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    Application in Full-HD with twitter

    Hello,

    I want your advice according the use of flash or not.
    For a client I need to build a CMS and application that shows pictures (multiple photoalbums), twitter and textmessages on a full-hd television. The 40inch screen is placed in a pub. People can twitter a message and that message needs to appear on the screen.
    The CMS is already fixed, php and mysql based. Communication by flash through xml. Or is amfphp better?

    So I had in mind to build the full-screen application in flash, but because flash is build for small advertisements etc...
    I was curious if this isn't to 'heavy' for flash.
    Because the application does a lot at the same time in a very high resolution (1920 x 1080) at 25fps:

    1. Twitter, continously contact with twitter-server, create and delete movieclips, every message is a movieclip.
    2. Multiple layers, top layer is PNG with transparancy, loading a new png every few minutes, layer on bottom are the pictures.
    3. Loading pictures, I use flash eff for transitions, 2 pictures loaded a the time
    4. Textmessages (such as "Friday evening karaoke" ) are showed over the pictures/png.
    5. Embed complete fontset (I heard that thats time consuming?)

    I hope I explained the situation well enough, here you can find a example:
    http://www.schoppensnieder.nl/WalkIn...Voorbeeld.html

    The pictures a missing, because this is a example.

    Maybe flash can do this without any problem, but because I have some problems with twitter,
    movieclips (containing the tweets) aren't positioned always good, so the bird is overlapping the previous message...

    I hope that flash can do this stable in the high resolution, the content, except twitter, is local.
    Stability is maybe the most important issue.

    Thanks in advance.


    Greetz Willem

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    Shouldn't be an problem, I'd look at using a sfw=exe solution though for final so that you have full access to system. Personally I use SWFStudio

    For the transitions and animations I'd use a good tween engine like TweenMax where you get really high performance with small file size.

    The only issue I am aware of with embeding fonts is size and with an local application it's not an issue.

    Actually sounds like a fun project.

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    Thanks for the fast reaction!
    I'd looked at SWFStudio, but its to expensive for the project.
    And full local access I don't need because the swf-file is placed on a pc thats running as a server.
    So the flash-app is loaded bij http://127.0.0.1/index.html (code makes it full-screen)
    I will look at it, TweenMax looks good at what I saw just.
    The font we are using is Mac-Only, our mistake, but thats the reason that I need to include it, because the server is running on Windows 7. But maybe we can switch to another font.

    Absolutely, its a fun project.
    The only thing thats makes me crazy is the fact that the twitter message are sometimes overlapping the previously one. But I think I go rewrite this.

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    Are you using the Twitter API? There is a Twitter Class that might work. I haven't messed with pulling Twitter feeds.

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    No I didn't, but this api is way better then my code. No surpise.
    I will use this one and then the visual problem had to be vanished!

    Thanks for the tip.

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