Posts Tagged ‘ideaography’

Top Flash ActionScript Forums (Ideaography)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

ideaography logoReprinted from Ideaography, first published January 27, 2008.

Don’t you hate it when you’re working on a flash project and hit a brickwall with a certain issue you just can’t seem to fix?

I know I’ve been in the situation many of times, especially when I was working as the sole flash designer/coder at my previous company, and most of the times I could find the answer by either trolling through the many flash forums I visit or creating a new thread when the answer is not available in an existing thread.

So here are the top flash forums around in no particular order and some statistics to give you an idea of the amount of content that’s available. The stat’s were taken around a day or so ago so the figures might have changed since then.

kirupaForum – http://www.kirupa.com/forum/

Currently Active Users: 237 (19 members and 218 guests)
Threads: 246,609, Posts: 1,938,884, Members: 101,559

ActionScript.org – http://www.actionscript.org/forums/

Currently Active Users: 612 (9 members and 603 guests)
Threads: 149,950, Posts: 678,229, Members: 64,411, Active Members: 5,943

Flashkit forum – http://board.flashkit.com/board/

Currently Active Users: 361 (14 members and 347 guests)
Threads: 657,112, Posts: 3,393,596, Members: 608,654

Sephiroth’s forums – http://www.sephiroth.it/phpBB/index.php

Currently Active Users: 147 (0 members and 147 guests)
Threads: 9,031, Posts: 30,783, Members: 20,696, Active Members: 579

flashdevils – http://flash-forum.flashdevils.com/

Number of Active Users Today: 41
Members: 21,586, Threads: 8,492, Posts: 45,949

gotoAndLearn – http://www.gotoandlearnforum.com/

9 users online :: 2 registered, 0 hidden and 7 guests
Total posts 75025 • Total topics 13483 • Total members 5765

Adobe Flash Support Forums

no real stats on members and guests
Threads:over 150000 threads

Ultrashock forums – http://www.ultrashock.com/forums/

Currently Active Users: 66 (5 members and 61 guests)
threads: 87,511, posts:669,642, Members:229,229

Other Forums and Forum Etiquette

Out of the forums I mentioned above, I mainly visit Kirupa and Actionscript.org as they probably have the most active users of them all, helping most in need. Sephiroth is one of the main contributors in the forums as well as having his own forum, so keep a look out for him if possible.

Also there a number of design forums around like Australian Infront and designers talk that have active members of the flash community always willing to lend a hand. Keep in mind it might a good idea to find one that’s in your local time zone if asking for help on something urgent.

A couple of things to remember though before starting a new thread in one of these forums are:

  • Always make sure that you have thoroughly searched through the forum on your issue before starting a new thread, as starting a new thread on a topic that’s already been covered a million times will make the natives angry.
  • Don’t demand help, ask as nicely as possibly if someone can help you with your issue.
  • Try to explain your issue in as much detail as possible. People would be able to provide assistance with a 2 line description.
  • If possible, provide the fla with the problem that your working. This shows people that you have at least attempted to solve the issue on your own.
  • Don’t ask people to create a solution for your issue unless your going to offer them compensation for their efforts.

That’s all I can think of for now, I hope this helped some people out there looking for help.

GraphicsUtil. A Utility Class for Drawing Arrows (Ideaography)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

ideaography logoReprinted from Ideaography, first published July 19, 2008.

A handy little actionscript class (download) from doesnotcompute to, well, draw lines and arrows. The great thing about this article is that it takes you through the process of how to use the arrow class efficiently and also provides an editor to experiment with arrow style.

flash arrows

Using Google Maps in Flash Without Flex (Ideaography)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Republished from Ideaography.  July 19th, 2008

I was excited at first when I heard the news that google had released an googlemaps api for flash/flex, but found out it was a little misleading since the flash sdk is only supported through flex. Problem for me is,  all of my projects as purely flash based without the need of the flex framework.

After and hour or so of searching, I finally found a version through the “google maps api for flash” google groups at http://groups.google.com/group/google-maps-api-for-flash/files (grab the latest file, at the moment its 1.5) that can be used in the flash development environment.

Before it can be used, you need to copy it to the “Adobe Flash CS3 – en – Configuration – Components” directory under the flash cs3 folder on your hard drive. [Editor's note: You must have at least version CS3 to use this component.]

To use it, open the components panel in flash and drag the googlemaps component to the library and not the stage. From there, just import the classes and methods you need as outlined in the google maps  documentation. http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/flash/reference.html

Also remember in order to get it working, you need to Sign up for a Google Maps API Key and replace the apiKey variable in the example below.

Google maps example in flash – Here’s a very simple example of how to embed googlemaps using the method above.