Friday, 30 April 2010

Friday, 30 April 2010

Flash Heroes Pt1

Continuing the theme that I started a couple of weeks back by reviewing Continuity I thought you might be interested to see what I just stumbled across: http://lab.andre-michelle.com/tonematrix.

Obviously this is a pretty simple experiment but again it really sums up what I love about Flash: its ability to provide a platform for creativity in all forms. True there are more sophisticated, faster and, as Mr Jobs points out in his recent and beautifully penned bit of spin (which I shall respond to separately), more stable and battery-kind platforms out there, but none that are as approachable to the novice/amateur/hobbyists/academics who are the lifeblood of the flash scene and are responsible for creating some of the most beautiful and creative work on the web. True flash has limitations and flaws but, as I've said before, adversity breeds creativity, so... long live adversity... viva la flash... and lets all pray that Adobe don't manage to kill it off as they currently seem to be doing their best to do.
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Friday, 16 April 2010

Friday, 16 April 2010

www.memecounter.com - 2 billion and counting!

MemeCounter, Kempt's widely used flash game tracking tool passed a significant milestone this week, rocketing past the 2 billion visits mark.

http://www.memecounter.com/ is pretty much the industry standard in advergame tracking. It is used by Kempt, Kempt's clients and a variety of other games and advergames devlelopers to monitor game plays, unique users, dwell times, geographic and site info, action tracking and so on.

Launched in 2006, MemeCounter averages around 3.5 million visits tracked a day - not bad going for a so called non-mainstream branded medium!

The biggest advergame on MemeCounter is the Kempt built King of Defenders, www.kingofdefenders.com/ with over 72 million visits.

MemeCounter also powers ViralChart.com http://www.viralchart.com/ which measures the top performing advergames.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Monday, 12 April 2010

Adobe CS5 - Wot no Web Standard???

Well, after much anticipation and speculation Adobe have finally announced that... CS5 isn't quite ready yet.

In a fairly anti-climactic launch the company that currently has custody of our beloved flash announced that it'd be about another month before us mere mortals could get our hands on the new software.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the launch is the somewhat inexplicable disappearance of the Web Standard bundle, the only reference to which that I've found being in a short review on expertreviews.co.uk that stated "Following customer feedback, Web Standard has been dropped."

It's hard to imagine what that feedback was... "Dear Adobe, even though we're going through the worst recession in living memory we've still got way too much cash. Please could you help us out by discontinuing the cheapest of your suites? It's just not expensive enough."

So... sell your kidneys now, CS5 is just round the corner.