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CartoVista Now Supports Adobe Flex

Posted by Sravan | May 27, 2009 | Comment

DBx Geomatics Inc. recently released CartoVista v2.0 with full support for Adobe Flex. CartoVista is a dynamic data visualization suite that can be used to build and publish rich dashboards and perform dynamic data analysis. The below image shows the impressive architecture of various modules of the suite.

The new CartoVista API is the module that has been developed to integrate with HTML/Javascript and Adobe Flex. For an in depth tour of each of its modules – Data publishing, Publisher, Viewer, API – check out the feature video tour. All the documentation is available online.

CartoVista is Windows-only. I couldn’t find […] Continue Reading…

Adobe AIR Games

Posted by Sravan | May 26, 2009 | 4 Comments

Until I read Rob Christensen’s blog post early this month about Now Boarding, not a single thought about Adobe AIR games passed my mind.

Since then, the only AIR games I could trace have been those listed in the Adobe Marketplace, and it also had applications like alarms and stop clocks listed under the Games category. That way one could count the NY Times Crossword that comes along with the Times Reader 2.0 as another Adobe AIR game.

Frankly, none of these seemed to be beyond the Macromedia Flash games which are fun to play but do not provide an overall […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up The Cannes Week

Posted by Sravan | May 25, 2009 | Comment

I realized only last week that “sex” is the second most commonly searched term on our blog. Sad. If only the remaining top ones had been similarly inappropriate! Anybody think we should sprinkle a little keywords in our posts every now and then?

There are more people wishing for AIR apps that do nothing. Reader radekg pointed that Grant Skinner delved deeper into this topic a couple of weeks ago. A must-read.

Someone’s AIR application is hitting David Tucker’s server after one of his readers took his AIR tip on monitoring an AIR application’s Internet connection too blindly. Sorry, David, but […] Continue Reading…

The Need For AIR Apps That Can Do Nothing

Posted by Sravan | May 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

A common defect in most AIR applications that I’ve come across is that they continue to consume CPU cycles even when they are idle. Not just when they are in the background, but even after they are expected to have reached a steady state.

The need for well-performing AIR applications can’t be over-emphasized. Websites using Flex or Silverlight have the limitations of being inside the browser, and so don’t have the same uptime as an AIR app on a user’s desktop. With the users’ predilection for desktop apps, we are going to see more and more AIR apps which will […] Continue Reading…

Times Reader: An Alternative News Reading Experience

Posted by Sravan | May 19, 2009 | Comment

Times Reader is an Adobe AIR application that was put together by the New York Times and the Adobe AIR people. It is an alternative to the New York Times website and comes closest to a newspaper reading experience on your desktop. Apt for the enhanced experience, it is being called the Times Reader 2.0.

Times Reader is possibly the first AIR app that I have tried which has a EULA. For some reason, the users are restricted to use a maximum of 5 copies and there are also some “export restrictions” which I don’t think the actual website is […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Flex Builder’s Busy Week

Posted by Sravan | May 18, 2009 | Comment

Flex Builder was very much in news last week and will continue to be this week. One, the free licenses of Flex Builder for out-of-work developers has been put on hold. Two, Flex Builder is being renamed rebranded as Flash Builder starting with the next release. Peter Elst, Ryan Stewart and Lee Brimelow cheer this new development and are all surprisingly reassuring that the change doesn’t affect Flex developers in any way. I won’t go as far as quoting Shakespeare but I am of the opinion that the tools we use are, well, just tools. Read Brimelow’s article, last […] Continue Reading…

Lessons From Time100

Posted by Sravan | May 12, 2009 | Comment

Time100 is an Adobe AIR app showing with the most influential people of the world in the last six years (2004-2009) divided into five categories (Leaders & Revolutionaries, Heroes & Pioneers, Scientists & Thinkers, Artists & Entertainers, Builders & Titans) scattered across the globe based on their geographical locations.

The user can navigate across the globe and click on any of the personalities to read more about them. The profile pages, which seem to be articles written by friends of the personalities, are quite pleasant. The app is intuitive.

While there are no other features, Time100 is appealing because of the […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Silverlight’s Emmy-Winning Week

Posted by Sravan | May 11, 2009 | Comment

Moonlight 2.0 Preview has been released. Moonlight is the open source implementation of Silverlight for Linux built by Novell with support from the Microsoft Silverlight team.

Adobe AIR Linux has a new problem: the much-talked about Debian’s switching to EGLIBC. The AIR Linux team is worried about subtle API or binary incompatibilities that may arise between the 2 C libraries. How big an overhead to maintain separate binaries for various large distros is when compared to trying to get a single binary that works on as many distros as possible?

InsideRIA has a much-needed discussion about when not to RIA.

Silverlight won […] Continue Reading…

Rich Media Ads With DoubleClick Studio

Posted by Sravan | May 7, 2009 | Comment

Google recently introduced DoubleClick Studio, a suite for rich media production, development and publishing. The suite consists of two categories: one set of Flash tools which can be used to create rich media, and another a web app that can be used to manage the workflow for the creative.

Watch the youtube video below for an introduction of the features of DoubleClick Studio.

Easy to use, isn’t it? View the gallery of rich media ads that have been created using DoubleClick Studio.

This is a definitive step for Google in what seems like an organic expansion: from text to image to rich […] Continue Reading…


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