Monthly Archives: December 2008


There is a beautiful property called mouseChildren that I had completely forgotten about. mouseChildren=false turns off all mouse events at a node in the DisplayList so that event on children only reach the actual object where mouseChildren is set to false. Essentially this allows you to enable certain graphics/objects to be invisible to the DOM Event phases and behave as part of the object they are parented to.

Why would this be important?

Say you are writing a game or component and you make these amazing skins for all the elements in the game. If you do not set mouseChildren to false (default is true), you will get events within the skin and need to detect what Object you are working with when events occur. You will see code start to appear that reads:

//within event handler
if( is Card ) do this…
//then the madness begins as you hunt up the DisplayList for the object in question blah blah blah

By setting mouseChildren to false, events on any mouseChildren are given to the parent automagically.

ok back to coding…

Ted :)

MAX SESSIONS on AdobeTV – Update and MRSS Feeds

We had a bumpy launch of the MAX sessions on AdobeTV. It seems that we have 10 videos with malformed headers that caused all sorts of problems in the Akamai streaming service. We have fixed the headers in the FLV files, uploaded new FLVs, and everything is working perfectly. In addition we have added MRSS feeds for use with Adobe Media Player for each track of the MAX conference. This way you can sit back and let the videos come to you!




These feeds provide direct access to the FLV files themselves so you can watch the vidoes offline 100% vs online viewing with high quality streaming on AdobeTV.

We will be pushing out a schedule of the upcoming videos given we are past our technical issues with posting the videos. Again sorry for the delay!

Special thanks to the teams on AdobeTV, Akamai, and Digitally Speaking for working through this initial issues. Getting 300+ hours of video posted is a big task and they have done an amazing job!

Spread the word, MAX Sessions are on AdobeTV without restriction!

Ted :)

ILOG Elixir at MAX

I watched the ILOG Elixir session at MAX this morning on AdobeTV. It is really great to see how far ILOG has come with their component set. I met the ILOG team at the Component Developer Summit in 2006 and they were just exploring Flex as a medium for their state of the art components. They have spend the past few years bringing their knowledge to the Flex component developer community and their work really stands out. Make sure to check out the heatmap component at 35:00 minutes into the presentation.

It was really great to support ILOG at MAX and event better to get to watch their session online this morning. The downside of working on MAX is that it is really hard to attend the sessions. This is actually the first session I have gotten to attend at MAX NA other than the keynotes. It is my deepest hope that putting MAX online will help developers around the world build better applications and experiences.


Ted :)

Adobe MAX Session Videos

We are planning to release session videos from MAX NA on Dec 10 with 4 videos posted per day to AdobeTV. We will be posting videos across all 3 tracks evenly and will post the keynotes initially as well. We will be posting videos until all 293 videos are on AdobeTV, about 10 weeks total. Anyone interested in the MAX session content will be able to view the videos in full on AdobeTV, regardless of geo-location for free.

For MAX attendees we are posting the videos to Adobe Groups for exclusive viewing within the 2008 MAX NA Group and the 2008 MAX Europe Group. Group invitations are being sent to all attendees by email, please watch for communication this week.

Sorry about the delay on getting the videos ready. They will be posted soon.


Ted :)

Growth in Community and Events

Despite the recent changes at Adobe, we remain very focused on the long term growth for community and events globally. Having just finished record setting events in MAX NA, MAX EU and soon MAX Japan, we are planning to expand events and community programs in 2009. I wanted to talk openly about plans headed into 2009 and provide some insight on our direction and things to come.

Our team has been working on making everything we do more scalable. As a team of 5, we manage 600+ user groups (growing rapidly now with Adobe Groups), the community experts program (growing soon), and events (MAX & Camps). The programs we start/maintain must be easy to manage, sustainable globally, and bring about measurable returns for the community/ecosystem. Recent projects, Adobe Groups and event recording (MAX, 360Flex, Ajax Experience), are good examples of scalable projects but we plan to do more in 2009.

We will be focusing on new community growth in 2009 leveraging Adobe Groups, Connect, and online events to foster new types of community programs around the globe. Adobe Groups is really an enabler for our team as it allows community members to manage community directly and work in parallel to our team’s effort. We need to get community members more involved in managing community at the local, regional, country levels and we are very open to creating new community roles to support this. Given we added 176 user groups in the weeks following the launch of Adobe Groups, we are projecting 1000+ Adobe User Groups by mid-2009. With this level of growth, we need to change the way we work and get more community members involved in the process. I am looking forward to working with the community to build this new open governance around the globe. It will be challenging but when we get it right the Adobe community programs will be more resilient, larger, and better at ever corner of the globe.

Over the past 2 days I have seen a lot of disappointment in the community regarding people departing Adobe, clearly this is understandable. What I find troubling is that some of the disappointment is related to loosing a “connection” or “contact” at Adobe. We need to change this and share information, contacts, and programs more openly and more transparently with the community at large. Ideally everyone should feel connected and no community member should ever feel cut off when someone departs Adobe. We need to do more to foster stronger bonds between the ecosystem and make sure that everyone has access to great programs and contacts.

We need to reach more people at a lower price point with our events. MAX is targeted at customers who have invested and adopted Adobe’s platform but we lack an event that drives adoption at a lower price point (AKA FREE). We are going to add a new event in 2009 that will be free online and will be paired with Adobe User Group meetings around the global. We are also going to scale up MAX even larger in Los Angeles, Europe, and other parts of the globe. We will also be building MAX in the open in 2009 on the MAX Open Working Group on Adobe Groups. Gone are the days of building MAX behind closed doors and not getting the community deeply involved.

We will be growing events and community in 2009 like never before. I look forward to working with you.


Ted :)

Adobe Groups: Flash Media Server Group

The Flash Media Server team and a few community leaders have created an online user group for Flash Media Server Users and has schedule the first online meeting Dec 10!

Join: Flash Media Server Users Group

It is really cool to see these new groups pop up especially given they are a mixture of Adobe employees and end customers.

The first meeting of the FMS Users Group is December 10, 2008 from 9:00am – 10:30am PST

Here is the calendar item for the meeting!

Go Groups!

Ted :)