Archive for December, 2007
Great news! Polygonal Labs has released the long awaited Motor Physics engine. It is now called Motor2.
UPDATE: Now hosted at Google code
After the port of Box2DFlashAS3 appeared the fate of Motor Physics engine was unknown. But with time and just before the stroke of midnight on the final hour of 2007 Michael Baczynski released Motor2 2D physics engine on the world.
This now gives us, count them, FOUR AS3 Physics engines that were released in 2007 in order of release.
Be sure to check the demos of Motor Physics:
To get the source head on over to the blog and in the post it is in the first para.
Currently you can get the source for the preview here.
Polygonal always has such great information and demo write ups the source link gets lost in there. Hopefully this will be at Google code soon or a public SVN. The code looks great and there are optimizations in there but even those are elegant.
With 3 excellent flash as3 3d engines (papervision3d, away3d, sandy), 4 physics engines, lots of great utilities like FZip or ASZip, AlivePDF, Red5, haXe etc etc. 2008 is looking like it will be a great year for performance, optimization and gaming/app platforms on the web like never before seen. I am most looking forward to the coming gaming market for flash, lots of possibilities. With the added competition from Silverlight, much innovation will happen here.
It is great that Motor2, which has a great author and dedicated to performance has joined the physics engine scene, not only that posting on new years eve. Thanks to all that make the flash platform possible of creating excellent new fun and useful tools.
UPDATE: Now hosted at Google code
haXe, one of the coolest and most versatile languages and platforms of today just released something to add to the already amazing feature set of haXe. Nicolas Cannasse has posted about releasing haXe Video 1.0. I have been engulfed by Red5 for a few weeks and this could not have come at a better time for fun.
haxeVideo is an opensource video streaming server entirely written in haXe.
Features of haXe Video 1.0:
- FLV streaming using RTMP protocol
- Webcam and Microphone recording to FLV file
- Live streaming for web conferencing
- light and fast scalable server
- only 50 KB of server source code : modify whatever you need !
Picnik is an excellent application that makes believers out of RIA skeptics made with Flash/Flex. Today Picnik is now integrated with Flickr bringing user friendly photoshop essentially to the masses.
This is a pretty interesting market direction as more photo companies like photobucket and flickr add to the competition for photo editing. As flash based uploads, photo editors, word processors, presentation creators, conference systems, office apps, planning apps and many others all over the web does this mean the services model is really here and RIA is not just a fad?
The model of software is changing, again. The one competitive edge that web applications, and specifically RIA apps have over desktop is that many desktop apps are bloated, have legacy evolution that caused heavy, busy interfaces and absolutely no abstraction of the possible user level in many cases. Web applications are for a broad audience so these applications will see many benefits in making simplified versions of applications for lower skilled users, and then for advanced users more features.
The model is entirely different. They also have the ability to embed in sites like flickr, photobucket, social networks, office product offerings, small business servers, etc. They could even compete on these sites. The install base will not be millions of client computers but networks and clusters of users at online places and services.
This was a dream with ASP applications and software as a service. The problem was before RIA some of the limits of the web were preventing web apps from overtaking and beating out the features of desktop apps. RIAs and the web, web services, user controlled environments are changing the way software is used. is We aren’t entirely there yet but RIAs are reviewing their schematics, late at night, and are slowly taking over the software world and changing the model. Like a ninja is Picnik.
Regarding Picnik, I can’t say enough about the simplicity, clean design that they have pulled off here. The website and application have an identical brand. The application is extremely responsive and acts like html sites would when it comes to text and forms. The integration of services, webcam, all filters in flash, on and on. They really have a great team and it seems like they are both a great product team but also have the right quality. The new market is extremely agile, the paradigm is shifting.
Only a year after release Papervision is getting a major update to 2.0.
Get it while it is hot from the SVN server on google code: http://papervision3d.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/branches/GreatWhite
Papervision3D, launched a year ago, really sparked the AS3 and flash/flex world and inspired every flash guru I know into working on this code. There have been some great tools made and some fwa’s won but it is only the beginning.
I am mostly looking forward to performance enhancements, ascollada integration, culling and Andy Zupko’s 2d bitmap effects on 3d.
- ASCollada (animation support)
- Frustrum Culling
- Multiple Viewports (3d editor anyone?)
- Render to Scene
- and more!
SVN server and branch:
We do indeed like to ride the racecars!