Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Configuring FLV files for hosting on a web server

These days I am involved in a project which uses a lot of videos. This project need to be delivered as a CD version as well as a web version.

The obvious choice for videos was FLV. It was working fine for the CD version which was delivered successfully. The problem came when we hosted the same version on our local IIS. The video files will not play. It was a funny situation because it was working locally, on Apache server but not IIS.

Then we came across this. Apparently, you need to add FLV as a MIME type to your IIS server. The exact type which should be added is "video/x-flv".

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Flash Professional 9 ActionScript 3.0 Preview now available

First time in the history of Flash, Adobe has released an alpha build of the next release of Flash on Adobe Labs.

This preview of the next release includes only planned new features that are related to ActionScript 3.0. Other features planned for our next release are not included.

Do read the FAQ and the RELEASE NOTES. Also check out the Flash Professional 9 ActionScript 3.0 Preview Discussion Forums.

Download Flash Professional 9 ActionScript 3.0 Preview

Monday, July 10, 2006

Adobe releases Flash Player 9

I am just back from a 2 weeks long vacation (though it feels like I never went off work) and one of the news items that instantly stuck me was this.

Adobe Flash Player 9 has been released finally. You can download/install the Flash Player 9 from here.

Adobe Flash Player 9 has totally overhauled virtual machine with a better language (ActionScript 3 or AS3), JIT compiler, better garbage collector, new display-list architecture, binary-sockets and much more.

In short, its simply gonna rock!!!