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FLASHBANG: Convert Your Sites!

Posted by Desmond Smith

On November 9, 2011, Adobe announced that they are no longer going to be developing the Flash plug-in for mobile devices. You probably know that Flash hasn't worked on the iPhone since day one, and it's been buggy and a battery drainer on the Android devices that it DID work on. Adobe has conceeded that HTML5 is the answer and will pursue developing tools that further enable development in that area.

A Current Project

Posted by Desmond Smith

I know it's been quiet around here, but recently I've been working on an HTML5 web app that will be used to display a scrolling list of tweets at an event I'm participating in. It's been really neat diving into some of the features of the HTML5 world, like local storage. It's essentially jQuery and some supporting PHP for the ajax stuff. It's far from complete, but it's really a neat little app - if for no other reason because of the HTML5 features that it's using.

jPlayer & MODx - Part Two

Posted by Desmond Smith

A few projects back, I discovered jPlayer. It's a completely skinnable (via CSS), playlistable (via javascript) tool that uses HTML5 elements to inject media into you site wherever possible. For cases where Flash is absolutely necessary (IE, I'm looking in your direction), there is a Flash-fallback included. So on a recent project for a singer-songwriter I wanted to make sure that I included this new tool to play his tunes and make it easy for him to swap things out, change the order, etc. I also wanted something that I could skin to match the appearance. I knew that jPlayer was the tool I wanted to use - but I also knew that while it produced great results - it wasn't a layman's tool directly. I needed to leverage the flexibility of MODx to build in an easy-to-understand interface to the good that's jPlayer had under the hood.

jPlayer & MODx - Part One

Posted by Desmond Smith

A few projects back, I discovered jPlayer. It's a completely skinnable (via CSS), playlistable (via javascript) tool that uses HTML5 elements to inject media into you site wherever possible. For cases where Flash is absolutely necessary (IE, I'm looking in your direction), there is a Flash-fallback included. So on a recent project for a singer-songwriter I wanted to make sure that I included this new tool to play his tunes and make it easy for him to swap things out, change the order, etc. I also wanted something that I could skin to match the appearance. I knew that jPlayer was the tool I wanted to use - but I also knew that while it produced great results - it wasn't a layman's tool directly. I needed to leverage the flexibility of MODx to build in an easy-to-understand interface to the good that's jPlayer had under the hood.

Upcoming Things

Posted by Desmond Smith

I've got to admit, I'm more than a little excited about the next few months here at Web and Flow Design. There are some neat projects that we are either close to finishing or are actively being developed and will be released soon. We're working with singer/songwriters for some media intensive sites and some non-profits with global reach. It's going to be a great few months.

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