• Design
    Quick Tip: FireWorks to Flash in About Ten SecondsPreview
    Sometimes, Flash just isn't the right tool for the job at hand. It's not great at creating textured buttons, for example. Luckily for us Adobe users, Fireworks is - and we can drag an object from Fireworks to Flash in about ten seconds. This Quick Tip will show you how.Read More…
  • Media
    Getting to Grips With Alpha Channel VideoPreview
    The creative uses for alpha channel video aren't limited to your local weatherman. In this Basix installment I'm going to show you how to pull a key in After Effects CS4, how to create an alpha channel video in the Adobe Media encoder, how to use that video in Flash and then we'll wind up the lesson looking at ways to creatively use alpha channel video in Flash. Ready? Let's get started..Read More…
  • Web Roundups
    Inspiration: Wonderful Watercolor WebsitesPreview
    This article showcases 30+ stunning web designs that make use of the incredible watercolor effect. The showcase is followed up with a small selection of links sharing a few tutorials and watercolor textures and brushes that you can use in your own designs.Read More…
  • ActionScript
    How to Use a Document Class in FlashPreview
    We're making some changes at Activetuts+. From now on, our tutorials will be using class-based code, instead of timeline code, wherever possible. This Quick Tip explains what you'll need to know.Read More…
  • Design
    How to Build and Enhance a 3-Level Navigation Menu200x200
    Perhaps more than any other topic, I'm most often contacted about how to build cross-browser navigation menus. Understandably, the reason is because every web designer has built one at some point, if not during every project! Nonetheless, it can absolutely be a tricky task. In this video tutorial, I'll teach you how to build an attractive cross-browser navigation menu; notable features include CSS3 gradients, multiple sub-menus, and jQuery animations. Read More…
  • Applications
    How to Prepare Your Flash Documents for TV BroadcastPreview
    In my previous article I showed you how to export a code-driven animation for video playback. The problem with writing these things is that everything is wonderful because I get to focus on a single task - but everyone then thinks, "Cool, I can do that" and then discovers they have walked into a minefield because preparing Flash for broadcast requires a lot of work behind the scenes. In this article, I am going to walk you through some of the more important things you need to know and do when preparing Flash projects for broadcast.Read More…
  • PHP
    CodeIgniter from Scratch: The Calendar LibraryCodeigniter
    In this tenth episode of the CodeIgniter From Scratch screencast series, we will be exploring the Calendar library. We are also going to utilize the database class and jQuery AJAX. I will show you how to build a simple and CSS-styled calendar page, which will have the ability to store and display content for each day. Read More…
  • Animation
    Making Armatures With the Bones Tool in Flash CS4Preview
    Getting started with the bones tool can be intimidating and tricky, but it can be your best friend for animating once you've had some practice. You can create bones (armatures) for graphic shapes (like a simple triangle) or a set of movie clips. During this screencast, I'll demonstrate using the bones tool with shapes and will follow up using bones with movie clips.Read More…
  • HTML & CSS
    Design a Prettier Web Form with CSS 3Code
    Thanks to advanced CSS properties, such as gradients and shadows, it’s now quite easy to turn a dull web form into something beautiful – with minimal effort. I’ll show you how in today’s tutorial!Read More…
  • ActionScript
    Quick Tip: Get a Random Number Within a Specified Range Using AS3Preview
    We often need to use a randomly generated number for certain situations; using Math.random() * n will usually do the trick, but it will only calculate a number from 0 to n. What if we need a number that doesn't give 0 as the minimum value? How can you generate a random number between 100 and 1000? I'll show you how to do it in this Quick Tip.Read More…
  • Web Development
    Coding your First jQuery UI Plugin200x200
    jQuery contains the fn.extend() method, which makes authoring jQuery plugins quite easy, allowing us to write code that is used in exactly the same way as other jQuery methods. jQuery UI also contains structures that make authoring custom jQuery UI plugins easy. So that's what we'll be looking at over the course of this tutorial. The methods used differ from that of standard jQuery plugins, and there are stricter conventions that should be followed, which is why I feel the topic is deserving of an article. Read More…
  • Tools
    How to Design a Website with FireworksCode
    In this week’s plus video tutorial, we’ll teach you how to design a home page for a website using Adobe Fireworks CS4. Over the course of the video, you’ll learn numerous tips and tricks to accomplish the final design.Read More…