Professor, Dan Zen, has been one of the longest standing supporters of Flash having amassed countless libraries of code – for instance his Flash Feathers series of advanced interface classes: http://flashfeathers.com. He will now work his way through the converting classes to the HCJ platform as have many Flash coders before him.
In addition to past Flash features, Zen has been building informational Web pages and apps in HCJ for many years and last year launched one of the most complex HCJ parallax projects for the entrance to the Dan Zen Museum at http://danzen.com.
Visitors can swipe, drag, mousewheel or page up the stairs of the museum and the characters on the stairs move in 3D parallax. “In a sense, the Museum steps project was a test to see the performance of HTML 5 and it turned out very well.” says Zen.
The museum feature was built using the CreateJS framework http://createjs.com and more specifically EaselJS to manipulate the new Canvas tag in HTML 5.
Grant Skinner, who founded the CreateJS libraries is a renowned Flash developer who moved over early to help out the HCJ world. Skinner says:
“We are excited that the CreateJS libraries and tools are being taught by prime educational institutions like Sheridan. Sheridan graduates have a strong influence on the interactive media culture and they will surely add to the success of CreateJS being used in creative digital applications such as Professor Zen’s Museum.”
Zen explains, “Removing Flash will essentially double the time applied to the HCJ platform allowing the students to go deeper into more advanced interaction like multiuser, physical computing, gaming and mobile apps essential to advancing our Canadian digital culture.”
We look forward to an exciting year in Interactive Media.