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by mkeefe on Jan 3rd, 2011

A look back on 2010

Just as soon as it began 2010 is now in the history books. Let me take a moment to reflect on some notable things that took place in 2010, both professional and personal.

It technically began in 2009 but on New Years eve I went to a Dane Cook show with my now girlfriend and what a show it was.

Fast forward to February which included a vacation to the Caribbean with family and friends where I was unaware at the time I would be doing the majority of my photography for the year. Overall the cruise was a great start to the New Year! I highly recommend you go on one at least once in your life.

The majority of Spring I spent working on various freelance projects and with awesome teams around the world. One notable project I got the opportunity to work on in the Spring was an interactive training module for an oil company, though I can’t speak any specifics on that project I can say it was fun!

Towards the start of summer I was invited to a Red Sox game where i’m almost certain no one remembers the score, but thats how you know it was a great time. As summer marched on I took a small break to Florida to see family and friends for a few days but ended up working on a bunch of projects while there.. kind of typical in the life of a freelancer.

When I returned home in late July I started officially working as a Flash developer with Litl in Boston where I had the opportunity to work on awesome Flash projects for their Litl webbook and other upcoming hardware. This was also the first time I had responded to a cold call from a talent agent, but something about Aquent (their parent) struck me right. I am still enrolled with Aquent and highly recommend them to professionals looking for new work or a new career.

In the Fall I flew out to Vegas for the annual PhotoshopWorld and got to meet a bunch of great people, including some I had spoke with via email/chat for the last few years. Rather than flying back home from Vegas I decided to make a stop in Colorado and spent some time with friends roughing it in the woods and shooting guns, two hobbies of mine.

When I finally returned home from my Vegas/Colorado travels I only had a few short weeks before I was on a plane to attend Adobe MAX for the first time in my life. Looking back I can’t believe I waited so long but I certainly picked the right MAX to attend with all the goodies given away by Google, Motorola, Adobe and even Blackberry. While in LA I also got the opportunity to speak at a mini conference on the subject of Flash mobile, which was a great time and can’t wait to speak again.

After returning home from MAX I decided to work on a few personal goals and in doing so I got my motorcycle permit, took a class and ended up receiving my motorcycle license. I also obtained (after much hoop jumping) my LTC gun permit. Don’t be concerned though, I am not running off to join a motorcycle club/gang.. I just love guns and bikes.

On a strictly personal topic I also celebrated 6 months with my girlfriend, got to spend the holidays together and even celebrated the arrival of 2011 on the Boston waterfront with friends this past weekend.

I also took a 13 day vacation to where else? Florida! I imagine one day I will move there, I guess we’ll see.

In all 2010 was a great year, I progressed my business towards bigger and better projects, checked off personal achievements and got to travel around the country. This of course only means 2011 will be even bigger and I am not wasting any time either. In early 2011 I am launching a bunch of website applications, mobile apps/updates and opening a new company with my good friend Phil whose graphics work you have seen in much of my client work for many years now.

So there you have it, how was your 2010? Lets hear it.. and on to 2011 and all it has in store for us all.

As mentioned a few days ago I had the opportunity to speak at MiniMAX in Santa Monica last Wednesday evening. Well I have posted the slides (not sure how useful they are) and all of the source code from the talk. I have also posted the slide app (written in Flash) and slide controller (AIR/Android app) source code for you to learn from and use on your own.

Soon I will be posting tutorials on Scriptplayground covering AIR/Android and other Flash mobile topics, along with a full site rollout in the near future.

Enjoy, comment, share and most of all, happy coding!

The time comes in every companies life, no matter how large or small that a rebranding is necessary. This is done to refresh the company, add new ideas or change the direction. In the case of Scriptplayground I have decided as the Founder that the content is king, but the UI is crap.

Scriptplayground was once a sub-page off of my company site, mkeefeDESIGN and later grew into a small code repository. Now about 7 years later and on a volunteer basis the site has just under 100 unique, in-depth tutorials covering various programming languages and tools.

The direction of Scriptplayground is not changing in this rebranding/update, instead more features are being implemented to make the viewers experience better. More exclusive authors are being added to the list of contributors and more regular (weekly) updates will be posted once V4 launches.

The exact date that V4 (codename: Rosetta) will launch is not known but I am planning a beta version in the coming months. I am making sure this version is robust and WILL NOT be satisfied until its right. Of course with this being a free time project that also factors into the time it takes to update.

For the special event of Rosetta (v4) being released Scriptplayground is running a contest. Simply follow on Twitter or Facebook and the winner will be chosen once the site launches. The winner will receive an iPod Nano Touch, no strings attached.

Thats all for now, please leave any comments, features or topics you’d like to see over at Scriptplayground in the comments below.

No you aren’t living in the twilight zone, Apple has indeed lifted its 3.3.1 restriction. This of course is huge for the Flash community as we can now once again create mobile apps using the Flash for iPhone Packager that is included in Flash CS5.

Not only can you create apps, but existing apps have started to become approved as of today and even Adobe announced the news, ending with a note they will continue development.

So in the end Adobe comes up on top, and I still hate Apple for putting us through this, but glad its over… at least for now. Hopefully Apple will lift their baseless ban on Flash for mobile Safari.

by mkeefe on Apr 30th, 2010

CS5 is now shipping

Thats right, the much anticipated Creative Suite 5 is now available for purchase and is shipping. As a bonus you can download the trials and be the envy of your colleagues on Monday. After all what are weekends for but being glued to your monitors and ingesting all thats new in the suite apps?

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