Yesterday saw the first meeting of the Bedale group, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank James for organising it, and for the wine, there were a great deal of top quality bottles had over the course of the night along with some excellent cheese.

I’d recommend anyone using Adobe products in an organisation to come along, many topics were discussed. From LiveCycle to Apollo to Flex, we covered a lot of ground regarding the products in terms of positioning, functionality, and in particular relationships with Adobe and the ISV outreach and support programme. It was interesting for me personally to talk to the guys from Arch Consulting who specialise in SAP R/3 and LiveCycle. In particular it was great to get a better picture on how Adobe fits in with the enterprise, I feel fortunate that I can pick up a beta and pretty much start using it in production, however at the other end of the spectrum there is a huge amount of proof needed before making leaps into new technologies.

Watch out for the next meeting on James’ blog and here.

Tuesday the 20th of March sees the first meeting of the Bedale Group set up by James Governor of RedMonk:

The Bedale Group is…

“An unassociation for the UK Adobe ecosystem. If you’re a software or services company that specialises in Adobe platforms I would be very interested to hear from you. The idea is to create an occasional forum to drink wine and discuss what Adobe needs to do to sustain and improve its engagement with the local corporate developer community.”

It will be held at 6:30pm, Bedales Wine Shop in Spitalfields Market Near Liverpool Street, London.

From the mouth of James:

“I am hoping to see anyone that wants to build applications or services on Adobe platforms as a commercial proposition. That is, services firms, ISVs or SaaS types, rather than grassroots or enterprise developers. Organisations that are looking for corporate support from Adobe as an ISV program. People targeting Apollo Applications. People integrating with Livecycle. You are all welcome.

There will be some nice wine to drink.”

If you think this is you, hope to see you there.
Full details here.

So I’m on day 2 of a project I’m un-imaginatively calling “PaperTron”, my first foray into making a game with PV3D, and I thought I’d post up a little screenshot of what we have so far:


I hope this shouldn’t take too long, but considering it’s taken well over 2 weeks to make myself spend the time I have, it could take a while ultimately ;). Either way, it’s a lot of fun, and PaperVision 3D makes it pretty easy, let’s face it, if you’ve ever done any 3D in Flash before, it’s not easy, so anything that helps you do just the fun stuff is great in my books.

So I hope to have something playable soon, the aim is to hook this up to a multi-user server. Right now I’m not too bothered about the graphics, I’m going to re-model the cycle as a one-piece (it’s 5 atm) to improve artifacts and I’ll be replacing the floor with a Mode-7 engine to see what sort of result that gets in terms of looks and speed.

For a PV3D game you can play right now, check out the awesome PaperWorld demo, the first ever PaperVision3D game. (5th place on speed run, woot ;))

p.s. GlowFilter will be employed at some point for the cycles, quick tests show this works fine without performance hit… :)

If you use Firefox, you get a nice little Google search box top right of the browser. Now if you type in the beginning of the word, it populates a drop down with a list of suggestions, based on Google’s vast database of what people search for. (You will also see your own previous search terms above the “suggest” list).

So you type in “b”, you see Britney Spears topping the list, I can accept that I guess. Then “m”, you see “MySpace”… so far so good. But I’m trying to find a widget called Scenario Poker, and I type “sc”, first thing that comes up is “School Girls”. What exactly does this mean? Surely it cannot mean that most people searching Google with words beginning in “sc” are clicking through to pages on school girls? Or is it far less sinister?

What exactly does Google make these suggestions based on? It isn’t the search results for the solitary term “sc” so we can discount that. Nevertheless it is intriguing to peek into the terms people are apparently searching for on a regular basis.

You can read more on how it works on the FAQ. It states that although it doesn’t use your own personal search history, it does use the collective (the Zeitgeist results).

Adobe rocks :) Everyone has a plan, of course, but I will get the box by any means!

Nice 3D box on the website too.

I loved Battle Royale (and the sequel), very edgy, didn’t take itself seriously at all and at times it was pretty clever. If you aren’t familiar with it, I thoroughly recommend seeing it. The premise is that school kids have gotten out of control, and to teach them a lesson (mind the pun) and set an example, every year a class of boys and girls are drugged, dumped on an island and told they must kill eachother, only one can survive.

They get a starter pack, containing weapons that include a cross-bow and a frying pan, and some psycho adults fresh from prison are thrown in to make things even more interesting. The film isn’t all carnage, there’s a little Lord of the Flies thrown in when their teenage morals are explored. As a bonus, every so often certain quadrants are designated as danger zones where your collar (did I mention the exploding collars?) will explode if you set foot, you have a little map to help you out – what, no GPS?

LionsGate studios are re-working this idea, with 10 adults (some big name actors). I’m sure it will be ok as an action film, but it will be interesting to see how they put a Western spin on the classic.

The Condemned – Here’s the trailer

To all of those that just joined us in the Adobe Seminar, I must apologize for losing connection 3 times, I can’t remember the last time I lost connection in my house, and I haven’t lost it since, but for those 20 minutes it was cursed. Also note to self, Dual Screen on Windows means issues.

What we are going to do however is record the whole thing for you to play back at your leisure, the slides and source are up in the forums of (at the bottom), for you to get familiar with the code, and I’ll post on here as well as the Adobe Seminar web page as soon as we have the full recording, hopefully this time with Weyert in there for completeness.

So thank you all that attended, and please look out for the full recording…any extra questions please drop them below.

I’m just uploading the source code for part 2 of the “3 Briefs” Adobe Seminar which is taking place today 3PM EST (8PM GMT) Feb 28th, 2007.

Download them from here.

Slides are also included. The FLA requires the AS2 classes that ship with SUSHI Multi-user server (free version available).

Link to original post.

I’m afraid to say I got different [relative] results to those published on the site (the Flex cache as bitmap version was by far the highest FPS on my machine), but I’d have to dig into the source to see how these have been put together…

Link to the examples

Link to the results and discussion.

Some personal notes. I tend to think a Flash only (non-Flex framework) example would be a better option to a Flex app. Also the Flex example uses a Timer, he probably should try making use of the ENTER_FRAME event to see what results that gets. Also worth trying the fullscreen-then-back trick the Papervision3D guys are using to get a perf boost. Any other tests out there? Something like this would be interesting ;)

Overall though the performance is great on all the examples so things are heating up :)

I’ve just fixed my last Flash 9 experiment, I hadn’t built it in such a way as to not error if you don’t have a webcam installed at all. Also I developed this on an intel mac, and it runs smoothly at 60FPS, with over 200 firework particles at once, for some reason my pretty good PC is only running at around 5-10FPS with only 25 particles, but this may just be the PC here so please feel free to try it out.

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