- Flash CS3
At the creative black hole that is MicroTek, the only relevant accomplishment I have to show from four years there is this fun little game which we sent to our business contacts to wish them happy holidays. Use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard to chase down the snowflakes and try to catch them on your tongue.
Originally, this talked to an ASP page that grabbed a dynamic high scores list from a database, which the SWF read via XML. This has been disabled.
The animation may appear choppy the first time through as it loads. There is no pre-loader because the final product was an AVI.
Try adding and deleting text to see the scrollbar adjust itself. Also try using the scrollbar as you normally would; drag it, click the arrows, click the negative space between the arrows and the dragable part, etc. Notice the delays when you click and hold the arrows ant the negative space.
The SmartClip was used throughout the site I did for O.A.R.
This was my biggest project as a freelancer from back in 2001, and I think the site speaks for itself. Designed around the band’s story of a wanderer, the user wanders through the site to learn about the band, check tour dates and more, all with the ability to listen to their music. The site launch coincided with the release of the band’s 3rd album, Risen.
The Flash based music player was one of the first of its kind. It was designed before Flash had any run-time mp3 (which means there was a FLA and published SWF for each and every song, at a high and low bitrate version) loading capabilities and allows users to listen to the group’s music without opening other programs like Windows Media or Real Player. The home page, discography, and tour dates (using Flash’s new XML parsing feature) are all dynamically loaded through ASP and Access databases. Be sure to try the music player as it is the highlight of the site, and was especially innovative when the site was released in Feb 01.