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Sizmek Blocks are pre-built packages of code that add a specific functionality to a Sizmek Rich Media ad. They are compatible with the Sizmek platform and the Ad Builder for Flash. They can either run as is, or they can be customized within the Flash authoring tool to suit any specific ad.

You can use the Sizmek Blocks when you want to create ads with cool interactive features, such as Skype Interact, Augmented Reality, Full Screen HD/HQ Video and more. The Blocks are constantly being developed and more blocks will be added in the future.

The Sizmek Blocks are easy to use and can be easily accessed. All you have to do is download the relevant FLA files, open them in Flash and begin working.

To help make your lives easier, the Sizmek Blocks are constantly updated to enable faster turnaround time and they provide various creative ideas to answer rich media needs.

Note: The Sizmek Blocks are ready made templates that are supposed to be implemented into Sizmek ads either via the Ad Builder for Flash or through Flash itself.

This table displays the list of Sizmek Flash blocks.

Block\Format Description


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Accordion Reveal Block The Accordion Reveal Block allows you to implement an accordion effect either over an image or a movieclip. You can use the Accordion Reveal Block when you want to enable cool effects in your ads. For example, you can combine the Screen Grab Block and the Accordion Reveal Blocks when you want to load a SnapSite image and then create an accordion effect on the image. You can use the Accordion Reveal Block on loaded/embedded images or on animated movieclips.

Note: The Accordion Reveal Block can only be used in Flash CS4 and in AS3.

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Ad Sniffer Block The Ad Sniffer Block allows you to retrieve information about the user’s environment, such as the operation system and language, browser version, domain, etc.

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User Guide

AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Advanced Feedback Block The Advanced Feedback Block allows you to implement a feedback option in your ads. This allows your users the opportunity to rate your ad (for example, like, dislike) as well as provide topic based feedback (for example, your ad was relevant to me).

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User Guide

AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Augmented Reality Block

The Augmented Reality block displays a 3D graphic in the ad asset. The Augmented Reality block code detects a pre-defined graphic marker via the webcam and displays the graphic using 3D orientation and positioning in the 3D world.

For more info about the FLARToolKit, go to: http://www.libspark.
org/wiki/
saqoosha/FLARToolKit/en

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Background Dimmer Block

The Background Dimmer block is used when you want your ad to be the focal point on the page. It works by fading out the website’s content to focus in only on the ad. The fade out effect is achieved by JavaScript code (custom script triggered from the ad unit) and creates a semi transparent HTML div tag on the webpage.

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AS3 Block 

AS2 Block

Calendar Reminder Block

The Calendar Reminder Block enables you to download a file to your local machine from an ad, for example an ICS, PDF, ZIP etc., and track this download in the Sizmek platform.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Contextual Ad Block

The Contextual Ad Block is intended for people who are familiar with the following: HTML, JavaScript and Analyzing the DOM structure of the page.

The Contextual Ad block uses a predefined HTML section from a publisher’s page to create an ad with contextual content.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Face Detection Block

The Face Detection block uses a graphic object (movie clip) to recognize faces displayed in the ad via a web cam. This feature can be used to "brand" user’s faces with an advertiser’s mask, hat, glasses, smile, etc. This block’s Face Detection feature uses the Object Detection AS3 classes by Masakazu Ohtsuka (Mash). 

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Image Upload Block

The Image Upload Block enables advertisers to engage users with the brand, by letting them upload and display their own images to the ad. After the user uploads the image to the banner, it can be resized, rotated, and panned before being merged with the creative.

Technical Demo AS3

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JS Sync Block

The JS Sync Block allows you to communicate and sync between banners and panels that are served on the same publisher page, even across different ads.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

MapQuest Block

The MapQuest Block embeds a MapQuest interface within your creative. Users can interact with the map and use its native MapQuest controls, such as zoom, pan, toggle map or satellite view, and toggle live traffic conditions. Users can also search for predefined location names within user-provided cities and countries.

Note: When creating the block with the Ad Builder for Flash, the supported Flash player is version 10 and above.

The Block is based on the MapQuest Flash Maps API, and therefore is only supported in ActionScript 3.0.

Technical Demo AS3

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Useful Links for Customizing Maps

http://developer.mapquest.com
/content/as/v/mq
/samples/samplesexplorer/index.html#

http://developer.mapquest.com/
content/
as/v/mq/documentation/devref/index.html

MouseTracker Block

The MouseTracker Block allows you to track mouse movements over an entire web page. You can use the MouseTracker Block for basic use cases, for example when you want to create a compass or a hotspot in your ad, or you can use it for more advanced cases, for example when you want to create a mouse follower or a panning tool.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Page Collapse Block

The Page Collapse Block allows you to implement an ad with page collapse. When clicking on the "Open Panel" button, the page drops and the ad is displayed. The Page Collapse Block works using Papervision 3D, the Flash asset loads a snap site image and animates the page collapse.

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Paper Vision 3D Cube Block

The Paper Vision 3D Cube Block allows you to create a rotating interactive cube inside a Flash application using the very powerful and open source Papervision 3D engine.

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Paper Vision 3D Plane Block

The Paper Vision 3D Plane Block allows you to create a tilting interactive panel inside a Flash application using the very powerful and open source Papervision 3D engine. For more information on Papervision, click here.

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Pinterest Pin-Through Block

The Pinterest Pin-Through Block lets advertisers engage users with their brand by letting them quickly pin content to their Pinterest account.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Physics Banner Block

The Physics Banner Block enables you to easily implement and interact with a physics engine inside Flash.

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Polling Banner Block

The Polling Banner Block allows you to create a poll in your ad by using the Data Capture component. You can implement this feature by setting up a form in the Sizmek platform at the ad campaign level.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Print Coupon Block

The Print Coupon Block lets the user print, download, and view a coupon directly from an ad. The coupon can be printed directly through the print dialog without having to open the coupon as a Web page, PDF, etc. The coupon can be viewed in a new browser window. The coupon can be downloaded and saved.

 

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

QR Code Generator Block

The QR Code Generator Block allows you to generate a QR code image into the Flash asset. The user then scans the code with their mobile phone and can directly access the data from the ad to their phone. QR code, otherwise known as Quick Response, allows you to take a piece of information from a transitory media and put in your cell phone.

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User Guide

AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Save Ad to Favorites Block 

The Save Ad to Favorites Block enables you to add a link of your ad to your "favorites" page in your web browser, with just a click of a button.

The Save Ad to Favorites Block increases the impact of the ad by allowing users to view an ad they are interested in, later on.

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AS3 Block

Screen Grab Block 

The Screen Grab Block allows you to implement an ad with Screen Grab. This enables you to create an ad that "takes over" the publisher’s site. When your ad opens, the publisher’s site is pulled apart revealing the rest of your ad. The Screen Grab works by loading a snap site image into the Flash asset. With the Screen Grab you can load one part of the site snap or break the site snap to many parts.

The snapshot occurs every 15 minutes, meaning it might be different each time according to the ad displayed in it. The minimum time the snap can take place is 15 minutes.

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Send Ad by Email Block 

The Send Ad by Email Block enables you to quickly send a link of your ad by email to others. This allows you to share your ad with just a click of a button. The Send Ad by Email Block increases the impact of the ad by allowing users to view an ad that they are interested in later on, and share the ad with friends by sending a link by email.

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AS3 Block

Skype Interact Block

The Skype Interact Block allows you to add Skype buttons into your ads. This block works by communicating with Skype’s server. With just a click of a button, the user can open up their Skype account, start a call, chat, add a contact, see user information, leave a voicemail, as well as send over a file. 

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Slow Motion Block 

The Slow Motion Block is used when you want to slow down the frame-rate of a video and give it a "slow motion" effect. It can be added to every ad that contains video, such as movie trailers, sport videos, music clips and more.

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AS3 Block

Sonoport Dynamic Sound Block

The Sonoport Dynamic Sound Block allows you to manipulate and create dynamic audio in a Flash application using the Sonoport Dynamic Sound library. The Sonoport Dynamic Sound library is a collection of sound effects and MP3 manipulation tools created using purely ActionScript 3.0 and sound-generating algorithms. The library aims to simplify and provide a simple API that abstracts away the tedious sound-generation algorithms. For more information, go to http://www.sonoport.com/manual/.

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Sync Ads Block

The Sync Ads Block allows you to create ads that synchronize with one another. This block uses the SyncAds Flash component which is a communication layer that enables Sizmek ads, being played on the same web page, to interact amongst themselves. The SyncAds component can also be used for banner/panel interaction in Expandable Banner Ads.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Twitter Connect - Feed Block 

The Twitter Connect - Feed Block allows you to display your Twitter account in the banner of any ad. It allows you to click on tweet links.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Twitter Connect - Retweet Block

The Twitter Connect - Retweet Block allows you to display your Twitter account in the banner of any ad. You can click on links, reply to tweets and re-tweet with just a click of a button.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Thumbnails Block

The Thumbnail Block was built to deal with a known Flash issue that occurs when resizing bitmap images to less then 25% of the original size of the image. The Thumbnail Block utilizes a class that takes existing Bitmap Data, width and height parameters and returns a new high quality, smooth bitmap thumbnail.

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AS3 Block

Video Background Block 

The Video Background Block opens a panel behind the elements located in the publisher's website (in back of the page’s content). This block uses a custom script that interacts and changes elements in the publisher’s pages.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

 

 

Video Extender Block 

The Video Extender Block enhances your video experience by allowing your user to expand and retract the video. After the video plays, the user can drag the arrow to either expand or retract, or they can just double-click and the video will automatically expand or retract to its full state.

You can implement the Video Extender Block when creating a new ad by replacing the video asset and adjusting the ad to the specific page (both in Sizmek and in the template FLA).

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Viral Video Booster Block 

The Viral Video Booster Block allows you to create an ad with viral video. Viral video is a video clip that is distributed through online sharing. With this block you can either go directly to an advertiser’s social network (YouTube,, Twitter, etc) or you can post information on the advertiser’s social network.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

Weather Block

The Weather Block loads current and future forecasts into your creative. Users can track the weather and change the creative based on the temperature or the weather type. The Weather Block is based on the HAMweather Aeris API, and works for both AS2 and AS3. The Weather Block utilizes the Aeris auto location method to detect the location of the audience and display weather that is accurate based on their location.

User Guide

Webcam Block 

The Webcam Block lets you easily implement a viewer’s webcams in your ad and allow them to take pictures.

AS3 Technical Demo

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Webcam Video Upload

The Webcam Video upload block allows you to record and upload videos from within an ad creative using their webcam.

 User Guide

Webpage In Panel Block

The Webpage In Panel Block allows you to create an Expandable Banner ad with HTML content in the panel. It allows you to display any Web content hosted over the Internet by using custom script parameters. For example, you can show the client’s website, a contact form, map, or any HTML content that cannot be displayed as a Flash asset.

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AS3 Block

AS2 Block

 

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