July 2011 Archives
Native vs. Web Apps
| July 27th, 2011 by Jordan McRae
By Andrew Rybak - Professional Services Sales Consultant I was very interested to read that the Financial Times has replaced their native iPhone/iPad app (found here) with a browser based version that will run on any iOS device. The Financial Times claims that this is a better and faster app, and they stress the benefits of not having to go through iTunes to download the app or to receive updates. …Read more »
Using Sprites in Flex 4 Applications
| July 22th, 2011 by Derek Santos
By Derek Santos - Consultant With Flex, we sometimes develop components that are graphically intensive, and we want those components to be as light as possible. We could just use an actionscript only project for these scenarios, but that means we'll lose out on all the features Flex gives us. To solve this problem, you can use a component called SpriteVisualElement. It's a Flex component that extends…Read more »
Why We Should Snub Old Browsers
| July 19th, 2011 by Oliver Merk
By Oliver Merk - Principal Consultant We should snub old browsers. There I said it.Before we begin, let me say that I'm a long-time Flex developer and continue to use the Flash platform, when the choice makes sense. But despite what many fearful Flash die-hards are saying (and I used to be one), HTML5 is the future of the web. Even Adobe implies this with its latest offerings. Will it happen tomorrow?…Read more »
Can Google+ Beat Facebook?
| July 18th, 2011 by Chad Upton
By Chad Upton - Senior ConsultantThe answer is, yes.Whether you like Facebook or not, it is the most popular community that humans have ever created. Facebook has more than 750 million active users, 50% of which are on the site on any given day.With this kind of internet traffic, there is huge potential for search marketing and that's why Google has launched a similar social network: Google+.Given…Read more »
Google+: The Future of Social Media?
| July 14th, 2011 by Default Admin User
By Brenden Van Beilen - Marketing Associate As the world of social media continues to develop and evolve, it comes as no surprise that Google has developed its own social media platform: Google+.But it's worth noting that this is not Google's first attempt at climbing the social media mountain. Google Buzz has been around for just over a year and although it remains afloat, it still has several issues…Read more »
Why is Flash Still Relevant?
| July 12th, 2011 by Rod Nolan
By Rod Nolan - Consultant and Senior Instructor We, as a company, frequently share interesting technical information that we stumble across in our daily travels. Recently, this message appeared on our internal techie email list. Why do we need Flash, again?http://paperjs.org/ Short message. Important question.The paperjs examples (http://paperjs.org/examples/) are pretty cool. I'd encourage you to…Read more »
Packaging Flex/Flash Applications to iOS with ADT
| July 05th, 2011 by Alain Thibodeau
By Alain Thibodeau - Consultant The release of Flash Builder 4.5.1 took care of exporting mobile applications for iOS and made it a lot simpler. However, there are times when you still need to use ADT or when you simply don't have Flash Builder 4.5.1.At first, it can be confusing if you are not familiar with ADT and the command line to package your swf to iOS (there is plenty of documentation on the…Read more »