Ajar Productions at Adobe MAX 2010

Justin | conferences | Thursday, September 30th, 2010

AJ and I will both be at Adobe MAX in LA this year.

I will be leading a BYOL (Bring your own laptop) lab entitled Extending Flash Pro using JSFL. Feel free to sit in even you don’t have your laptop with you.

Additionally, Chris Georgenes and I will available on Monday October 25th, between 6pm and 7pm, outside of the official Max Store to sign copies of Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques and answer questions.

Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash is now shipping!

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,design,jsfl | Monday, September 13th, 2010

I recently completed a book with with star animator Chris Georgenes entitled Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques. My wife AJ, the other half of Ajar Productions, also served as Technical Editor on the book. As you can imagine, we’re very excited about this book’s release!

Animation with Scripting for Flash book cover

Here’s the info from the back cover:

In Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques, top animation designer Chris Georgenes and designer/developer Justin Putney reveal how to create and successfully animate characters in Adobe Flash Professional CS5 and how to push the limits of timeline animation with stunning visual effects using ActionScript® 3.0.

This Studio Techniques book is designed for intermediate or advanced users who understand the basics of Flash and want to create a more immersive interactive experience. The book includes coverage of storyboarding, 2D character design and rigging, character animation, visual FX with code, workflow automation, and publishing your animation on the web and to mobile devices.

You can order the book from these fine retailers:

Peachpit | Amazon | Adobe Press

Let us know if you have any questions about the book. We hope you find it useful!

Automatic Lip Syncing in Adobe Flash with SmartMouth (sneak peak)

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,extensions | Friday, August 27th, 2010

*** UPDATE (11/3/2010) ***
SmartMouth is now available: http://smartmouth.ajarproductions.com

Here’s a little sneak preview of a new extension that I’ve been working on:

Short Version

See SmartMouth in action in a matter of seconds…


Full Version (10 min.)

UPDATE (9/6/2010): I’ve added thumbnail previews of the mouth shapes to the SmartMouth extension.

SmartMouth thumbnail previews


UPDATE (10/22/2010):
Nearly all systems are go. We’ve completed the license docs, the payment system is ready, and SmartMouth is almost ready for release. We were hoping to have it ready for release the week of Adobe MAX, but we still need another week to complete testing, produce user documentation, and make some minor refinements. At this point, we’re hoping to have SmartMouth ready for release during the first week of November. If you’d like to be notified of this release, you can sign up for our newsletter.

Adobe Flash Learning Links

Justin | Animate/Flash,design,links,tips | Friday, August 20th, 2010

I’ve had a number of users contacting me regarding ways to learn Adobe Flash Professional. There are a lot of great resources available for users interested in animation, design, and development in Flash.  Whether you’re an advanced user, or totally new to Flash, there are tons of resources available. Over the years, I’ve read dozens of books and visited hundreds of sites. So, I decided to put together a single page with many of my favorite Flash learning links. Enjoy!

FrameSync 2.0 Now Available

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,extensions | Monday, August 16th, 2010

FrameSync is a Flash extension, originally released nearly 2 years ago, that allows you rapidly lip-sync your characters with an audio track. With this newest release, you can sync your characters even faster and easier than before.

In the process of putting together a Flash CS5 animation book with Chris Georgenes, I started looking at new features that could be added to FrameSync based on the updated extensibility layer in Flash Professional CS5. In addition to that, I had a few requests from users about displaying label-less keyframes in the FrameSync panel. While I was under the hood making these changes, I made a few other improvements as well. Hope you enjoy!

New Features!

The new features for version 2.0 are as follows…


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