Archive for February, 2011

Robotlegs FDT 4.2 project template

FDT 4.2 introduced an improved project template system so since I already did some Robotlegs templates for FlashDevelop previously, I thought I would give it a shot for FDT too. So here it is:

FDTRobotlegsProjectTemplate

Copy those file in this folder for MAC users

(Your User Name) > Library > Application Support > FDT > projectTemplates > Web

and in this folder fo PC users

C:\Users\{Username}\AppData\Roaming\FDT\projectTemplates\Web

After that all you have to do is create a new Flash project in FDT and you should see Robotlegs project under web.

All you have to do is specify the package name by entering the client name and the project name and there you go, you have a fully functional Robotlegs project. I did the client+project package name thing because if you work for an agency you could do multiple projects for the same client so I think it is better for code organisation.

This template includes:

  • a SiteMain file which is the file that you will compile
  • a SiteContext
  • an ApplicationModel
  • a CreateMediatorCommand
  • a StartupCommand
  • a SiteEvent class
  • and a SampleView and SampleMediator

You could remove the SampleView and the SampleMediator but I felt it made the project more complete and a really good Robotlegs example.

If you have suggestions on how to make this template better or just comments, leave them down here.

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There are fishes in the floor!

Ok first watch this awesome video that I found through Robert Hodgin’s Twitter:

Awesome Fish Attack … Epic Heron Fail from Mark on Vimeo.

Ain’t that amazing? Now imagine the entrance of a casino, an airport or a asian restaurant (I don’t know why but this feels asian to me); put a floor that is backlit and where these flocking fishes are projected. Already pretty cool, now the bigger fishes (I think those are small sharks) in the video are controlled by people walking on the floor. I guess it would be better if it was in an area where there would be at most 5-6 people at the same time but I figure this installation would be pretty interesting. I love how the  water is milky a bit and I feel this could be reproduced easily depending on the type of glass the floor would be made of. Now some type of similar installation probably exist, but the point here is the magnitude in the number of little fishes. I am not sure today’s computer have the processing power to do that, but it feels like this is something that would benefit from multiple cores and parallel processing so I think it would be possible in a near future. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

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It’s just a test baby!

If you only knew how many times I have heard this sentence (it’s just a test baby!) in the past month. Yeah, B-Reel did the production on this HomeAway microsite that accompanied a Super Bowl ad. At first, this site included some of the best 3D face upload ever seen on the planet, but we had to cut down some pieces due to how the Super Bowl ad was received. Anyway that doesn’t lessen what we achieved with this site and the level of deformation we submitted the 3D face was pretty impressive and funny. All that was made possible by building upon what was previously achieved by my colleague Will Adams and by working very closely with the 3D / Motion department. So here you go, enjoy the ministry of detourism:

http://detourism.homeaway.com/ministry/

And remember, it’s just a test baby!

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