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Subject: Re: [flasher] Re: wireframe.za code
From: Helen Triolo
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 16:06:42 -0000

Actually, there are several aspects of that 3d stuff that are noteworthy
beyond just being fun to look at, as Andries pointed out in his FF01
spiel. One is the use, as you mention, of isometrics instead of full 3d
perspective to achieve manageable filesizes and delay times in Flash
(much less complicated than real 3d calculations). Another is the
encapsulation of all controlling animation in individual movieclips, so
that the blocks can be arranged in any order and combination and are
completely self-contained. Andries even showed how the resulting 3d
layout could be saved as a file that could be read into 3d Studio Max to
create a realistic terrain which is then imported back into Flash which
has built-in actions underlying it -- very cool for game apps. I was
really impressed with the both the modularization and the real-world
uses to which it could be put.

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Lee Parry wrote:
> The BEST thing about that site though is not the stuuuupid boring 3d stuff
> (although it is pretty), the BEST thing is actually good old fashioned
> design. The movement on the bottom icons, the simplicity, the colour scheme,
> un-antialiased fonts, etc, etc.
> I'm being abit reactionary about the 3d stuff I know, BUT I genuinely don't
> think it is that which makes the site so good, they've utilised the
> conventions of the computer GUI, Folders, Documents, (the icons are actually
> mac are they not?), although I LOVE the isometric ball bouncing grid. But
> surely that is just one movieclip used many times and arranged into that
> grid. V clever i think, ALSO the little AI men, very clever with the dynamic
> Z-Order.
> But then maybe people REALLY DO LIKE floating spheres attatched by single
> pixel lines and manipulatable by the user.
> ;-)
> Lee
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