Just wanted to check in and give you a little inside scoop on what’s going on at snorkl.tv and give you some stuff to play with. Usually these SnorklReports are about traffic and such. This one’s a bit different…
The BIG NEWS
Some of you may have noticed that my posting frequency has dropped a bit lately and it is for very good reason. This week a super secret and massively wonderful project that I have been working on is launching on the world’s premiere Flash tutorial site: ActiveTuts+. I’m doing a six-part video series on TimelineLite entitled TimelineLite Ultimate Starter Guide [UPDATE: it is live NOW]. I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity.
It’s become clear to me that although I do a lot of tutorials on TimelineLite/Max I don’t have anything that really digs into the basics in a comprehensive manner. This series will serve my audience and the greater Flash community as now there will now be one definitive guide on a site that gets tons of exposure.
But wait, Isn’t everything you need to know on the GreenSock site and in the documentation?
It sure is, it is great, and it made it easy for me to learn. The thing is some people are too lazy to read, they get overwhelmed by the vast features, or they simply need to be shown something in action in order for it to sink in. This guide is going to break whatever chains are holding people back and gently ease them into the most powerful set of tweening tools available on any platform.
Are you insane? Why give your best content to ActiveTuts+?
First and foremost, even before I started snorkl.tv I always wanted to have an article on their site. Their overall quality in presentation and content is really second to none. There is a certain level of excellence and expertise that they demand from their contributors and quite honestly I’m flattered to have been invited to contribute something.
Secondly, there is no other singular action I can possibly take to generate the sort of exposure and community-prestige that having my work published on their site can. I’ve been blessed and extremely fortunate to have Jack of GreenSock open up a firehose of traffic from his Learning Resources page. As I go into the new year and make a push to make myself available for custom training, conferences and development work, I need to step it up and really get my name out there.
And there is also that little bit about how they also pay you for your work;)
Is this the end of Snorkl.tv?
Bah! I see it as the second beginning. I have cranked out over 80 posts in the last year and half and honestly I was getting a bit run-down. This AT+ opportunity has been a big emotional boost and working on it has really reminded me of how much I love making this stuff and sharing it with you. I have a lot planned for this site and so much more unleash. I might pursue more opportunities with AT+, but whether its here or there, you will still get the best of what I have to offer.
AS3 CODE CHALLENGE #4 Will Launch This Week!
Yes it’s back. All that AS3 mind-bending goodness. I had a lot of fun with the first 3 challenges and have a real special one ready to go. The solution to the challenge is going to make for an excellent tutorial. Check back Wednesday or just follow me on twitter or facebook to get instant notification.
Also, I let the Really Green Club GreenSock GiveAway Contest slip for September and October but it’s in full swing now. I recently gave 2 memberships away on Facebook to make up for my transgressions and
there is still one up for grabs if you hurry to my youtube channel. User Sixtay60 just snagged it. you lose;)
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How To Load Multiple SWFs and Play Them in Sequence
This topic comes up every now and then in the LoaderMax Forum. I finally got around to building an example for someone and figured I would share it with you. I’ve been meaning to do a full-blown SWFLoader tutorial similar to my ImageLoader and XMLLoader tutorials but just haven’t had the time.
The SWF below loads 4 swfs and plays them back-to-back in succession.
This solution has 4 main advantages over other methods:
1: the swfs don’t need to be named sequentially.
2: there is NO code at all in the swfs that are loaded, the parent swf detects when a loaded swf has finished playing and it automatically plays the next.
3: it uses LoaderMax so eliminates a lot of the clumsy code-bloat of the native AS3 Loader.
4: it exists right here, right now for you to download instantly ! — Flash CS4
*note the loaded swfs all contain just basic Flash IDE timeline animations, not scripted animations. There is no way for the parent swf to know what functions to call or what TimelineLite/Max instances to play()… although you very well could program this in.
Cool Flash Stuff You Have to See
In my adventures on Twitter and Facebook I come across a lot of Flash news and demos. Some are a waste of time, these aren’t:
Amazing 3D Music Visualization using Stage3D: http://www.simppa.fi/experimental/as3/2011/molehillparticle/ocean_bubbles/ (Flash Player 11 and Speakers Cranked Required) (more examples at http://www.simppa.fi/blog/)
Flash to iOS Benchmarks: http://blog.starnut.com/flash-to-ios-performance-tests By Michel Wacker