Happy Holidays from .SWFGEEK

If you happen to celebrate this holidays ( or not ) I wish you the best with your families and friends, 2008 was a year full of new stuff for me, new job, new city, new friends it was a good year overall and hope 2009 gets just as much exiting as 2008 was

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from .swfgeek !!!

If you happen to celebrate this holidays ( or not ) I wish you the best with your families and friends, 2008 was a year full of new stuff for me, new job, new city, new friends it was a good year overall and hope 2009 gets just as much exiting as 2008 was, I plan to add more examples and tutorials on this site just entering the year so keep tuned in ( any topic suggestions for the examples and tutorials are welcome).
( By the way the swf above is using the great Flint Particles Library ( Version 2.0 ) by Richard Lord ) if you haven’t, go check it at http://flintparticles.org/

My best wishes to you all and thanks for reading.
Dave Gamez (.swfgeek)

Wonderfl code and compile Actionscript in the Browser


Wonderfl Build Flash Online is a  tool that let’s you write and compile as3 ( actionscript3 ) code right in your browser,  the compiler version it currently uses is  ActionScript Version 3.2.0 build 3794 , and lets you use the following libraries:

The people behind this project are:

KAYAC Inc.‘s lab team: BM11.
Director: sugimasa
Designer: hashimoto
Markup Engineer: sakakibara
Programmer: ohtsuka
**KAYAC Inc.’s Flash Developer team blog: level0

Besides  writing and compiling as3 code in your browser the site has  some  community features that let’s you view and remix other people’s code and you can also embed your code on your blog.

I’ve written and compiled one of my examples there , and have plans to add some more :)

Check it  at Wonderfl

WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” is Out

wordpress 2.7 coltrane

I usually just post Flash Platform related stuff in this blog, but I’ll make an exception, why ? because the new version of WordPress(2.7 “Coltrane”) the Blog engine that I use it’s simply amazing , lots of changes in the Admin area you can almost customize everything, you can install plugins directly  without the need to download them, and also upgrade your WordPress automatically without messing around with FTP, ok enough talking check this video to judge by yourself.

New Features

  1. Keyboard Shortcuts for comment moderation:
  2. Sticky Posts:
  3. Theme update API
  4. Dashboard and write box rearranging
  5. One click plugin installs
  6. Reply to comments from admin
  7. *Core Updating
  8. Frame-like method for moderating ping/tracbacks
  9. Seperate Large and Full images sizes, related improvements
  10. Comment Threading
  11. Comment Paging
  12. HTTPOnly cookies
  13. Column hiding for all management pages
  14. Templae Tage wp_page_menu wrapper for wp_list_pages

Download WordPress 2.7  here (  I highly recommend it   )
See WordPress’s development  post about 2.7 version here

Working at Grupo W

Well this post has been postponed for some time ( exactly 4 Months and 14 Days ) for one reason or another, but I think it’s about time I released it, about 6 months ago I recieved a mail asking me if I was interested in joining Grupo W on the development team, and of course my response was yeah when do I begin, so I  made an appointment  to know Grupo W headquarters and get to know the people behind such great experiences as:

www.quienesfermin.com ,

www.showdowninteractive.com ,


So four months later  here I am and so long it’s been a non stop learning experience, among my coworkers I’ve meet  some of the most creative and talented people on the field and the W family keeps growing ( as a matter of fact we are currently looking for  developers so if you’re not faint of heart and feel you’re up to the challenge drop me a mail in my contact page ).

We’re about to release a new splash page at  www.grupow.com showcasing the latest projects we’ve been involved in so keep tuned there’s very cool projects to be released in January 2009. Meanwhile you can visit our labs blog labs|grupow.com where we share some ActionScript code that’s been useful to us.

See You there. 😉

Adobe Labs releases the beta of Text Layout Framework

Adobe Labs has released the beta of Text Layout Framework for Adobe® Flash® Player 10 and Adobe AIR® 1.5.   The Text Layout Framework is an extensible library, built on the new text engine in Adobe Flash Player 10, which delivers advanced, easy-to-integrate typographic and text layout features for rich, sophisticated and innovative typography on the web. The framework is designed to be used with Flash or Flex.

Together with the new text engine in Flash Player 10 and AIR 1.5, the Text Layout Framework delivers multi-lingual, print-quality typography for the web, including support for:

  • Bidirectional text, vertical text and over 30 writing systems including Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Lao, the major writing systems of India, and others.
  • Selection, editing and flowing text across multiple columns and linked containers, and around inline images
  • Vertical text, Tate-Chu-Yoko (horizontal within vertical text) and justifier for East Asian typography
  • Rich typographical controls, including kerning, ligatures, typographic case, digit case, digit width and discretionary hyphens
  • Cut, copy, paste, undo and standard keyboard and mouse gestures for editing
  • Rich developer APIs to manipulate text content, layout, markup and create custom text components.
It appears that the new version of Flex “GUMBO” will already include the Layout Framework
For more info and examples visit Adobe Labs