Archive for February, 2008
This post contains some step by step instructions on getting started with free Flash development using the Flex 3 SDK and FlashDevelop, both free.
I noticed that the getting started tutorials on the Adobe website are aimed at people who have purchased the Flash Builder package, so skip over some of the important details required for using the free Flex 3 SDK. This post is an adaptation of Getting Started With Flex Development And Why Its Worth Learning.
- Download the Flex 3 SDK from Here.
- Extract the contents of the ZIP file to somewhere like C:\Program Files\Flex3SDK
- Add C:\Program Files\Flex3SDK\bin to the PATH variable (Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Enironment Variables)
- Install the debug version of the Flash player from C:\Program Files\Flex3SDK\runtimes\player
Next we need to get FlashDevelop, which is a great, and free, IDE for Flash Development.
- Download FlashDevelop from here
- Go to Tools -> Program Settings -> AS3Context
- For the setting “Flex SDK Location” specify C:\Program Files\Flex3SDK
- Click on “Close”
Now you can follow the rest of the short tutorial at Getting Started With Flex Development And Why Its Worth Learning starting with the point where a new ActionScript file is created. Within minutes you will have your first flash script built with debug output!
Recently I needed to restore a backup made with Acronis True Image, however when I booted using the True Image recovery CD it didn’t work. Instead of restoring the image it rebooted the PC. Not very helpful.
After a bit of research it turns out that Acronis uses Linux for their recovery CD and sometimes this has problems with the hardware. An alternative is to use a free tool to create a Windows based recovery CD that runs True Image. The software is called BartPE.
Download BartPE (PE Builder) and install it.
If you have Acronis True Image 10 then you already have the BartPE plugin. If you have Acronis True Image 11 then I believe you have to register your copy and log into the Acronis site for the free download. For True Image 10, go to C:\Program Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome and rename the BartPE folder to “AcronisTrueImage”.
Copy the AcronisTrueImage folder to the “plugin” folder inside the BartPE installation folder. In my case that meant copying it to C:\pebuilder3110a\plugin
Run PE Builder from the Start menu.
Select the location where your Windows installation files are
Click on “Plugins” and make sure that Acronis True Image is enabled (should be by default).
Choose desired media output.
Click on “Build”.
This will either generate an ISO file for burning to a CD or burn the CD for you (depending on the options you choose).
Next, boot your PC with the BartPE CD inserted. Once you have gone through the network options, Acronis True Image can be found on the Go menu at:
Go -> System -> Storage -> Acronis True Image