Oct 102010

A common requirement in applications is to have a small icon that can be used to indicate that some processing or a request is carried out, but not an actual preloader indicating progress. On most projects lately I have been supplied graphical assets for the typical circle of lines with a rotating fade effect. In [...]

Jun 092010

There has been a lot of talk about Flash security lately. First Jobs made some claims about it in his “thoughts on Flash” rant,  and now with the recent vulnerability a lot of people seem to think that he has been proven right. But is there any truth in Flash being unusually insecure? Jobs try to back [...]

Jun 032010
Showdown: Flash vs. HTML5

Heated arguments and benchmarks can be both entertaining and educating, but as they say, the proof is in the pudding. So I thought it would be a good idea to make a list with examples of applications available today using the competing technologies. Have a look for yourself how they compare when it comes to performance, [...]

May 192010

So, now it’s official. VP8 will be open sourced and support will added to the Flash player: http://webmproject.blogspot.com/ It’s was not a difficult prediction that I mention in an earlier post: http://www.blixtsystems.com/2010/05/why-google-bought-on2/ Notice the absence of Apple and Microsoft in the list of partners. So what does this mean? Like I mentioned in my earlier post, [...]

May 022010
Why Google bought On2

In the current debate about HTML5 vs. Flash as well as H.264 vs. Theora, understanding Google’s intentions behind the purchase of On2 could provide som interesting clues.  Are they planning to finally set HTML5 video free by getting their VP8 decoder into browsers? Or do they plan for another delivery method? Obviously they want to [...]

Apr 292010

Steve Jobs has posted a defence to his position on Flash and not surprisingly it’s full of errors and misrepresentations. Let’s look at the points he makes: First, there’s “Open”. He asses that “Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, [...]

Apr 192010
Apple's master plan

Discussions about Mac vs. PC, or HTML5 vs. Flash, might be getting old, but Apple are currently shaping the future of the IT-world and that is becoming more than an issue about personal taste and choices. My view is that Apple’s products as well as the technologies they license should be avoided by anyone remotely concerned with [...]

Apr 122010

Reading discussions about the whole iPhone 4.0 SDK license and reading countless discussions on HTML5/Silverlight/AJAX/DHTML vs. Flash, it’s very common to find people wishing the death of Flash. And this is something that seems to be a pattern with all technology. For example all the talk about iPhone killers and now iPad killers. It puzzles [...]

Jul 152008

With the new beta 2 version of Flash Player 10 the Sound API has changed a bit. Most of the changes is very straight forward and only renaming of some methods, events and properties: SamplesCallbackEvent is now SampleDataEvent samplesCallback is now sampleData or Event.SAMPLE_DATA Instead of accessing Sound.samplesCallbackData to write to the output buffer one [...]

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