ActionScript 3 speed optimization

  • Posted on: 7 July 2010
  • By: Jacob

I've recently come across some good articles on Actionscript optimization, so I thought I'd share them with those of you who are Flash coders. If you want to make your code/animation run faster, then there's a good chance something here will help.

This article talks about optimization in general, including a few non-code things:

Adobe CS5 New Features

  • Posted on: 19 June 2010
  • By: Jacob

Adobe CS5 is out now, and we're using CS5 Master Collection, which includes a boat load of creativity and media production software. CS5 has really wowed us with some incredible new features, so we figured we'd share our favorites with you.

But first, for those who aren't acquainted with every Adobe app, here's a list of all the CS5 apps, and basically what they're for:

Photoshop CS5 Extended (the best photo editing you can get)

Refill Bundle - Phat Math & Auditory Vortex Vol. 1

  • Posted on: 3 January 2010
  • By: Jacob

Save when you get both the Phat Math Refill and the newly released Auditory Vortex - Thor Vol. 1 Refill together.

Fresh sounds, generated entirely with Subtractor and Thor, for Propellerheads Reason users.

Price: $88.00
PHAT MATH Refill for Reason
Auditory Vortex - Thor Refill - Vol. 1

Flash and AIR Debugger, Open Source

  • Posted on: 17 December 2009
  • By: Jacob

For my Flash projects, I've started using a debugger called MonsterDebugger which allows you to debug right from the browser, or if you're creating an AIR app, right from the app it self. This is great because the default Flash debugger doesn't allow you to do much if your app is embedded in a CMS (like Drupal or Joomla), or relies on some kind of server side language for input.

Free Media Player Released - Open Source VLC

  • Posted on: 23 July 2009
  • By: Jacob

The best open source media player we've found, has finally been fully released (version 1.0). The VLC Media Player ( ) can play just about any kind of media file you can throw at it. Even FLV files. If you're tired of not having the right codec to play video and audio files, you need to check out VLC.

Flash Actionscript Editor: Flex Builder vs. FlashDevelop

  • Posted on: 30 December 2008
  • By: Jacob

For doing complex development with Flash, it can help to have a more powerful Actionscript editor than the built in Flash CS3 editor. I've been testing Flex Builder and FlashDevelop, both of which can export both Flash or Flex (Flex is Flash with a library of components built for making web applications). Both seem to have their pluses and minuses. FlashDevelop is free.