A test with 3D on the Playbook

I decided to have a quick test of the webGL abilities of the Playbook. I have played with the Copperlight software in the past and that showed some promise with its javascript interface to 3D. It has a handy modeller GUI as well. Sadly the webkit browset in the simulator didn’t support webGL. So I moved back to Away3D which I’ve been comfortable with in the past. I’d try Unity, but it would cost some money to do it (unless I could use the 30 day trial? maybe later – they announced their Unity to Flash translator today – so no plugin to download. Must try that).
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Blackberry WebWorks SDK

Having installed Flash Builder and the Blackberry SDks, and built a simple Hello World, I decided to look at the simpler WebWorks development tools to see if Javascript development would be as easy to use. I’m more into javascript, jQuery etc nowaday, so it might just be more convenient.

The WebWorks SDK can be found at http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/webworks.jsp. The Air SDK from http://www.adobe.com/products/air/sdk/ is just a zip file that you can place anywhere convenient. Version 2.5 is needed; as we speak they are testing 2.6.
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WebWorks webinars

Listen to the 4 webinars, byt Adam Stanley and Prosanta Bhattacherjee; they will be useful. I shall summarize here for reference.
http://webcast.streamlogics.com/audience/index.asp?eventid=49950807 Many of the answers are on the developer site and in forums. I’m just leaving some notes here to help address specific points and show some of the times within the seminars.

Main developer site is http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/webworks.jsp

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Playbook tests

Having a look at the Playbook development using Flash Builder. I had installed on Windows and ran up the VMWare simulator for the Playbook. All seemed to be fine, but then I couldn’t see the Create New Actionscript Mobile Option in the menu, so was a bit stuck. So I thought that I’d check the Mac version. Here, that menu was available, so I decided to give this a try and then ran into the problem of there being no VMWare Player version for the Mac. I decided to try the VMWare Fusion trial to see if it worked, but might try Virtual Box later as that is free. I can’t see other people with the same Windows problem, so when I get back to the office I might reinstall and try that again. (Worked after I uninstalled and installed again! – (edit) but needed to be in a fresh workspace)
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