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I am presenting this information — not because you can’t do the Google search yourself — but as a reminder of the Google search which I did.

Wander World Web Animation

I have been getting back into web development. Great. There have been a couple of big surprises along the way. 1) The technologies which were in the bag seat when I first started web development some 14 years ago are now in the drivers seat, 2) For the purpose of enriching animations, Flash seems to have been relegated to streaming video players like YouTube and Vimeo. 3) With regard to number 1 above, the ecological niche previously occupied by Flash has been filled by the fierce and friendly battle royalé of HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery/JavaScript.

“Flash died in 2007, and everyone’s been catching up since then. It’d long since been the worst part of the web” [1]

Todays Big Players

That open technologies would prevail on the web is mainly thanks to the support for open standards by Google (Android), Apple (iOS) and others. It is also do to the ascendancy of the mobile market place: if it doesn’t run on a mobile device, it is not mainstream (anymore).

Industry Best Practices

The AWWWARDS for Animated Websites showcases some of the best work available on the web today. I will particularly recommend the WanderWorld example. Scrolling down drives the animation. Another thing that comes out here is the pre-eminence of ‘flat’ animation these days.

Mixeek

In looking for a tool to help me produce web animations for the game that I am working on, I have been looking for actual animations which run on my Android phone. Sadly, I have found many more screenshots of development tool environments than actual finished products deployed on the web. This is especially true for Apple’s Hype 2

So what has caught my eye, and now has my attention, is Mixeek “Free css3 and html5 [online] animation tool”.

[1] “(external) http://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/web-dev-review/hype-2-the-simplest-way-to-make-web-animation/“http://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/web-dev-review/hype-2-the-simplest-way-to-make-web-animation/

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About This Game

In the distant future, air is sometimes free. SpaceTrader is a simple strategy game based on trading. To win, you simply buy low, and sell high. Retire early by making 1m credits.

If anything shoots at you, you are welcome to shoot back at it. Because you gatta do what you gatta do.

SpaceTrader is a chill-out strategy game based on the trading of commodities in a fictional universe. Navigate your space ship between space ports, avoid the dangers of space, and generally get rich quick.

Web Demo (12MB)

You can play the free version of this game in your web browser. Installation of the Unity3D plugin is required, which is free and easy to install. Click on this link to play the game.

Download Demo (22MB)

You can download the free version of this game to play on your PC. No plugin is required.

For comments and suggestions, please email Shannon Ware

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About This Game

Kokorozashi is a memory game.

Turn wooden tiles over one at a time to reveal the pattern on the other side.

Match all of the pairs of tiles to win.

Web Demo (2MB)

You can play the free version of this game in your web browser. Installation of the Unity3D plugin is required, which is free and easy to install. Click on this link to play the game.

Download Demo (9MB)

You can download the free version of this game to play on your PC. No plugin is required.

For comments and suggestions, please email Shannon Ware

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Three things you should know about Shannon Ware:

  1. I am a ‘person of African descent’ (i.e. ‘black’)
  2. I live in Ireland
  3. I am not on the dole.

Additional points of interest:

  • I made a website
  • I wrote a kanji
  • I caught a fish
  • I ate a whale
  • I made a game
  • I debugged a program
  • I wrote an article
  • I designed a character
  • I signed a petition
  • I voted

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One of the benefits of not being famous is not being called to account for what you say. I write this blog not in the expectation of it being read by thousands, or hundreds, or even tens. I write it first as a writing exercise, and second to keep track of this information for my own purposes. Lastly, I suppose I am vain, and I pretend that I am beautiful by looking into a decorated mirror.

This post is coming to you via TextPattern, which I am hereby recommending for anyone in the ‘adapt open source technologies to your client’s needs’ category of web designers and developers. In brief, TextPattern is the best of both worlds: out of the box it does everything that you need in a website, especially considering the scenario where you will set up a website for an SME or non-profit organization which will want to make major or minor updates in the near or far future. Once you are up and running, it can be changed in any way that you require on the front end (visitor facing), while still retaining all the site-administration functions required on the back end (administrator facing).

TextPattern (wisely) does not aim to be all things to all people right out of the box, but as the kids are doing it these days relies on its community of designers and developers to extend the look and the functionality of TextPattern to meet any need. And for most of us this active community of contributors means that we will never have to write a line of code.

Leveraging this robust plug-in architecture is one developer in particular that I feel inclined to share with you: adi. Their plug-ins are tremendously useful, are bug free, and come with an unbeatable price tag. The unbeatable price tag, that is to say.

adi_mobile – Mobile browser detection
http://forum.textpattern.com/viewtopic.php?id=35811

adi_menu
http://textpattern.org/plugins/996/adi_menu
adi_menu also offers breadcrumb (top bar site navigation).

So, yeah. Now that’s out of my system.

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