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Version 3.0 Update

The project portal and repository for the upcoming Version 3 release of Transform SWF is now hosted on (the greatly improved) SourceForge, http://sourceforge.net/projects/transform-swf/ Currently the repository only contains version 3.0 code but a branch will be added for the current 2.x  code-base in the near future.

Most of the development work for version 3 is now complete. In addition to supporting Flash 8/9 features, most of the effort (and hence most of the delay) has been in refactoring the code to improve the design and boost performance as well as constructing a comprehensive suite of unit and acceptance tests. The to-do list contains the following:

  • Finish support for Flash 8/9 – only filters and font alignment are remaining.
  • Refactor the utilities classes to improve the design and make testing easier.
  • Replace remaining integer constants with enums.
  • Finish the suite of unit and acceptance tests.

You can find more detailed information on the current milestones and tasks at http://apps.sourceforge.net/trac/transform-swf/. I have also created a micro-blog for the project, http://apps.sourceforge.net/laconica/transform-swf/ where I will be posting quick (and frequent) updates of what is being worked on and what is left to do.

The code is now reasonably stable so if you want to browse, http://transform-swf.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/transform-swf/ or check it out https://transform-swf.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/transform-swf/trunk feel free to do so.

Transform 2.3.1 for Java released

Transform SWF 2.3.1 for Java is now available for download. This release fixes bugs in the handling of MP3 files and an important bug when displaying text using Java 1.5+

Bug Fixes:
14438. FSGradientFill incorrectly limits number of gradients.
14441. FSExceptionHandler does not decode correctly.
14442. FSLayer does not merge correctly.
14444. FSSoundConstructor does not decode MP3 frames correctly.
14449. Text is offset when using Java 1.5 or higher.
14685. Error encoding Flash Video files.
14686. Error decoding ID3 tag in MP3 files.

The release notes, http://www.flagstonesoftware.com/downloads/transform-java-2.3.1.txt has all the details.

So what happened to version 3.0?

It’s late, really late. Originally scheduled for the start of this year the release has dragged on and on. The principal cause of the delay has been simply a lack of time available to work on the code due other projects and supporting the existing codebase. The new web site took a lot of time to get it to the stage it is now, along with putting together the developer portals and getting the projects hosted with a more integrated tool set that makes things easier to track.

With the excuses out of the way, work on the project will resume this month, if not this week and the release should be out in the next couple of months. You can find the code in the Developer Portal repository, http://svn.codespaces.com/flagstone/transform-java/branches/3-0-dev. It is currently not stable and support for Flash 8+ is not added but you will be able to keep track of the changes that are being made. I will also post updates here as the work progresses.