Welcome to BlixtBlog.
In this space I will provide my rants and ramblings, mainly about Flash and everything related.
First off a little about the system itself.
It’s a fairly simple Blog/CMS system using Flash for the front end and PHP/MySQL server side.
I’m planning to release it as open source very soon.
I just want to tidy up the code a wee bit before letting it out in the open.
Why a flash based blog system you might wonder?
Being a flash fanatic the primary reason is that I use a flash based site, and hence like a system I can incorporate into the site.
The advantages as I see them with a Flash based system are:
Integrates into existing Flash sites.
Can be used as a simple CMS system for not so scripting savvy designers to make attractive but manageable sites.
Accordion style links on the side for ease of navigation.
Using coded graphics makes resizing text look ok.
Coded graphics also give easy customization of colour scheme combined with lightweight file size.
Of course there are downsides compared to an HTML based solution:
Image handling is poor. You can get decent results but you have to be aware of pitfalls when updating the site so images don’t overlap or obscure text.
Only non-progressive jpgs is possible to use. I will maybe code a solution to import other formats….or I might just wait for Flash 8.
HTML version need to be set up for search engine indexing and users with screen readers or without flash. Since it don’t need to be fancy looking that is a simple task, and a script to output the blog as html will be included in the package.
I managed to make a fairly solid state management solution for deeplinking, bookmarking and back/forward button functionality, but it’s still not compatible with all browsers.
Anyway….I’m quite happy with the features it has and think it’s great to use in a flash site.
Please try it out and tell me what you think needs to be improved.
I’ll get on with tidying up my code and creating the component package now.