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Old 11-16-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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I'm working on a website for the company I'm employed by, and one of my managers came to me with this idea and the only program I think is even capable of this is Flash, however, I want to make sure before I embark on an endeavor that will lead to a dead end:

A customer puts in the dimensions of his room, and a blank 'room' is generated based on those measurements.
The customer is then able to select articles of furniture and drag and drop them into the room.
Everything must be to scale according to the dimensions the customer enters (the furniture would already have a fixed pre-determined measurement).

Basically this is supposed to be a tool for people to build their own room and see exactly how it would look with the furniture in it. I've never done anything really like this before, and I dont even use Flash to begin with (except once when I had to make CD) so I'm not dead set on Flash. If there is a better program that would do this by all means suggest it. Also since I'm very new, any nudges in the right direction are also appreciated.
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:41 PM   #2
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Howdy and Welcome.

I am not going to go over on how to achieve this, but basically any type of multimedia program that can load images should be able to handle this, ie Flash, Silverlight or even JavaScript.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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I have made an app like this in flash so it's possible. You'd need advance programming skills though. You'll probably want to save the room and even get a total price of all of the items in the room. This will require database integration as well.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:25 PM   #4
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thanks guys for the responses.

Cyan I haddnt even thought about other programs to use, so thanks for giving me other directions to go in as well.

Pep I'm glad to know at least someone else has done it, and yeah I assume I'm going to have a lot of trouble since I barely know Flash as it is. I've never had to integrate a database, so I think for this job I'll def. require some outside help.

But at least I now have a good direction to go in, thanks!
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:41 PM   #5
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I just want to say that it is going to be a relatively hefty project which requires good amount of programming. You might need to discuss with your manager on the duration of the project and the feasibility of hiring somebody if that does not work for you. I am not doubting your learning ability but I have seen many newbies tackling with heavy project initially and suffer from it. Just because a company has a resource, that does not mean that he/she should take care of everything.
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:37 AM   #6
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I wouldn't try this anyway but with Flash. The drag and drop can be done with the mouse event. If you want to get all flashy with animation while you do that, one could, but it sounds like you will need to use some boundaries where things can fall. To do that I would take a look at some samples of hittest and walls around the web. This would use the onClipEvent. The rest would be just letting the objects take the .x and .y values from the cursor possition and apply it to the model being dropped onto the floor of the room.
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This is the old version of this app I did for a company in Oregon. Pretty much what you are talking about. Could be easily translated in 3D too.
http://testing.aswebcreations.com/FMD.html
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