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mbudm says

Well it’s winter here in Oz, so I’ll be :

- staying inside and creating templates, templates and more templates (they’re so much fun! why didn’t I start this last October when I joined.. silly me). I’m still on humble brown so maybe I should target black (is that after red?)

- occasionally stopping when the sighs of my GF get audible enough to distract me from my computer bubble

- doing some digging in the garden to prepare the spring vegie patch, especially when I hit one of those really horrible coding problems where your brain is so full of for loops that it’s difficult to communicate to said GF

- try and avoid reading posts from northern hemisphere folk who are going on about their nice summer ;-)

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mbudm says

Applying SWFaddress to an already built site is hard but not impossible.

The key requirement is that navigation must go through one piece of code. Because then you have a point to place the communication between flash and javascript (which is how all deeplinking systems work).

Creating deep linking down to infinite levels is not impossible either, you just need to create a system for writing the urls – and stick to it. This is another reason why it is better to have one piece of code that handles the communication with javascript – this code creates the url and can also understand the urls that are received back from javascript (which is what happens when someone clicks the back button).

Eg my template just uses numbers eg: http://yoursite.com/#/0/2/0/3 which means takes you to a sub-sub-sub-page. The bit of code that creates #/0/2/0/3 can also understand and interpret which part of the flash file this represents.

My next version of this will allow numbers to be replaced by names if the author want is so #/0/2/0/3 could instead be #/main/people/bob/activities

BTW I ’ve used a SWFaddress alternative called FLurl for the template above, which I found to be a simpler option for my first go. However for my next file I’m going to go with SWFaddress because of the SEO capabilities.

I’m happy to answer any q’s you have on this because I think that we all need to make flash templates do as much if not more than html cousins – because then we all sell more as you get ease of use, cool design and all the seo/navigation basics that html gives you. If flash sites get a rep for not doing basic things than folk won’t even look at sites like flashden.

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mbudm says

The sample size here is quite small, I wouldn’t draw any conclusions until we’ve at least gone for a month with the new process. Who knows what seasonal variations might affect two different 10 day periods.

In my old gig where we lived and breathed stats, every conclusion about an effect of a site change would be regarded as tentative until at least 3 months after a new release.

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mbudm says

Hi, it may be a bit over complicated for this specific problem but I have had some good experiences using this: http://www.amfphp.org/

It’s a way of sending data from AS to php and back again as native data types (arrays, objects). I used it for my folio a few years back and it’s still working like a breeze.

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mbudm says

q1 – no, definitely we want to encourage new buyers/sellers in and we have no way of knowing what relevant questions they might have so an FAQ can only go so far

q2 – I like it, however the logic behind could maybe be looked at to ensure that it promotes up and coming as well as long term popular items. Maybe something like ‘fastest movers’ as they have in stock/share sites. This means that things that are seasonally popular such as end of FY things (that people find via keyword searches) will pop up occasionally… a bit like google trends no?

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mbudm says

Thanks, always good to hear some solid numbers to kill off any lingering doubts. I don’t know some old geezer was on about when he said, “lies, damned lies and statistics”

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mbudm says
Another great news! So, no more templates using and using again always the same modules… right? :-)

I hope not. I think a new site template with different navigation and layout/transistions that reuses ‘page modules’ should be acceptable. It would seem ridiculous to have to create a new image gallery module (or even form module, basic text page module…) for each new template design?

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mbudm says

..last for today, I promise…

I like the way the upload queue now gives a breakdown of the count for the category as well as the overall queue, but in my case over the last few days this has made me as confused as the FD author in this post:

http://activeden.net/forums/thread/upload-queue-confusion/5648

That thread has a good explanation – but doesn’t explain how I could go from 1st out of 9 animations to 1st out of 6 animations (unless three animations were deleted).

My animation is fairly simple and obviously someone who handles animations is probably working – hence my confusion.

Now I don’t doubt that there is a perfectly reasonable explanation so here’s my suggestion…

How about adding a little faq about the queue logic and providing a link to this somewhere around the queue area of the upload page? Doesn’t have to be much, just a little info to appease us worrisome authors ;-)

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mbudm says

Hi, I just tried to set up RSS for comments as detailed in this FAQ : http://activeden.net/faq/selling#q19

And it didn’t work so I searched the forums and got the answer here: http://activeden.net/forums/thread/item-comments-rss-feed/7536?page=1#62183

Maybe it’s just a firefox and mac thing but in the faq the url to use is written as: http://activeden.net/feeds/useritemcomments/[myUserName].atom

When it should be: http://activeden.net/feeds/user_item_comments/[myUserName].atom

Ta

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mbudm says

It’s not a preloader but my wine pour animation is drawn from video so the pouring liquid is pretty realistic and adaptable to other uses.

http://activeden.net/item/animated-pour-of-a-glass-of-wine/21090

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