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When it was released Macromedia Generator 2 became the next step for the Web by providing automatically updated, graphically dynamic content. For companies who need to deliver dynamic, graphical content to customers who require fast downloads and personalized content. Macromedia's Generator was an ideal solution with its ability to personalize pages for each user, as well as the flexibility to change data quickly without rewriting the Web pages and without sacrificing flexibility of design and content?. For an experienced Macromedia Flash developer the learning curve for this iteration of Generator was not as steep as it would be for a less experienced developer. Nevertheless there was lots to learn.
If you already were fluent in Flash 4, creating Generator templates was supposed to be easy. Simply drag an object from the Generator Palette to the stage (Flash's work area) and set a data source and properties. Native Flash objects, such as the text box, could also be used along with Generator variables. Reviews opinioned that developers with a little programming knowledge would be able to couple Flash's action expressions with Generator's variables to create awesome sites. For experienced Web developers, Macromedia helpfully provided documentation for creating custom Generator objects with the Generator API and a listing of the product's classes and methods for direct programming.
GeneratorDevelopment.net was created to help Generator users find all the information they would need to demystify, as well as master the intricacies of Flash and Generator. I visited GeneratorDevelopment.net when I was initially learning how to create designs in Flash, create authoring templates, and how to serve them up with Generator?. The day that GDN disappeared from the web was a shock to me. Time has passed and I can say that I have become an "experienced" developer working for a number of different clients including one large retailer who needed to demonstrate the insulating capabilities of their North Face jacket styles and other winter apparel. Flash and Generator were perfect for this task and we received numerous compliments from North Face for this work. There are constant challenges along with the rewards. Recently I discovered that the domain for Generator Development was available so I bought it with the goal of recreating some of its content from archived pages. This is a nostalgic trip for me back to my early developer years. Boy, was I green. I saw that this domain has had several iterations that had nothing to do with the original purpose of the site. I am instead recreating some of the old content and asking visitors to view the site from a historical perspective. The site is not going to look like the original site, and unfortunately many of its back pages with full articles were not available. But this is a thank you to GDN for being there for us Generator users who needed all the help they could get form folks such as yourself.
I sometimes wish I had had as helpful a mentor when I started out playing poker. It's taken a long time of playing to start to learn the nuances of the game. Now I have my favorite online casino USA sites where I can play whenever the mood strikes. No more having to plan a trip to Las Vegas or to the nearest Native American gaming casino. As long as I have internet, I can pull out my trusty laptop and start playing. I was a bit hesitant when online casinos started sprouting up like mushrooms in the early 2000's. Some of those sites were really shady. And then in 2006 when our US government passed the UIGEA laws that limited options for US online casino players, it became really complicated. Europe has such a more enlightened attitude towards online casinos. But times have changed and I have my pick on online casinos. So many reach out to US players. Perhaps I should mentor some young upstart poker player. Or maybe not. It might cut into my own playing time. Well, enough rreminiscing. Let's take a nostalgic stroll back to 1999.
Now that Generator 2 is out, don't you want to know what it can do?! Well, we're here to tell you.
GDN is dedicated to you, Generator Users, to further benefit your needs and the web as a whole. We would like to invite you to join the family of Generator users.
What does GDN offer?
- Articles on Generator (and associated program) uses, new technology and software, and other related topics.
- A search engine for finding answers to your questions
- A fully customizable site
- Hot up-to-date news
- A large index of Frequently Asked Questions
- A live multi-room java chat server about Generator and other topics
- The ability to post questions or start discussions in the forums
- Tools to assist you in using Generator
- The "Accomplishment of the Month" contest
- *Coming Soon* Sign up to have your company listed as a Generator Developer and/or Hosting Provider.
Generator NEWS HEADLINES 1999-2000
GDN is looking for Admins/Developers
The Generator Developers network is looking for a website administrators and developers to build GDN into an even better place for Generator/Web developers.
Contributed by Ken Jacobs on 12/20/00
NPS Generator Server Upgraded
Net Prezence Solutions, Ltd. has just upgraded their Generator server to provide the fastest Generator template processing performance possible.
Contributed by Ken Jacobs on 12/20/00
Announcing Kimmuli 1.2
Kimmuli.com today announced Kimmuli 1.2, the code tool for Macromedia Generator.
Contributed by Andrew Stopford on 3/1/00
Why is nothing happening on GDN?
I admit, GDN has been a little slow lately, but we promise there will be a little action soon. Here is what is in store...
Contributed by Ken Jacobs on 2/2/00
Eyewire announces fonts available for purchase
Eyewire works with Adobe to bring the Type Library online
Contributed by Shannon Hicks on 1/5/00
Generator 2 and Flash 4 for auction!
It seems that one company had decided to switch away from Generator
Contributed by Shannon Hicks on 12/15/99
ASP Flash Turbine 4.0 Released
Blue*Pacific has announced the release of ASP Flash Turbine... bringing yet another competitor into the dynamic flash market.
Contributed by Shannon Hicks on 12/12/99
GDN moves to SQL Server for speed
GDN is constantly improving for you
Contributed by Shannon Hicks on 12/3/99
New Fonts Section
GDN now has a great new section full of links to tons of fonts sites we hope will aid you in your development.
Contributed by Ken Jacobs on 12/2/99
Sounds For Creation
GDN now has a great new "Sounds For Flash" section, so now you can find those perfect WAV's for your newest flash movie even easier.
Contributed by Ken Jacobs on 12/1/99
Reliable Generator 2 Hosting
Net Prezence Solutions is now offering Generator 2 hosting that is not only fasts, but reliable.
Contributed by Ken Jacobs on 11/29/99
New Tutorials Soon!!
We will be adding a slew of new tips, tricks and tutorials to GDN within a week or two thanks to all the great people at kimmuli.com.
Contributed by Ken Jacobs on 11/29/99
Free Content for Generator Developers
Free dynamic content to link into flash generator.
Contributed by Ken Kubik on 9/24/99
Generator Prices Strike Up Controversy
The new technology of the internet. Too expensive?
Contributed by Ken Kubik on 9/22/99
Now you can stop having to type out GENERATORDEVELOPMENT.NET. You can now simply get to us at GENDEV.NET. Same great community, new shorter additional URL.
Contributed by Ken Kubik on 9/18/99
Generator 2 Announced
Macromedia have today announced Generator 2
Contributed by Andrew Stopford on 8/31/99
LAST CHANCE TO MAKE SOME CASH!
The deadline for the E-Greetings contest is approaching. Get your entries in quick before it is over, and you could be walking away with $250!
Contributed by Ken Kubik on 8/27/99
Cold Fusion Express Released
Allaire has released their free, watered-down verison of Cold Fuson. This is a great day for the Graphic Designer.
Contributed by Shannon Hicks on 8/18/99
E-Greetings Contest Extended
We have decided to extend the contest in hopes to get more entries. Remember, this is a contest for MONEY.
Contributed by Ken Kubik on 8/17/99
HTML in the forums
We had to disable HTML code in the forums
Contributed by Shannon Hicks on 8/12/99
The E-greetings Contest!
This is a contest for MONEY! Yes, you heard me right, MONEY! Read on for more info on the contest.
Contributed by Ken Kubik on 8/6/99
Generator Developer & Hosting Lists
We've added a couple new resources for everyone.
Contributed by Shannon Hicks on 8/3/99