It has been about year since I switched from Windows to Mac and I thought I would release a series of articles that discusses my workflow and the vital tools that I have discovered along the way.
Today, we talk about one of the best features of Apple’s OS: Quick Look. Highlight any file, press the spacebar, and instant preview! The lack of this feature is my biggest complaint whenever I switch back to a Windows OS. Unfortunately, there are a few file types that are either not supported, or else not supported as well as they could be. Enter Quicklook Plugins.
First off, here’s how to install them:
And here are my favorite plugins:
Update: Here are Mike Chambers’ thoughts on the issue…
I thought it was a bad April fool’s joke at first, but it’s not April. It’s true, Adobe is laying off 8% of their global workforce, which is about 600 employees. More details will be available on Dec 16th during their regular earnings conference call. The full Adobe press release can be found here. Adobe’s president and CEO, Shantanu Narayen, said this is primarily because of not so good CS4 sales.Further, he states, “The global economic crisis significantly impacted our revenue during the fourth quarter, we have taken action to reduce our operating costs and fine-tune the focus of our resources on key strategic priorities.”
According to his twit, the layoffs include Mike Downey, Sr. Product Manager @ Adobe and a very influential evangelist for the platform. I am very sad to hear this news and will definitely miss his contributions. Their have been rumors that Mike Chambers and Ryan Stewart were both getting cut as well, but luckily, this is false and false.
I have heard multiple people make comments like, ‘for the first time, I am losing faith in Adobe and their stability.’ We have seen many industries take a hit during this recession, it should not be surprising that Adobe is one of them. However, the internet is not going to suddenly vanish due to our economy. Until Silverlight becomes a real competitor, Flash has no threat of dissappearing any time soon. Neither is the marketing industry going away. As long as their is marketing and 2d graphic design, there will be Photoshop and Illustrator. Adobe’s staff will shrink and it may yet shrink again after this round of layoffs is all said and done, but the company is not going away and their flagship products will not go away.
I am less concerned about the possibility that the next version of Flash or Photoshop may take extra long to be released, and I’m more concerned about the jobs and families of the 600 that got laid off. Say a prayer that they are able to find another job, soon…
It’s once again the time of year for the best Flash conference. Here’s my schedule:
Day 0: Sunday 28th Sep 2008
09:30am PV3D Workshop. Ralph Hauwert
Day 1: Monday 29th Sep 2008
09:00am Keynote: Flash Now and in the Future. Richard Galvan
10:15am The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Carlos Ulloa
11:30am Things to Make and Do. Mike Jones
01:30pm A Preview of Flex 4 and “Thermo”. Mark Anders
02:45pm Creating Particle Effects with Flint. Richard Lord
04:00pm Beyond the Knowledge: The Art of Play. Eric Natzke
08:00pm Modulating a Lot. James Paterson
Day 2: Tuesday 30th Sep 2008
09:00am Welcome to The Cloud. Aral Balkan
10:15am Town Hall Meeting. Adobe
11:30am Things Every ActionScript Developer Should Know. Grant Skinner
01:30pm AIR Beyond the Basics – Taming the Desktop. Peter Elst
02:45pm Platform Jiu-Jitsu. Lee Brimelow
04:00pm Motion Graphics, one frame at a time. Nanda Costa
08:00pm The Best 8 to 12 Hours of my Life. Robert Hodgin
Day 3: Wednesday 1st Oct 2008
09:00am Advanced ActionScript Animation. Keith Peters
10:15am Papervision3D Simplified. Seb Lee-Delisle
11:30am Decompiling Flex and Flash. Doug McCune
01:30pm Play with Pixels, Bitmap Manipulation with AS3. Koen de Wegggheleire
02:45pm The Ying and Yang of Flash. Paul Betlem
04:00pm The Art of Surveillance and Self-Exposure. Jonathan Harris
Thanks for the post Ryan. I agree with much of what you are saying and as a non-Adobe employee, I definitely agree that Adobe does better-than-most commercial companies at contributing and fostering the open source community. In-fact, the Flash community, by and large, is a community that really believes in Open Source, whether it’s for silly experiments, or full blown engines like Tweener or pv3d.
However, I believe it would help the community if there was some sort of post explaining Adobe’s reasons for not open sourcing the Flash Player. I can speculate reasons, but it seems open sourcing it under the right licensing structure would be beneficial for everyone.
“The main licensing options available are:
* Commercial Licensing. This is the appropriate option if you are creating proprietary applications and you are not prepared to distribute and share the source code of your application.
* Open Source Licensing. This is the appropriate option if you want to share the source code of your application with everyone you distribute it to, and you also want to give them the right to share who uses it.”
Trolltech gets free contributions from the community to their source, and they foster a community that does free advertisement for the company (by the sheer nature of Open Source). Their commercial licensing is not cheap, so the company still makes great money. It’s a win/win for everyone.
Flash has such an extremely creative community that is always pushing Flash to its limits. I believe the tools that would be created if the Flash Player were open source would be incredible. At the same time, I love Adobe’s products and do not want the company to decline financially. But I believe the opposite would happen: even more people would desire to use Flash as the tools for developing it get better and better.
Here’s the contents of the job posting:
ActionScript 3 Engineer
DigiDeal Corporation, Spokane Valley, WA
Deal yourself a winning hand! Join DigiDeal and develop digital games for the gaming industry! DigiDeal is the worldwide leader in electronic table game development. Our Digital Table System and game portfolio are recognized around the world for engineering excellence and innovation. We offer fully paid benefits, matching 401k plan, and competitive salary/incentives. DigiDeal is an EOE. If you’ve got what it takes, get in the game and work with the most creative and dynamic casino game developers.
-Develop multi-player Flash-based games
-Write Flash apps for touch screen technology
-Code exclusively with ActionScript3
-Join a team that is always trying to push Flash to its limits!
-3+ years software development
-BS/MS in CS or equivalent experience
-ActionScript 3 (preferred), AS2, Java, or C++
-Strong OOP skills is a must
-Game development is a plus
You can also apply be e-mailing me directly: natejc at this domain name dot com.
I stumbled across a site today by Jamie Zawinski that randomly pulls various images from the web blindly (I do not know the workings of the algorithm) and throws them together every 60 seconds or so into a collage. If any of the images spark your interest, simply click on it to go to the website. Pretty fun idea and a nice thing to have running in the background while you’re doing something else. I know that people have done similar things with flickr before, but it’s nice that this is not limited and that it doesn’t require any browser plugins. Here are a couple of sample screenshots:
Warning: Unfortunately there seems to be occasional “rated R” pictures. It would be better w/out that, but still a nice idea.
The first one was hilarious:
The new one is good too:
Back in May 2007, I posted about Flash and UML. I mentioned Saffron in the post and Samuel Agesilas (author of Saffron) posted a comment saying, “I’m honored that you would like to be on the private alpha. I most certainly can put you on that list. I will email you all of the info,” but I never received any info, even after a couple of follow-up e-mails. Then, he finally responded saying life got busy (I can definitely relate, understand, and sympathize) and that he was planning on posting a public beta the 2nd week of December and he said “I will however shoot you an early build sometime before [then],” but I still haven’t seen anything. His last Saffron blog update was back on October 6th.
Maybe life got too busy and he’s no longer working on it? I would gladly continue work on it if you happen to be reading this and need any assistance Sam. I would have started my own Flash UML project had I not discovered Saffron and seen how gorgeous it looks. I hope to see this project’s development continue!
Does anyone have any further information?
It seems like every year, I hear posts about Flash on the Beach, being the ‘best conference ever‘ in one form or another. I have always dreamed of attending a Flash on the Beach conference and this year, I finally get to! My only let downs will be that Phlash5 will not be performing and I won’t be arriving in time for the Adobe sponsored poker tournament. Other than that, the classes and speakers look incredible. Here’s my schedule:
Day 1: Monday 5th Nov 2007
09:00am Keynote: Overview of Flash CS3 Pro. Richard Galvan
10:15am AS3 Particle Effects. Seb Lee-Delisle
11:30am Story. Branding. Visual design. Chris Orwig
01:30pm Make Flash Games. Retire Early. Keith Peters
02:45pm Papervision3D CS3 Component – get er’ done! John Grden
04:00pm Breaking away. Robert Hodgin
08:00pm If it aint broke – break it! Brendan Dawes
Day 2: Tuesday 6th Nov 2007
09:00am Flex and ActionScript 3 Worst Practices. Ted Patrick
10:15am Perceptive Interactions + Alternative Interfaces. Craig Swann
11:30am Let’s talk about SWX, baby! Aral Balkan
01:30pm Next Generation Websites with Papervision3D. Carlos Ulloa
02:45pm Flashing Flex. Hillman Curtis
04:00pm Dynamic Abstraction. Joshua Davis
08:00pm Beyond the Knowledge: The Art of Playing. Erik Natzke
Day 3: Wednesday 7th Nov 2007
09:00am Building Red5 Applications. Chris Allen
10:15am Stylizing Flex Applications. Joey Lott
11:30am Optimizing Workflows with Eclipse and FDT 3.0. Carlo Blatz
01:30pm The Nooks and Crannies of ActionScript 3. Branden Hall
02:45pm Play! – The ‘art’ of not getting too serious. Andries Odendaal
04:00pm Algorithms to Fill Space. Jared Tarbell
Save me a swx moo card Aral!
I live and work in Spokane, Washington, USA. Recently, I’ve been dreaming of having a SFPUG (Spokane Flash Platform User Group); but after trying hard to hire some good Flash developers for my current employer (DigiDeal), I was convinced that all of the good Flash developers in my somewhat-smaller-city were already working with me…
And then, out of nowhere, in steps a company I had previously never even heard of, Seven2 Interactive. They’re a Spokane based outfit that has done some very nice work for some pretty big namers, such as Nintendo, MTV, Cingular, etc. I met up with the two founders today, Tyler & Nick, over sushi. It seems like these guys are as cool as their company’s work is. The inside of Seven2′s office was very stylish–they even had three conference rooms named Rock, Paper, & Scissors–rad. Cool facility, cool view, and even a cool game room. It’s good to see impressive Flash & design work coming from Spokane.
My dream for having a SFPUG has been renewed. Anyone else in the area that’s interested? Drop me a comment…
I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life. It’s a large scale internet revolt. In-case you haven’t yet heard, the hex code to break the HD-DVD encryption was publicized on wikipedia and digg (among other various places). Both places removed it. The result? Check out Digg’s home page as of about five minutes ago and then Digg’s home page as of right now:
It shut Digg down! It’s everywhere. It’s hidden all over Flickr in various images such as these:
People are hiding it in tons of wikipedia articles that have nothing to do with it to make sure wikipedia can’t keep up. Someone even registered the domain name! It’s being blogged about everywhere in articles such as this.
My thoughts? I honestly wouldn’t even care except that I have never seen anything like this before in my life. The great strength of the internet is information sharing. The scary weakness of the internet is information sharing. In a matter of minutes (literally), this thing has spread so far no one can stop it. Is this actually a good thing? What if it was the “noc list” so-to-speak? What if it was the secret to your company’s livelihood (and therefore the source of your paycheck)? What if it was your personal bank account information?
I believe in freedom of speech and I love the concept of internet communities and information sharing, but there is obviously a line somewhere. Everyone would agree it is drawn before our personal bank account information, but not before freedom of the press to speak out against an oppressive government.
Where exactly is this line drawn? Be careful not to jump on a bandwagon too quickly without considering the implications…
After the revolt blew over, Digg.com founder Kevin Rose wrote: “…after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be. If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.”
I respect Rose’s choice to fight it; although it would seem very sad to me if the company truly did ‘die trying’ to defend freedom of speech for the very users that were the cause of their downfall. More on the subject at Forbes…