Flash Emulation Update
The day is approaching when we'll begin using Ruffle to emulate Flash content in the browser here on NG! You can see a demo here with one of my first Flashes from 1998, now playable on iPhones for the first time ever.
The initial roll-out will cover the majority of animated content, followed by AS2 games and, if all continues to go well, ultimately games made with AS3.
Here’s where you come in! Ruffle is an open-source project created by @Mike and while it has made great progress so far, there is much work ahead before Ruffle supports every SWF file. Mike has set up a Ruffle Sponsor page on GitHub, where fans of Flash preservation can support ongoing development efforts.
With your help, Flash will forever be preserved in an open-source manner and Flash content will continue to work on the web, free of traditional closed-box security exploits and with the potential to get BETTER over time, with faster rendering and support for gamepads and touchscreens. Please consider becoming a Ruffle Sponsor today!
If all goes as planned, some time tonight between 2-3am EST the site will go off-line for some quick updates. When it comes back, expect to see a refreshed Collabinator!
In addition to updating the Collabinator front-end, we’ve added a rich text editor, tags and tag search. We’ve also expanded it into three categories: Open for Paid Work, Paid Work Opportunities and Collab with Peers.
Collab with Peers functions much like the existing collabinator and is intended for people who want to team up with other talented individuals to make stuff.
Open for Paid Work is where individuals can offer their talents to those willing to pay. We’re copying the existing “Open for Commissions” posts into this category, while retaining the originals as part of your blog history. We hope this will become a useful hub for anyone looking for creative services.
Paid Work Opportunities is where people with money to spend can put out an open call for applicants. We require Supporter status to post a listing here, both as proof you can make a payment and to minimize affiliate marketing spam (and of course more supporters helps NG to keep going).
The Collabinator now opens with a questionnaire to guide you in the right direction. As the listings get populated we intend to highlight specific lists throughout different parts of the site, to raise overall awareness of available opportunities.
If you create an entry in the Collabinator it will also be pinned to your user page. You can drag this box to sort it how you want, or click the eye button to hide it. Speaking of which, you can now hide any of your pods with the eye button.
Again: This update is expected to go live early Wednesday morning, so if you’re reading this on Tuesday, none of these changes have happened yet.
Update: The update is now live! Existing Open for Commissions entries were imported but because they didn't include medium (art, audio, etc.) you have to browse the existing entries via the Everything category list. If you have an entry on this list, you'll see an "Edit Listing" link in the top right; click that and you can update with what mediums you cover.
Update 2: We'll be adding content filters and ratings to listings, should have seen that coming!
Update 3: The listings need fixing at the moment, should keep shaping up in the coming days.
Update 4: Friday night update. We decided to ditch the questionnaire. The lists are essentially working now but there will be improved functionality to come. I've been cleaning up and updating "Open for Commissions" entries that were imported but there are A LOT OF THEM. It's impressive how many people used that feature since we added it last year!
We hope you like it! Please pm me if you find any bugs. Aspects of this update may be rough around the edges and we welcome any feedback on ways to make it better.
If you missed it, check out the Best of November!