Fire Fox 1.5 RC 1 Announced

The Release Candidate of the Fire Fox Browser has been announced over at Mozilla.Org. It has a host of new features, allot of them aimed at improved accessibility.

Here is a spoiler list of the new features from the site.

  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance.
  • Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.
  • Improvements to popup blocking.
  • Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
  • Answers.com is added to the search engine list.
  • Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and “Safe Mode” experience.
  • Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available information in applications and documents or show the information on a Braille display, enabling blind and visually impaired users to use equivalent software functionality as their sighted peers.
  • Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.
  • Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.
  • New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6.
  • Many security enhancements.
  • List of notable bug fixes since Firefox 1.5 Beta 2

AS3.0 Snippets

This Snippet allows you to embed fonts into a Flash AS3.0 Package. The original code was posted here .

[as]package
{

import flash.util.describeType;
import flash.display.MovieClip;
import flash.display.TextField;
import flash.text.TextFormat;
import flash.text.AntiAliasType;

public class Test extends MovieClip
{

// be sure this is pointing to a ttf font in your hardrive
[Embed(source=”C:\WINDOWS\Fonts\somefont.ttf”, fontFamily=”foo”)]
public var bar:String;

public function Test()
{

var format:TextFormat= new TextFormat();
format.font= “foo”;
format.color= 0xFFFFFF;
format.size= 130;

var label:TextField= new TextField();
label.embedFonts= true;
label.autoSize= TextFieldAutoSize.LEFT;
label.antiAliasType= AntiAliasType.ADVANCED;
label.defaultTextFormat= format;
label.text= “Hello World!”;
addChild(label);
}
}
}[/as]

Something Cheeesay This Way Comes

Many moons ago, when flash was still young, and this user was in University. Well some days at any rate. I owned a domain. That domain was the focus of a lot of time and frustration. But it was my bit of the net, and I loved it.

During all the kafuffle of the Dot.Com boom I moved flat a couple of times and some where along the line I missed the renewal window on that domain. As a result a nasty search engine swooped down and snuck my domain away from me.

Ten Years on I have that domain back. Evidently the hits I was getting back then, for my flash tutorials, Generator ranting and general young pompish flash behaviour, had died to a trickle of the former glory and so my domain was no longer the prime real estate that search engines like.

And now some how that domain name seems even more appropriate.

Ten years on, let the cheese flow strong.

‘Cos we’re going back.

Back to the OLDSKOOLFLASH !!

Flash 8 Development

The Fist thing was to transfer my early light site (bittube.com) into Flash 8. The site was originally produced using 90% code with a few classes and obviously the Bitmaps.
Using the new Bitmap capabilities in Flash 8 and some of the filters i was able to drop the processing requirements of the site and also the file size. Not to mention that now the whole Shebang is Code generated, with the exception of the loaded bitmaps of course.

bittube.com Flash 8 version

The next job was to provide a photo gallery that would show the loaded background images from the site in a more user friendly format, (thanks to Sean for the prompt). Again the whole lot is Code generated, so nice and small on the file size and driven by XML, so easy to update.

Flash 8 Photo Gallery

Once I have tidied up the source i will post the classes.

Shots of the Spots pt.3

And no trip would have been complete without some time on Praia do Amado. This time the waves on Amado started pretty small but by Sunday they were growing quite nicely. If it weren’t for the on-shore winds i think there would have been some darn fine waves to play in.

I had some good waves out on the right side of the bay this time. The main peak in the centre of the beach proved a little to full on for the pop-out and I. With the pushing tides, and the on shore wind it seemed to fare worse from the closing out of the waves.

Shots of the Spots pt.2

Friday and Saturday bought a third new break, this again a beach break right in the centre of a huge stretch of beach. There were two peaks that we went out into.

First was to the left of the rocks dead bang opposite where we pitched up in the 4×4. This was the more forgiving of the peaks with a good mix of left and right breakers. We only surfed here for the morning of Friday as the tides came in.

After lunch on Friday and all of Saturday was spent on the right of the rocks, in a much stronger and hollowed wave. Friday afternoon brought some of my best waves in small clean barrelling waves.

By Saturday I was a broken man, both from the surf, but mostly from the excesses of the Friday night barbecue. Mother Nature did a fine job of letting me know I was in no fit state for the growing swell on the Saturday.

Shots of the Spots pt.1

On the second day of training we visited a Left hand point break. The first pick here is actually taken from some distance away from the break on a cliff top, the same point that i took the pictures on my phone.

The others were taken at the break. The beach offered a nice Right hand at one end of the beach, a little beach break in the centre of the bay, and then a left hand break on the left of the beach over some rocks.

This was a double first for me, surfing over rocks, and at a point break. Not only that the constant left hand meant huge amounts of practice on my backside take-offs and turns.

Ponta Ruiva

Ponta Ruiva

Ponta Ruiva

Ponta Ruiva

Wave one of the Waves

While I hunt for the required cables and other assorted paraphernalia to post some of the many, many photos of the various secret spots, waves, sunsets, long faces and drunken parties of the holiday here are a few snaps that I have to hand on my mobile. I have to say for a phone the pictures that come out of this puppy still amaze me.

These were taken on a stop off on the way to a different beach that I will post later on. We didn’t manage to surf this beach in actual fact but the view was incredible all the way along the cost. The journey to some of these places was an experience in itslef; I can vouch first hand to the durability of the Landraover Defender TD5. A very impressive vehicle and ideal surfari ride.

Q the pics.

Surfing and surfing

Well it’s the first day back in the really real world after an amazing week. As every one can see the mobile blogging while away surfing thing ran into some ‘issues’. I will try and document my experience of these later in full but in short there seems to be an incompatibility issue between surfing in glorious sunshine and texting photos from a phone on the beach. It seems you simply can’t do the latter while enjoying the former. Go figure.

flash examples and development for the web, PSP Flash Player, Mobile flash lite player. All mixed up with some random thoughts, photos, images and poetic words