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Mention of AOL Central Deal

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There is an interesting article on internetnews.com today regarding AOL’s recent move to bring more enterprise customers into the IM world, having them integrate their technology into that of other vendors. As an example it mentions the “recently signed a agreement to allow Macromedia to develop IM tools for its platform.” Of course it is referencing the announcement made in November at MAX where AOL and Macromedia have made a pact to bring IM functionality to Central.

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March 5th, 2004 at 3:50 pm

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Flashforward Report

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Just thought I would give a quick update of what has been going on here at Flashforward. So far it has been an interesting conference. The greatest thing so far has been being able to meet many new people, putting names to faces, and get caught up with good friends. There seems to be a really good turnout from some of the familiar faces in the Flash community, many who I didn’t expect to see here. There also seems to be a good turnout from the UK, I have been able to catch up with Guy Watson (aka Flashguru) and Peter Hall.

This morning we were able to attend the keynote, which went off quite well. Kevin Lynch gave a Macromedia “State of the Union”, mainly looking into the future of the Flash platform, etc.

As a note, I believe that there is going to be a ‘Bloggers Dinner’ Friday. As soon as I know more details I will be sure to post.

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March 4th, 2004 at 3:59 pm

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PC Magazine Reviews Central

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PC Magazine has provided a very positive review of Macromedia Central, giving it a 4 out of 5 star rating.

Quote:

“By simplifying the distribution of multimedia-rich pods, Macromedia may have a winner for applications that aggregate all kinds of content-the goal of corporate portals for some time now. Central’s interface looks impressive, and it offers developers and enterprises a promising way to distribute Flash software that runs outside a browser. If Macromedia can successfully tap its inventive developer base and create a vibrant online marketplace for selling and swapping applications, Central has potential.”

Read the article here.

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March 4th, 2004 at 3:58 pm

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Flashforward 2004 – San Francisco

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Just as an FYI, I will be attending the Flashforward conference tomorrow through Friday. Please feel free to come up and introduce yourself if you will be there. I will also be attending lunch with Kristin and gang tomorrow, if you would like to attend, check out this post. I actually wont be presenting at this conference, but as an FYI, I will be attending Flash in the Can next month and will be participating in an ‘Ask the Pros’ session on Macromedia Central.

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March 2nd, 2004 at 11:01 pm

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ME@macromedia.com

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Just a quick little history before my announcement. Over the past year my brother and I have done quite a bit of contract work for Macromedia (DRK 3, DRK 4, DRK 5, DRK 6, the Product Decision Tool, the Active Content Resources Central application and the AOL Central Demo at MAX). At the same time, I was working as the lead Flash developer at Fujitsu Network Communications, in Richardson, TX. Needless to say, this past year or so was somewhat busy. As of a week ago today, I was no longer an employee at Fujitsu, and accepted a position at Macromedia on the Central team.

At first the decision was a little difficult. The thought of moving to a new city, where the cost of living is almost twice what it is in Dallas, was daunting. But, over the past year I have gotten to know many people on the Central team and others at Macromedia in general, and they definitely made the choice easy. So now I work with some of the brightest people in the industry and in a work environment that is absolutely fantastic. Currently I am bouncing back and forth between Dallas and San Francisco (I am in San Francisco right now until the 12th) and in the next few months my wife and I (and our Golden Retriever) will be making the move to the bay area.

So, what am I doing here? Well, my official position is as a Flash Application Developer. Right now I am working on developing the AOL Instant Messenger Client that will be distributed with the AOL Presence API that was announced in November at MAX. It is really an extension of work me and Josh had started in preparation for MAX. You will definitely be hearing more about this in the future.

So, what now? Well, for now my blog will be staying right where it is. Also, you will see quite a bit of an increase in my postings. It is such an exciting time at Macromedia, and you can be sure that I will share with you anything I can. For the most part, my posts will focus around Flash, and also Macromedia Central. I also will probably wander into other items eventually such as Flex. So stay tuned…

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March 1st, 2004 at 5:42 pm

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‘Java Doc’ for ActionScript 2

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It seems that Steve Webster has started a small project called ASDocGen which aims to create an open source implementation of JavaDoc that will work with ActionScript 2. I must applaud him for his efforts, and hopefully some people will jump on board to help him out.

I might have a few months ago, when I was primarily using my PC, but alas, I am now an OS X guru, and looking into doing more with Python.

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February 25th, 2004 at 10:47 am

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Edge 2004 – Part 1

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Well, after a somewhat short flight from Dallas to Boston, I finally arrived. This is actually my first visit to this wonderful city. Although, I must say that I feel like somewhat of a groundhog considering all of the tunnels I had to go through to get to my hotel in downtown.

I am here at the conference, getting ready to go into the session “Building a Rich EIS Dashboard with Macromedia Flex” given by Dave Meeker with WHITMANHART. After this session, David Mendels (Macromedia SVP, Macromedia Tools and Platforms) will be giving the keynote titled “SOA + RIA = ROI”.

My first impressions of the conference are extremely positive. The attendees seem to be geared more towards the business side of the house and project leads. Much different than what I usually see at many of the Flash conferences I have attended, which seem to cater more towards those who are in the ‘trenches’. The staff has been extremely helpful, and the overall show seems very organized and well thought out.

Ill probably give more of an update later today… I am also thinking about broadcasting my session on Central via my brand new iSight, via DevChat. Ill let you know later tonight.

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February 25th, 2004 at 9:05 am

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Macromedia Central – Upcoming Edge 2004 East

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Just as an FYI to anyone attending. I will be speaking at the upcoming Edge 2004 East conference, put together by SYS-CON Media. This will be a great opportunity to adress a crowd that I have probably not addressed at the other Flash conferences I have attended. I will be giving a general presentation on Macromedia Central, probably focusing on how to architect applications built with Central in mind.

The conference is being held in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA from February 24-26. Find out more information here.

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February 17th, 2004 at 8:54 am

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SE|PY on OS X … My Adventure …

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Like Mike (doesn’t that sound like that mid 90′s commercial), yesterday morning I was able to compile and run, with a certain degree of success, the SE|PY ActionScript Editor. It really wasnt too bad at all… if you have an even small bit of knowledge of build and make commands, etc., it should be a piece of cake.

Why have I done this? Well, honestly, it has been because of the severe lack of any decent editor for OS X. The closest I have found is Eclipse, but integrating ActionScript into its architecture would be somewhat of a large task. I actually bought a book on Eclipse, and started brushing up on my Java to do just that, but decided without a team of people helping me, it really would be futile.

So, here I am, learning Python and loving it. Python is turning out to be a joy to work with. It is a simple, yet powerful, language. Now, I do have some ideas for SE|PY, some of which I will be outlining over the next few days. I know that me and Mike are on board to help out with the port, now the question is, who else? Join the SE|PY developers list and lets see if we can turn this into that ActionScript editor everyone has talked about wanting. I think that if we get a good team of people working on this project, we could really come up with an awesome ActionScript editor.

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February 15th, 2004 at 7:50 am

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RFID Inkjet Printers

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It looks like an Israeli company called CrossID has developed a way to print RFID tag technology onto paper. The applications of technology like this are really limitless. Of course, most of the applications will obviously be in military and secure locations where the protection of top secret paper assets is very high. And more than likely it is this military funding that would drive the technology, pumping money into its development.

[via RFID Journal]

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February 14th, 2004 at 7:32 am

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