Zachary Berry

Designer & Developer

Trace Flex & Flash content (minus Flex/FlashBuilder junk)

I use a tail command alias (from FlashApe) to constantly output the contents of my flashlog file to the terminal which makes reading output very useful. However, if you use FlexBuilder/FlashBuilder at all, you’ll notice it will dump millions of useless comments such as

`-> Begin call to AS: getSelectedItems()<br />
<- End call to AS: getSelectedItems, Result = Text23<br />
==> Begin AS external call: designViewComplete()<br />
<== End AS external call: designViewComplete, Result =`

Just resizing the design view is enough to dump tons of these statements into your trace output, which gets very annoying. While working on a project, a friend of mine had the idea of somehow removing these statements, which got me thinking.

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Automatically Ripping FLAC Files to mp3s Via Shell Script - Update!

I have made a slight update to the earlier post at Automatically Ripping FLAC Files to mp3s Via Shell Script. I have updated the script so that it will automatically make the database directory the first time you run it. Without that change, the script wouldn’t work as expected unless you manually created the directory.

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Hacking Cog to have an iTunes style library

I use Cog on OS X as my primary music application which I’m pretty happy with - It’s very lightweight and plays FLAC files. Still, I prefer how Rhythmbox and iTunes manages your music in one large library. Cog, on the other hand, gives you a directory listing and requires you to drag and drop files into a library to listen to them.

This post describes a way to make Cog work more like iTunes. The library for Cog is simply a m3u playlist file on the filesystem. I wrote a script that would overwrite the m3u file with list of files in my music directory whenever you run Cog.

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Dynamically Rescaling Flex Applications

For a project, we’ve been meaning to implement some accessibility features such as providing the ability to resize all of the text in the application. The problem with this is that it requires a lot of overhead to build your application so that it can handle dynamic text sizes. I wanted instead to try some scaleX and scaleY action on the entire Flex application, emulating the way Firefox (and other similar browsers) now handle page resizing.

For the most part, this worked really well. You need some UI to set the scale value (for example, a slider component). Then, in your application you can just set the scaleX and scaleY values to the value of that component.

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