AlivePDF download and save to server

Today I found myself needing to implement AlivePDF into a project that needs to generate a PDF, save it on the server and download it to the user’s computer.

Since I didn’t find any information about how to do this (and I found some other people trying to find out how it’s done) I thought I should give it a try. I posted the final result below if someone else needs to know how to both save the PDF file on the server and download it to the user’s computer.

ActionScript 3 AlivePDF code:

_pdf.save(Method.REMOTE, "save.php", Download.ATTACHMENT, "MyFile.pdf");

PHP code that will save the file on the server (inside a specified folder) and save it to the user’s computer too:

<?php
 
if(isset($GLOBALS["HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA"])){
	$pdf = $GLOBALS["HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA"];
	$name = $_GET["name"];
	$save_to = "pdf/". $name;
	file_put_contents($save_to, $pdf);
 
	// add headers for download dialog-box
	header('Content-Type: application/pdf');
	header('Content-Length: '.strlen($pdf));
	header('Content-disposition:'.$method.'; filename="'.$name.'"');
	echo $pdf;
 
} else{
	echo "Encoded PDF information not received.";
}
?>
Convert values within a range to values within another range

Today I’m sharing with you a little utility that I find myself using a lot lately. This utility is a value convertor that you can use in those times when you need to make a volume slider or something similar where you’ll need to change a value and a value range.

package com.vamapaull.utils
{	
	public class ValueConvertor
	{
		public static function convertRange(originalStart:Number, 
							originalEnd:Number, 
							newStart:Number, 
							newEnd:Number, 
							value:Number):Number
		{
			var originalRange:Number = originalEnd - originalStart;
			var newRange:Number = newEnd - newStart;
			var ratio:Number = newRange / originalRange;
			var newValue:Number = value * ratio;
			var finalValue:Number = newValue + newStart;
			return finalValue;
		}
	}
}
Control a Flash Game with your iPhone

Some programmers from Germany developed a great Flash game that uses your iPhone/iPod Touch to control the game actions.

The concept is very interesting and I could see this being applied on lots of old-school arcade games that are ported to Flash.

After learning about WebSockets we were eager to build a website around this technology. As we are a bunch of oldschool nerds it was obvious to transform the iPhone into a gamepad controlling a Flash Website.

Source: WeekendContent.com

This is amazing! 3D Flash Game with P2P Multiplayer

I have to say, a Multiplayer 3D Game running in Flash Player is really exciting!
The future of gaming will change from now on. Take a look and tell me what you think 😉

Odd or Even number in ActionScript

I was making a project for a client of mine where I had to make a list with two different colors for the items (like the iTunes list) so I started to think of a possible way to make this. It was clear enough I need to know the odd or the even number in order to do that. So I started to do some google search and I got over this blogpost by Keith Peters. I have to say, this is a very interesting way of thinking 😀

iseven = ((num & 1) == 0)

Makes sense when you look at binary numbers:

001 = 1
010 = 2
011 = 3
100 = 4
101 = 5

Each of the odd numbers has a 1 in the far right column. The even numbers have 0 there. Mask it with “& 1″ and you can see which it is.

So I made a for loop and used this code. It works exactly how it was intended to work!!
Thanks Keith Peters for your blogpost 😀

Lee Brimelow video interview

Here you have an interview with Lee Brimelow on the London on AIR tour
The interview was taken by Simon Shand and Lawrence Job from the gotoAndLearn forums… Enjoy!!