Website for sale

We developed a website for a customer but unfortunate circumstances meant it was never deployed. So we're offering it up cheap.

It's a full xml driven photo gallery website, designed for a photographer. We even linked it into a drupal CMS install with some custom php, to pull the images from the galleries allowing the site to be easily updated by the client.

We are really disappointed this site never went live, so if you have any interest in putting a photo based website up this may be for you.

Have a look at some screen shots below:


And if you're interested in the website drop us an email and we'll setup a preview of the site for you.

ABC Black Saturday mini-module

Our first phase with the Black Saturday Interactive has been released on the ABC site.

The "mini-module" is a smaller version of the eventual full interactive site but is to be used on other news pages to draw people into the site. It displays a mosaic tiled wall of stories about the Black Saturday fires, each of which contains media items from a variety of sources including YouTube, Vimeo, flickr and ABC internal media sources.

ABC BSI Mini-Module Screenshot
ABC BSI Mini-Module Screenshot

Find it initially at:

AS3 on the Command Line

As anyone who knows me would tell you, I live by the command line, so I thought I would share an old trick to compile as3 applications from the command line in bash.

The trick here is to use the Flex SDK compiler which is available free from Adobe. It also requires having installed java, which is so common on most machines that I won't talk about installation.

The setup process is fairly simple:

Once that's done you should be able to type mxmlc into the command line and see an error stating you must specify a target file. To compile an as3 file simply use the following:

  1. mxmlc -o output.swf

Additionally I compile my libraries to my-libs.swc by doing the following:

  1. compc -source-path . -include-sources . -output my-libs.swc

Since this is a flex compile you can also use flex syntax in your actionscript to embed resources in the code. Most commonly I use the swf definition line below to simply definite the frame rate and dimensions of the compiled output.

  1. [SWF(width='990',height='680',backgroundColor='0x000000', frameRate='30')]

Now to use Flash CS3's V3 Components see this post:

Additionally there are Eclipse tools for actionscript: the rasx() context

Website Release

Well we've finally gotten a simple website together to provide a bit of a web presence for distriqt. We have big plans for interaction on this site with a multiplayer game integration in development. The game should be a draw point of the site so check back in the coming weeks to see the results.

Seamlessly combining 2D and PV3D

We have often been asked to combine some Papervision 3D components or animations into a 2D site. Seamless integration of the two components is very simple once you set the 3D environment up correctly.

The simplest way is to confine your 3D space to the z-plane (z = 0), and to place the camera at a fixed position as below:

  1. var _cameraDistance:Number = 1000;
  2. camera = new Camera3D();
  3. camera.zoom = 2;
  4. camera.focus = _cameraDistance / camera.zoom;

Once you have this camera in place, anything you add to the z-plane should be to scale with your 2D content.

The last thing you have to take into account is the different coordinate systems in the 2D flash and the PV3D space. PV3D obviously is a 3D coordinate system with the zero point in the center and the positive axes being up and right. In contrast, the 2D coordinate system in flash is centered on the top left of the screen, having the positive axes down and right. This is a fairly easy transformation, requiring a mapping from the center of the stage to the center of the 3D space and then reversing the y axis. Just remember to take this into account when placing your clips in 3D.

open day 09

Opening posts are always a strange affair, usually offering up some form of justification for creating yet another blog. We however have no justification except our own needs. We're going to be using this as our own information base, combination of news, tips and to some extent a knowledge-base wiki.

At the moment we're busy doing our own website, and having lots of fun with it. Stay tuned to see what happens in the distriqt...