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Finally something I can show – Twist Image Holiday eCard

I didn’t write a lot these past weeks because first it’s the holidays and second because I worked pretty late on making the Twist Image holiday eCard. Basically, it’s a collection of videos that have marked the year 2007 submitted by friends of the Twist Image president Mitch Joel. I had the chance to watch these videos a lot of time and I can say they are all pretty good.

What is nice with this microsite is that I used a lot of new technologies. First and foremost it’s done using flash 9 and ActionScript 3. I also used SWFObject 2.0 and SWFAddress 2.0. You can see the deep linking in action when you go to a URL like this: using SWFAddress it also enabled the use of Google Analytic. Finally I also used Tweener. I wanted to use TweenLite for my preloader but I fad a problem with it and the answer came when the site was already launched. For the snow I used the code from Galaxy Goo.

All in all this was a pretty good project, I wish I would have had more time to perfect it, like making rollover for the scrollbar and adding some sound effects but this was not a client project so it didn’t have priority in the company. Well now I am back working in ActionScript 2 and I can’t wait to get another AS3 project.

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The best snow effect in ActionScript 3

During the last days I’ve been doing Christmas cards for different clients for the agency I work for. One of those cards needed some snow in the background so I searched for different scripts in as3 to make a snow storm. I found 3 of those scripts¬† and I will review them in this post.

The first script is snow effect with wind from neatFilm. It looked nice on the website, but when I tried to integrate it in my movie nothing seemed to work quite right. The code seems really strange, there are a lot of “this” keyword used for nothing and an internal SnowFlake class that you don’t know why it’s internal…. I wouldn’t advise using this class.

The second script is a script I found today. It’s a script made by Seb Lee-Delisle¬†in 15 minutes. Well this guy must be really good if he made that in 15 minutes because it works pretty nicely. It doesn’t use too much CPU and I only had to tweak it a bit to make it work as a class that I could import easily.

The last script is made by the dude at pixelfumes. This guy released this code a long time ago and its been used on a lot of sites and even TV advertisements. The trouble is that this snow storm class is really heavy on the CPU, if you have 2 windows running one of your movie each, it’s going to run very slowly. Also even with some evident tweaking made to the code it stays heavy on the CPU.

So you can guess that I was pretty happy when I found the galaxy goo script today. It’s really the best one and next week I’ll show you what I have done with it.

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