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Happy Birthday Activetuts+!

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It's our birthday! We're one year old, one year bigger, one year wiser and one year better-looking! This is a quick thank you to all who contribute to and visit the site, you make Activetuts+ what it is; an Active learning community.

Read on to see what we have in store for our second year - and please take the opportunity to give us some feedback too..

Looking Back

One year ago today Activetuts+ (then known as Flashtuts+) saw its first tut go live, and we've being publishing quality content ever since (almost 250 posts, in fact). We've seen some great work and collaborated with some very talented developers and designers.

We've refined how we feature content too; it was fairly clear from the beginning that ActionScript 2 was no longer the way forward, so we've done our best to feature only the latest techniques and technologies. For those who were in doubt about this, Dru Kepple was there to help them take their first steps into ActionScript 3.0 with his AS3 101 series.

More recently, I've been joined by Michael, who's taken it upon himself to see that all tuts adhere strictly to best practices. His Quick Tip on using the Document Class has seen more traffic than any other tut this year!

..but enough about the past, let's talk about the future..!

Looking Forward

Since the site redesign last month we've seen the introduction of Basix tuts, extra weekly content in the form of Quick Tips and from next month we'll be offering even more. Once a month you'll be treated to an Exclusive Freebie; a quality file (think slideshow, media player, website template) available freely to all Activetuts+ readers. There's also a whisper on the wind of a Premium section to our site, even more reason to subscribe to the Tuts+ members-only area! Stay tuned for more information on that exciting development.

Our technological basis is growing too. Adobe CS5 will see the introduction of more tricks and possibilities and we're currently getting some Silverlight content together to broaden our scope within interactive development even further. Plenty to do then!

We Could Use Your Feedback

When all's said and done, the Tuts+ sites are driven by their readers. So how do you think Activetuts+ is doing so far? What do you want from us in the future? Let us know in the comments:

  1. What is one aspect you love about Activetuts+?
  2. What is one aspect of the site we could improve on?

Constructive feedback is appreciated and all ideas will be reviewed. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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