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The Social Fabric – Social Networking and Mobile Flash

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I found this really great example of a social networking based app built in Flash for Pocket PC devices. This application was developed as part of Steven Blyth’s thesis project. Not only is it a great example of Mobile Flash, but it illustrates a powerful application of social networking software.

Quoted from the project site: “Idea/problem/context: While tending not to let things slide in professional environments because of the immediate repercussions, we often neglect our personal lives, where the effect of our actions are less apparent. Good at building systems that assist us in structured environments like the workplace, we find it difficult to design for the ambiguous, less tangible nature of our social lives.

What it is: The Social Fabric is a representation of your social world, displayed as a single visual array on your mobile phone. It does not replace your address book or calendar but keeps you subtly informed about which relationships are prospering, which you have neglected, and the overall state of your social fabric.

How it works: Your phone’s screen shows a crowd of human figures, each an avatar of one of your friends, acquaintances or relatives. The frequency of all digital communications between you and each person, which the system monitors, determines that avatar’s posture: an alert stance indicates frequent recent contact, for example; a lethargic posture or turned back means neglect. You can also register non-digital contacts manually. The avatars can be grouped manually according to sentiment, category, and so on, or programmed to begin clustering together before an upcoming event: your family before a birthday, say.

Value/potential: More generally, this project shows how, as well as hard information (amply served by current applications), personal management tools can also record and represent the ‘softer’, more ambiguous, but still central aspects of our lives – and with no less elegance and power.”

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June 13th, 2005 at 7:07 pm

MfgQuote Harnesses the Macromedia Flash Platform to Streamline MfgQuote.com

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From the press release: “MfgQuote Inc. … today announced the launch of its first rich Internet application (RIA) capabilities developed with Macromedia’s Flex technology, part of the Flash Platform. Using these new RIA capabilities, MfgQuote users can manage the sourcing process and collaborate with suppliers in a faster “software-like” experience. The streamlined interactions translate into more productivity and less time processing.”

They also seem to be using Flash Video on their home page.

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June 9th, 2005 at 10:00 am

Posted in Flash Video,Flex

Hands-on with the Casio GzOne Type-R.

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From the article: “One of the novelties with this phone is the use of Macromedia’s Flash for the user interface. There’s a bunch of animations and it is all pretty smooth. The theme of the UI is “Racing”. Each model has its own UI theme.”

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June 9th, 2005 at 9:46 am

Posted in Flash Lite,Showcase

New York Times: Finally, Sisyphus, There’s Help for Those Internet Forms

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May 16th, 2005 at 3:24 pm

FlashForward 2005

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May 16th, 2005 at 12:21 pm

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FITC 2005

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May 16th, 2005 at 11:57 am

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Adding a View Source Menu to Flex Applications

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There is one thing that has continually impressed me about the Flash community: its willingness and dedication to helping one another. This weekend at FlashForward San Francisco, Lawrence Lessig encouraged the community to further adopt this culture of sharing and expressed his belief on how innovation is dependent upon this culture.

Yesterday, at the keynote, Kevin Lynch further reiterated this idea and showed off a script that Mike Chambers put together while we were sitting in the balcony watching the presentation. Then, when we were at the airport, on our way out here to Flash in the Can, I decided to build a Flex version of this.

So, here it is! Although this is simple, it should allow you to quickly specify a ‘View Source’ and a ‘View License’ menu in your Flex applications. The functionality is pretty basic at the moment, but I hope to expand this in the future.

Here is the menu in action:

I have exposed the functionality as a custom Flex tag. To see how to use this, check out the Example.mxml file in the zip.

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April 8th, 2005 at 4:44 pm

Posted in Flash,Flex

EyeWonder Drops Java and Adopts Flash for Video Ads

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It appears that EyeWonder, who somewhat started the video ad revolution, has dropped Java in favor of Flash Video.

Read the article here: “Video Ad Pioneer Ditches Java”

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April 4th, 2005 at 12:42 pm

Posted in Flash Video

Flash Video: Mountain Dew In-page Ad

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It appears that Mountain Dew is now using Flash Video to deliver advertisment in-page at SI.com.

It may not always show up at this link, so you may have to refresh the page a few times to see it:

SI.com Mountain Dew Ad

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March 14th, 2005 at 2:17 pm

Posted in Flash Video,Showcase

Flash Video: Pizza Hut

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You might be wondering where I have been lately. To say I have been busy is an understatement. I transitioned to the Flex team and am now working on something I can’t exactly tell you about :) I am having a blast though, and enjoy the flexibility Macromedia gives us in being able to innovate on new projects. I should have more to tell you about what I am working on in the future.

To get to the point, I was ordering pizza just a few minutes ago (which I am now anxiously awaiting) on the Pizza Hut website. What blew me away was the subtle yet powerful use of Flash Video. Years ago when multimedia on the web was a pipe dream, I think pizzahut.com really represents how I thought it would be used. It doesn’t overwelm you when you see it, but it definitely made me crave that pizza I saw.

Check it out here: http://www.pizzahut.com

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March 10th, 2005 at 9:20 pm

Posted in Flash Video,Showcase