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Workin and playin

I have been working, on my projects and on paid work, and it’s been good. My own project is moving along fine and I should have something new to show pretty soon. As for work, well it’s going. I haven’t got much to write about, what about is mostly some little quirks inside of Flash Professional itself.

But I want to write about this little game I found: The binding of Isaac. I am pretty sure it was made in Flash and a demo of it can be found on Newgrounds. It’s a pretty well done game and it reminds me of the dungeons in Zelda and Kid Icarus. It’s got that same feeling, with upgraded graphics. The lore is also pretty funny, it’s got a really skewed sense of humor but everything fits and I find it very funny. Now the concept is really simple, but because they created so many power ups (each with their own hilarious visual) it makes it so that every run of the dungeon is different and it adds a lot of replayability. ¬†Anyway, that is the kinda game I aspire to make. I advise you to go buy it on Steam, it’s only 5$.

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Update on Online Awards for Flash Websites

A couple months ago I made a post about Online Awards for Flash Website, but since that time I updated my list with a more relevant and up to date content:

Favorites website award (about 62$) (25 words desc)

http://www.thefwa.com

Dope awards (about 10$) (35 words desc)

http://www.dopeawards.com/

Website Design Awards (5$)

http://websitedesignawards.com/index.php/category/flash-gallery/

The World’s Best Web Design (3$)

http://www.moluv.com/

Design Licks

http://www.designlicks.com/

Best Web Gallery

http://bestwebgallery.com/category/flash/

irie http://irie.be/

Digital Abstracts

http://digitalabstracts.com/

Strange Fruits

http://www.strangefruits.nl/

Design Flavr

http://www.designflavr.com/category/flash/

101 best websites (requires login)

http://101bestwebsites.com/category/flash

PageCrush (requires an image 300px x 100px)

http://www.pagecrush.net/

Spyline

http://spyline.de/section/flash

iBlog

http://iblog.chubzz.com/

Another Bookmark

http://anotherbookmark.com/

Design Snack (bigger width than 600px, it’s better to be logged in when you submit) (maybe outdated)

http://www.designsnack.com/

Minimal Exhibit (if your design is minimal)

http://minimalexhibit.com/

GOUW

http://www.gouw.nu/

LinkDup

http://www.linkdup.com/

Now again some of them haven’t been tested cause I snatched them on my last pass but when I will get new ones I will make another post. Also worth mentionning I found the website for the PixelAwards seems like an online competition that happens once a year. Here is the link: http://www.pixelawards.com/

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Transition to tile: third RIA for Home Depot

Yes this is the third installment of tools we did for the Home Depot and I can say that working on this one was just simple and easy, mostly because we used PureMVC on the previous one. As you can see, Transition to tile reuse a lot of components from Redefining floors, but the middle part is really different. Making the changes and adjusting what was already there really was a breeze and that is were you see the advantages of using a framework. The technologies we used were mostly the same as the one before but I am going to list them here again:

  1. TweenLite
  2. PureMVC
  3. SWFAddress
  4. SWFObject
  5. Alcon (for tracing SWFAddress stuff)
  6. Google Analytics for Flash

I hope you like the tools we are building for Home Depot because there is more in the pipeline.

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A Flash Camp in Montreal

Well I don’t know why it is called a Flash Camp ( I know about the Flash platform; but there are Camps named Flex Camp) since it will covers everything but Flash. Anyway I will be attending and I can’t wait to see what it will be. It’s the first time that I hear about such an event happening in Montreal so I have no choices but to go. Here are the topics that will be covered:

Doors open for Flash Camp at 4:30 PM
4:30 – 5:30 – Flex 101: A beginners’ lesson for those w/ little Flex experience
5:30 – 6:00 – Welcome: registration.
6:00 – 6:15 – Introduction
6:15 – 6:45 – “Flex SDK and Using Item Renders”
6:45 – 7:00 – To Be determined (looking for someone local with a cool demo!)
7:00 – 7:30 – “Using the Profiler in Flex Builder 3″
7:30 – 8:00 – BREAK
8:00 – 8:45 – Flash Catalyst
8:45 – 9:00 – Using cloud based services
9:00 – 9:30 – Conclusion and Q&A with Mike Potter

Here is the link to register, it’s free so don’t be shy. See you there!

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Flash Freelancer wanted

TwistImage, the company I work for is currently looking for a freelancer for a small project. That project is a small game and is not very complex, but it would require some skill in ActionScript 2 (intermediary level). The freelancer would have to be free the next two weeks (we need this project fast) and would have to communicate with our office every day to report on progress. If you think you have what it takes for the project send your portfolio or some of your work to mario [at] twistimage.com.

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MXNA is back!

MXNA is back and it is now called feeds.adobe.com. It also runs way faster. I was wondering when they would change the url that contained Macromedia to something containing Adobe instead and it looks like that time is now. I am really happy it is back up because I felt all alone not knowing what the Flash community was doing. I’ll read you tomorrow feeds.adobe.com!

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