Saturday, November 14, 2009

Some time for reflection?

What do you do when you have two weeks off, after working hard for months to meet deadlines and ship a new module on time and per specification, with as only interruption: going to the RunRevLive'09 conference and doing three presentations? Well, I'm glad you asked - I started by catching up on sleep and doing the couch potato thing, watching Star Trek Enterprise season 3.

But along came the release of version 4.0 of the revPlatform, with the highly anticipated revWeb browser plug-in. A-ha, that means it's experiment time! So I sat down and made a little demo revlet, using nothing but graphics, gradients and a few lines of code to demonstrate one way of faking a reflection while playing a simple animation of three circles.

If you don't have the revWeb plug-in installed yet, get it here. Then open a new browser window to run the demo here. Click the 'Start' button to let the three circles roam around. I've included a link for you to download the original stack; if you don't yet have a copy of revMedia 4.0, you can download it here for free.

I'm sure the resident animation and graphics revGurus Ben Beaumont, Malte Brill or Scott Rossi could make it look so much better and smoother, but it's the result of playing around for about an hour, and I'm quite pleased with what I put together, given that my multimedia skills are virtually limited to stick figures.

The beauty of the revPlatform is its elegant language and extreme productivity. And now you can take revMedia for free and start creating revlets - no need to learn Flash ActionScript or JavaScript. Who can resist that?

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