Dammit, Adobe! Why is it so hard to register your *!*^@# software??

Just got my new copy of CS5 in the mail, viagra 40mg and couldn’t wait to enter the new code and get rid of the nagging “Demo mode” dialog at the start of all my apps. I skipped CS4, check so this upgrade is a huge deal for me. Fortunately, I’m eligible for the academic version of the software, so of course I knew I would have to jump through a couple hoops (never mind I already submitted all my academic eligibility info just to BUY the software, but now I have to give it to another site in order to register it. But no matter, if that’s what it takes).

So, on to the fulfillment forms at good ol’ Adobe.

Step 1: Enter your product code. No problem!

Wait. WTF? My product code isn’t valid? SO I can’t even get TO the hoops I need to jump?

For fact’s sake, Adobe! How can just about every other company in the world get their registration system streamlined, and yet I end up climbing walls every time I try to buy one of your apps?

BTW, CS5 is AMAZING! Just hope I can use it before my $500+ trial expires.

Dear Flash: You know I love you… but we need to talk

One of the main functions of this site has always been to preach the good word of Flash to the uninformed (or misinformed) masses — it’s why we created The ActionScript Jabberwocky and hosted the once annual ActionScript Poetry Contest. It’s also why we created Flash games and spent months turning a long-in-the-tooth open-source text editor into a fairly great little ActionScript editor.

Over the years, youth health we’ve had our differences with the makers of Flash (both Macromedia and Adobe), but we’ve never been shy of professing our love for their work in no uncertain terms.

So why so silent on the matter for the past few months?

Well, quite frankly, we’re not feeling it any more.

Don’t get me wrong, I still use Flash daily — sometimes still for fun, but most often for work, and there are some amazing things being done in the world of Flash, Flex and AIR these days. And thanks to a diverse client base and a plethora of cool projects, I’m quietly taking part in many of them every day.

But am I loving the platform? Quite frankly, no.

Thanks to a growing problem with bugs, inconsistencies with external interfaces and a general lack of faith in the player itself, Flash is starting to feel a lot like the HTML/Javascript fiasco that caused me to seek out Flash’s “works anywhere” promise way back in the 1900s. These days, I seem to be debugging the player more than my own code.

Chris at FlexibleFactory, has a post today that sums up my own feelings toward the state of Flash pretty well. In fact, he inspired me to finally break my silence on the matter too. Anybody else want to chime in?

AT&T, You suck.

The only carrier licensed to sell the iPhone in the U.S. also seems to be the only carrier incompetent enough to screw it up.

iPhone 3.0 has MMS and tethering — two technologies people have been screaming about for months. But while other users around the world can enjoy them today (ok, symptoms June 16), they’re not available on AT&T.

Turns out AT&T could care less, though. They’ve already got the two-year contracts signed from the 2.0 launch, and don’t seem to want to make things easy for “official” users.

You just missed your chance at $300

Our contest to create a truly cross-platform ActionScript 3 editing tool came to a close last month, urticaria and a lot of you should be kicking yourselves right about now:

Thanks to an overwhelming response of exactly zero (0) submissions, viagra sale it turns out that any one of our reader(s) could have entered a dead tarantula as their sole entry, and we’d have been forced to hand over the $300 prize money.

In fact, it could have been more — although we received no entries, we have actually been inundated with offers to “sweeten the pot” for the winning entry: First the kind folks at ActiveState ponied up a free license of Komodo IDE to the winner, and then several others came forth asking to help enhance the prize pool with cash donations and other goods.

Unfortunately, the actual contest results were abysmal — not a single entry submitted before the deadline, and no word from anyone registered as to whether they made any progress whatsoever. On the plus side, I did discover that running an open internet forum for developers may in fact be the best way to attract robots selling porn, home mortgages, porn and, um…. porn.

My guess is that we targeted the wrong audience with our call — we spoke to traditional Flash developers (who truly want the tool), rather than the Java or Mozilla-platform developers who are more familiar with the APIs and libraries necessary to produce it. At this point, I’m considering making this a “standing prize” and reaching out further to the open-source development community, but for now, my own work schedule makes it difficult to devote too much time to the cause (especially as I’m slowed down by sketchy ActionScript development tools on my platform of choice.

I’m up for suggestions on how to proceed, though, and I’m confident that eventually, we’ll have what we need in terms of a strong, platform-independent ActionScript 3 editor (without the overhead of Eclipse). While I’m partial to the aging but bendy jEdit myself, I can’t help but think OpenKomodo might be the “next big thing” — especially since it shares its Scintilla-based roots with FlashDevelop, SEPY and the (I think now defunct) SCiTE|Flash of Windows fame.