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Apr 22 2010

uiImage: Loading Resources From Foreign Domains

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The uiImage component is used to display an image (JPG/PNG/GIF). The path to the image is specified by the source property. By default, the uiImage object will attempt to load resources from the “assets/images/” folder (path is relative to the application SWF). To load from a different path, for example the folder “resources/images/”, prefix the source with “url:”, example “url:resources/images/garden.jpg”.

In order to load images from a different domain, the Flash Player will need to read a crossdomain.xml file from the foreign domain (and this file must grant permission to your domain to access the required resources). Typically, you would expect to need to specify a checkPolicyFile property somewhere. In the case of the uiImage component, there is no checkPolicyFile property to set because this would be unnecessary.

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Mar 31 2010

uiFrame: ActionScript 3.0 GroupBox

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It is often overlooked, but the uiFrame component in the Aspire UI toolkit essentially has the same utility as the GroupBox in WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation).

A GroupBox displays a border/frame around a group of controls, with or without a caption/title. This is typically done to provide visual feedback to end-users that a collection of controls on a form is logically grouped.

When using the Aspire UI toolkit in ActionScript 3.0 projects, you can use the uiFrame component for the same results.

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Mar 30 2010

uiColorPicker: Customizing The Colors Palette

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In this post, we look at how the colors palette/swatch of the uiColorPicker control can be customized.

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Mar 27 2010

uiColorPicker: Adding Drop Shadow To Popup Palette

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The uiColorPicker control displays a single rectangular button that brings up a palette of pre-defined set of colors (also known as a color swatch). By default, this popup does not cast a drop shadow, as shown in the screenshot below:

In this post, we look at how to get the popup to cast a drop shadow, by simply adding some directives in the “rules.xml” of the theme you are using.

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Mar 26 2010

Aspire UI Components Update v1.4

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The Aspire UI Components toolkit has been updated to version 1.4 (changelog).

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Mar 13 2010

Aspire UI Components (Flash ActionScript 3.0) Site License

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We have added a new licensing option for the Aspire UI Components (Flash ActionScript 3.0) toolkit. For teams with more than 15 developers, this option translates to significant savings.

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Feb 27 2010

[Developer Showcase] ActiveCaptain – The Interactive Cruising Guidebook

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The developers at ActiveCaptain have been using the Aspire UI Components toolkit for over a year now. In this article, we take a quick look at their latest Flash web application, an interactive cruising guide.

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Jan 04 2010

Using AspireUI Components with MDM Zinc 3.0

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MDM Zinc™ 3.0 is a feature-rich Rapid Application Development Tool for turning SWFs into stunning commercial cross-platform desktop applications, screensavers, widgets, CD roms, DVD’s, kiosks and more. The AspireUI AS3 library uses PNG image files for component skinning, and this ease of skinning is a good fit for Zinc™ 3.0 projects, especially if you would like to create applications that look like native desktop applications. The toolkit currently comes with four component themes – “classic”, “xp”, “vista” and “graylic”. The first three aforementioned themes are Windows OS lookalike themes.

In this short tutorial, we will look at how you can use the AspireUI library in Zinc™ 3.0 projects, and how you can easily swap component themes by simply changing one line of code.

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Dec 14 2009

Aspire UI Components Trial Version Updated

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The Trial Version of the Aspire UI library has been updated to v1.3.4 and is now available for download at
http://ghostwire.com/aspireui/download/

* The trial version is strictly for evaluation purposes.

* Compiled SWFs will stop working after a few minutes.

* This trial version is based off Aspire UI Standard Edition v1.3.4.

* Includes the assets for “classic”, “graylic” and “xp” themes.

* Aspire UI is an ActionScript 3.0 library – compiled SWFs must target Flash Player 9+.

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Dec 14 2009

Aspire UI Components: Size of “classic”, “graylic”, “vista” and “xp” Themes

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The Aspire UI Components library, for pure ActionScript 3.0 development, now ships with four themes – “classic”, “graylic”, “vista” and “xp”. These themes are included to demonstrate the versatility of the skinning workflow; developers are not limited to these themes but can design their own themes via PNG images.

By default, components in the toolkit uses external PNG images loaded during run-time for component skinning. As of version 1.3, skin assets of the same theme can be compressed and packed into a single binary file, facilitating run-time loading and also making it easy to embed the skin assets if so desired.

As at the time of this post, the sizes of the compressed packed version of the themes are as follows:

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