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Gal to Gal Walk Site Wins SWX Contest

Yesterday I received an email from Aral Balkan informing me that one of my entries in the SWX Contest won!

The Gal to Gal Walk site completed a few months back, which was one of (if not the) first large-scale site completed using SWX, won the website category. In addition, the Verisign Payment API service which was written for use on the Gal to Gal Walk site and enables interaction with the Versign/PayPal Payment Gateway through SWX came in third place in the services category.

There was some great competition, so I'm really happy to have placed in two categories and am also excited about the amazing prize package Aral has put together. What a great unexpected holiday gift!

A huge thanks to Aral and the sponsors!

Portfolio: p.i.n.k. Spirits

p.i.n.k. Spirits - Home Page

Project:

p.i.n.k. Spirits website

URL:

http://www.pinkspirits.com

Synopsis:

This high-profile consumer site was built for p.i.n.k. Spirits -- a new premium liquor company which creates various liquors infused with caffeine and guarana. The best way to describe their product is your favorite liquor and RedBull, without the RedBull taste, calories, or color. The first product to launch is vodka, with gin, tequila, rum, whisky, sake and others to follow in 2008/2009.

Why it is cool (to a Flash developer):

- The site makes great use of a couple of open source tools: SWFAddress 2.0 and SWX.

- The site was almost 5 months in design and development.

- SWX is used extensively throughout the site to communicate with the back-end content database. Once again this made the creation of the CMS go much faster and communication between the site and CMS much smoother. SWX is also used for e-mail list sign-up, and I have released this service open source as part of the SWX contest.

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- An extensive listing of drink recipes, events, and venues can be found on the site.

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- A custom retail store and bar/restaurant locator was developed for the site, providing users with the distance from their ZIP code to the local places they can find pink's products. I may release this as a SWX service in the future.

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- I contracted with The Bailey Group of Philadelphia, PA on this project, whose talented designers concepted the site and team was great to work with.

- A huge thanks goes out to Jason McCoskery, who again was a great partner in development and whose overall development knowledge in both PHP and ActionScript is always enjoyable to work with.

Go ActionScript 3.0 Animation Platform Released

Go ActionScript Animation Platform has just been released by the talented (and former Portland resident) Moses Gunesch. You may know Moses as the developer of FUSE, one of the first (and best) ActionScript 2 animation engines. Moses is back with a community-led animation platform initiative which has been in the works for some time.

You can read more about it on the open source project's blog and website, but here is a quick overview from the project's website:

"The Go ActionScript Animation Platform ("GOASAP") is a lightweight, portable set of generic base classes for buliding AS3 animation tools. Go provides structure and core functionality, but leaves the specifics to you.

"Go intends to support both linear (tweened) and physics animation, and could theoretically be extended to other base types, perhaps Collada animation for example. However at the time of this writing Go is at an early stage and the physics side is yet to be developed. Parallel and sequenced tweens are already supported by several optional utility classes: PlayableGroup, Sequence, and SequenceCA – a sequence with "custom advance" options."

Quick Look Plugins List

For a while now I have kept a list of small projects that I'd like to do when I have time. I call these "weekend projects" because they should take me no longer than a weekend to get them up and running. Last weekend I _finally_ got to knock one of those off the list: http://www.quicklookplugins.com.

QuickLook Plugins List is a directory of Quick Look Plugins for Apple’s OS X 10.5 Leopard. If you are unfamiliar with Quick Look in OS X 10.5, you can read more about it here. Basically, Quick Look in Mac OS X Leopard lets you play, view, and page through your files without opening them. And this new site aims to keep a directory of plugins that developers have written for this new technology, allowing you to use this feature with a much greater set of file types such as ZIP, XML, FLV and more.

This all started from a blog post Keith Peters did last month when he mentioned ColorXML which adds color formatting to XML files in Quick Look. I did some research and found several plugins, but they were all scattered around the internet on various blogs and forum postings. Hopefully this new site will help to avoid that scavenger hunt.

If you see that any are missing on the site, I encourage you to use the contact form and send them along. Also, you can help the site out by 'Digging' it on Digg.

Enjoy!

 
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