• LogWatcher as a cross-platform Flash debugger in Eclipse

    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 doesn't have a built-in debugger and is yet to receive it in milestone 0.1.0.

  • Safari 5 is a disappointment

    It really must be the most leaking browser platform there is. In this regard Safari 5 is no different from Safari 4 and all the fancy features that were added don't make up for the memory failures.
  • Fixing the security sandbox issue in FDT 4 Milestone 2

    Despite 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.
  • ActionScript 3 lacks functionality for visible bounds of DisplayObject

    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.

  • How to run a site with gzip compression and why it matters

    Since Google is now considering site speed for PageRank, it has made developers and SEO crowd thinking about it. First and probably the simplest thing is to turn on GNU zip compression.
  • Creatives should remind Apple they exist

    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.

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

    The 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.
  • Embed system fonts with Flex SDK

    This little ActionScript 3 snippet will convert the system font to a SWF font instance that you can use in your AS3 project.

  • Enhance the ugly Eclipse icon on your Dock

    It's pretty certain that an average Flash/RIA developer cares about how the dev tools look. If a piece of software looks ugly, it's unlikely to be used.

    Eclipse in that matter is one such tool. On Mac OS X its Dock icon looks ugly and the splash screen isn't any better either.

  • Enable Quick Look of ActionScript and Flex files on Snow Leopard

    Having Adobe CS4 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard both installed is very likely to mess up Quick Look of Flash ActionScript (.as) and Flex (.mxml) files. Most inconvenient for those used to browsing through the files and looking into them by just hitting the Space key.

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