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johnhattan

Member Since 14 Jun 1999
Offline Last Active Nov 22 2014 06:20 AM

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In Topic: Port Flash to android native app (no AIR)

20 January 2012 - 08:21 PM

If the main objection to AIR is the requirement for a separate downloadable runtime, check out the new "captive runtime" feature in the latest AIR SDK. It basically packs the AIR runtime into the APK itself, thus making an app that needs no separate runtime. It's quite a bit larger than its non-AIR counterpart (8.5 meg), but it works.

Also note that a couple of tablets, specifically Nook and Kindle Fire, have AIR installed by default so nobody's the wiser.

But yeah, as it stands, there's no AS3-Java convertor in existence or in the works. I'd like a real AOT compiler like the iPhone's compiler, but I haven't heard of one in the works.

In Topic: What SDK for multi-platform app?

20 January 2012 - 08:09 PM

There's an excellent interactive list of mobile frameworks here.

In Topic: The GDNet Birthday thread

15 June 2011 - 03:11 PM

CAEK!

NOM NOM NOM!

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In Topic: Flash 3D or Adobe Director(Shockwave)

05 May 2011 - 12:52 PM

Director hasn't seen a substantial update in quite some time, and with the new Flash 3D features, it's looking like a very dead end. If you're looking at 3D authoring right now, check out Unity. Otherwise wait for Molehill.

Bumpin^

Its been a few days. Anyone has anything to share? Any experiences with Molehill API or Adobe Director?
I dont wanna put down about a grand and then realise it was a wrong decision.
I googled and googled but all the news where old, thats why I ask. Its like Adobe Director is not much of an option anymore? Yet, its advertised as Adobe's Game Development ''platform''.

Any help would be greatly apreciated! Thanks.




In Topic: Using classical music in games

10 June 2010 - 07:12 AM

Copyright law in the US is a mess, so research well. Nolo press has a good book on the public domain that'll help you do your research.

As for music, ALL pre-1922 sheet music and lyrics are in the public domain, period. It doesn't matter when the actual author died. So start there. If you like some Mozart, then get the sheet music (as that's very much pre-1922) and either perform it yourself or have someone perform it. Then it's 102% yours.

That being said, virtually all recordings are NOT public domain. The ones that are are so old that you probably won't want to use them.

Piano-player rolls have been court-ruled to be recordings and not sheet music. So even though there's equipment that can convert old piano rolls into MIDI, the resulting MIDI file aren't public domain and are considered derivative recordings.

Mind you, much of this comes down to squatter's rights. If you convert a 1930 piano-roll of "Won't You Come Home Bill Baily" and put it in your game, it's pretty doubtful that anyone will come after you.

Mind you, there are exceptions, the most notable being "Happy Birthday To You", which is still under copyright and is the reason why families in sitcoms always sing "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" on birthday episodes :)

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