Totally Hip Software
— the folks behind such products as LiveStage Pro, HipFlics, and HipPics — have launched
Blue Abuse, a showcase site of interactive QuickTime content, with everything from complete sites using QuickTime to individual QuickTime movies.
“Our goal is to promote the interactive QuickTime community by showing ‘what is possible’ and how easily it can be created,” David Gratton, Totally Hip’s vice president of marketing and sales, told MacCentral. “Our commitment: until the end of the year, a new tutorial will be posted every week. A new site or project with accompanying information will be posted to the list every week. We encourage everyone who has projects or sites they would like to get profiles to get in touch with us at Blue Abuse.”
What’s more, a detailed developer profile will be posted every month. The current featured developer is Erik Fohlin, a Wired QuickTime expert and an active member of the LiveStage and QuickTime communities. He’s the creator of LiveStage’s QTVR Swing behavior. Blue Abuse will also be home to a Flash corner.
“Matt Newman our resident Flash Nerd, will be holding court in the Flash Corner where he will be promoting the powerful uses of Flash within QuickTime 5,” Gratton said.
Once Blue Abuse has acquired an archive of content, they’ll showcase “the Hip Three,” the top three QuickTime sites as chosen by users. Right now, there’s a feature on the Emmaboda Experience, a QuickTime 5 streaming video project. There’ll also be a detailed list of other QT resources and showcases around the Web.
“And we’re creating a detailed search function that will help visitors access the tutorials and articles based on numerous criteria, like ‘What’s a tween track?’ and up pops tutorials that describe the text track, or a project/site that uses the tween track, Gratton said. “We are hoping to eventually have our community actively participating in this site, making suggestions for sites of the week, and creating tutorials and articles.”
One tutorial is already online. “QuickTime Movie Skins” shows you how to create “media skins” for QuickTime.