At the moment I am working on what I think is a very cool project: a book on
There is so much news about HTML 5 that I thought I would use this blog to
kind of pull together some of the emerging features. If you are new to HTML
5, then let me give you the nickel tour.
HTML 4 and XHTML were the last official versions of the HTML language (you
know, that code you view when you right click in the Web browser and choose
"show code"). It has been 12 years since the last upgrade. In that time we
have had AJAX (or Ajax) for Web 2.0, Flash and SilverLight for Rich Internet
Applications and this thing called the iPhone that have all shaken up the way
we use the Web.
HTML 5 is a new standard that is taking the big picture, long term view of
what to do with Web development. The language has been cobbled together by
different groups including Google, Apple, Adobe and, ... (more)
The "Got Talent" franchise is world wide and is running in dozens of
countries (Simon Cowell must be making a fortune!!).
The Ukraine winner is Kseniya Simonova who won with this amazing animation.
If you look you will see that she is using only sand on top of a light
table. It is breathtaking.
HTML 5 is making some things easier to use. The first is the DOCTYPE. Located
at the top of a Web page before the opening BODY tag, the DOCTYPE describes
the syntax for the page. The roots for the DOCTYPE lie in SGML. Bearing this
in mind, all DOCTYPES for HTML 4 and XHTML require a DTD (Document Type
Definition) to describe the content. This is all gone in HTML 5. Now, all you
have to do to declare that you are using HTML 5 as your DOCTYPE is add the
following to the root of your Web page:
That's it. Easy, huh?
Talk to iPhone developers and they will tell you that game development for
the iPhone is not hard. OK, that’s great for them, but what about us mere
mortals that quake at the thought of having to write code. For us there is
now alternative: GameSalad.com
GameSalad is two products. The first product is a piece of software you
download to your desktop that allows you to build your games. The second is a
service you upload your game too and have it converted for your iPhone. The
Game Salad Creator
The game creation with Game Salad Creator is easy. It’s really just point
and click.... (more)
It may only be a point release but that doesn't mean that Electric Rain,
makers of the #1 3D modeling software tool for Flash animators hasn't come
out swinging. What you'll find with this new release is a tight focus on the
rendering options in Swift 3D.
Quick Run Down on Swift 3D
First I have to admit I'm partial to Electric Rain's Swift 3D. To me, it has
always been the small product that stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes
of Soft Image, Max and the other big 3D boys. Swift 3D isn't the only Flash
4D design product on the market. It's simple the one outselling its