Archive for November 2011 - Purple Squirrels
On a current project I had to launch files in an application that was not Windows’ default app for opening. Specifically – I needed to open images in Photoshop or Fireworks from my AIR app, even when the default app for .png and .jpg is the Windows Photo Viewer.
As you might already know the File API has had the file.openWithDefaultApplication() method since AIR 2.0. But this wasn’t going to cut it since I needed to open in a specific application. So I turned to the NativeProcess API which allows you to launch a native process from your AIR app (i.e run an .exe on Windows). I decided I should make a post on how to do it since I couldn’t find any good resources or examples for it.
Well I’ve been pretty busy latey and not much has happened on here for over month. I decided I should post some work and experiments I have been doing with building iOS apps with AIR for iOS. So below is a series of video demos of some experiments and actual projects I have been doing recently. All apps were compiled using Flash CS5. Note that none of these apps are available in the public app store.
Adventure Golf is a simple mini golf game I worked on for a client last year which was written in AS2. I decided to see how easy it was to build existing games for iOS so I converted all the AS2 to AS3 with minimal code changes/optimisations and Published for iOS. All graphics are pulled from the Flash library, with levels laid out on the stage on different frames. The hardest thing I had to do was resize the stage. Everything else just worked and I was surprised at how well it did considering it was converted from old AS2 code. I would like build this into a full app one day when I have lots of spare time!