Today's the first conference day of Spark, Europe's Premier Flash Event. I am looking forward to being inspired, and learning about where Flash is heading. Panorama-wise, I am ofcourse more of a Shockwave person, but for my new job at Avinity I am doing more and more flash work...
Click the image to have a look at Guy Watson's session in the Paradiso main hall. While his talk seemed to lack some structure, I did get what Actionscript 3 is all about: Making a clean cut with the past of Actionscript, and putting everything in classes.
Notice how I am depressing the wired remote release, and the camera's shadow on the guy to my right ;-)
Mike Chambers' session started out with surprisingly low attendance, but the session picked up soon after I packed up my camera and got back in to the audience... Oh well, it never hurts to have a panorama of a well-known Macromedia blogger if you're using a Macromedia technology to display your panoramas (even if it's not Flash)...
Update: Two more panoramas
Between all the tech heavy Flash 8, Actionscript 3, Flex 2, animation veteran Max Kisman's animation session was a nice breather... His home-brew mix of grabs of the VPRO bumpers might not have been for everyone. I don't think he even opened Flash in this session (though I shamefully admit that I can not be sure... I left halfway; too many sessions, too little time).
The sessions at Spark that are interesting to me are basically divided between the newer directions of Flash and Actionscript (ie: Flex/Zorn stuff), and cool inspiring "what's new in Flash 8 / see what I can do" sessions. Unfortunately, I basically have to chose each time, and I am a bad chooser. I missed Andre Michelle's session on Flash 8's expressiveness, for some Flex 2 / AS3 sessions that proved less interesting than I thought. At least I attended Martijn de Visser's and Ralph Hauwert's session for inspiration.
Again, these are very quick stitches, to get with the moment. Also I am not normally so narcissistic to be in so many of my own panoramas, but I did not want to disturb the speakers by getting up and hopping 'round the camera.
Update day 2:
More Macromedians at the Flash 8 panel: from left to right Mike, Shawn, Carolyn, Doug, Emilio and Gilles (hope I got those names right, I'll look up the last names later).