Well, 2008 was a pretty good year for us. We released a new animation (finally), put together a reel of previous work (finally), updated the ajarproductions.com main page (finally), and released about 20 (free) extensions.
Thanks to my Creatives Services dept. (my main job), I went to Flash Forward and Adobe MAX this year (both in San Francisco). I also attended Flash Camp in SF and picked up the ‘Most Useful’ award at the hackathon competition for my Combine Textfields extension. I met some great people at all three events.
Thanks to promotion by Chris Georgenes, Lee Brimelow, Keith Gilbert, Michael Ninness, Richard Galvan, Jen DeHaan, Tim Cole, and many others; our extensions picked up a huge amount of new web traffic. Thanks to Josh Carrollhach for his great suggestions as well.
Lesson: Provide something useful and people will visit your site. I always knew this, but I started the blog thinking that tutorials would be the thing that we offered most and at some point in the last year I got consumed with creating extensions.
Plans for 2009
We’ve got more extensions on the way. I’m planning to keep those free. I’ll be putting out a free desktop utility (built on AIR) in the first week or two. I’ve begun work on a commercial desktop application as well. Hopefully we’ll have some more tutorials and animation up as time allows.
Look for us in Chris Georgenes’ How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS4, due out in April 2009.
Amy’s got and brand new computer and she’s picking up Flash rather quickly, so hopefully she’ll have some animation up in the next year.
Thanks for visiting us in 2008! Thanks to everyone who has commented with suggestions and words of support on the blog. Come back and see us in 2009.