Since I have a little more spare time now … I decided to hack a little bit . Avatar is the new hype nowadays and I wanted to understand how simple (or how complicated) will be to build an avatar widget. So I gave it a try, but instead of a Na’vi avatar, I decided to apply some artwork on top of an BMW Z1 .
I’ve made a video with my little workflow that you can watch it here (I couldn’t believe how easy it was).
You can also see the running demo (and download the source files) here.
Here’s a little video about how to use different Spark components to make a magnifier effect for a list. To create this effect I did the following:
- used the Spark Component model with Skins and States
- employed the new Spark item renderer that support Designer/Developer workflow
- Parametrize Spark Skins with CSS
You can download the final project from here and watch the video here.
As you probably have read by now, the US House passed Obama’s $819 billion stimulus package. Now I am not a very big fan of US politics but reading through the news I’ve found out that some of this money will be going in infrastructure spending. From that, 6 billion will go to expand broadband Internet access. Through its “Digital Britain” program, the UK is looking to put high-speed Internet all around the country. As far as the media covers other rich states are directing part of their stimulus packages to the same area.
Reading all these reports, I was struck by an all too obvious fact. If all this money will make broadband more prevalent in the next few years, this means that video (one of the Internet media formats most limited by current broadband penetration) will have a lot of new technical space to expand. Isn’t it cool that more than 80% of Internet video is delivered through Flash Player?
That being said I imagine that DRM will be a hot topic in the next year since big media companies will not want to release their most precious bits unprotected. Currently only AIR has DRM so I can’t but urge the Player team to get that into Flash Player as well.
So … Stay tuned!