Lost and Found: The Playable Virtual Arcade Games of Soviet Children, Online

When some of Soviet adults played big and serious Cold War Game, the happy children of U.S.S.R. were spending their time in different way. The culture of arcade machine games was blossoming in both city and country side. To be honest, not every village have got its electronic playground made on military factories, but there was pretty plenty of, and I was one of that happy children who has access.

That time has gone as soon as Iron Curtain fell and cheap game consoles (Mario, we remember you too) and then PCs became available to the regular families. But memory lives, and there are people in Moscow who does remember the old-school Soviet Arcade games, a big metal boxes with fancy, colorful reality inside, with controls and buttons, with a lot of fun. Alexander Stelmakh have founded the Museum, there are some details in the Wired’s Soviet-Era Arcade Games Crawl Out of Their Cold War article.

Now, some of the Soviet Era Arcades are online and playable

And now anyone can visit the Museum of Soviet arcade machines, that just opened today! At the moment, only its Russian version is fully functional. But you can actually play the favorite arcade games of Soviet kids. We thank the Flash Developer of Artemy Lebedev Studio, Dmitry Bezverhii and Anton Sidorenko, we also want to respect the whole ArtLebedev Studio for this cool work. These games probably not for everyone, but here they are, virtual Arcade Mashines of the U.S.S.R. At present, only four have been created in flash, but I hope more to come:

  • Play “Magistral“ (eng: “Thoroughfare”), read its translated description.
  • Play “Morskoy Boy“ (eng: “Sea Battle”). This game seems to be a clone of “Midway’s Sea Raider”. Read translated description.
  • Play “Gorodki“, old Russian Game, here’s translated description and article in Wikipedia.
  • Play “Avtoralli“ (eng: “Rally”), read its translated description.

Also, there are a huge quantity of nice illustrations of the development process.

The question is, can these games be popular in wide auditory, except the fans of 8-bit art, old school and vintage junkies, and the ex-children of Soviet Union?

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Free issue of Flash & Flex Developers’s Magazine

To add one item to the reading list: There’s a bunch of great articles from the ones for Beginners to Advanced ones like “AS3/Flex Modularization and Big Projects”, “Visualizing Relational Data Using Graph Theory”, “Developing a Mini-blog Using Flex and PHP” and much more it the free issue of Flash & Flex Developers’s Magazine. You can download it here: A Breath of Fresh AIR for Desktop Apps. There’s also an interview with Mike Chambers.

Learned from the blog of Lee Graham.

Adobe Flex, Microsoft Silverlight and future of computing

Air/Flex Silverlight Debate.  Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor, Feb. 12th, 7-9pm

Kevin Hoyt from Adobe and Sam Stokes from Microsoft will have a debates on technologies, platforms and future today, 12 February 2009, 7:00 PM (PST/GMT +8), in the Bronco Student Center (Ursa Minor) at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Microsoft and Adobe will demonstrate their evidences of domination. Adobe, who gave the world Photoshop, Flash, Flex, Dreamweaver and AfterEffects, engage developers to create cross-platform media prodigies online as well as a desktop applications, being able to run with or without the internet connection, which is possible with Adobe Integrated Runtime, or just AIR. Microsoft gives developers the opportunity of creation online applications which are full of media and animation with Silverlight and power of C#. Interesting.

Debates will be translated online in two options:

  1. For users who have got a mid-bandwidth channel, higher quality.
  2. For users with low-bandwidth, lower quality.

At the moment, a nice ballet is translated there, with interruptions sometimes.

By the way, Kevin Hoyt recently published an useful AIR application with sources, which itself is a set of 75 samples of JavaScript AIR applications with centralized launch interface. It worth looking inside, especially when you know how much power is in the JavaScript frameworks like ExtJS, which embraces the AIR too.

“Lights”, new animation from the Capital creators

Update: due to work reason, author temporarily removed the video from net, but promised to put it back in a week. Please be patient.
Do you remember “Capital” music video? Meet the new work from its author. Aliaksei Tserakhaumade animation for Lyapis Trubetskoy “Lights” song:

Lyapis Trubetskoy “Lights” from Aliaksei Tserakhau on Vimeo.

BTW, the “Lights” music video won the first prize in the nomination “Best Animation” of Portugal VIMUS International Music Video Festival. Its competitors were Chemical Brothers “Salmon dance” by Dom & Nic, Bjork, “Declare Independence” by Michele Gondri, and Temposhark “Blame” by Motomichi Nakamura.

Just after the nomination, Aliaksei promised to put the video online to let everybody see it, and today he did it.

Congratulations to brothers in arms!

Flash CS4 Professional Trial and all Adobe CS4 Trials – download now!

Now, anyone can try new (and really cool) Flash CS4 Professional in action: Download Flash CS4 Professional Trial. Also, following downloads now available:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
  • Adobe Contribute CS4
  • Adobe Fireworks CS4
  • Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Adobe SoundBooth CS4
  • Adobe AfterEffects CS4
  • Adobe Premiere CS4 Pro
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro

Moreover, you can order the CS4 collections in sets on DVD:

  • Creative Suite 4 Master Collection trial DVD for US$15.99
  • Creative Suite 4 Design Premium trial DVD for US$10.99
  • Creative Suite 4 Web Premium trial DVD for US$10.99.

Also, see the list of new Adobe CS4 products.

Thank you, Adobe – Flash Player 10 and Creative Suite 4 now shipping

The most pleasure of my whole computer and web life I’ve got working with your products. Also, I made some money from it and growing. Also, I’ve got a second family, our user group where people do support each other, it’s growing too. Thank you for making all this smart and alive web better, thank you for putting your efforts, keeping high standards, being valiantly innovative and having balance between two abovementioned.

Thank you for the Flash Player 10.

Thank you for Creative Suite 4.

Thank you for being the what you is and who you are.

Flash and Flex Remoting implementations for different platforms

There’s a lot Flex Remoting solutions for different platforms and platforms and languages. I decided to summarize them in the following list:

  • Java: BlazeDS. Official Adobe open source Flex Remoting solution, proposed for porting to all other platforms.
    Tutorial: How to use BlazeDS Remoting.
  • .NETFluorineFx. Works just great (tested by myself).
    Tutorial: How to Integrate .Net / Flex 3 with FluorineFX.
  • Python: PyAMF.Tutorial: Using PyAMF with Google App Engine.
  • PHPAMFPHP.
    Tutorials: Flash/PHP/Flex/AMFPHP Tutorials.
  • Ruby on Rails: RubyAMF.Tutorials: Flexible Rails excerpt: Refactoring to RubyAMF, Flash Remoting for Rails Tutorial.
  • AJAX: WebORB. AJAX, Java, .NET, PHP and RoR Remoting!
    Tutorials and Examples: WebORB and Rich Client System Demos.

It’s just great to see how widely Flash Remoting and AMF are spreaded among the web development world. Am I missing any important tool here?

5 of 360|Flex Recordings on Adobe Media Player

Ted Patrick just shared some info on his new “Hyperdrive” project which is a hosted video service for AdobeTV and Adobe Media Player, or just AMP.

This video project is for contain app demos, tutorials and conference sessions created by community. Anyone can upload his stuff and share with others.

To start with Hyperdrive, Ted uploaded the complete set of full San Jose 360|Flex Sessions recordings, so anyone can see them through the AMP now. All videos are High Definition 1024×768 ones. At the moment, 5 sessions are available:

  1. TicketMaster Kiosk by Kevin Fauth
  2. Flex Accessibility by Giorgio Natili
  3. Reading the Flex source code by Jonathan Branam
  4. Project Workflow by Axel Jensen
  5. Creating Reusable Components by Ben Clinkbeard

Parallel People Workflow – Acrobat.com

BuzzWord + ConnectNow + 5GB Shared for me at Acrobat.com – it was the happy very first day of Summer’08.It seems like I’ve just thought about something like it and now it’s here. Actually, I was only thirsty for using Connect as replacement for my teleconferencing with clients, but Adobe, it looks like you read my thoughts in advance on almost everything regarding online collaboration and documentation. Regarding ADs, I like how it is explained:

“…about whether we are going to put advertising in Acrobat.com. In short, that is not our plan today. Adobe has built a great business selling software, and we plan to continue to do so with software as a service via Acrobat.com.”

I tend to call it Parallel People Workflow, which is hardly only a technical, but motivational issue too: as I remember, it is usually easier to proceed with the document when you know you are not alone. Maybe it’s just my laziness, but then other people probably got it too.

Tools for too lazy ones, yeah ;)

How to make your first AIR Application using Flash CS3

This works like magic – now Flash Developers can easily create AIR applications on their own. Lee Brimelow appeared in the Adobe TV show where he has shown the process of creation of the simple AIR application using solely Adobe Flash CS3 IDE. So, here’s the full recording of this show:

Short and useful tutorial. I just emphasize the moment of enabling AIR development in your copy of Flash CS3 IDE. In order to get the full pack of joy, you just have to make sure that you have installed all necessary updates from Adobe in the following order (sequence can’t be changed: each next item strongly depends on the previous one):

  1. Adobe Flash Player Update for Flash CS3 Professional (9.0.2)
  2. Adobe AIR Update for Flash CS3 Professional (9.0.3)
  3. Adobe Air 1.1 Update for Flash CS3 Professional

After installing these updates you’ll get the full AIR features including multilingual applications support. In the ‘Create New’ section of the Welcome Screen, you’ll see a new item named ‘Flash File (Adobe AIR). In Commands menu, two new items will appear:

Create AIR Applications in Flash CS3 IDE
Fig 1. Screen shot from the Lee’s show. AIR File creation options within Flash CS3 IDE.

Magic, magic!

Public Beta of Adobe Flash Player 10 is out, and now we are all Astronauts

They did it! Before you read the deep insight view on new FP10 from Tinic Uro, do the following (I know you already did, but just for the record):

Flash Player 10 Feature Tours and Demos

  • – Read Press Release: Adobe Flash Player 10 Public Beta is Out.
  • – Download from the Labs: Flash 10 Astro prerelease.
  • – Download demos for it: Flash 10 Astro prerelease.
  • – Read what Ajaxian wrote about it: Review of the Flash Player 10 Beta features from Ajaxian.

Now go the Tinic Uro and read this: Adobe Is Making Some Noise!

Dynamic Sound Generation in Flash Player 10

Flash Player Engineer Tinic Uro explains, why it is impossible to fix the broken SOUND_COMPLETE behavior in Flash Player 10. And why it even become worse in FP10 (well, it is possible to fix, but considered b@d_EnGiNeeRinG. I’m at the Tinic side here).

And generally saying, there’s no ‘cool’ solution in Astro for this problem. As Tinic said, it will be resolved in next major release, Flash Player 11.

But! In FP10 the new sound model is available. First, it allows long-awaited Dynamic Sound Generation feature. And now you can choose balance between performance and latency of sound generation in your app using a new “samplesCallback” event of the Sound object.

Here’s the explanation and code samples of the new sound model in Flash Player 10 from Tinic Uro.

And finally, third one of the Tinic’s article set on new Sound features in FP10 explains the different sound sources possible in this release.

I think you are doing it right, Adobe Flash Player Team.

FlashDevelop, now with FP10 support

Philippe and everyone involved in FlashDevelop, thank you for the quick move and smart job. Thank you for the FlashDevelop with FP10 support! Thank you for New features:

    1. Thank you for FP10 target version in projects,
    2. Thank you for code completion for FP10 new classes & methods,
    3. Thank you for code completion for Vector types, like:
      var vector:Vector.<String>;
      vector[0]. // code completion for String!

Thank you for this information and download: FlashDevelop with FP10 support.

Flash Game License and getting sponsorship with a flash game

If you are a Game Maker, and still not completely sure about how to sell your game(s), then following short article from Lorenz Games is for you: How to Get a Sponsorship with a Flash Game.

 

It is about how to make your offer to the game portals aside from the slow Flash Game License Bids, including a list of available resources with direct email links for faster communication (recommended by Lorenz), tips on composing email with the offer and important step of choosing the right game license (exclusive or non-exclusive).

 

Overall, this post may be useful even if you are not making flash games right now. Maybe you will decide to try out this way of monetizing your work after figuring out that Huge Flash Games Industry :-)

ColdFusion 8 & AJAX & Flex3

Ashwin Mathew made an online presentation dedicated to developing AJAX Applications in ColdFusion 8 (it was 21st May 2008 at the Bay Area ColdFusion User Group). You can see the full Adobe Connect recording complete with chat and other Connect features here: ColdFusion 8 AJAX by Ashwin Mathew.

 

Also, there’s article in the Adobe Developer center with an overview of Ajax features in ColdFusion 8.

 

To get even deeper with this subject, you may want to read Flex 3 vs ColdFusion 8 Ajax article by Dale Fraser. He compares different UI features available in Flex 3 and ColdFusion 8 AJAX, and makes his verdict about pros and cons of both approaches.

Google 3D Maps Adobe AIR Application v 0.5

Here’s the promised update: Google 3D Maps Adobe AIR Application, version 0.5. The main subject of this update is to target the Release Version of the Adobe AIR Runtime – you’ll need it to run this app. Sorry for this long delay.
Download Google 3D Maps Adobe AIR App v0.5, source flies (and bugs) are included :)

Adobe AIR Google 3D Map application screenshot.

About Google 3D Maps on Air: This app utilizes the Papervision3D engine, Google Maps and Adobe AIR HTML component to create the interactive planar and spherical maps from html pages loaded from Google Maps.

Actually, it can operate at any other web page in the same way. Now I’m going to implement the same functionality within Adobe Flex, it just became possible because of recently released the Google Maps API for Flash.

Have fun and nice weekend :)

Vote for crossdomain.xml for Google APIs and services

Would you like to access Google APIs and services from your RIA-application? If you would, you would also like to vote for this feature request: Add crossdomain.xml for Google Accounts.

To vote, just click the star icon to the right from “Issue 406:” text. You also may write a comment if you wish (this is optional; but voting for crossdomain feature is mandatory! :)

Please: do not comment with “+1″-like phrases. It makes comment feed useless for those who really interested in reading it (yes, I know such people). And I guess “+1″ commenting techniques will only make that Google employee who makes the decision about taking this issue into consideration think it is not very important issue just because it is supported only by strange crowd of noobs.

But we are not noobs, aren’t we?

Vote For Flash Player Issues, If You Love It

Adobe made a great step forward and opened its JIRA for voting for Flash Player related bugs, feature requests and other issues. Actually, you can submit your own bug to the JIRA, but it is very and only good practice to browse the bugs database first and make sure you aren’t going to clone some other’s bug using your own interpretation. That’s why it is usually said in uppercase that you can VOTE for bugs, and then in lowercase said that you can add your own too. But you can. Both options are cool ones ??� let’s just use them in right way.

It is Justin Everett-Church who told us about this new Adobe JIRA Flash Player section.

Just for the record ??� there are also ASC (compiler) and whole Flex SDK sections in Adobe JIRA.

Non-casual game, finally!

I guess you played a lot of games, sophisticated too. But you probably never played this one. Literally speaking, “Polcarstva.net” is a simple quest game. There’s no 3D, no social features, no user registration or something web20 either. But it seems there’s a heart in the game. And there’s… there’s the flash in this piece of art, created by Denis Stepkin. Click to play:

…and also, there’s Sigur Ros soundtrack

RIA Newsletter from the Source. I’m signing up

Maybe you’ll want to sign to it up too: Adobe RIA newsletter with info on Adobe RIA technologies and software updates, including Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR.

 

Not very long description, but let’s see what it will be. At least, it is useful to get information from its source and get it fast (pretend to get it first). I wonder to see this RIA newsletter and compare this new source of information to Adobe Edge, which is pretty cool one.

 

BTW, there’s official Blog of www.UseAdobe.com which usually tells such good news like this one and like, you know, Adobe AIR for Linux and ways of promoting Flex Applications.

 

BTW BTW, have you subscribed to the Flex Showcase RSS Feed?