Creating a mathematical colour picker

The most common technique for creating a colour picker (at least in the ActionScript world) seems to use a colour wheel bitmap and then getting the colour of the pixel that was clicked on. I found that this was not a very accurate way to go about it and decided to build a colour picker […]

February 28, 2014

Reverse engineering Captivate for HTML5 widgets

Adobe Captivate is pretty horrible, especially the HTML5 output. I feel like I’m banging my head against a wall every time I use it. The HTML5 output is riddled with bugs and most of the features simply don’t work. If there is one upside to the HTML5 publishing though (and there aren’t many), it’s the […]

November 28, 2013

Webcam to canvas or data URI with HTML5 and Javascript

This post has been sitting around unfinished since April so I thought I should finish it and get it out there. In this post I am going to show how you can capture an image from a webcam via JavaScript and convert it to a Data URI which can then be saved in a database […]

August 28, 2013

Creating HTML5 widgets for Adobe Captivate 6/7

I decided to write this post due to the frustration and lack of information out there on how to make HTML5 widgets for Adobe Captivate. There is almost no documentation on this and the only useful article I could find was riddled with mistakes. My approach may not be the best but this should get […]

August 27, 2013

Windows 8 start screen in HTML, CSS and Javascript

About 7 or 8 months ago I built a tile based launch page at work to launch learning modules which looked similar to the Windows 8 start screen. When I had spare time I kept building on and adding 3D animations to match it even closer to Windows 8. Then I kind of forgot about […]

April 21, 2013

Getting all element attribute values with jQuery

Here is a little snippet which I have found extremely useful especially when working with XML in Javascript. You can use the following to loop through all of an element’s attributes and store them in an object: So for example if we have the following XML node: After running the snippet above on the node […]

April 20, 2013

AS3 / JS Constrain a value in one line

Here is a little snippet to constrain a value in a single line. It works by using two nested inline conditionals. The ‘else’ part of the first conditional is another conditional. It may not be the best approach but it works and is much easier and faster to write than two if-else statements. In English […]

November 29, 2012

JS Transform Handles

The other day I was playing around with Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker and I had the idea of using HTML/JS/CSS to create transformable divs using transform handles and a bounding box. I did a quick search for any existing examples of HTML transform handles but i couldn’t find anything so I decided to give it a […]

November 17, 2012

Adding console.log() to AIR’s HTMLLoader

Here is a little code snipped I thought I’d post for future reference and may help someone else out. I was using the HTMLLoader class in Adobe AIR to load content and I came across an error where my Javascript was calling console.log(). In the AIR HTMLLoader environment this function does not exist so I […]

July 13, 2012

A simple way to get native alerts with Adobe AIR

In an AIR project I am currently working on I wanted to have native alert boxes in my app rather than building custom pop up boxes. There is no built in way to get native alerts in AIR and I remembered reading this interview over at a while back where a developer at Illume used StageWebView […]

March 8, 2012