Posts Tagged Flash

Configurable National Map Widget

January 20 2009

National Location Finder Widget

National Location Finder Widget - Click to try it

This is a widget that I created for a web site using Adobe Flash. The widget reads an XML list of (in this case) rehabilitation networks by state and activates states containing active networks on the map. Each active state can be rolled over with the mouse to see the active network in that state and the user could click on the state to navigate to a separate page.

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Security Hurdle for Flash in IE

February 5 2008

A resolution for a “This page contains both secure and nonsecure items” Security Information dialog box that pops up in IE (6, 7) for pages that include a Flash SWF object: Security Information error in Internet Explorer. In my case, it was related to calling the javascript for SWFObject from a non-https directory.

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SWFObject Getting Between a Flash Player and IE7 Conflict

January 31 2008

I had an odd bug turn up today on a project at work. Some Flash objects on a page – embedded using SWFObject 1.5 – were showing up fine in Firefox and IE6 but in IE7 were exhibiting symptoms that the javascript behind SWFObject wasn’t being applied. From the links I followed, the likely culprit was a corrupt Flash Player installation in IE7. Indeed, when I followed Adobe’s uninstall method SWFObject Support Forum – Flash Player uninstaller and then reinstalled the Flash Player in my IE7, everything seemed to be rectified.

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deconcept

October 31 2006

I just happen to be researching a Flash solution and an unrelated Flash article caught my eye for future reference: deconcept

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deconcept

September 27 2006

I’ve noticed, of late, that whenever I hover over a Flash element on one of my website pages in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer a tooltip pops up with the text, “Click to activate and use this control.”

Being concerned that this feature would impede the usability of my pages and wanting to turn it off in IE I turned to Google and came across these pages explaining it:

The gist is that, due to a patent dispute with Eolas Technology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eolas), Microsoft has changed the functionality of embedded controls so that they must be “activated” before they can be used. The above links suggest ways to get around the tooltip – most involving using javascript to embed the control and thus getting around the feature – but there is no way to turn off the functionality short of uninstalling the Microsoft update that activated it.

The bottom line for me is that I might need to look further into this solution: deconcept

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Building a slider component

November 3 2005

My latest project was trying to build a Flash component that could be used to set multiplier preferences for a database application. I wanted it to be fairly plug-and-play – someone who didn’t know Flash programming should be able to insert it into a web page with minimal configuration and have it work. The file should be able to receive initial values and be able to send back changes. Plus it should be intuitive to use for less-than-tech-savvy users. I think I’m on the right track as this example demonstrates:

By entering values for a minimum value, maximum value, starting (default) value, and interval widths into the text boxes you can configure the scale that the slider covers. Then you can drag the slider along the scale and change the value (it will show in large numbers in the background.) By changing the “fix to scale” setting to “1” you can limit slider selections to the set intervals.

In practice, the initial settings would be populated by a database query instead of by user input. And if you changed the setting the new value would go back into the database. But because this accepts variable starting data, you can plug it in to control numerous settings without having to create new controls.

There are still some glitches to work out, like the dead area over the text on the “configure” button. But I’m making some progress.

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Flash Tour Schedules and Maps

June 20 2005

Map for 2003 Western Canadian Teachers Tour

Map for 2003 Western Canadian Teachers Tour

Map for 2003 Lake States Teachers Tour

Map for 2003 Lake States Teachers Tour

Map for 2003 Intermountain Region Teachers Tour

Map for 2003 Intermountain Region Teachers Tour

This is a set of Flash maps and schedules that I developed for participants in the forest tours that the Temperate Forest Foundation conducts every summer. The maps were part of a tour page on the TFF web site to help participants visualize the span of the tour within a particular region and when and where various waypoints occurred during the tour. You can click on the thumbnails above to try out the maps.

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Embedding Standards Compliant Flash

January 17 2005

I’ve probably linked to this before but I thought it deserved another bookmark, . It’s the newest method for embedding Flash into web-standards compliant HTML. I haven’t had time to parse it nor do I have any projects that would let me put it into practice but one never knows.

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[Bookmark] – Chaotic Fractal Tree

November 8 2004

I had an idea over the weekend on figuring out how to draw tree branches with leaves in Flash. This link, kirupa.com – Chaotic Fractal Tree should help me along.

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