I have just been checking out Asual’s SWFAddress.

If you haven’t come across it yet, SWF Address is a tool for deep linking in Flash. It is a JavaScript based code which will set hash (anchor) link path from your Flash content. Not only does this mean users can now use their back buttons, but it also means permalinks can be created to content deep inside the Flash movie. For example http://www.yoursite.com/#/projects/project-name/ Read : SWF Address »

Posted on 18 Jul 2007
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array_count_values in Actionscript

In PHP there is a very useful function called array_count_values. It sorts an array by returning a 2 dimensional array consisting of non duplicate elements as keys, and values determined by how many times these elements appeared in the original array.

update 09.10.10

This can be achieved (in AS2 and AS3) in a much simpler manner, using the following function or prototype:

Array.prototype.countValues = function() : Array
	var i, j = -1, c, o = {}, r = [], v, n = a.length;
	for(i = 0;i < n;++i) (c = o[v = a[i]]) ? ++c[1] : r[int(++j)] = o[v] = [v,1];
	return r;

So, for example, an array [“red”,”green”,”blue”,”red”] would be converted into [“red” => 2, “green” =>1, “blue” => 1]. Duplicate elements are removed and the new array indicates how many times each, now unique value occurred in the array.

Unfortunately, Actionscript has no such function built in, so I made one. It is a modification of Senocular’s array.unique() prototype (which you can find in his Actionscript library), however rather than simply returning a unique array, it returns the 2 dimensional array mentioned above. Read : AS2 Array count values »

Posted on 20 Jun 2007
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A decent computer and lots of volume is recommended.

Well, due to the fear of slipping behind, I felt I better start learning the new Flash language, Actionscript 3, and at first glance, one of the coolest features is definitely the SoundMixer.computeSpectrum function. Read : AS3 Music Visualisation »

Posted on 14 May 2007
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Flash Dynamic Stacking Menu

Update: AS3 Version using TweenLite is available here

In this experiment, you can drag the boxes; when you release them the stack will shuffle to accommodate the dropped box.

I have recently been working on building an application in which I wanted to use Photoshop style ‘layers’ which the user could create, drag onto different depths and delete.

The basic idea was for the user to click and drag ‘layers’, and drop them in between others. This would cause the other layers to reposition to accommodate the new layer and to fill the gap which it had left in it’s old position. Get it? Read : Dynamic Stacking »

Posted on 13 Apr 2007
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Illustrated IChing

I became interested in the I Ching after reading biography of Philip K Dick, who used the I Ching to establish a lot of the content for his novel ‘The Man in the High Castle’. Read : Illustrated IChing »

Posted on 05 Apr 2007
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About me

Soulwire is a weblog by Justin Windle; a Senior Interactive Developer at Fi (Fantasy Interactive), Stockholm – I often Tweet, Flik, Link and Vim.

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