I’ll Be Back. No, wait a sec …… I’m Back

Hello to You all,

It turns out my  sabbatical Year off development didn’t last a year, heck as a matter of fact it didn’t last a few weeks as I continued working on development projects but made less fuzz about it.
As I said in my previous post I was getting a bit tired of just touching the coding part of the projects, being an illustrator before a programmer and having less and less time to do illustration work I felt that part was missing and needed to get back to it, i supposed it will take Me a year at least but turns out it did not, I started getting involved in the illustration field more and i think i set the proper balance between the things I love to do and work on. The development freelance work is great but is also true that you end up working as much if not more than on a regular job without being able to do any “creative” input, so looking forward to that and to not spend 24 hrs a day glued to the computer writing code I decided  along with Cecy Meade to set up a studio focused on digital publicity, games, mobile development illustration and motion graphics all of this under our own brand Team-O.

That said I will start writing on this blog again, due to recent changes in the industry and the mere fact that I would be lying if I said that all my projects are done with Flash or Adobe technologies this blog wont be longer just about Flash, ActionScript or Adobe tools. I will write posts and tutorials about every tools and coding languages I get my hands on as well as design and illustration tips and tricks I use ( any suggestions or petitions of some specific tutorial You will like to see on the blog are welcome).

Thanks for reading and happy coding
Dave.

 

 

What I’ve been up to.

After quite some time of not writing a post due to projects I like to share with You what I’ve been up to, begging this year I decided to leave Grupo W and start working on my own one of the things that influenced that move was the fact that even when working in W was awesome I was spending more and more time at the office and less and less time with my family so based upon that I decided to start working at my place to give more time to my kids and my personal projects, at first I was doubtful that I could pull it off (having 4 kids to feed makes anyone nervous about leaving a stable job) and last time I’d freelanced was a long time ago, but as soon as I started I found out that the lack of projects was the last thing that should worry Me things rolled out just fine and before I knew it I was enrolling in new contracts that had me working full time, the difference of doing it by my own is that I decided what projects to take and when to take them.

To make things shorter and less sentimental most of the projects I’ve been doing are for mobile platforms and even when I had previous experience in that field I’ve really enjoyed the process of learning new tools and development languages I reluctantly moved back to Mac OS after almost 4 years of working with PC but if You plan to do mobile development there’s one platform You don’t want to miss (at least my clients wouldn’t wanted to miss it) Yes I’m talking about Apple’s iOS I decided to go native and get to dusting my old Objective-C books and get a MacBook Pro, and to be sincere I kinda of liked it( I’m talking about the code, to talk about how I feel about Apple cornering You to give them their 30% of almost every app You build is a matter that will need a post of it’s own) but almost immediately Adobe started unveiling the path they where taking for mobile development in the Flash Platform and the sun shined again, it’s not that I hate iOS or xCode but the fact of stop working with the tools that I know and love was something I didn’t like at all. And Adobe sure didn’t let Me down using the newer AIR and Flex SDKs I was deploying a single code based project across multiple devices including iOs, Android and BB Playbook( that last one only on emulator “You should have submitted Your app for that contest Dave”) so event some client’s work was being done native I kept doing Flash based mobile development in all my other projects, one of those projects is a game I’m doing with Cecy Meade and let me say it runs like butter on iOS devices can wait to update it to AIR 2.7 SDK (which Adobe publicly released today) and push to Apple’s AppStore.

So that’s what I’ve been up to, oh yes and Piñatarama 2.0 😉 a project I secretly worked on with Cecy Meade and Vertigo Gallery’s Jorge Alderete and Clarisa Moura  this last few months that features the works of artists from all over the world reinterpreted by Mexican artisans in the form of Piñatas which had it’s opening last weekend in the Museum of Modern Arts of México City if You go to D.F. be sure to pay a visit the artists and artisans did a really amazing work.

So, thanks for reading I promise I’ll keep updating this blog more often.
See You on Twitter and Viva el Flash 😉

Flash Platform Game Technology Center is Live

Flash game development has been around almost as long as Flash itself I remember the first thing I did with Flash was a very short animation and the second a little spaceship game I must have that .swf laying around in a backup somewhere, I’m really glad to see Adobe’s efforts in pushing the various “sections” of Flash development inside of the devnet.

The Flash Platform Technology Center aims to reach for those developers interested in Game Development using Adobe technologies( Aka: Flash, Flex, AIR  and AS3 ) it includes several beginner-advanced tutorials and links to various resources as documentation, cookbooks an other related development centers, the only thing I wonder is why this Technology Center wasn’t opened earlier being the Flash game development community as  big as it is( Hope some of the great Open Source Game related APIs get some spotlight in this place ), anyways it’s here now so get ready to start developing your first game if you haven’t already,  here are some excerpts and links from the Adobe Flash Platform Game Technology Center:

The Adobe Flash Platform is the leading platform in the world for developing games on the web. The Flash Platform Game Technology Center is a great place to start learning how to develop your very own Flash games.

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