Monday, November 17, 2008

Thermo is now called Flash Catalyst

at least according to this TechCrunch article and on the Adobe labs site

So far I don't think I like the name... I liked the name Thermo, but I can get used to it if the product lives up to its promises.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

AdvancedDataGrid Horizontal Scrolling Performance Fix

A week or so ago some comments were added in the Adobe Flex Bug system regarding the ongoing performance problems with the AdvancedDataGrid's horizontal scrolling. While a proof of concept workaround was posted, the actual issue still remains. 

If you implement the workaround posted you will get smooth horizontal scroll but it is at the expense of an important feature of the grid... Locked Columns. If you have ever used a spreadsheet with many columns you will know that most of the time you need to lock at least the first column so that you don't get lost in the sea of cells. With the workaround that won't work. 

I added a comment on the issue in the bug system, but I urge others to make sure that this temporary workaround is not  a solution to the problem. We all need some better resolution to this issue and it seems that it is likely to stay "Deferred".

Let's not let that happen. Create an account in the Adobe bug system and post your comments at 

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Suspense is killing me...

If you are a UI designer or in any role responsible for design RIAs that are built using Flex, then you have no doubt heard of Thermo. If not, you are really missing out on the excitement. Ryan Stuart has posted some info on the Adobe Max site regarding a preview release that will be distributed at Max. 

Unfortunately I can't attend so this is a public plea to Adobe to post it to the Labs site very soon after Max. I can understand why they want to unveil it there first. But I hope we don't have to wait too long to get our hands on it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Klok 1.5 RC 1 - Patch available

In my haste to get the RC1 version of Klok ready to post last night, I didn't fully test the updated time input boxes (which show up when you double click an item on the week view).

I believe I have fixed the issues and have posted an update. Click the check for updates button located on the About and Preferences screens will download the patched version.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Klok 1.5 RC1 Now Available

As many of you have pointed out, there was an issue related to the time change this past weekend. This updated fixes the problem for the most part.  You can get the latest version by clicking the "check for updates" link on either the Preferences or the About screen.

However, I say "for the most part" because there is still an issue when dragging items on Sunday. The reason is because there is actually one more hour on Sunday than usual. This gets in the way of the calculations. 

One other big change in this release is the replacement of the time entry widget that was displayed when you double click an item on the week view. I had so many complaints about it that I decided to simplify and just use a text field. In this field you can type times in the format 3:24 am or 15:24 for example. It is also smart enough to know what you mean when you enter something like 1a.

I kind of rushed a bit to get this out in order to fix the daylight savings time issue so there will probably another update for the final release of 1.5.

As usual, post any problems at