FlashPaper 2 issues
October 17, 2005
In our last project we used FlashPaper 2 to display documents. FlashPaper is actually a very cool and easy to use technolgy but some issues/bugs drove us crazy:
First: In its current form it’s quite hard (if even possible) to skin the interface (i.e. get rid of the green halo look and make some nice controls), second: Loading a FlashPaper document means using old AS1-setInterval-ping-techniques. The docs suggest using setInterval and pinging the document until certain properties are defined. Attempts using the MovieClipLoader class and its onLoadInit event failed…And last but not least there is this very very annoying focus bug in FlashPaper. It happens when you load a FlashPaper document in a file that contains V2 components. The Focusmanagement makes your whole application completely unusable then – you have to click at least twice on normal movieclips until a onRelease event is fired etc. (so once again there’s one of those focus bugs when using v2 components…). Fortunately my colleague Christoph found this article at Flashcomguru. For our application we wrote this little FlashPaperLoader class which simplifies the loading process and applies the focus fix. Problems solved :).
Filed under: Flex/AS3