ActionScript mastermind André Michelle and me are working very often on beautiful experiments. On our hard-drives sleeps the brainpower of long after hours work and now we are finally at a point where we want to share our work with the community.
Popforge is our nifty sandbox for ideas and projects. It contains several packages already. The first project we release is the fantastic audio hack that André stumbled upon. We included also one example application that shows the power of this workaround. The fabulous 8bitboy — the first Flash media player with dynamic audio synthesis.
8bitboy was started in August ’06. After a good 12h marathon we had our baby ready to play MOD files. The design has been contributed by Andre Stubbe later on. For the release of Popforge we are rewriting the 8bitboy. The 8bitboy is not complete yet since a couple of obscure effects (especially the extended ones) are missing. We are also implementig support for XM modules currently. IT and S3M may follow.
You are welcome to contribute. André has put a couple of examples online that will help you to understand. We have also filled our Wiki at Google Code with some information about our working environment and how to set up the projects. All the projects we release are IDE independent. You may use a command line compiler, FlashDevelop or the upcomming FDT3.0.
For the future we plan to release even more stuff that dozes on our disks. I smell some open-source for the ImageProcessing library, or the CubicVR 360° project. Besides of that we have a pixel-exact 3D engine with run-time generated BSP or a physics engine working with dynamic intersections to name a few more.
So at the end of the day we want you to share the love. Share it with your neighbours or office colleagues by opening up the 8bitboy and turning on the stereo enhancer and bass boost in the context menu.