Archive for November 2009

Easy Steps to Make Impressive Flash Charts Online

RichchartLive is a free online tool that can create enjoyable and impressive flash charts with attractive visuals and interactivities. It can generate more personalized charts with dynamic flash animation effects. Users can easily choose the chart style and set various parameters. The finished chart can be exported as flash, which can be published to PPT, websites and blogs for immediate sharing.

Easy Steps to Make Creative Flash Charts Online:

1. Select a template from abundant options and immediate preview is available;

select template for flash chart

2. According to the template selected, input datas;

input data for flash chart

3. Select series style and colors;

select series style for flash chart

4. Select axes type and style;

select axes type for flash chart

5. Select animation and layout;

select animation and layout for flash chart

6. Save as flash file or publish to multi-destinations like PPT, website or blog, etc.

publish flash chart

The finished flash chart is really fantastic and the effect is awesome! Highly recommended!

Adobe Flash will Enter TV Screens and Set-Top Boxes Soon

Adobe Flash, with the great success in Internet field, is going to enter TV market soon. Many TV manufacturers and content distributors positively follow up to bring you different visual experience.

From computer to television, Adobe company aims to bring the excellent animations and videos into consumers’ sitting room.

Adobe has announced the release of its latest version of flash multimedia platform, which indicates flash technology has officially entered the digital home entertainment equipments like television, STB, blue player and other devices. The purpose of this TV-and-Electronics-Optimized flash version is to let viewers can enjoy HD videos, interactive applications and new user interface directly on television.

As part of the announcement, Adobe also revealed some cooperation partners of this technology, including Intel, Comcast, Disney, Atlantic Netflix, Records and the New York Times.

So far, Adobe flash player is mainly used in computers to play the animations and videos from Youtube and other similar websites in web browsers. In this market Adobe won a great success. According to the survey held by comScore, 80% online videos are displayed using Adobe flash technology.

Adobe has been developing a flash program for mobile phones before, so people can watch flash videos while moving. Now, Adobe turns its attention to the big screen of HD TVs in sitting rooms, this means people can watch YouTube videos directly on TV, and at the same time, watch their favorite TV programs as usual.

“There are some videos support TV-play recently,” director of Adobe Flash Commerce Department Murarka said, “but not all the video content is TV-friendly. For example, there are many devices can play YouTube videos, but not all the videos from Youtube.”

Developers can also develop Addons for TV to present web contents. Addon is a series of specially designed web applications that can be easily added to consumer electronics.

Yahoo already works with Intel for TV-Addons development. Through which you can have the access to Flickr, Yahoo News, Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Finance, USA Today, eBay, YouTube and ShowTime Networks. All MOTOROLA, Samsung and Toshiba have the plan to add Yahoo Addons into their televisions.

Murarka said that Yahoo is not really competing with Adobe. He pointed out that both Adobe and Yahoo are intented to cooperate with Intel, and it’s true that flash technology has also been adored by Yahoo.

“Yahoo supports desktop flash, and we hope Yahoo also supports flash on TV,” Murarka said, “we think flash is extremely valuable in some new frameworks”.

Murarka did not say which consumer electronics manufacturer will use the new version of flash platform, but for equipment manufacturers and developers, new platform is already available now. The flash-supported TV and Set-Top Boxes will come out soon later this year as well.

Flash Framework Supports MURT Web Applications

MURT(Multi User Real Time) web application is currently a very hot topic. The latest Google Wave even showed the very cool real-time gadget demo last month. These real-time web applications include ordinary web collaborative application, web game, various SNS(Social Networking Service) extended application and SNS game, etc.

There are two ways to realize the front-end for such applications: socket/flash or ajax. In oeder to achieve better real-time effect, ajax is gradually replaced by comet because ajax occupies too much sever resources. The sever realization usually depends on the realization of developers’ socket sever, but the sever usually has some performance and scalability problems, therefore, to realize the full function requires a lot of energy and money.

Hemlock is a new web development framework, focused on allowing easy development of real-time, many-to-many applications. It uses XMPP(Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) MUC chatroom as backend interactive application channel, connected to XMPP sever through flash. XMPP sever like openfire, ejabberd, etc itself supports multiple severs, therefore, even the default version can support 100,000 concurrents, it won’t have a big problem either to support millions of users if it’s being optimized a little bit.

Showcases of how Hemlock applications work.

Click here to learn more about what can you do with flash.

Make Flash Banner Online – Much Easier than You Think

Got attracted by those twinkles from flash banners when surfing on the Internet? Got depressed also because you think it must be very difficult to make one like that on your own?

No worries, the flash-banner-making process is much easier than you think and has a lot of fun, let’s figure it out how:

All we need is an online flash banner maker program called BannerSnack, it’s a very handy and powerful online tool for making flash banners with just 3 steps: Create, Animate and Publish. Believe me, it’s quite convenient cause you don’t even have to download the program, just spend one minute to sign up and start to make your unique flash banners online right away. By the way, it’s totally free!

Step 1: Create New Flash Banner – Choose a banner size from up to 14 options and set background either with color/image, or none.

create flash banner-size

create flash banner-background

Step 2: Animate Flash Banner – Add text or image, then customize the effects by clicking “Filters”, “Build in” and “Build out” tabs. Preview and proceed to make another slide(layer) if necessary.

animate flash banner

Step 3: Click “Save” to publish the customized banner and copy the Embed Code so that you can put it in your blog and any website.

publish flash banner

When it’s published, the flash banner you created will look something like this:

It’s pretty cool but want to get another challenge to make a complete flash instead the flash banner? Just scroll down and it only needs two steps:

I. We need a Video4Web Converter which can convert almost all your video formats like WMV, ASF, WMA, AVI, RMVB, RM, RA, MOV, QT VOB, MPEG etc at hand to web-ready flash video formats like FLV, H.264 coded MP4, MOV, 3GP and 3G2.

II. A Web Player Creator that can hold above flash video contents and inserted in any personal blog, forum and website for playback.

Enjoy flash!

How to Delet Flash SWF Cache under Firefox

Flash SWF cache under Firefox is a headache indeed. If you use Windows, this problem can be solved by adding a time stamp or version parameter. But the problem still remains if you use Mac OS.

Any solutions? Of course we do, just scroll down and you will know how:

1. Open Firefox;

2. Type “about:config” in Address Bar;

type about:config in adress bar

3. Agree the warning and continue;

agree warning and continue

4. Find “browser.cache.disk.enable”, double click to set it as “false”;

change settings

5. Close Firefox and reopen it;

6. Done!

Nevertheless, flash SWF cache is not always a bad thing because sometimes you may want to save those useful and pretty animations from your IE cache and then convert them to other video formats with SWF to Video Converter. Or just use a Free Flash Downloader to download any online SWF files you like!

Chrome for Mac Begins to Support Flash

The Dev version of Chrome for Mac is available for downloading long time ago, however, it doesn’t support flash playback. Now, comes the good news! The latest Chrome for Mac gradually begins to support flash by manual settings.

Here are the procedures:

1. Download the newest Chrome for Mac;

2. Unzip the downloaded Chrome-Mac.zip file;

3. Use parameter “-enable-plugins” to open the flash plugin in terminal. For example, suppose your folder is under “Downloads” folder, the command is like this:

~/Downloads/chrome-mac/Chromium.app/Contents/MacOS/Chromium –enable-plugins(don’t forget the “~” in the very beginning);

4. Done!

Now enjoy the smooth flash playback on your Google Chrome broswer and have fun!

Want to know more about flash? No problem, here are some related tips:

Pros and Cons of SWF Flash

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Convert Flashes to Other Popular Video Formats

Convert Microsoft Word to Flash or PDFs

Adobe Works with Google Yahoo! for Flash SEO

Adobe company issued a statement said that it will cooperate with Google and Yahoo! to optimize the flash player technology, so that the flash content can also be searched by searching engines.

According to foreign medias, in order to add the genuine flash content to searching engine results, Adobe is working with Google and Yahoo! now to improve the quality of seaching results by providing the optimized flash playing technology. Adobe flash player advanced product manager Mr. JustinEverett-Church said this project will show the flash content searching results in the form of text and links. Flash-based applications, games, even the contents of advertisements shall be found by searching engines. The flash webpage made in .swf format also can be found easily. He also said: “the flash players will be installed in Google and Yahoo’s server so that they can play real-time flash files. This means the end-users will be guaranteed with better searching results. After all, searching online flash content is always a very big challenge.”

Mr. Vanessa Fox, editor of online media EngineLand, said that this cooperation can be a positive interpretation about how Adobe reacts to searching engines, but it takes time to judge whether it is profitable to do so. He explained: “searching engines are not able to grab any online flash content before. I’m holding a conservative opinion though I am optimistic about this technology. But honestly, still not sure how many webpages can be found by searching engines exactly.” It’s true that those flash-technology-based websites can obtain higher traffic, however, this project is only able to extract text and links from flash files, animations and videos are still not available.

The cooperation between Adobe and Google, Yahoo! will be continued to improve searching technology so that the publishers, developers, and users can all benefit from it. Delightfully, both Google and Yahoo! expressed their huge support for this project.