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Chevron ECOnomics Touchscreen

2009
Touchscreen Kiosk application for ECO:nomics conference, Santa Barbara, CA
Continuity Worldwide
AS3, HTML, XML


This was a touchscreen kiosk developed for Chevron using Helios’ projector & touchscreen system. 4 projectors each projecting a swf, I was responsible for the content – 3 different content-type loaders which react & load appropriate swfs/flvs/imgs based on what they find in their associated xml. Another dev did the larger projected background swf & the scrolling drag-n-drop ‘shell’ into which content loads. Video is probably going to be slow here – was compressed for local loading.

23. June 2014 by admin
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Coolericons – animated emoticons

2004
Media Whiz Inc.
Still & Animated AIM Emoticons, Browser Toolbar marketing campaign
AW Maya 5.0, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, AE & Imageready

This project entailed the conception & production of over 700 icons as a marketing tool for an IE search toolbar based on various initial icon categories given by Mediawhiz.

Client quotable: “Great stuff Ursula, but if you could do us a favor and stay away from sex, drugs, politics and religion as subject matter, that would be helpful.”

23. June 2014 by admin
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Crossborders – custom cms with flash front-end

2009
crossborders.tv (now rain)
website/custom cms

PHP/MySQL backend w/custom DB, XML output for interpretation by flash front-end, Brightcove for video service, though the client insisted on implementing Brightcove in a way tha bypassed the API’s and was never intended (oh if I had a nickel…).







23. June 2014 by admin
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Fedex Sustainability splash animation

2010
Atmosphere BBDO
Flash Splash & Navigation Header
HTML, CSS, AS3, MVC Framework, XML Driven; No Papervision – 3D done with native AS3 3D transforms

Clouds on this one were interesting. Started with a Flint particle system, which, while lovely, bogged down the animation everywhere else.Same issue with Perlin noise clouds. Switched to video. better. Browsed a few hundred cloud clips without finding anything the CD liked as much as the flint clouds. SO, rendered the Flint particles from Flash to Quicktime, converted to .flv to be played via netstream. In retrospect another solution (which might prove quicker) might be going into AE and pinch-distorting a couple cloudscape video layers.

23. June 2014 by admin
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flash audio cookies – using Local Shared Object to save playhead location

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So you or the client want to add some flash audio to some or all pages in your site. What do you do if you don’t want the loop to start at the beginning each time the page containing the .swf loads? While a truly aurally seamless solution would likely require the use of frames or a pop-up window, I came up with this for a client who wanted flash audio to play while the user was navigating a PHP store.

Here is a simple audio .swf with a bit of dialogue from "A Few Good Men." Try it by refreshing the page (F5); If the audio is playing, it continues where it left off when the page was reloaded; If it was off, your preference is ‘remembered’ for the next 48 hours.

If you are unfamiliar with Shared Local Objects, you might want to take a gander at this tutorial first.

SETTING UP THE .FLA
Essentially, your audio.swf should be a loop which continually checks the current position of the playing audio object and defines that spot with a variable which is saved and referred to on the user’s hard drive.

At left is your Flash Interface; The stage contains one ON Button, named "audioOnButton and one OFF Button, named "audioOffButton." In this case, each of these is a movieclip with "bold" and "normal" states which toggle depending on the audio status.

Ensure that the audio elements in your library have "Export for Actionscript" checked on in the Linkage Properties.

(When invoking a function which plays audio, just use one event with the on() handler. If you use more than one, such as on(press, release){} as I am fond of doing, your audio event will occur twice, resulting in a muddy echo.)

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/********************************************
FLASH AUDIO COOKIES: EMBEDDED SOUND
********************************************/

function init() {

     //attach the sound
     bgTune = new Sound(this);
     bgTune.attachSound("aFewGoodMen.wav");

     //define the audio cookie (or create it if it’s not there)
     audio_data = SharedObject.getLocal("myuser_data");

     //check the audio cookie for previous settings
     lastVisitDate = audio_data.data.visitDate;
     storedAudioSetting = audio_data.data.audioChoice;
     storedAudioPoint = audio_data.data.audioPoint;

     //if no cookie, set default audio vars
     if (lastVisitDate == undefined) {
            lastVisitDate = 0;
     }
     if (storedAudioSetting == undefined) {
           storedAudioSetting = true;
     }
     if (storedAudioPoint == undefined) {
            storedAudioPoint = 0;
      }
     //see how it’s been since their last visit (172800000 msec = 2 days)
     todaysDate = new Date();
     timeLapsed = todaysDate.getTime()-lastVisitDate;
     if (timeLapsed>172800000) {
           storedAudioSetting = true;
           storedAudioPoint = 0;
     }
     //determine sound and button state based on shared object vars
     if (storedAudioSetting != false) {
            bgTune.start(storedAudioPoint,999);
            audioOnButton.gotoAndStop("bold");
           audioOffButton.gotoAndStop("normal");
           _root.audioOn = true;
      } else {
            audioOnButton.gotoAndStop("normal");
            audioOffButton.gotoAndStop("bold");
           _root.audioOn = false;
      }
     //start loop
      onEnterFrame = function () {
           audioCheck();
     };
}

function audioCheck() {

     //write the audio position & current universal time to the shared object
     if (_root.audioOn == true) {
           audio_data.data.audioPoint = bgTune.position/1000;
     }

     myDate = new Date();
     audio_data.data.visitDate = myDate.getTime();

     //if end of soundclip is reached, reset stop point to the beginning
     if (bgTune.position>=7700) {
            stopAllSounds();
            storedAudioPoint = 0;

           //cookie
           audio_data.data.audioPoint = 0;
           audio_data.data.audioChoice = true;
           audio_data.flush();
           init();
     }
}

function turnAudioOn() {

     if (_root.audioOn != true) {
            _root.audioOn = true;

           //cookie
           audio_data.data.audioChoice = true;
            storedAudioPoint = audio_data.data.audioPoint;
           if (storedAudioPoint == undefined) {
                  storedAudioPoint = 0;
           }
           //visual changes
            audioOnButton.gotoAndStop("bold");
           audioOffButton.gotoAndStop("normal");

           bgTune.start(storedAudioPoint);

           //restart loop
           onEnterFrame = function () {
                 audioCheck();
           };
     }
}

function turnAudioOff() {

     if (_root.audioOn == true) {
          _root.audioOn = false;

           //cookie
           audio_data.data.audioChoice = false;

           //visual changes
           audioOnButton.gotoAndStop("normal");
           audioOffButton.gotoAndStop("bold");

           //stop audio
            stopAllSounds();

           //stop loop
           onEnterFrame = null;
     }
}

audioOffButton.onRelease = function() {
     turnAudioOff();
};
audioOnButton.onRelease = function() {
     turnAudioOn();
};

init();

27. March 2013 by admin
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Happy Holidays from Team Chemistry – greeting card service

2010
www.happyholidaysfromchemistry.com
GHG – Grey Healthcare

MVC AS3 Framework
WCF back-end, XML static data content
Role: front-end – AS3/AJAX Development

Users are invited to create a snowflake with thew drawing tool, attach a message, and send to a friend/colleague. The recipient receives and email bringing them to the site, where their unique snowflake and message are displayed. Snowflakes are public and users can rollover to see other messages that have been sent.

I think the most interesting aspect of this was how we went about storing the snowflake data; Initially I created a test that saved out a PNG bitmap of the snowflake to be downlaodded later. The back-end folks didn’t like the number of potential database calls & http requests (rolls eyes) so what I ended up doing was defining each snowflake as a XML list of shapes with scale, rotation, x-loc & y-loc attributes. This got passed to the REST service via flash and stored in the DB. When retrieving the user’s snowflake later, flash was setup to parse the XML and recreate the snowflake with library vector shapes

23. June 2014 by admin
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Lexus – The New IS microsite

2005
www.theNewIS.com
Venice Consulting Group
Developed using Adobe Flash & Zoomifier plug-in by Zoomify



This was a viral marketing campaign launched in September 2005 for Lexus’ latest luxury model, the IS. While providing users with product information via an interactive flash interface, the site offered users the opportunity to upload their own photos to be incorporated into a mosaic image of the IS. If desired, the images could also be displayed on the Reuter’s Jumbotron in Times Square, and a photo of the displayed image taken at the time of broadcast to be emailed to the user. Developed by a team of 6 developers.

23. June 2014 by admin
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Martha Stewart – Products microsite

2008
products.marthastewart.com
Continuity Worldwide
Flash microsite

AS3, pureMVC framework, url routing with swfAddress, Omniture for tracking. Team of 3 developers

The most interesting aspect of this one was the initial animation populating the product pages, using Flash’s drawing API. Simply using trig equation easing on the tweening of the points that made up the corners of each white-outlined square resulted in a very elegant but simply achieved 3D effect.

23. June 2014 by admin
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rotatable draggable MCs

2007

Click and drag the polaroid to move it, click and drag a corner to
rotate it.


High Strung – Photo courtesy
of Patricia
Bower
& Rodolfo
Baras
)

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1. _root Setup>
On the _root level we have a polaroid of the band High Strung,
which we want the user to be able to move & rotate. In the
.fla, the name of this movieclip is "polaroid." Also
on the _root level is a small transparent movieclip, called
"mouseTarget" which will assist in the rotation functions.

2. polaroid>
Within the "polaroid" mc is the mc "dragElements"
which contains the Actionscript and Shapes used for ‘hotspots.’
If you’ve multiple objects you want the user to drag and rotate,
simply duplicate this clip and place it within each MC on the
top layer & level.

3. dragElements>
There are plenty of ways one can approach defining one’s interactive
areas; in this case. when the user clicks and drags the corner shapes,
which are contained within their own MC, the rotating functions will
be called. When they click and drag over the central square, they’ll
be able to drag the polaroid about on the stage with a startDrag().

Below right is an explanation of the Functions.

 
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//make
dragElements elements transparent

center._alpha
= 0;
allCorners._alpha
= 0;
//define the area
over which the mc can be dragged

stageLeft = 0;
stageRight = _root._width;
stageTop = 0;
stageBottom = _root._height;
margin = 4;
//dragging actions
– due to rotation, limits must be redefined with each
new startDrag();

center.onPress
= function()
{
     leftLimit = stageLeft+_parent._width/2+margin;
     rightLimit = stageRight-_parent._width/2-margin;
     topLimit = stageTop+_parent._height/2+margin;
     bottomLimit = stageBottom-_parent._height/2-margin;
     startDrag(_parent,
false, leftLimit,
topLimit, rightLimit, bottomLimit);
};
center.onRelease
= center.onReleaseOutside=function
() {
     stopDrag();
};
//calculates degrees
rotation from y-axis based on target & origin point
coordinates

function getCurrentAngle(target_x, target_y, origin_x,
origin_y) {
     xChange = target_x-origin_x;
     yChange = target_y-origin_y;
     if
(xChange<0) {
          xChange_pos
= Number(-1*xChange);
     } else
{
          xChange_pos
= Number(xChange);
     }
     if
(yChange<0) {
          yChange_pos
= Number(-1*yChange);
     } else
{
          yChange_pos
= Number(yChange);
     }
     convert = 57.2957795;
     if
(xChange>0 && yChange>0) {
          angle
= (convert*Math.atan(xChange_pos/yChange_pos));
     }
else if
(xChange>0 && yChange<0)
{
          angle
= (convert*Math.atan(yChange_pos/xChange_pos))+90;
     } else
if
(xChange<0 && yChange<0) {
          angle
= (convert*Math.atan(xChange_pos/yChange_pos))+180;
     } else
if
(xChange<0 && yChange>0) {
          angle
= (convert*Math.atan(yChange_pos/xChange_pos))+270;
     }
     return
angle;
}
//to find the x &
y edges of an object, regardless of shape or rotation

function getEdges()
{
     leftEdge = _parent._x-Number(_parent._width)/2;
     rightEdge = _parent._x+Number(_parent._width)/2;
     topEdge = _parent._yNumber(_parent._height)/2;
     bottomEdge =
_parent._y
+Number(_parent._height)/2;
}
//mouseTarget mc
gets dragged by the user’s cursor, x & y coordinates
will be used to calculate rotation

allCorners.onRollOver
= function()
{
     startDrag(_parent._parent.mouseTarget,
true);
};
//rotates the mc
allCorners.onPress
= function()
{
     startAngle = getCurrentAngle(_parent._parent.mouseTarget._x,
_parent._parent.mouseTarget._y,
_parent._x,
_parent._y);
     onEnterFrame
= function
() {
          newAngle
= getCurrentAngle(_parent._parent.mouseTarget._x,
_parent._parent.mouseTarget._y,
_parent._x,
_parent._y);
          changeAngle
= startAngle-newAngle;
          getEdges();
          if
(leftEdge>0 && rightEdge<stageRight &&
topEdge>0 && bottomEdge<stageBottom) {
               _parent._rotation
= _parent._rotation+changeAngle;
          }
else {
               if
(leftEdge<0 || rightEdge>stageRight || topEdge<0
|| bottomEdge>stageBottom) {
                    _parent._rotation
= _parent._rotation-changeAngle;
          }
     }
          startAngle
= Number(newAngle);
     };
};
//stops rotating
the mc, and ensures that the edges of the clip are within
the limits of the draggable area

allCorners.onRelease
= allCorners.onReleaseOutside=function
() {
     onEnterFrame
= null;
     onEnterFrame
= function
() {
          getEdges();
          if
(leftEdge>0 && rightEdge<stageRight &&
topEdge>0 && bottomEdge<stageBottom) {
               onEnterFrame
= null;
          }
else {
               _parent._rotation
= _parent._rotation-changeAngle;
          }
     };
};
//nullifies the drag
action on the mouseTarget clip

allCorners.onRollOut
= function()
{
     stopDrag();
};

Dragging
A typical startDrag(), but because the object can be rotated,
its absolute width and height are constantly changing,
which is why the startDrag limits must be defined each
onPress()

Rotating
In order to rotate the object based on the user’s cursor
movement, we need to find the starting angle between the
cursor and object origin when the user first clicks, and
then calculate the change in that angle as the user moves
the cursor clockwise or counter-clockwise. This is accomplished
with the function getCurrentAngle().

Dust off your trig

If
the angle we’re trying to define can be considered
1 of the non-right angles in a right triangle, we
can use the difference in x and y to find its value.
The change in x & y are initially set to positive
in getCurrentAngle() for the purpose of the equation.

SOCAHTOA!

 
sin A = 
opposite
hypotenuse
cos A = 
adjacent
hypotenuse
tan A = 
opposite
adjacent
 

Because the difference in x and y provide us with the
opposite and adjacent legs, we’ll go with an inverse tangent
function.

A =tan(-1) 
opposite
adjacent



Knowing which value to plug into the opposite or
adjacent variables is dependent on which quadrant
the triangle resides. There are 4 quadrants, thus
4 possible orientations of this triangle, thus 4
conditional cases in the function determined by
the positivity or negativity of the change in x
or y. The result is converted from radians to degrees
(1 radian = 57.2957795 degrees) before the appropriate
multiple of 90 is added to get the total rotation.

getEdges()
The edges of the parent object change with rotation, so
to keep it within the borders of the stage this function
will be used in a couple places to grab the x & y
values of those edges.

Start Rotating!
When the user rolls over the corners, a startDrag() is
applied to the the mouseTarget mc on the _root level,
who’s x & y location will be used in the getCurrentAngle()
function.

When pressed, the initial angle from cursor to center
is calculated with getCurrentAngle(), and an onEnterFrame
is set up to do so continuously, then rotate the object
appropriately based on the difference, while ensuring
with a conditional statement that the objects edges are
within the boundaries of the initially defined stage.

onRelease, the onEnterFrame is nullified, and a new one
set up to take care of any remaining overlap (in case
the user yanks a corner of the object to outside of the
stage limits and lets go of the mouse).

onRollout, the mouseTarget on the _root.level no longer
gets dragged, until the user rolls over another corner.

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Sprite – Spark Movie Director

2010
AKQA
Facebook Application

AS3 development, team of 4 devs
MVC Framework
XML Driven except for dynamic content using FB API

Facebook users can select characters, settings and plots to create their own animated short films (which in actuality meant selecting one of a few hundred pre-rendered permutations, alas). Users can manage & share films, create playlists, watch the films of others, view behind the project scenes. The sister app was a mixer that allowed users to create their own music from a selection of samples.

Something I recall as rather neat about this one was having to come up with smart textfields that would stretch/grow/re-center/truncate/append to handle user-input of unknown length in various languages.

23. June 2014 by admin
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Symbion – Holiday card

2007
Symbion Power
Animated Holiday Greeting Card
Role: concept dev, character animation, scripting for motion & interactivity, XML/CSS, Flash CS3, Illustrator.

I think the most interesting aspect of this one was shooting myself climbing up a ladder in order to get a rotoscoping reference.

23. June 2014 by admin
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wrapping dynamic text to a curve

Short and sweet, but I’ve seen it come up on a couple of projects to stump others and myself. And really, it’s not that daunting when armed with a few right triangles and the good ol’ Pythagorean theorum.

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If you want to wrap a block of text to a curve, this isn’t quite the tutorial you’re looking for, though the same principles apply – you’ll have to figure out the maximum width of each line, split the copy into an array, and loop through it creating textfields and checking their textWidth to determine where the linebreaks should occur. Additionally, you might also check out gskinner’s textflowpro.




The trick is thinking of the curve as part of a circle, and then looking at the x/y location of the TextField or Object as 2 legs of a triangle whose hypotenuse is the radius of that circle.

Which means that if we know the radius to be a constant, and we know the y-location which presumably updates incrementally, then we can easily solve for the x-location using:

a2 + b 2 = h2

b = √h2 – a 2


import gs.TweenLite;

var list:Array = new Array("alpha", "bravo", "charlie", "delta", "echo", "foxtrot", "golf", "hotel", "india", "juliet", "kilo", "lima", "mike", "november", "oscar", "papa", "quebec", "romeo", "sierra", "tango", "uniform", "whiskey", "x-ray", "yankee", "zulu");
var curveCategories:Array = new Array();

var textForm = new TextFormat;
textForm.font = "Helvetica";
textForm.size = 10;
textForm.align = "left";
textForm.color = 0x777777;

//set init location vars
var xLoc : Number = 0;
var yLoc : Number = 15;
var yIncrement : Number = 17;

for (var i : Number = 0; i < list.length; i++) {

     //create textfield
     curveCategories[i] = new TextField;
     curveCategories[i].htmlText = list[i];
     curveCategories[i].embedFonts = true;
     curveCategories[i].autoSize = "left";
     curveCategories[i].setTextFormat(textForm);

     //calculate x based on y and radius of circle
     var r : Number = 250;
     var originY : Number = 260;
     var originX : Number = 20;
     var legVert : Number = Math.round(Math.sqrt(Math.pow(originY – yLoc, 2)));
     var legHoriz : Number = Math.round(Math.sqrt(Math.pow(r, 2) – Math.pow(legVert, 2)) + originX);

     curveCategories[i].y = yLoc;
     curveCategories[i].x = legHoriz;
     curveCategories[i].alpha = 1;

     //update y
     yLoc += yIncrement;

     //animate/add to stage
     TweenLite.from(curveCategories[i], .4, {alpha:0, x:legHoriz+30, delay:.1 * i});
     addChild(curveCategories[i]);
}

27. March 2013 by admin
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viagra.com interactive video modules

2007
viagra.com

CDMi Connect
Interactive video modules
Flash 8, Hitbox Tracking; Poll database by Pointroll

One of several interactive modules I worked on for Viagra.com; 4 possible different video/polling experiences using the same SWF, dependent on variables passed in via SWFObject.

23. June 2014 by admin
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