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Speaking at FITC Mobile 2009

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I am happy to announce that I will be speaking at FITC Mobile 2009, which takes place from 12/09 till 14/09 in Toronto, Canada. My session is called ” Tips and tricks for Flash Lite optimization ” and will offer attendees a set of best practices, tips, do’s and don’t in order to optimize Flash Lite content and push beyond the boundaries of a mobile device. I will try to make it a technical and inspirational sessions that helps Flash developers getting started with killer mobile applications, using there existing skills! 

More info on my session can be found here. Feel free to drop me a line of you are also attending, FITC is known for it’s cool and late night parties, so that’s a perfect opportunity to meet up!


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June 22, 2009 at 11:39 am

Posted in events, FITC, Flash Lite, Mobile

Flash Lite Optimization

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Last week I attended FITC Amsterdam09 giving a session on Flash Lite optimization. Although I had some tough competition there were more people in my session than I expected. Thanks everybody for showing up after a wonderful party at the FITC boat! ( yes with open bar and everything ). For those who missed the session I uploaded my slides so feel free to have look! I had good feedback on this ‘first-timer’ and I hope to be doing this more often, starting with a session at the ‘Mobile Madness’ – event hosted by the Adobe Usergroup Netherlands on the 11th of March. Feel free to drop me a comment or send me an e-mail if you are attending as well!

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February 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

FITC Amsterdam09 goes Mobile

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Today, FITC has send out a press release in order to inform all attendees that there is a whole range of mobile FITC Amsterdam content available. As some of you know, I kinda have my share in this one:

Toronto, Canada [January x, 2009] — Adobe Max Award08 winner Boulevart is busy putting the final touches on a mobile content package for FITC Amsterdam, a two-day event focused on the art and craft of Interactive design and technology. This is the second year for FITC Amsterdam, which takes place February 22 – 24, 2009 at the Felix Meritis European Centre for Arts and Sciences. The Boulevart team includes Mobile Consultant and Flash® Lite™ expert Thomas Joos, a graduate of the Technical University of West-Flanders.

“Thomas is on the cutting-edge of rich media for mobile and typifies the kind of sharp, young creative minds that make our events a success,” says Shawn Pucknell, Founder and Executive Producer of FITC Amsterdam.

Beginning today, FITC Amsterdam attendees can download mobile screensavers, wallpapers, and a 2009 event guide at All content was developed by Boulevart using Adobe® Flash® Lite™, a powerful runtime engine for mobile and consumer electronics devices.


You can download the entire press release here. Go and check out and if you are attending make sure you don’t miss FITC’s mobile boat this year!

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February 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm

FITC Amsterdam almost sold out!

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We’re only 45 days away from this cool event, and according to Shawn its going to be a GREAT ONE! Tickets are moving fast, the parties are starting to come together and the schedule is up and running! They are almost close to being old out so if you have friends, co-workers or other cool people you know who’d like to come over you might let them know to hurry up!

I’ll be doing a session on Flash Lite optimization and I seem to be facing some tough competition with Serge Jesper’s Flash Catalyst session. Nevertheless I’m really looking forward to it. If you are attending and wan’t to have talk or drink just leave me a comment or send me an e-mail and we’ll catch up in Amsterdam!

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January 15, 2009 at 10:18 am

1 year of blogging

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Today it’s been a whole year since I posted my very first ”Hello World”. One year of blogging that comes to 57 posts (or an average of about 1.1 posts a week) and 249 comments/trackbacks. In the beginning I had a monthly average of 2000 visitors increasing every month to 8000 last october! Those who followed my blog will have noticed not only my stats were evolving, some exciting stuff happened for me as well. I finished my multimedia bachelor and graduated. I got myself involved in the Flash Lite scene doing cool community projects for FITC Amsterdam08, FITC Toronto08, 2M08 and SOTR. I started working for Boulevart where I have the opportunity to do other flash lite projects like Werchter Mobile. Together with Barefoot we ported this guide to the iphone, which was quite historical because it was the first iphone application that came out based on flash technology. ( And no it was not a flash player on the iphone, we ported flash technology to run native on the iphone! You have no idea how many times I used this phrase :) ) There are some other cool mobile projects coming on, but I have to keep my mouth shut for now. Stay tuned for the coming weeks because some of them will be released soon but I can already give you a little hint: one of the projects I was working on the last few weeks has something to do with an upcoming event in Milan… hmm now what event could that be? :)

I think it is also a good time to ask for some feedback on those who come here every once and a while. Feel free to talk about what you like about this blog, where there’s room for improvement, whatever your thoughts are, feedback is always very much appreciated.

Stay tuned for another upcoming year of blogging!

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November 7, 2008 at 9:05 am

FITC Amsterdam09 – Optimizing your Flash Lite content

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After the sold out success of FITC Amsterdam 2008 they’re back! FITC will treat Amsterdam with another cool conference in february 09. The first speakers are already confirmed on the website and I am proud to announce I will be one of them. My session is called ” optimizing your Flash Lite content ” and is focussing on tips and tricks in order push beyond the boundaries of a mobile device, in stead of giving up on it.

Everybody agrees mobile will be the medium of the future. A modern cell phone no longer acts as only a phone. It is a multimedia device allowing you to do so much more. We are checking emails, listening to music, taking pictures. We watch and record videos, manage our personal calendar… We see more and more Rich Mobile Applications being developed using Flash Lite and this inspires other developers to get started as well. Unfortunately a lot of them still give up quickly after facing the same problem: how the hell do we get our content running smoothly on such a limited device?

In this session Thomas Joos will present a series of best practices in order to optimize your Flash Lite content. From how to streamline memory management and cpu performance to optimizing a mobile interface, Thomas will provide explanation and code examples that will assist you in getting started with Flash Lite and learn how to push beyond the boundaries of a mobile device in stead of giving up on it.

It’s amazing how fast things develop, last year I attended FITC Amsterdam08 as a multimedia student together with some class mates. It was a blast and we had a lot of fun, got to know people, got inspired and learned a lot. This year I am doing a session myself and I would like to use this occasion to thank everyone who invested in my learning process for the past year. My multimedia teachers Koen De Wegheleire & Tom Vandezande, who introduced me to Boulevart and assured them I had the right profile to do my internship there. Of course Boulevart itself, giving me the opportunity to specialize in Flash Lite development. My colleagues Wim Vanhenden & Raf Vervink who were always willing to help or assist me with all the actionscript 2 issues I had. And at last, maybe a bit cliché but definately worth mentioning, my parents and girlfriend who supported me through my studies and the late night working, which resulted in a busy schedule and a minimal amount of free time.

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November 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Scotch On The Rocks goes Mobile

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I finished an event guide for Scotch On The Rocks today. They contacted me a while ago via Peter Elst asking me if I could provide them a mobile guide. I could do and try out whatever I liked to and I started exploring Flash Lite 3 and the possibilities it offers. I experimented on a global navigation concept, based on stunning motion graphics, composed by my friend Ben Dekeyzer who is also elected for the semifinal round in Adobe’s Design Achievement Awards. Ben did an amazing job turning his motion graphics into amazing optimized mobile formats. Just watch the video below and see how the SOTR Mobile Guide looks like. I’m sorry for the quality but still I think it does showcase the concept very well.

It was a bit of a last minute call so I have not had the time to create installers. I zipped the projects and you can download them here. I have a Flash Lite 2 and 3 version. The fl3 version is the one showed in the video. Feel free to check them out and let me know what you think! Hope you guys like it! Any kind of feedback is always appreciated, just drop a comment :)


flash lite 2 version: download here
flash lite 3 version: download here

I’m not attending SOTR myself but my colleague Nicolas Lierman is. Have a great time at SOTR and I hope you can use the app!

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June 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Posted in BoulevArt, FITC, Mobile