The Adobe Creative Suite rip-off

What is Adobe thinking? Have they decided that americans are poor and europeans are filthy ritch, and that a product should cost twice as much in Europe as it does in the US? It appears so.

Flashmagazine.com has this story: CS3 international pricing insane showing the disgusting mugging of european customers by Adobe.

There is a petition going on, so if you are also disgusted by the price policy of Adobe – then you should really take a minute to sign the petition!

Flash CS3 on the way

Flashmagazine.com has a first look at what is to come in the new Flash CS3.

Flash CS3 Preview – Flashmagazine

Although this is the third iteration of Adobes Creative Suite, for many of us, this is the first true test of the acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe a year and half ago. And based on what we have had a chance to see, it appears the first thing on the agenda was integration.

Among the enhancements: Better performance for the new virtal machine and ActionScript 3, better integration with the rest of Adobes products – such as Illustrator and Photoshop – and a lot of interface enhancements in the program itself.

Read the whole review at Flashmagazine.com for more insight.

New Flash blog: Flashgamer

Jensa of Flashmagazine fame has finally gone to the “bold” step of setting up his own blog: Flashgamer

This is what Jensa has to say about his new blog:

Flashgamer won’t be a blog about me, but rather about some of my hobbies. I’ll post cool Flash Games that I find, personal opinions and small reviews on various games I play and maybe some Flash code snippets / rants. We’ll see.

If you are intersted in Flash and game making then you should really pay attention to Jensas Flashgamer blog!

Freeware Flash tool: Wink

This is a nice little program: Wink

Wink is a freeware tool for Windows for creating tutorials on how to use software, websites etc.

Using Wink you can capture screenshots of your software, use images that you already have, type-in explanations for each step, create a navigation sequence complete with buttons, delays, titles etc and create a highly effective tutorial for your users.

Jon Udells screencast of the life of a Wikipedia article

This one seems to be going the rounds on the blogs I read: Heavy metal umlaut: the movie

Its very interesting to see the evolution of this article through 2 years. To me it shows the power of Wikipedia as an encyclopaedia.

Being an old Flash developer, it was also nice to see him using a system that utilises Flash for presentation, its in my mind clearly the right choice on the web today.

Naturally I became curious to what tool he might have used. From what I can gather by my quick detective spree he is using a tool called Camtasia Studio. It records from the screen in full motion and also allows you to narrate with audio as it is recording. Camtasia outputs the resulting movie as Flash (swf or flv), Windows media (wmv), Quicktime, Realmedia, animated gif or as a projector file (exe).

With a price of US $299 its shouldn’t be out of reach for people that want to easily make guides for software or even for web sites and web applications.

Flash Slideshow

Todd (What Do I Know) has done a lot of work on his open source Flash slideshow since I reported on it 1/2 a year ago. It has been released in a “regular version”, and is to be released as a “pro” version with more capabilities soon.

Lets hear what Todd has to say about it:

SlideShow on the Way

I rebuilt the original code as an ActionScript 2 class, and compiled a drag-and-drop component named (originally) SlideShow. It has all the features of the first version: dynamic image loading, cross-fading, etc. but is now much easier to use. Just drag SlideShow to the stage, tweak the options however you like, and publish. And like the first go-round, it’s free.

MMUG London with Grant Skinner and Mike Chambers

Flashmagazine – MMUG UK May 2004

The London Macromedia User Group has an enviable track record of attracting world class speakers. In the last year alone Lucas and Aral have managed to present Ben Forta, Tim O’Reilly and FlashMagazine columnists Steve and Ali from iteration:two.

This trend continued last night with a formidable double bill of Grant Skinner from Canada and Mike Chambers, Macromedia’s Technical Product Manager for Flash.

Nice article by Flashmagazine’s John Dalziel. Read it and you will know what Macromedia wants you to know about the future of Flash, as well as how Grant Skinner uses Flash to simulate real life.

Open source Flash slide show

Todd of “What do I know” has released code (FLA) and an SWF with his slide show that he developed for the PGA Championship: Flash slide show source

Its a very nice project. It loads a list of the pictures from an XML file where you set your file names, random or sequential showing, and the speed of the crossfade. He has also included attributes for toggeling looping and setting image size in the HTML for the swf. (So that people without the Flash suite can use it).

All in all its a neat little app with neat code. Very nice work Todd!