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Setting Facebook Status with Flash (The Hard Way)

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You may have already checked my post Setting Facebook Status with Flash (The Easy Way). As the name implies, that?s the easy way to prompt a user to update their status. That version basically calls a special Facebook URL from Flash that prompt a user with suggested text in the status window that they can edit before they post. That method is useful for many situations. It's a lightweight and very simple to code.But why do things the easy way... + read on

How to change your CSS styles based on the day of the week with Expression Engine

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The Double Rainbow Guy.

This site’s color scheme changes every day of the week thanks to the design’s flexibility. (Thanks, Monika!) For example, if you’re seeing this on a Thursday, the whole site is orange. If you come back 7 days in a row to see all the pretty colors, you’ll make my Google Analytics giddy as a schoolgirl.How can you do the same thing with your Expression Engine site? Well, there many ways, but I’ll tell you about 2 of them that I used in... + read on

Where there’s a will, there’s a dial. A dial component for Flash.

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For a recent Flash project at JMX2, I needed to have a dial for a user to turn and it would effect affect how many particles were generated by a particle generator.There wasn't a dial component in the standard Flash IDE, so I looked around online and although there seemed to be a couple Flex versions, I didn't find a Flash version. I needed to make one myself. A dial seems so simple but there's more going on there than you might guess. It... + read on

How to make a mobile version of your site with Expression Engine 2.

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If you visit, you will see a very simple version of this site. (NOTE: As of June 1, 2012, I stopped maintaining the mobile example site, but the tutorial that follows still works.) It’s not a full fledged version of this site, but it served as an experimental exercise for what I wanted to try. Basically, I wanted to have a mobile-friendly version of my site without needing to write content in 2 different entries in my... + read on

Setting Facebook Status with Flash (The Easy Way)

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Update: As of June 8, 2011, it appears Facebook has killed this functionality. Adina posted a comment below with a link to Facebook's Feed dialog documentation: It's got everything you need to do this there. I'll eventually update this post to reflect these docs. Update #2: As of July 5, 2011, it appears the method I talked about in this post is working again. Just as Facebook killed... + read on

Setting Twitter Status with Flash

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At JMX2 we recently had a Flash banner campaign that had what looked like a pretty typical feature to implement. Our client wanted a small share button for Facebook and Twitter. For most things in life there's an easy way, and there's a hard way. Luckily, when it comes to Twitter, there's an easy way and it worked perfectly for what we needed to do. You like easy? Me too, that?s what we?re going to tackle today. The Easy Tweet from Flash Take a... + read on

iPad Review: Making fonts with iFontMaker

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What do you think of my typeface? I named it SG Funny Face. I made it on my iPad and I want to give you a quick review of the iPad application I used to make it. Before I start, I also wanted to give you a copy of the font. Click here to visit the SG Funny Face page and download your own copy. It's free and you can use it however you want.The font creation app is called iFontMaker by The 2TTF. (Visit The 2TTf site or the application's page on... + read on

Delaying a function call in Flash AS3.

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In a number of Flash projects we've done at JMX2 (shameless plug), I've run into the situation where I simply wanted to delay the actual execution of a function. Sometimes it was to tweak an animation so its pacing felt right. Often times I wanted to delay a sound clip by a few beats so that it gave the proper timing to the scene.After writing the same code a number of times, I decided to encapsulate that whole process into a class called... + read on

A case-insensative clickTag for Flash banners

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If you make Flash banners that run across multiple media sites, the lack of a standard "clickTag" can be a huge pain. (What's a clickTag? Read here.) Some media sites use clickTag. The version with that is all lower-case except for a capital T seem seems to be the most common form, but there are sites that use clickTAG, clicktag, or CLICKTAG. What that means is that you can end up creating multiple versions of a banner just to deal with the... + read on

Expression Engine 2 Plugin: SuperGeekery Tag Stripper

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Note: Since it's initial release, the SuperGeekery Tag Stripper has had a few minor updates. It is now at version 1.0.4, as of Feb. 14, 2014. The links in the article point to the most recent version of the addon at GitHub.The redesign of SuperGeekery coincided with the release of Expression Engine 2 which gave me the opportunity to jump into the latest version of EE on a project that I was the client on, allowing me to be potentially break... + read on

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