SwiftlyTilting: usability, reusability

Saturday, November 27, 2004

FL Studio Skin Mods

To celebrate the release of FL Studio 5, I’ve created a few skin mods. The most obvious change is the conversion of the knobs into LCD displays. I find this to be much more functional, as often it’s impossible to tell if you’ve changed the knob, and remembering the location is more difficult for me than recalling a number.

Preview the mods | Download the mod package.

The package should be unpacked in
C:\Program Files\Image-Line\FLStudio5\Artwork\Skins.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

TV news has hit a new low

Well I’m not sure if it’s really a new low, but I was listening to the radio and I heard an advertisement for the local TV news. The music was the typical overly dramatic stuff, and the newscasters were trying to sound their hardest-hitting. Tonight’s topic: Why the commercials are louder than the show you are watching. Film at 11.

Friday, November 5, 2004

Firefox Mods

One cool thing about Firefox is that it allows for easy modifications. You can define custom style sheets for both the browser window as well as the actual menu items, as well as some custom javascript as well. I like to use CromeEdit to modify these files. Apparently it is also easy to write extensions for Firefox as well. The Duffblog has some nice examples on how get started.

Monday, November 1, 2004

SwiftXML v1.1 Released

I added a few things I meant to include in the initial release to make it easier to make XML documents from scratch. SwiftXML now has the ability to create empty XML documents, as well as the ability to add child blocks to them. Here is an example on how to create an RSS document:


$rss = swiftXML_create(”rss”);
$rss->setAttribute(”version”, “2.0″);

$channel = swiftXML_create(”channel”);
$channel->createChild(”title”,”Swiftly Tilting”);

for($i = 0; $i < 10; $i++)
{	$item = swiftXML_create("item");
	$item->createChild(”title”,”title $i”);
	$item->createChild(”description”,”description $i”);


header(”Content-type: text/xml”);
echo $rss->asXML();


See the output of above code.

Download the SwiftXML 1.1 package.

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