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Holly and I have had awesome feedback on Attest 1.5 since its release. We wanted to get a solid working version out for people to start practicing for the Flex 3 with AIR exam, but had many other plans originally. So mission accomplished, Attest has been a hit so far, and now it’s time to get the 2.0 version out!

We compiled all the feedback we’ve received and created a list of the top requests. Now’s your chance to vote for the feature you want to see most. Holly created this poll based on our list, and we’re going to watch the results to decide on which features to turn out first. Eventually, we want all of them done :) but time is hard to come by, so we’re going to be breaking them down into reasonable chunks as we progress.

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Sweet! Let the mashing begin! Just saw on Twitter and read on Mashable.com

Alas, the two companies have gotten together officially to make developing Flash applications – both on Facebook and off through Facebook Connect – quicker and easier with the ActionScript 3.0 Client Library for Facebook Platform.

Adobe’s site

Facebook AS3 API on Google code

Many of you probably know already, the Tour de Flex AIR application has seen more than 100 million samples served according to Greg Wilson’s blog as of December 2008. The AIR version is extremely helpful and loaded with a few hundred working samples of Flex, AIR, API clouds, best practices techniques, you name it, it’s in there. Today, they released the 1.2 version with new updates.

The entire Tour de Flex application is posted online at Adobe’s site todaytoo, so that’s two places you can grab great source code and working samples. But the coolest part that you may not know is that you, as a developer, can use the Tour de Flex plugin right inside of Eclipse.

Tour de Flex Eclipse Plugin

Tour de Flex Eclipse Plugin

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Attest 1.5 beta released!

To all of you waiting for so long, my humble apologies :) At last you can use Attest 1.5 beta to study for the Adobe Flex 3 with AIR certification exam. I’ve been so inundated with client projects that it took this long to get it out. A few fun facts:

  • Attest was completely rebuilt from the ground up in Adobe AIR
  • It’s FREE for non-commerical use
  • There will be regular updates, bug fixes, enhancements, and errata corrections for future versions.

This version, and all versions going forward are a joint effort between myself and Holly Schinsky of Rich Desktop Solutions, Inc., without whom Attest would still be sitting around deep in the guts of my hard-drive, waiting to be released :) Holly was an enormous help with writing questions and answers, research, programming, making enhancements, styling, killing bugs, testing, and especially motivation! Many of you will know her from her work on Adobe’s Tour de Flex AIR application. She’s an awesome developer to work with and we’ll definitely be doing more projects together in the very near future. After you go and get certified, be sure to drop her a comment or two and thank her for helping out. Without her help, you may not have seen the next version of Attest until Flex 8 is out :) You can read more about Tour de Flex and Attest on Holly’s blog here.

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I think I’m going to release it as 1.5 first so people can start studying with it. It won’t be the 100% full package that I wanted, but at least if I can get a few mock exams out, that should be a big help, and the rest will come along afterwards. A few people suggested releasing a mini-version as soon as possible, so I think it’s a good idea.

I have to apologize to Attest users for taking so long with getting this out. It’s 100% me working on every aspect of it, and with client workloads and so on, it’s been a rough ride. Anyway, now for the good stuff for those of you waiting:

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I figured that things are getting so busy that this one deserves a post on the PXL Blog. I hear about heaps of Flex projects every day, some work out some don’t but I thought if any Flexers out there currently looking, I could point you to some people to talk to. The Great Depression 2.0 might be underway, but if you’re a Flex programmer, you might weather the storm much better than others.

The one I just heard about is 3 months of remote work in Flex, AS3, C#, and SQL. The project’s not through PXL Designs, but I’m thinking 2009 is the year I will be filling seats (at some point). But I wanted to post it up and share some of the Flex goodness. Since I hear about a lot of great gigs, I figured I’d give a holler for any takers.

Almost certainly, at some point this year I’m going to be looking to team up with other developers on some projects, but I figured in the meantime let me just give a shout out for anyone looking for the good gigs that I can’t fill. Can’t complain about being booked :)

So if you’re qualified, interested and available, give me a yell.

Attest Version 2.0

Yes I’m still alive….sorry about my absense from the blogosphere, but I can’t complain as it’s been one busy year! With that said, let me get to the point.

Just about every day since Adobe released the Flex 3 Certification Exam, I get emails about the availability of Attest V 2.0 for Flex 3. Sorry to say, I’ve been SO busy I haven’t been able to hit the deadline for Adobe’s release of the exam, but it’s coming….it’s coming!

Attest V 2.0

Attest V 2.0


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Woo hoo! I was pretty psyched when I got the email today stating that Peekaboo Paperie.com won the Adobe Site of the Day Award!

Peekaboo Paperie.com - Adobe Site of the Day Award 9-19-2008

Peekaboo Paperie.com - Adobe Site of the Day Award 9-19-2008

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It’s been an insanely busy year so far with tons of things going on. And it’s not often PXL Designs gets to show off public facing projects. With that said, I’d like to present PeekabooPaperie.com!

Peekaboo Paperie.com Home Page

Peekaboo Paperie.com Home Page

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Version 1.3 released today! Now MyStylez adds the Photobucket api for easy drag/drop functionality so users can access their accounts and build their own, more personalized MySpace layouts.

This is a very cool update for me, because I always preferred Photobucket over Flickr. In the last release, I had worked in the Flickr api using the Flickr AS3 lib on Google Code. After that, I looked around to see if an ActionScript library project was in the works for the Photobucket api, but didn’t see one. So a few other developers were interested in starting up a project for it, but then I got a link from Luke Swanson at Photobucket that they already had it covered! That’s some kind of timing :) So here is the Photobucket AS3 lib project on Google Code.

An extra thanks to Michael Clark, Luke Swanson and the rest of the team at Photobucket who were an immense help! They were there to help me out quicker than I could blink. The AS3 lib itself was insanely easy to integrate, I worked the same functionality I did for the Flickr api, and it was up and running in less than an hour. Great job to the guys who put together the Photobucket AS3 lib and the api itself!

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