Category Archives: Mobile Development

Creating a Cross-Platform Marketplace

Having a unified buying experience is an essential quality of a true cross-platform application. Many people have asked how I overcame the challenge of creating a consistent marketplace for my cross-platform game, Hero Mage, so I’ve put together this brief tutorial and downloadable example. This tutorial doesn’t cover writing ANE’s or setting up vendor-specific storefront; rather, it demonstrates how to write a common interface that … Continue reading

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How to Become a Successful Game Developer with Adobe Flash

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With the advent of mobile app stores, there is more potential than ever for independent game developers to arise and become the next generation of game innovators. But how can small or even one-man teams possibly manage the technical complexities of developing on so many diverse platforms? Enter Adobe Flash, a visual development tool with the capability to export games to web, Android, and iOS. … Continue reading

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Features Needed for Game Development in Flash Professional

Many developers use Flash Professional as their primary tool for creating browser and mobile games for Android and iOS due to its ability to easily work with game assets and also work with ActionScript code. The tool is unique because it allows you to exercise both your right and left brains. With Adobe’s new game-centric focus for the Flash player and AIR, future versions of … Continue reading

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Aura Multiscreen Components

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Adobe Flash Professional is an amazing tool for developing multiscreen games and applications. I’m developing a new suite of UI components to help make the process of creating multiscreen compatible user interfaces even easier called Aura. These components adapt themselves automatically to function effectively for both desktop computers and mobile touchscreens. This video demonstrates the components in action from within the Flash Professional IDE: Features of Aura … Continue reading

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How to Create an Asynchronous Multiplayer Game

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There’s no doubting the fact that “asynchronous” multiplayer gameplay, or the ability to play games one turn per session over the course of several days, is the new hot trend in mobile gaming. Many of the top multiplayer games are asynchronous, including the popular Words with Friends (a one-move-at-a-time implementation of Scrabble) and Draw Something (a unique take on Pictionary that was recently bought by … Continue reading

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How to Become Your Own Game Developer with Adobe Flash

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In 2006, I conceived the idea for a unique strategy board game that combined elements of role playing games, table top war games, and collectible card games. My dream: to become a game designer and have this product published for the world to enjoy. The task seemed near impossible at the onset: how does an individual with no experience in the gaming industry become a … Continue reading

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Understanding GPU Rendering in Adobe AIR for Mobile

Figure 03. The example file movingClipsTest.fla demonstrates an example of simple vectors being moved around the stage with comparable performance to bitmaps.

By properly leveraging GPU rendering, you can effectively increase the performance of your Flash games and AIR applications, achieving higher frame rates than you would using CPU render mode. This article will teach you two methods to convert your graphics into GPU optimized bitmaps and explain key differences you will experience when publishing your application in GPU mode that are not explicitly covered in Adobe’s … Continue reading

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