Adobe plans to expand Flash to TVs and set-top boxes. No information on timing was giving in the article. This seems quite natural to me in terms of interface, but I have to agree with MS on the matter of Flash’s limit video delivery capabilities. People expect to watch HD content on their HD TVs. Non-HD content on an HD TV looks like crap. I imagine none of this is lost on Adobe, so it should be interesting to see what they come up with. As for MS Silverlight, I did watch the extended Olympic coverage using the Silverlight and yay … but it wasn’t HD either, so I had to watch the video in a small window on my TV to see things clearly. That kinda defeats the point of have a ~50-inch screen. The other interesting part of this discussion is that Apple has yet to adopt Flash. It makes me wonder whether they have something up their sleeve or whether they are being the same old obnoxious Apple that has some philosophical objection to Flash. Either way it seems that Apple’s complaint that Flash is too processor intensive is a call to action since I imagine that concern would cross over into TV’s and set-top boxes too.
Here’s a link to an article/commentary about it.
Check it out! It took me a total of ~12-hours from blank sheet of paper to website. Most of the time was spent prepping the photos in Photoshop. I had to fix the color, crop them, crank down the resolution, and resize the images to fit within the browser window and to reduce the overall file sizes. I also did a little “magic” to some of the pictures. Since this was part of an assignment, I had to do some goofy things I wouldn’t do like use tables. I’ve very pleased with the way it turned out given the boundaries of the assignment. (I’m so glad I know Flash!!!) Here’s a link. Enjoy getting to know my guinea better and some more of my incessant cuteness.
I’m adding to my personal website. The new addition will be devoted to my cute but evil pet guinea pig, Snowball (from Hell). Here’s a little teaser of what it’s all about. Pay attention to his eyes ;p.
Here’s some info about it from CNET-UK. It’s too pricey from my blood, but when it comes down, this is one I will definitely check out. I like being able to pull pictures from Flickr 🙂 so I don’t have to worry about what 2GB of stuff I want to put on the frame. Here’s a link to the Kodak site for the frame. It’s a super annoying noisy and CHEESE-MO Flashsite that takes a little over a minute to load over a high-speed connection each time you choose a new link to explore. Thank goodness there’s a button in the lower right corner to shut the darned music off. Yeeks!!! Work on your image compression guys (or perhaps ditch the tunes)! Long load time is not cool once you are supposedly already in the site. A little bit of Flash can be a dangerous thing …
Okay, here it is. Due to the constraints of the assignment, I had to add sound and animation. Without those requirements, I wouldn’t have added the bee’s movement or the butterfly noise — I think that stuff is a little much. Some of the pages are blank because they aren’t planned yet. I’m also impressed that with all the stuff going on, the file is only 70KB! Enjoy!
This time I made an animation using the graphic I made earlier. This assignment drove me nuts because I had to fix the Illustrator file such that the drawing layers made sense when I imported them into Flash. Then I had scaling problems when I separated the eyes, the whiskers, and pupils so I could animate them separately. I learned a lot though toughing it out and I’m pleased with the result. Check it out!
Next is the interactive website, which I plan to build off of this.