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Using Google Maps Inside of Flash CS3: Official Update and CS4 Support

Today I noticed on the Google Maps API for Flash homepage that Google has released the Google Map API for Flach CS3. In my previous posts (1, 2, and 3) we were using the version of a Flash IDE version of the API that Vincent Tsao built (and graciously shared with all of us!) using the Flex-only API that Google provided.Now that we’ve got an official build from Google for Flash CS3 my first question was will it work in Adobe’s latest release... + read on

Using Google Maps Inside of Flash CS3: Part 3

If you’ve been with me over the past 2 tutorials, we made a basic Google Map application in Flash CS3 in part 1 and in part 2 we created a database full of locations plus made a service using AMFPHP that allows us to access that data.In this final part, we’re going to jump back into Flash and build upon that original map from part 1 and hook it up to the database from part 2.Let’s jump right in and look at what we’ll be building.... + read on

Using Google Maps Inside of Flash CS3: Part 2

In Using Google Maps Inside of Flash CS3: Part 1 we built a Google Map running in Flash CS3. But our goal is to make a full store locator. Here in Part 2, we’re going to need a database of locations, a way of asking that database for a list of locations near a zip code or address a user enters in, and we’ll need to display those locations on our map we created. Let’s get going.Your server set upWe’ll need a server with PHP and MySQL for... + read on

Using Google Maps Inside of Flash CS3: Part 1

Google has released a beta version of the Google Maps API for Flash. Including “for Flash” in the name might be a little misleading though if you’re a Flash developer who uses Adobe Flash CS3, aka the Flash IDE, to build web sites. The Google Maps API for Flash in its current state doesn’t work with Flash. It works with Flex only, a situation the project page promises will be corrected at some point in the future.Although it’s not... + read on

Top 5 Flash Components K Sizes Killers

I don’t work with Flash Components much, but have been doing some experimentation with them recently for a class I’m preparing. Flash Componets can make something that’s a little complex much easier to accomplish. But that ease of use comes at a price. The Flash 9 components are surprisingly heavy in terms of K size. This basically rules out their use in most ad banners. By the way, my top five don’t refer to which components are the heaviest,... + read on

Quick Fix: Make FriendFeed Bookmarklet Work As Advertised in FireFox 3

FriendFeed is the current “coolest app ever” on the Internet for good reason. It’s a simple central location for all your online social activity. It doesn’t require you to stop using your old sites. It just aggregates everything you and your friends are using in one convenient location. It’s also got an impressive pedigree in that its been created by 2 people who brought us Gmail and Google Maps. You can read more about it on Wikipeida, in Louis... + read on

How to see where people click on your site and what to do about it.

Do you ever wonder how people use your site? I’ve seen site stats for years, but I like pictures and that why I was excited when I discovered Crazy Egg from reading yet another great post on Chris Brogans blog. (Question: Does Chris ever sleep?) If you have any site online, you owe it to yourself and the people who visit your site to give Crazy Egg a look.Want to see it in action? Using Crazy Egg I did a short test on SuperGeekery, shortly... + read on

Taking Cleaner Screenshots with Camouflage

I’m one of those people who has too many icons on my desktop, but you wouldn’t know if from the screenshot above. It would be fair to suggest that I just organize my icons in my documents folder, but that’s just not the way my brain works. Having all my icons on my desktop is how I work. My desktop servers as an inbox for my live projects.This week I discovered a free little program, Camouflage, by briksoftware. It lets you easily hide a... + read on

Fixing Mac OS X Leopards “Open With…” command after installing Time Machine.

After installing Leopard in my Mac Pro, I installed a back-up hard drive to use with Time Machine. After only a couple of weeks, it’s already saved me at least 3 times. When I code in Flash, I tend to make many incremental changes to code and save my file. Sometimes I need to go back to an earlier working version after I’ve gone astray and Time Machine has saved the day. Time Machine has more useful than I ever expected it to be.One problem I... + read on