Category: Cool Stuff

What Happened to Cool Stuff with the Flash Platform?

Posted on Mar 05, 2012

Some of you might be wondering whatever happened to my weekly Cool Stuff with the Flash Platform posts. Well, the good news is that are not gone, just on a short hiatus. So why the hiatus? When and where will they be returning?

Obviously, there has been no shortage of amazing stuff including endless innovation from developers using the Stage3D APIs. However, as some of you have noticed from my recent posts and tweets, my work focus has changed. Since our reorg last November, I have been tasked with content strategy and community in the area of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript on behalf of the Adobe Developer Connection. I kept doing the posts since that time for a couple reasons: 1) I love and continue to be a part of the Flash, Flex and AIR communities (and am always impressed by what the community is doing) and b) it wasn't ready to be handed off yet. While the first reason hasn't changed the second has.

So the good news is that my colleague, Michelle Yaiser, will be taking over my Cool Stuff with the Flash Platform posts going forward. Michelle has the same position and title as I do but is specifically focused on Flash, Flex and gaming. Thus the hiatus is just as she begins taking on the responsibilities of collecting and organizing all the amazing content you guys create. Michelle is away attending the Flash Gaming Summit and GDC this week but I expect the cool stuff posts to resume shortly after she returns. They will be posted on the ADC blog but I will post the link here when the next edition is posted.

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Cool Stuff with the Flash Platform - 2/14/2012

Posted on Feb 14, 2012

OMFG! That is all I can say. I leave for a couple weeks, to attend the HTML5 Summit in Miami and a department offsite in San Jose, only to return to an enormous backlog of awesome posts from the Flash community. First off, the innovation happening in Stage3D only seems to be accelerating lately as people become more comfortable with the tools it provides. Second, there seems to be a ton of interest in working with AIR and Microsoft Kinect, with multiple ANE solutions and some impressive demos. Lastly, there are a growing number of Stage3D frameworks, to the point that I decided in this issue to group posts by their framework topic. If anyone tries to tell you the Flash community is fading, just point them here. Enjoy!

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Cool Stuff with the Flash Platform - 1/27/2012

Posted on Jan 27, 2012

A busy week (or so) of posts. The hot topic lately seems to be not just Stage3 but specifically 2D game development using Stage3D. Each week seems to bring upates to new or existing game engines and frameworks for 2D game development as well as tutorials on the topic. This week is no exception.

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Cool Stuff with the Flash Platform - 1/17/2012

Posted on Jan 17, 2012

Some really interesting posts this week including a lot of Stage3D including a free Starling book, new Stage3D powered site for the Grammys, new Stage3D games and more. Also, several posts covering mobile performance and a new in-app purchase native extension for iOS.

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Cool Stuff with the Flash Platform - 1/9/2012

Posted on Jan 09, 2012

This is the first update of the new year and there are a ton of sample applications, tutorials and announcements over the past few weeks. Once again there is continued interest and releases in Stage3D and continued innovation using AIR native extensions on the desktop. There was also a lot of activity regarding the new Apache Flex project including a very busy mailing list which shows a high level of continued community interest in the platform.

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My name is Brian Rinaldi and I am the Web Community Manager for Flash Platform at Adobe. I am a regular blogger, speaker and author. I also founded RIA Unleashed conference in Boston. The views expressed on this site are my own & not those of my employer.