January 23rd, 2008

Filed under: Actionscript,Flash,General,Scotland — mat @ 11:34 am

Those of you among my vast readership (currently numbering about one if my mother happens to drop by) who have an interest in Flash and Actionscript might perhaps have noticed the complete absence of anything Flash or AS-related on my blog lately. (more…)

post Job offer accepted

November 14th, 2007

Filed under: Actionscript,Scotland — mat @ 9:52 am

Well, it’s finally happened. After all those meetings and interviews, I’ve accepted an offer from mobile phone software developer Picsel Technologies. They’re based in Glasgow, but have kindly offered me a position at their Edinburgh office (which, incidentally, is just a few miles from what is reputedly the world’s largest rock climbing arena…not that that has anything to do with anything!).

We’ll be relocating at the end of this year: Dublin for New Year’s Eve and Edinburgh a few days later.

Big thanks to superstar recruiter Uzma Ali for sorting out all the little details!

post Games coming to MySpace

October 23rd, 2007

Filed under: Actionscript,Games — mat @ 2:10 pm

Pay attention Flash game developers: this has lots of potential for all of us. As a friend just remarked to me: “you can think what you want of myspace (and social networking in general), but you REALLY CAN’T argue with their numbers…”

I must admit I’ve not paid a lot of attention to MySpace. I should explore whether/what kind of API they might offer. If, like myself, you’re interested in collaborative online gaming, you couldn’t really ask for a better proving ground.

post Flash Player 10 Demo’d at MAX

October 9th, 2007

Filed under: Actionscript — mat @ 7:45 am

Video of the upcoming Flash Player 10 showed off at the MAX conference. Key features:

  • Improved Text Engine (will super-/subscripting be available at last?)
  • API for 3D manipulation of all DisplayObjects
  • Support for Hydra (aka AIF), an image manipulation API. Looks like we’ll have a lot more leeway to design our own filters. (video)

post The other thing…

October 8th, 2007

Filed under: Actionscript — mat @ 9:44 pm

Like my website, this blog is half playground, half workspace. The other thing I’ll be doing here is commenting on developments in Flash, Flex, Actionscript, online game development and other related technologies. I’ll write the occasional tutorial or brag about something interesting I’m doing (or perhaps about things other people are doing).

Stay tuned!

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