Get a taste of pro Flash development with FDT 4 trial

Posted on 10th September 2010 in Developer tools, Flash | No Comments »

Powerflasher has just announced FDT 4 Open Beta programme according to which all are eligible for a fully-flavoured FDT 4 until October 17th 2010. It’s a 1-month trial software that you can try out before FDT 4 gets out of the RC status and hits the streets.

Get your free licence code from www.fdt.powerflasher.com/getlicense.
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Protect your ActionScript code with SWF Protector

Posted on 22nd July 2010 in ActionScript, Developer tools | 3 Comments »

Even though the point of code obfuscation will always remain arguable, it may sometimes be a good idea to mess around a bit and make your ActionScript code harder to steal. The following review will highlight the features of SWF Protector, analyse the code and impact on SWF file size as well as performance. Read the rest of this entry »

Configuring Eclipse to compile Flash with Cmd + Enter

Posted on 26th June 2010 in Developer tools, Eclipse, Flash | 1 Comment »

If for whatever reason a lot of your work gets done in Flash IDE and you’re working on the open-source Eclipse Flash development platform, it may get seriously annoying to seek for that tiny Run button on the Eclipse toolbar. To hook up Cmd + Enter* in Eclipse, do the following:

  1. Open the Preferences of your Eclipse IDE
  2. Locate General > Keys
  3. Type Run in the field with type filter text tip in it
  4. Scroll down and find the Run command,  it should display Shift + Cmd + F11 by default
  5. Click Unbind Command
  6. Click the Binding field and Cmd + Enter to set the new shortcut
  7. Click Apply and Ok to finish

* the guide applies to Mac OS X version of Eclipse, but can easily deployed for Ctrl + Enter on Windows (or Linux). Read the rest of this entry »

AXDT: open-source cross-platform alternative for Flash development

Posted on 24th June 2010 in Developer tools, Eclipse, Flash, Open Source Software | 3 Comments »

AXDT is a set of plug-ins for the Eclipse Platform that enable you to write ActionScript 3 code in an integrated environment.Most cross-platform Flash development tools are not available for free. The best ones, Flash Builder and FDT, will set you back €600.

Fortunately a few open-source and free alternatives exist. AXDT is one such alternative – it’s a set of plug-ins for the Eclipse Platform that enable you to write ActionScript 3 code in an integrated environment. Read the rest of this entry »

LogWatcher as a cross-platform Flash debugger in Eclipse

Posted on 24th June 2010 in Developer tools, Eclipse, Flash, Open Source Software | No Comments »

LogWatcher is the kind of open-source Eclipse plugin that enables hooking a view of a certain log file to the Eclipse IDE. It comes in handy for open-source AXDT Flash development plugin of Eclipse that currently (at version 0.0.7.1) doesn’t have a built-in debugger and is yet to receive it in milestone 0.1.0. Read the rest of this entry »

Fixing the security sandbox issue in FDT 4 Milestone 2

Posted on 26th May 2010 in ActionScript, Developer tools | 4 Comments »

FDT pure coding comfortDespite the fact that M2 isn’t the final release of FDT 4 and even the feature sets of Pure, Pro and Enterprise versions are yet to be determined, it’s a solid Flash development tool already.

Even so one of the first issues to tackle with on a Mac is the FDT 4 Debugger throwing back Flash sandbox violation. Read the rest of this entry »

ActionScript 3 lacks functionality for visible bounds of DisplayObject

Posted on 3rd May 2010 in ActionScript | No Comments »

The following has already been listed as a feature request at Adobe Bug System and is only to illustrate the situation which is basically the lack of badly needed functionality in ActionScript 3.

The problem relates to flash.geom.PerspectiveProjection introduced with the load of native 3D in Flash 10. Read the rest of this entry »

Creatives should remind Apple they exist

Posted on 11th April 2010 in Apple, Flash | 3 Comments »

Throughout Mac’s history, Adobe-based creatives have formed a considerable bunch of Apple’s clientele. Most of them can also be referred to as macheads who have been loyal customers and brought along new crowd. Now, in the light of recent news in regard to iDevice and the new Developer Agreement, Adobe community has been locked out of these devices. Action is required. Read the rest of this entry »

How to fix FDT (or any other Eclipse-based IDE) after Mac OS X 10.6.3 upgrade

Posted on 2nd April 2010 in Developer tools, Eclipse, Flash | 6 Comments »

FDTThe most recent Mac OS X update to version 10.6.3 may break your Eclipse Galileo installation and everything that’s built upon it. It just fails to start and closes down right after it has reached the splash screen.

The problem relies in the corrupt font cache of Snow Leopard and the fix is rather trivial – font cache needs to be cleared using the font registration system utility on command line. Following steps will make it happen: Read the rest of this entry »

Embed system fonts with Flex SDK

Posted on 6th March 2010 in ActionScript | 1 Comment »

This little ActionScript 3 snippet will convert the system font to a SWF font instance that you can use in your AS3 project. Read the rest of this entry »