Cool Stuff with the Flash Platform - 12/30/10

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

2010 is almost over. It's been a good year for me and I hope it has been for you as well. To everyone in the Flash Platform community, keep up the great work!

I failed to include it in last week's update but TJ Downes, Ben Farrell and Vicky Ryder created a new AIR application called Media Slurp that is designed to be a one-stop-shop for community-driven multimedia content. For example, it currently gives you access to live streams as well as a number Flash Platform related podcasts including the Flex Show, RIA Radio, CFHour and more.

On the New Year's note, Adobe's Matt Rozen shares a list of his top ten Flash Platform advancements for 2010. It serves as a reminder that a lot has happened for the better in 2010, particularly in the mobile and devices area, despite the naysayers.

Cool Mobile & Devices Stuff (AIR for Android, AIR on TV, Flash on Android, iPhone etc.)

Jonathan Campos wrote a great post offering other mobile developers to learn from his mobile mistakes. This is a must read for anyone interested in selling an AIR-based application (or even non-AIR) on the Android Marketplace.

Adobe evangelist Terrence Ryan set out to recreate the Tivo remote with Hero for both Android and the Playbook. In this post he discusses handling the layout issues when dealing with portait and landscape modes.


Adobe evangelist Piotr Walczyszyn updated his Adobe Evangelist Blogroll application.

Adobe's Christian Cantrell discusses a test that continuously failed on the original Droid using his AIRBench benchmarking application. The issue was with the CameraRoll and emphasized the importance of scaling images on mobile devices.

Adobe's Steven Shongrunden shows how you can save a List scroll position between Views in a mobile Flex application.

Adobe evangelist Paul Trani has an extensive overview about creating applications for Android including discussions of both Flash Platform options as well as non-Flash options.


Adobe evangelist Terrence Ryan continues his series about building a Tivo remote using Flash/Flex. In this version, he uses QNX components for BlackBerry Tablet rather than the Hero components.

Adobe evangelist Ryan Stewart shows how to use custom labels on the QNX List component for the PlayBook.


Rich Tretola spent this week converting his Flex Hero-based applications to iOS. First he converted his AIRonAndroid Browser to runs on iPod/iPad/iPhone. Next he managed to get the Tour de Flex Mobile compiled to iOS and shares how.

Cool Flex, Flash Builder & Catalyst Stuff

Krasimir Tsonev shows how to add custom metadata to your variables in Flex and how to access and potentially use that metadata.

Cool AIR Stuff

Piotr Walczyszyn created a lazy-loaded/paginated List component that uses data loaded from SQLite in AIR.

Cool ActionScript/Flash Stuff

Adobe's Thibault Imbert shot a video answering commong questions about Molehill. He also wrote a wrapper for StageVideo called SimpleStageVideo that simplifies managing StageVideo including automatically switching from Video to StageVideo when available.

Adobe's Kevin Towes announces that the Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder 3.2 is now available for free.

Jesse Warden created a JSFL Script to ensure ActionScript Classes exist for symbols. This is useful for when you export assets from a FLA as a SWC to import into your ActionScript or Flex project.

Emanuele Feronato shows how to make a simple Flash game similar to Plants vs Zombies.

Cool ColdFusion Stuff

Dominic Watson shows a new open source project he released that allows you to control a Nabaztag from ColdFusion. The Nabaztag is apparently a device that looks like a rabbit and does different configurable actions to respond to activities on your server.

Ben Nadel is applying some of his recent learning from other languages to ColdFusion. In this case he uses CFML Files To Pre-Process CFM Files In ColdFusion in order to allow functions to be defined as arguments within his application.


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My name is Brian Rinaldi and I am the Web Community Manager for Flash Platform at Adobe. I am a regular blogger, speaker and author. I also founded RIA Unleashed conference in Boston. The views expressed on this site are my own & not those of my employer.