Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Flash is 10

Remember this?
Whoaaa! How did they do that?! All the vectors animated in sync with the sound. All over the browser window. And it streams really good on our weak yet very expensive internet connection. Incredible!

Now that's a flashback I like to experience. An Adobe Flashback more precisely. Actually the name was Macromedia back then.
Yesterday on the 8th Adobe Flash turned 10. It started as a better way of doing vector drawings and ended up as a better way of doing the web. And it's still full throttle ahead.
There is a microsite, a Wired interview with Mike Downey and a cool FWA poll aimed at picking the best Flash site ever.
As for me, what can I say...
I'm still digging after my Flash4 source files I did back in '99. I had a cool "Welcome to my home page" animation with pseudo 3D rotation and all, a very promising Tetris game attempt and the Fridge Magnets tutorial completed in all it's delicious details. But my first real masterpieces came with Flash5. Among others I can count two versions of the Snake game, a "Bunny Killer" shooting game (_with_ gun reloading and cool sounds), a Dragon Fractals generator (this was also a good example for the "stop script" message) and [.ro]nin, my own personal flash site. Back then I had an old 386 system upgraded to a lightning fast 586 AMD P75 that in the end looked pretty much like this one. After I did all this flashing I went out and nailed my first job as Senior Flash Researcher with Firma9 Advertising Production. And the rest is the Work Experience section of my CV...


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