Work in Progress: Sinewav3, a Music Visualizer for Artists

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Sinewav3-WIPMy interest in animation and music visualization goes way back. In the early 90’s, I worked on shows for the Bays Mountain Planetarium, producing soundtracks, introducing their artists to Autodesk Animator, and even creating music-synced laser visuals on the dome for their popular Star Fest show. I worked as an animator at ZFx, Inc until the Internet as we know ...

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Gamifying Reader Reactions to Book Marketing Materials

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page-fight-homeImmerse or Die is a tough-love book review project begun by Canadian author and editor Jefferson Smith. Page Fight, this reader-reaction companion app, is a collaboration between Jefferson and Futurescale. He was the consulting editor for our publishing venture’s first release, and came up with the idea for the project.

Together, we’ve spent a lot of time ...

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Connecting Firebase To Slack With Node

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For a recent project, we needed to send various types of user feedback to corresponding Slack channels from a single page HTML5 app.

Since Slack webhook endpoints must be hidden, this can’t be done directly from the browser without revealing that URL and inviting spammers to flood the Slack channels.

The application was not running a traditional backend, but rather being served statically ...

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User Profiles Module for Angular and Firebase Released

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While they’re never exciting to code, it’s a fact that most non-trivial web applications need a user profile management module.

And today, that usually entails implementing OAuth authentication from at least one of the big social networks, since users increasingly choose to place trust with their identity in Facebook over some random website.

Anyone who has plumbed the ...

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What We Learned by Creating a Software Licensing Product

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Every entrepreneur needs to walk away from a few smoking craters. It builds character and informs the next endeavor. In that spirit, we offer this post-mortem of our Zarqon Active License Control System.

What Were We Thinking?

In early 2009, the future of Adobe Flex and Air was bright. The platform had matured, and the possibility of a single codebase for desktop, mobile, ...

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Futurescale Tapped for Multiplatform Presentation Viewer

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When it comes to creating truly stunning presentations, few companies have a pedigree as rich as Manhattan-based Sales Graphics.

Don’t let the unassuming name fool you – their diverse client base reads like a Who’s Who of the Broadcast, Financial Services, and Publishing industries. So why do heavy hitters like A&E, AMC, HBO, Dish TV, NBC Universal, Playboy, American Express, Ferrari, ...

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O’Reilly Publishes Our PureMVC Developer Guide

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From Startup to Mastery, We Wrote the Book on PureMVC

Futurescale is pleased to announce the publication of ActionScript Developer’s Guide to PureMVC by O’Reilly Media.

Written by Cliff Hall, Futurescale’s founder and CEO, this book teaches the fundamentals of development with PureMVC, the popular open source framework for developing maintainable applications with a Model-View-Controller architecture, in the context of a complete ...

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Dungeon Joe: A Casual Touch-focused Strategy Game

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All work and no play makes for an extremely dull developer.

There’s nothing like a deadline to get your motor running.

In 2011, RIM, makers of the Blackberry, released their tablet offering, and announced that they would support Adobe AIR apps. In order to get their Blackberry World app store loaded up with content, they gave any developer who had an app approved ...

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Don’t Hitch Your Dinghy to the Titanic

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farewell_titanicOne of the most important tenets of Object Oriented Programming is loose-coupling. This is the idea that entities within a system should have as little ‘knowledge’ of each other as possible.

We achieve this by layering other concepts such as encapsulation, interfaces, and schema-based messaging. Loose-coupling is important because it leads to more maintainable, and reusable code. But ...

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Drone Comms Testing GUI “Best Looking, Most Intuitive”

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jitc-patch-1When Avtec Systems was awarded the contract to develop a Common Data Link Waveform Compliance Tester for the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), they settled on Adobe Flex for the user interface.

Futurescale was in turn chosen by Avtec to build the GUI for the CWCT, to be used by JITC for verifying standard CDL waveform interoperability between candidate ...

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