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ActionScript Webinar – AssetLoader with Robotlegs & Unit Testing

The meeting will be on December 17th, 2010 at 8:00 pm (Hawaiian Time), please find your time here

For details on this meeting join the Online Flash Platform Meetup Group: http://www.meetup.com/onlineflashplatform/calendar/15654457/

Matan Uberstein will be given this talk

Prerequisites for this talk:
- familiar with Robotlegs
- familiar with Signals
Setup, getting started and the “good-to-know”.
General application of AssetLoader in RL.
Smart inheritance of Parameters to reduce code.
Building Loading Queues.
Via XML config.
Explain how external config is parsed.


AssetLoader’s Signal structure.
Handling Signals within Commands.
Handling Signals within RL Actors. E.g. Mediators, Services.
Progress and Error consolidation.
Global Error handling.
IAssetLoader’s onChild Signals.

FlexUnit Testing

General information.
Assertions and what they do.
Why Unit Testing is important.
A look at a Real-world example (AssetLoader’s Unit Testing).
Simple Example (Live coded).
Setup within FDT4.
Writing Suites.
Writing Tests.
Async Signal Testing.

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Adobe Captivate Roadshow – Online Captivate 5 Demo!

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Adobe Captivate 5 Roadshow and Online Flash Platform Meetup!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 8:00 AM – Please note that this meeting is scheduled for EST – Eastern Standard Time Zone

During this week, the Adobe Systems Captivate team will be rolling out the Captivate roadshow on East and West coasts of USA. We tried to tempt them to come to Atlanta, but logistically it was not possible.

But Adobe has arranged the next best thing – a special 2-hour online presentation. And YOU are invited. The Adobe Captivate Team will be presenting the latest version of Captivate 5 including the following topics:

- Sneak-peek of what to expect in the future from Captivate and eLearning Suite

- Understanding your workflows/concerns better and tailor solutions into our roadmap

- Deep dive (beyond Captivate 5) and suggest best practices to optimize your existing workflows

- Help set up a direct communication channel with the Adobe product team

The online meeting will be presented via Adobe Connect. Full details on how to attend this free learning webinar can be found at the Online Flash Platform Meetup Group.

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Top Features of Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5

Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5

Approachable interaction design —Create expressive interfaces and interactive content without writing code.
Designers can define behaviors and control sophisticated interactions with simple menu-based commands
without requiring any development or coding skills.

Interactive components —Turn static Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and Fireworks® artwork into interactive
components and add interactions that respond to user input. Interfaces and interactive content can appear
with a branded look and feel, as the design requires.

Smooth animated transitions —Graphically edit and create animated transitions between pages or states of
components. Designers can extend their creativity by creating engaging experiences with objects that move
and smoothly fade in and out.

Design-time data —Define and preview the look and behavior of dynamic data quickly and easily. Similar to
using placeholder text or images, you can use mock data without having to actually connect to a back-end

Video and dynamic media —Integrate video, sound effects, and dynamic media as easily as working with static
artwork, and then add interactions to control their playback. Even import SWF files that you can play from a
specific frame.

Round-trip editing —Edit artwork in Photoshop or Illustrator at any time while preserving structure and
interactions. Reduce the number of steps required to edit artwork with full fidelity by preserving all layers and
visibility settings.

Pages and states —Use these building blocks to organize your projects and to control navigation and
interactions. Create unique designs for rollovers and behaviors, and visualize exactly how content will appear
through different stages of user interaction.

Powerful layout tools
—Get the look you want quickly and precisely with sophisticated page layout tools and
functions. Rulers, grids, and guides provide accurate placement of objects while object arrangement tools
perform grouping and alignment.

SWF and Adobe AIR export —Export projects to the web as a finished SWF file that leverages the ubiquity,
expressiveness, and reach of Adobe Flash Player 10 software, or directly to a customer as an Adobe AIR file
that can run outside of the browser.

Adobe Flash Builder integration —Open Flash Catalyst projects with Adobe Flash Builder (formerly Adobe
Flex Builder
) software, making it easy to add connections to a database or web services while preserving the
visual and interaction design defined by designers. Both Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder leverage the open
source Flex framework, enabling designers to hand off projects directly to developers in a usable format.

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Top New Features of Adobe Flash Professional CS5

Adobe Flash Professional CS5

New text engine —Take control over your text with print-quality typography via the new Text Layout Framework. Work with columns and bidirectional text, and maintain layout and formatting with greater fidelity when importing from other Adobe products.

XML-based FLA source files —Manage and modify projects using source control systems and collaborate on files more easily. An XML-based nonbinary implementation of the FLA format allows projects and associated assets to function as items in a directory or folder.

Code Snippets panel —Quickly include functional code for timeline navigation, actions, animation, audio and video, and event handlers. Reduce the ActionScript 3.0 learning curve and promote greater creativity by injecting prebuilt code into projects.

Enhanced ActionScript editor —Increase development speed with an improved ActionScript editor, including custom class code hinting and code completion. Start projects and grasp the fundamentals of using ActionScript code more quickly, or reference your own code or external code libraries more efficiently.

Improved Adobe Creative Suite integration —Enhance your productivity and workflow when using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Flash Builder. Leverage the FXG graphics file format and integration with Adobe Mini Bridge for digital asset management.

Distribution of content virtually anywhere —Deliver consistently across screens of virtually any size and use Adobe Device Central for enhanced testing. Distribute, track, and monetize applications on social networks, mobile devices, and desktops via Adobe Flash Platform Services.*

Adobe Flash Builder integration —Use Flash Builder as your primary ActionScript editor for Flash Professional projects. Streamline your workflow by testing, debugging, and publishing content in Flash Professional while already editing code in Flash Builder.

Spring for Bones —Create more realistic inverse kinematic effects with new motion attributes added to the Bones tool. Strength and damping settings provide more realistic and complex physics movements within a simple and familiar user interface.

Video improvements —Streamline video embedding and encoding processes with on-stage video scrubbing and a new cue points property inspector. See and play back FLV components directly on the stage.

New Deco drawing tools —Add advanced animation effects with a new comprehensive set of brushes for the Deco tool. Quickly create movement for particle phenomena like clouds or rain, and draw stylized lines or patterns with multiple objects.

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Adobe Flash CS5 New Features Free Webinar – May 3rd!

Tom Green


Flash Professional CS5 will be shipping soon and it is packed with new features. In this session, industry leader and published author Tom Green will introduce some of the key features in the CS5 release including:

The New Text Layout Framework
Code Snippets
3 Party Classes and Code Introspection
Springs in Bones
Video Tools
Deco Tool
Interface Changes
FXG Format, and
Uncompressed Fla or XFL docs


Adobe Flash Expert Tom Green

Tom Green has been involved with Post Secondary education for over a decade and an active member of the international, national and local New Media Communities. He is currently a Professor of Interactive Multimedia at the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, Canada. Tom has an an impressive resume of nine books in seven years, a ton of speaking engagements, online tutorials, and plenty of successful Flash projects under his belt. Tom is a Adobe Community Expert, Community MX partner, and a really fun guy to hang around with at the Adobe MAX Conference!

Tom’s professional publications include:

Foundation Flash CS4 for Designers
Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers
Fireworks CS3 Essential Training
From After Effects to Flash: poetry in motion graphics
Foundation Flash 8 Video
Flash Professional 8: training from the source Release


May 3rd – 12:00 – 1:00pm Eastern – this session will be delivered online live with Adobe Acrobat Connect so you can join us from the convenience of your work office or home.

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This session will be of interest to all levels of Flash designers and developers. However, since this is a Flash CS5 new features seminar, it is assumed that the attendees will have some experience working in previous versions of Adobe Flash Professional.

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Adobe Flash Builder Release Quick Links

This has been a big news week for anyone that is interested and/or working in Adobe Flex or ColdFusion. On Monday Adobe Systems announced the final versions of Flash Builder 4 and the Flex 4 SDK. In Flash Builder 4, it is easier than ever to connect to back-end services with a complete set of data centric development features. There are also many new design and development workflows with Flash Catalyst and Flash Professional, as well as enhancements to the core code development features that are essential to developer productivity. There are over 90 new features in this release, and you can use them with both Flex 3 and Flex 4 to gain big improvements in development time, integration and building more expressive apps.

In sync with the release of Adobe Flash Builder, Adobe also announced the release of ColdFusion Builder. This new Eclipse-based IDE for ColdFusion development is deeply integrated with ColdFusion 9 in addition to making it fast and easy for CF developers to create Flex applications with integration between ColdFusion Builder and Flash Builder. ColdFusion Builder comes with a copy of Flash Builder 4 Standard.

It is not difficult to find great information, free tutorials, and blog articles on this new software release, but here is a quick link listing if you are looking for more:

Adobe.com Flash Builder 4 Landing Page

Purchase Options for Flash Builder and ColdFusion Builder

The New Flex.org Website

What’s New in Flash Builder 4

Learn Adobe Flex in a Week – Free Flash Builder Online Training

Developers Speak Out About Flash Builder 4

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