Native Maps ANE – New features and changes

We've released another update to the NativeMaps ANE, which includes some new features and changes.

Getting BitmapData of the map view (iOS only)
Firstly, we've added a new method to allow you to draw the current map view to a BitmapData object on iOS. Unfortunately due to the way Android renders maps internally, it is currently not possibly to do this in the Android version.

Example:

var bmd:BitmapData = NativeMaps.service.drawMapToBitmapData();

Custom marker icon changes
This is a breaking change to the way custom marker icons are used. This new method should make it easier and less memory intensive when using a lot of custom icons.

This example shows how you should create and use custom markers now:

var icon:CustomMarkerIcon = new CustomMarkerIcon("myCustomIcon", someBitmap.bitmapData);
NativeMaps.service.addCustomMarkerIcon( icon );

var marker:MapMarker = new MapMarker("someMarker");
marker.customIconId = "myCustomIcon";

This new change also fixes a possible bug that could have occurred when using many different custom markers on a map.

As always we'd love to hear feedback about our ANEs, so feel free to get in touch.

Native Extensions // Using Native Extensions

This tutorial will cover adding a Native Extension for Adobe AIR to your application.
We are going to be focusing on the native extensions developed by distriqt, but this guide should apply to any native extension (ANE).

Native Extensions for Adobe AIR are code libraries that contain native code wrapped with an ActionScript API. Native extensions provide easy access to device-specific libraries and features that are not available in the built-in ActionScript classes.

Their usage is similar to a SWC package of precompiled Flash symbols.

In the following tutorial we’re going to go through the process of adding an ANE to your AIR application using some of the most common AIR development tools. We assume you already understand the process of developing and deploying mobile applications using AIR so will just be concentrating on the additional steps required to get an ANE working.

Read the full tutorial online
Tutorial // Using Native Extensions
Download a pdf of the tutorial
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Native Extensions // Push Notifications Tutorial // Part 2

This tutorial is the second part of our tutorials covering setting up and running the Push Notifications Native Extension for Adobe AIR from distriqt.

The Push Notifications extension enables the push notification functionality in your mobile AIR application allowing you to send (or push) notifications and data to users of your application. The extensions API will have you up and running with remote notifications in minutes.

Importantly this extension allows you to write code once and have access to push notifications on multiple platforms allowing you to quickly integrate push notifications no matter what platform you are developing for!

In this tutorial we will run through the concepts involved in getting your application setup and running with push notifications including:

  • Including the extension in your application
  • Registering for notifications
  • Listening for notifications
  • Sending a test notification

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Native Extensions // Push Notifications Tutorial // Part 1

This tutorial will cover setting up and running the Push Notifications Native Extension for Adobe AIR from distriqt.

With the Push Notifications extension enables the push notification functionality in your mobile AIR application allowing you to send (or push) notifications and data to users of your application. The extensions API will have you up and running with remote notifications in minutes.

Importantly this extension allows you to write code once and have access to push notifications on multiple platforms allowing you to quickly integrate push notifications no matter what platform you are developing for!

In this first tutorial we will run through the concepts involved in getting your application setup and running with push notifications including:

  • Setup and registering certificates for APNS
  • Setup for GCM

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Roadtrip Forever

This project is a personalised online video experience developed in conjunction with RunPixelRun and SCA for the Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Roadtrip Forever, is a personalised experience for you and your best friend where nothing is off limits. Take supplies, take friends and take the trip www.roadtripforever.com You won't regret it.

The application integrates with Facebook to pull information and images about the users friends to make the video experience highly personalised. The user will see photos and names of their friends throughout the video making the experience feel like it was actually the user "taking the road trip".
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Bollé Lap of Oz

distriqt was recently brought on to develop the mobile and Facebook applications for the Bolle "Lap of Oz" campaign.

AUSTRALIANS LOVE TO LAP THINGS. BOLLÉ'S LAP OF OZ IS THE FIRST VIRTUAL LAP OF AUSTRALIA EVER RECORDED. EVERY TIME YOU WALK, RIDE OR CYCLE USING THE LAP APP, WE'LL ADD YOUR DISTANCE TO A LONG CONTINUOUS LINE AROUND OZ, OVER 15,000 KILOMETRES IN TOTAL.

The campaign involved a competition run through the specially developed mobile application, where users would activate the Lap of Oz app while walking, running or cycling and have their distances contribute to a communal lap of Australia. Users' entries were displayed through an interactive map on the Facebook application page, and plotted along the total route of the lap of Australia along with the user's profile image and the distance they contributed.

Working with Melbourne creative studio Marilyn & Sons, we built and managed the implementation of mobile apps for iPhone and Android, along with the web-based Facebook application. The back-end system runs on Ruby on Rails through the Heroku platform. Rails + Heroku was a great fit for what we required to power the application as it allowed us to quickly develop a REST style API and easily manage scaling of the server requirements we needed.

Check out the Facebook app here, or search the App Store or Play Store for "Lap of Oz"!

Native Extensions Update 1.6 – NativeMaps and Calendars

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We've just released the latest update to our ANE package. This update includes our new Native Maps extension, plus additional updates to the Calendar ANE to support calendars on Android, and also now multiple calendars on iOS.

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Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub

Our latest project has been a big one, and took a year of development, finally being released to the public in late 2012. The site is a knowledge hub for Emergency Management and disaster resilience in Australia and is called the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub.

Developed for the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) (part of the Attorney-General's Department) the project was a challenging but rewarding experience.

The Knowledge Hub provides research, resources and news relevant to emergency management and includes statistics and information, photos, video and media about past disaster events. For those working in the emergency management sector there is also a community forum space.

The project

There are several major components of the project. The most prominent is the front end website, which was developed using umbraco, a great IIS based CMS. This allows us to provide an amazing amount of flexibility in what we present to the visitors of the site, while still allowing an editor to easily update and edit the content on the site. A blog, and a forum were added to allow members to interact with the disaster resilience community.

The second important aspect of the site is a database of resources including disaster events, media and research documents. All these resources have been made easily editable through the umbraco backend and a completely searchable interface added to the front end. Importantly visitors can create a report of their searches summarising the resource information in the search, allowing researchers to filter the data and investigate the disasters, statistics and related resources.

Lastly we developed a highly interactive mapping application allowing users to visually explore and interact with the disaster events database. Similar to some of our previous projects, this application allows a user to scroll through time by use of a timeline component to visually change the data displayed on the map.

Details on the Bushfire disaster type in the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub
Details on the Bushfire disaster type in the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub

Some press articles from the community:

Thanks to:

Josh Djuric - Designer

See the work here: emknowledge.gov.au.

DisasterMapper wins the Knowledge Innovation Award (2012)

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DisasterMapper, an interactive resource for schools, has received the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC)/Motorola Knowledge Innovation Award for 2012.
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