One night when I was downloading color palettes from my In The Mod: Color Analytics (ITM) site, I decided there were too many steps involved when it came time to get the color palettes from ITM and into Illustrator. The objective was to streamline the process, ideally making it a single click process.
This was a dramatic leap forward! Think of the possibilities of combining the strengths of Flash and the 3rd party ActionScript Libraries to the features and functionalities of the Creative Suite.
The first version of my SWF plug-in prototype loaded essentially the same SWF I was using for the ITM website, with a tighter and more compact UI. Just like the website version, this SWF communicated with my PHP and MySQL database flawlessly. Now I could search the ITM database from my plug-in within Illustrator, select the color palette I loved and then save that palette to the Swatches Panel with a single click. It was beautiful!
To take it a step further, I created a separate channel for Flickr – using Kelvin Luck’s incredible ActionScript Flickr wrapper API. The Flick channel enabled the user to search Flickr from within the SWF plug-in, select the image, view the color palette and then save it to the Swatches Panel as well.
The potential was there. Excitement was in the air in the winter. Then Apple released Leopard which changed the rules of how applications drew windows which meant that I could no longer refresh the display of the SWF plug-in. Type in a new word and trails appeared. Display new search results and the screen was tripping out. It was tragic.
Included in Woohoo’s presentation at FOTB: Brighton, 2007.