Half Pixels

A little tip. Anytime the Art Director says "The image looks fuzzy" and it's set on lossless, or says "The text is jumping a bit" and it's just a straight tween, or says "it's not quite centred" and it looks fine in the IDE.... it's probably because the MovieClip is sitting on a half pixel. Click all the way into the deepest portion of the MovieClip, check your info panel, and make sure your x and y values do not have a decimal. Then go back into the parent clip, and make sure it is also on a full pixel. Go all the way back to the stage, making sure each item along the way is on a full pixel. That should fix you up.


CS5.5 hangs when exporting to Quicktime ("Recording Flash Content")

Recenly I had to export an FLA file to a Quicktime movie, and found that it just hung around saying "Recording Flash Content". I though this was due to the high res FLV I had embedded in the timeline. But afte waiting an hour, I realized something was wrong. I restarted the computer, tried reducing the rez on the FLV, but nothing helped. I realized that it was because there was a stop() frame on the main timeline, and the Quicktime was se to stop when the last frame was reached. Thus the last frame was never reached, and Flash went into a loop. Removing the stop() frame fixed the issue immediately


FLV player goes full screen when the projector is full screen.

No idea why, but when I published a full screen projector file with a small video player on the stage, the video player suddenly jumped to full screen as well. _flvPlayer.fullScreenTakeOver = false didn't work on it's own. It needed to be added to each and every instance the FLV was added to the stage. Not a big bug but haven't had a post in a while, so just wanted to share.


Flash CS5 Reverts Updated Images

I have yet to find a fix for this, but seemingly without reason, sometimes when I open an FLA file, I find that a few jpgs that were previously imported and then updated with another file, have reverted back to the original imported state.

If anyone else has had this happen, or has a fix, please let me know. I cannot find another instance of someone else experiencing this online, so it would be good to know I'm not the only one.


Arrow button KeyEvents and duplicate sounds

I've noticed recently that sometimes the arrow button KeyEvents are not firing, and that sounds place twice for no apparent reason. It only seems to happen in the beta Flash Player 10.2. Small rant here, but this far into the game, I would think that these sort of bugs would be fixed by now.


Ad sever's outdated clickTag code

Why does every ad server still state in their specs to write the clickTag code like this:

on(release) {
    getURL(_root.clickTAG,"_blank");
 }

Any developer worth more than $7/hr would only write code this way if they were working in Flash 6, and it was back in 2007. Writing directly on MovieClips is a horrible habit to get into, and makes it very difficult to find and edit code.

In the past, I have completely ignored this requirement, and just written it in my pseudo AS2 Document Class, or directly on the timeline if it's a simple enough banner to not require a Document Class. However, 50% of the time I would get pushback from some project manager at the ad server who knows nothing about code, saying that it was done wrong. I would then spend 2 or 3 hours going back and forth explaining why it is correct, and convincing them to just test it before they pass judgment.

Lately, I've just given in and done it the crappy old fashioned way, because I'm tired of having this argument with them.

So I'm writing here to Ad Servers as a last plea - PLEASE UPDATE YOUR SPECS TO ALLOW FOR PROPER CODING!


Flash CS5 finally working with FileVault on!

Thanks to an anonymous comment, I have found out that Adobe has released a hack to fix the "Error opening URL" error in CS5.

It was determined that FileVault was indeed causing this issue. Turning it off was the easy fix, but for those of us who can't do that, we were stuck without CS5. Adobe didn't release a patch, but did release a file to replace in the Commons folder. See link for instructions.

Seems to have worked for me, and that makes me somewhat happy.


Mantracker Episode Airs Monday Sept 25th at 6pm on OLN in Canada

Well finally, over a year after shooting, my episode is going to air on Monday! My brother Ryder and I saw a pre-release DVD yesterday, and were really happy with how it turned out!

For those who think reality TV is a sham, everything you see on the episode actually did happen. Of course a lot was cut out due to taking 2 days worth of film, and putting it into 45 minutes, but all the good parts are in there.

Hopefully everyone enjoys it!


Math calculations in Flash return wrong number with lots of decimals...

...In other words, a Floating Point Error, or so my web research says.

Apparently, in all coding languages (not just Flash), a decimal does not have an exact representation in binary. So, for example, 5.100000000000000001 is seen as close enough to 5.1. This is fine when doing other things, such as moving a Movie Clip to an x position, but if you are coding something such as a calculator when you need to display the exact number, it can be frustrating.

I found a method online that corrects this by comparing a few numbers, and estimating. Seems to do the trick in my case.


Firebug and Flash Video

I haven't officially confirmed this yet, but I think I've found the reason why my Flash Video was frequently pausing and skipping mid-stream. I thought it was just the Mac-doesn't-like-Flash-Video thing, but I think it was actually mostly due to Firebug. After disabling it, video seemed to work much better.