Earlier this week, I set aside some time to check out some of the many amazing demos of Molehill, Adobe’s 3D APIs for Flash Player and AIR. Whether you love Flash or not, this is something that you need to check out. Here’s a “guided path” to make your next 30 minutes something fun:
- Install the Flash Player Incubator release. Don’t let the name confuse you, this is basically a prerelease of the next version of Flash Player. If you are not comfortable running a prerelease version, you can always uninstall it and go back to the previous version when you’re through having fun with Molehill. For me personally, I use Chrome for my day to day web browsing and since it has Flash Player built in, I consider it my “production browser”. When I want to play around with prerelease Flash Player builds, I do it from Firefox. So, Chrome always has the shipping version of Flash Player while Firefox has the bleeding edge for demos, etc.
- Now it’s time to check out some killer demos:
- If you want to better understand exactly what Molehill is, I suggest reading Thibault Imbert’s recent blog post, Digging more into the Molehill APIs
If you still are hesitant, at least go watch some videos. Tom Krcha has a great list at http://www.flashrealtime.com/videos-3d-flash-molehill/
Here’s my favorite (the actual demo is much more impressive since you can interact with the water and rotate the entire scene in 3D space):