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Falling Away

I had a new idea last night on my way home for a simple use of Flash 10′s 3D to do a simple visualization. Imagine that you are looking down at the ground from high up. Suddenly the screen falls away and starts falling to the ground. Then the ground you were looking at falls away and you rezlize that it was only a screen. Repeat.

This screenshot shows the app running with a flickr satellite photo feed displaying on each falling plane. Unfortunately, since my code uses BitmapData.draw(), this won’t work from the web as I don’t want to run a flickr proxy. The linked version simply colors the planes, but you can get the idea from it. Right click the movie to view its code. If you run it locally with USE_FLICKR = true you can see the full effect.

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