How to Excel Spreadsheet into SQLite

February 11, 2011

In this video you learn how to import an Excel Spreadsheet into SQLite.

Sweet Pee Gets ready for Molehill

February 11, 2011

Jonathan affectionately known as “Sweet Pee” has been working with 3DS Max for a few years now. His skills are improving and he is working on a new game specifically tailored for the Molehill API about to be released by Adobe.

Sweet Pee
Sweet Pee

Below are some of the 3D models he has been developing.

3D Models
3D Models

We are pretty fortunate to have such a talented 3D modeler in our mist. I’m sure Sweet Pee’s talents will be put to good use on many of our projects.

If you don’t know about Molehill and are wondering why we are so interested in it, check out the video below:

While Papervision3D was limited to about 2000 polygons 15fps in the Flash 9 days…Molehill can easily do 1/5 million polygons at 60Hz HD.

Wow, strap on your rocket pack, we’re about to go on a 3D adventure ride!

HTML 5: From where to where

February 7, 2011

Sponsorship: MindWindBlowing

PHP Programming for Flash Builder Part 2 (17 Videos)

June 16, 2010

Lesson 2: PHP Control Logic, Functions, and Classes

In this lesson you cover Control Logic, Functions and Classes. And finally, you get to Flash Builder and created your first PHP-Flash Builder application in videos 27 through 31.

PHP Programming Lesson 2 Assignment

PHP Programming 16 If Else

PHP Programming 17 Logical Expressions and Date

PHP programming 18 Switch Case and Random

PHP programming 19 While Loops and Range

PHP programming 20 For Loops Shuffle

PHP programming 21 Foreach Loops and Shuffling Cards

PHP programming 22 Generating Passwords and ASCII

PHP Programming 23 Continue, Break, and Array Pointers

PHP Programming 24 Functions Part 1

PHP Programming 25 Functions Part 2

PHP Programming 26 OOP and Classes 1

PHP Programming 27 Classes 2 and Flash Builder

PHP Programming 28 Getting Flash Builder ready for PHP

PHP Lesson 29 Getting Flash Builder Talking to a PHP Class

PHP Programming 30 Flash Builder and PHP Data Wizard

PHP Programming 31 Flash Builder Random Password App

You can get the downloads from the PHP Training Site at

PHP Programming for Flash Builder Part 1 (17 Videos)

June 5, 2010


I’m moving forward with the PHP Programming series for Flash Builder. The first of 5 parts is done. You can view the training site at

Of course the final goal is a 3D content management system in PHP and Flash Builder. Also, the individual video links are given below  (code and notes can be grabbed from the website).

PHP Programming 1 Set Up

Installing Wamp

PHP Programming 2 PHP info

PHP Programming 3 Hello World

PHP Programming 4 Variables

PHP Programming 5 Strings

PHP Programming 6 String Functions

PHP Programming 7 Eclipse

PHP Programming 8 Simple Math

PHP Programming 9 Calculator

PHP Programming 10 Pythagorean

PHP Programming 11 Math Functions

PHP Programming 12 Form Letter

PHP Programming 13 Array Functions 1

PHP Programming 14 Array Functions 2

PHP Programming 15 Booleans

PHP Programming Assignment


Adding Shaders and Pixel Bender to Away3dlite

June 3, 2010

Adding Shaders

Once you’ve experienced the speed of Away3dlite you next want to bump up its appearance. The best way to do that is by using Pixel Bender shaders….and with Pixel Bender the sky is the limit! In this post, you get the code that let’s you do that, and you learn to add shaders and Pixel Bender to Away3dlite. The same approach is applicable to PV3D.

Here’s the demo

Shaders in Away3dlite

Shaders in C

Check out the video!

Download the Code

Read Some Discussion

The key to getting this to work was to first get all the shaders over into Away3dLite, then instantiating the ExLight example in Flash Builder and using switch case to create the different materials for your model.

Here’s what the switch case code looks like. It is really simple…everything else is in the video and the download…cheers!

override protected function onInit():void


var md2:MD2 = new MD2();

var light:Light = new Light();

var _texture:Bitmap = new Texture as Bitmap;

var _bitmap:BitmapData = new BitmapData(_texture.width, _texture.height, false);


var _normalMap:Bitmap = new Normal as Bitmap;



case 0: //Normal Shader

var rLight:DirectionalLight3D = new DirectionalLight3D();

rLight.direction = new Vector3D(1, 0, 0);

rLight.color = 0xFF0000;

rLight.ambient = 0.1;


var gLight:DirectionalLight3D = new DirectionalLight3D();

gLight.direction = new Vector3D(0, 1, 0);

gLight.color = 0x00FF00;

gLight.ambient = 0.1;


var bLight:DirectionalLight3D = new DirectionalLight3D();

bLight.direction = new Vector3D(0, 0, 1);

bLight.color = 0x0000FF;

bLight.ambient = 0.1;


var material:BitmapMaterial = new Dot3BitmapMaterial(_bitmap, _normalMap.bitmapData);

material.smooth = true;

md2.material = material;

md2.centerMeshes = true;


case 1: //Plane Material

/*var filter1:BevelFilter = new BevelFilter(10, 45, 0xFFFFFF, 0.5, 0x000000, 0.5, 10, 10, 50);

var filter2:GlowFilter = new GlowFilter(0xFFFFFF, 1, 50, 50);

var filter3:GlowFilter = new GlowFilter(0xFF0000, 1, 50, 50);


var planeMaterial:BitmapMaterial = new BitmapMaterial(_bitmap);

md2.material = planeMaterial;

md2.centerMeshes = true;


case 2: //Flat Shader

var myFlatShader:FlatShader = new FlatShader(light);

md2.material = myFlatShader;

md2.centerMeshes = true;

light.x=light.y =400;

light.z = -400;



case 3: //Phong Color Shader

var myPhongColorShader:PhongColorMaterial = new PhongColorMaterial(light, 0x00ff00);

md2.material = myPhongColorShader;

light.x=light.y =400;

light.z = -400;


md2.centerMeshes = true;


case 4: //Phong Shader

var myPhongShader:PhongMaterial = new PhongMaterial(light, _bitmap);

md2.material = myPhongShader;

md2.centerMeshes = true;

light.x=light.y =400;

light.z = -400;



case 5: //PBJ Filter

var mat:PBBitmapShader = new PBBitmapShader(light, _bitmap, _normalMap.bitmapData);

md2.material = mat;

md2.centerMeshes = true;

light.x=light.y =400;

light.z = -400;



case 6: //Shader

var mat2:PBTransparentShader = new PBTransparentShader(light, _bitmap, _normalMap.bitmapData);

md2.material = mat2;

md2.centerMeshes = true;

light.x=light.y =400;

light.z = -400;



case 7: //Shader

var myShader:VertexShaderMaterial = new VertexShaderMaterial(light, _bitmap);

md2.material = myShader;

md2.centerMeshes = true;

light.x=light.y =400;

light.z = -400;




trace(“Out of range”);



var loader:Loader3D = new Loader3D();

loader.loadGeometry(“assets/torsov2.MD2”, md2);

loader.addEventListener(Loader3DEvent.LOAD_SUCCESS, onSuccess);


camera.z = -200;


Chapter 2 Wrap Up, Videos, Demos, PDF, and Source

May 30, 2010


I’m wrapping up chapter 2 in this post and starting chapter 3. In addition to the code demos, videos, and source, I’ve included an old version PDF of Chapter 2 (not what is in the book)…but close enough. I’m very excited about Chapter 3. I’ve got much to show you.

Chapter 2 … wrap up videos.

Chapter Demos

Interactive Cube

Hello Plane

Orbit Example

Basic View Test

Container Pivot

Simple Particle Pivot

Sphere Pivot

Christmas Tree

Chapter 2

Old Version Chapter 2 PDF


All Examples Above

3D Color Code Calculator in Away3DLite

May 28, 2010

Color Code Calculator

I did this example to demonstrate how to interactively change the materials of a Collada file in Away3DLite. I build the model in Cinema4D and assigned bands and added colors to those bands. I looked up their names in the out putted Collada file and then assigned materials as requested form the Flash Builder ComboBox using change event methods.


Color Code Calculator

Color Code Calculator



Code Discussion

Here’s example code for the first ComboBox

private function changeEvt1(e:Event):void


myOne = e.currentTarget.selectedIndex;

modelResistor.materialLibrary.getMaterial(“ID18”).material = myMatArray[myOne];



Code for Calculator Ohms as discussed on the video.

private function calcMyOhms():void {

myOhms = (myOne*10 + myTwo)*Math.pow(10, multiplier[myThree]);

if (myOhms >= 1000000) {

myOhms /= 1000000;

myOutput.text = “Resistance = “ + String(myOhms) + ” MOhms, “ + tolerance[myFour];

} else {

if (myOhms >= 1000) {

myOhms /= 1000;

myOutput.text = “Resistance = “ + String(myOhms) + ” KOhms, “ + tolerance[myFour];

} else {

myOutput.text = “Resistance = “ + String(myOhms) + ” Ohms, “ + tolerance[myFour];


A similar 2D example was done on the web by Danny Goodman at


private function changeEvt1(e:Event):void {

myOne = e.currentTarget.selectedIndex;

modelResistor.materialLibrary.getMaterial(“ID18”).material = myMatArray[myOne];



private function changeEvt2(e:Event):void {

myTwo = e.currentTarget.selectedIndex;

modelResistor.materialLibrary.getMaterial(“ID8”).material = myMatArray[myTwo];



private function changeEvt3(e:Event):void {

myThree = e.currentTarget.selectedIndex;

modelResistor.materialLibrary.getMaterial(“ID23”).material = myMatArray[myThree];



private function changeEvt4(e:Event):void {

myFour = e.currentTarget.selectedIndex;

modelResistor.materialLibrary.getMaterial(“ID13”).material = myPerArray[myFour];



Creating a Shuriken in Cinema4D (four videos)

May 18, 2010

Creating a Shuriken

In this four part series you learn how to create a Shuriken (throwing star) in Cinema4D.

1. Shuriken in Cinema4D – Photoshop

2. Shuriken in Cinema4D – Array Modifier

3. Shuriken in Cinema4D – Booleans

4. Shuriken in Cinema4D – Applying Textures

Download Model

Humvee in Away3DLite (and PV3D) wheels and steering

May 18, 2010


In chapter 5 of my book, I discuss how to make a car’s wheels move forwards and backwards and steer. It is actually pretty easy to do in PV3D. But in Away3DLite it is not so obvious. So in the video below I discuss the difference and show you how to get wheel movement and steering working for both PV3D and Awa3DLite.


Driving a Humvee in Away3dLite

Try It Out

Driving a Humvee

Driving a Humvee in Away3DLite


To see the code click the link below:

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