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If you've upgraded to Flash MX 2004 Professional or you purchased the FireFly Data Connection Kit for Flash MX, then you've probably read a lot about how easy it is to have Flash pull data into a Flash Movie. The only problem is that this is not how applications work in the real world. In the real world there has to be a constant conversation between the client and the server application. I am going to use e-mail as an example. If you have a traditional POP3 e-mail client (one you get through your ISP or Web hosting company) you have to actively connect to it and check if you have e-mail. You can do this by either hitting the “send and receive” button or setting your e-mail recheck setting to an arbitrary time. A more efficient model would have your email client only check and download email when it's available. Enterprise e-mail systems, such as Microsoft Exchange, l... (more)

Using the New, Simpler DOCTYPE in HTML 5

HTML 5 is making some things easier to use. The first is the DOCTYPE. Located at the top of a Web page before the opening BODY tag, the DOCTYPE describes the syntax for the page. The roots for the DOCTYPE lie in SGML. Bearing this in mind, all DOCTYPES for HTML 4 and XHTML require a DTD (Document Type Definition) to describe the content. This is all gone in HTML 5. Now, all you have to do to declare that you are using HTML 5 as your DOCTYPE is add the following to the root of your Web page: That's it. Easy, huh? ... (more)

Native 3D Support in WebKit Arrives

The latest code for WebKit, the Browser engine that powers Safari, Chrome, Android and WebOS for the Pre, now supports the new WebGL 3D rendering. The standard is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and is managed by the Krohnos Group who manage OpenGL the 3D engine used by all groups not using DirectX. You can expect Google, Apple and Mozilla to include WebGL into their browsers over the next year. This could be the first serious move to support 3D since VRML in the late '90s. WebGL will be an extension of the feature set in the CANVAS tag. Now is a good time to get to know CANVAS. Here is... (more)

Will Corporate America Embrace the iPhone?

Will Corporate America Embrace the iPhone? Apple is a “change” company. Look at their track record: Mac II, iMac, iPod and now the iPhone. What has not changed, however, is the view of Apple a company that delivers only consumer based products. Apple simply is not perceived as an Enterprise company. Apple is working to change this perception. It is a slow process but something came along to change the pace: the iPhone. Enterprise Tools coming to the iPhone Apple is looking to “wow” the professional market. For this to be successful, Apple meet certain base criteria. For instance... (more)

Using Electric Rain's Swift 3D 4.5 With Macromedia Flash. It Rocks!

It may only be a point release but that doesn't mean that Electric Rain, makers of the #1 3D modeling software tool for Flash animators hasn't come out swinging. What you'll find with this new release is a tight focus on the rendering options in Swift 3D. Quick Run Down on Swift 3D First I have to admit I'm partial to Electric Rain's Swift 3D. To me, it has always been the small product that stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Soft Image, Max and the other big 3D boys. Swift 3D isn't the only Flash 4D design product on the market. It's simple the one outselling its comp... (more)