

In addition to the announcement of the full Flash Player, Adobe also announced its intention to Adobe Air and Flex Mobile platform for Blackberry, making RIM the first hardware manufacturer to publicly announce its support of these two new mobile technologies from Adobe.

You can learn more about this announcement at the official Flash Mobile Blog.

Flash CS5 will create iPhone Applications!

Flash on the iPhone This is probably the biggest Flash announcement of the year, Adobe announced that Flash developers will finally be able to create iPhone-compatible Flash games. The next version of the Flash authoring tool, Flash CS5, will have a feature to export AS3 projects to native iPhone applications. This feature does not mean that the iPhone will be able to understand Flash files or that its Safari browser will be capable of running Flash movies, but it means that Flash developers will be able to use Flash CS5 to make native iPhone applications and games by using their existing ActionScript 3.0 skills.

Flash CS5 iPhone applications will have some restrictions such as the inability to use the camera or the copy-and-paste features, but will have the majority of other features including SQLite. Developers will still have to acquire an Apple Developer’s License to be able to sell their applications on the App Store.

This is a truly amazing step forward for Adobe and it will help make Flash developers have a new medium to distribute their content. The beta of Flash CS5 is expected to be released by the end of the 2009.

You can learn more about this, watch a demo video and download sample iPhone applications at http://Adobe.com/iPhone . You can learn more about the restrictions of Flash iPhone Application from the Flash Mobile Blog.

Tutorial: Creating Web Links Using AS3

Creating AS3 Links Learn how to create a link to another webpage using the ActionScript 3.0 navigateToURL() method. Click here to view the tutorial.

Tutorial: Using the Switch Statement in AS3

AS3: Switch Statement This ActionScript 3.0 tutorial will teach you how to execute conditional code in a branched manner upon the satisfaction of a certain case using the switch statement.

Adobe Mobile Packager Reaches a 100,000 Downloads

Flash Mobile Packager According the Flash Mobile Blog, the number of downloads of the Adobe Mobile Packager has finally reached a 100,000 successful downloads. While a significant milestone for Adobe, this number doesn’t mean that there are a 100,000 active developers or that there are a 100,000 applications that were made through the packager.

The Adobe Mobile Packager is a Windows-only tool used by developers to wrap up their Flash Lite files in a format that allows the end user to check for and download the latest version of the Flash Lite player before running the file, therefore avoiding version incompatibility issues.

However, Flash Lite continues to be irrelevant in today’s market for a various number of reasons, including the unfriendliness of the user experience on most Symbian and Windows phones, the wide disparity in capabilities of supported phones, the failure of the Nokia Ovi Store, and  many others. Until the full Flash Player 10 is supported on Android, Adobe might as well just suspend all its mobile operations.

Tutorial: Using the AS3 Trace() Command

AS3: Trace() Command Debugging your code is an essential part of any ActionScript project. This tutorial will teach you how to use the AS3 trace() command to display the value of your variables in the output window when testing your movie in the Flash authoring tool to discover bugs and errors. Click here to view the tutorial.

Creating a Twitter Widget in Flash

Creating a Twitter Widget in Flash Learn how to create a simple Flash widget to show your latest updates on Twitter. The widget is written in AS3 and relies on a PHP script and a cross domain policy to communicate with Twitter. You can view this tutorial here.