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Silverlight 3 Beta Out

Posted by Sravan | March 20, 2009 | Comment

Microsoft released the new Silverlight 3 Beta during the current MIX09 conference.

Major media enhancements include a new Raw AV pipeline through which third-party codecs can be supported and Smooth Streaming that seamlessly switches in real-time the quality of the video of a media file based on the user’s available bandwidth and CPU.

For richer experiences, Silverlight 3 has a new bitmap API that allows developers to build a photo editor to do red eye correction, and to write their own mathematical functions describing an animation apart from new in-built spring and bounce effects.

Silverlight seems to have started taking SEO with […] Continue Reading…

On the Trail of Ichabod, The Adobe Headless Flash Player

Posted by Sravan | March 19, 2009 | Comment

One fine day, Adobe got a feature request to create a headless flash player for running unit tests.

A fortnight earlier than that, around July 1st 2007, both Google and Adobe reported news about collaboration for Flash SEO and about improved SWF searchability. Google in particular answered an interesting question.
Q: How does Google “see” the contents of a Flash file?
We’ve developed an algorithm that explores Flash files in the same way that a person would, by clicking buttons, entering input, and so on. Our algorithm remembers all of the text that it encounters along the way, and that content is […] Continue Reading…

Advances in Flash SEO

Posted by Sravan | March 18, 2009 | 5 Comments

First watch this Youtube video that Duane Nickull posted. It shows how little information swf2html extracts and also how Ichabod, the headless Adobe Flash Player used by Google can extract text from multiple states of an SWF. Bravo!

The video is very grainy and you better download the higher resolution MP4 through KeepVid or elsewhere.

Adobe also launched a Search Engine Optimization Technology Center on the Adobe Developer Connection last Friday. As of now there are just five articles with all the latest additions by Damien Bianchi, a Search Strategist at Global Strategies International. You can follow him on Twitter @DamoB […] Continue Reading…

Ariel’s Flash Stresser Tool

Posted by Sravan | March 17, 2009 | 2 Comments

Ariel recently wrote a small tool called the Flash Stresser. It is a tiny Flash app that has a given number of balls randomly and elastically bouncing against each other and against four walls.

You can set the number of balls at any given time. It is a simple yet powerful tool to stress your system. Ariel’s necessity behind writing such a tool struck me as sensitive:
I appreciate having a powerful computer. The trouble is, I don’t see the problems that people with lesser computers have with my app. On my computer what can be a minor annoyance due to […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up SXSW Week

Posted by Sravan | March 16, 2009 | Comment

Aral gave a talk on the Open Source Flash Book at the SXSW Interactive 2009 and his blog made to the Wikio top 30 UK technology blogs for March 2009. Ryan has some details about the Adobe Events at the SXSW.

Many people on the blogosphere recommend a session on Flash Player Internals available on Adobe TV as a must-watch for all Flash developers. But Jens, the Flashgamer, warns us to watch it from Peter Elst’s blog. Jens is absolutely unimpressed by Adobe TV. The site consumes enough resources for him to ask who made that sh!t. What they need […] Continue Reading…

Gobsmacked by the SixthSense Prototype This Friday

Posted by Sravan | March 13, 2009 | Comment

Only last week I had been thinking about rich applications of the next generation. I thought that the video about Adobe Multi-touch Flex would be the top video I will have watched this week. But my user-interface designer friend shared an amazing video that I now think will top all I will have watched for months to come.

The SixthSense prototype has been created by Pranav Mistry, Pattie Maes and Liyan Chang of the MIT Media Lab. Seeing as a real world feasibility is vastly different from watching as a science fiction movie reality – Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report – […] Continue Reading…

In the Beginning Was the Command Line

Posted by Sravan | March 12, 2009 | Comment

I read a fascinating essay book called In the Beginning Was the Command Line. Written in a very lucid and entertaining style, it is about the author’s perspective as to why operating systems can’t remain a commercial venture, and a school of thought which looks at GUI in terms of a (growing) stack of abstractions between the human input and the machine output. Whether or not one agrees with his opinions, the analysis of the cultures in Microsoft and Apple seem to throw light on some of their decisions to this day.

Mind you, this was written in 1999. As […] Continue Reading…

Latest Open Source Releases for Flex

Posted by Sravan | March 10, 2009 | Comment

I hope you haven’t missed the latest Flex 3.3 SDK release. As a new version of Flex Builder isn’t being released alongside, the updated data visualization components for Flex Builder are available separately. You can get them all from the Flex Downloads page. These are entirely bug fix releases. Now that contributing to open source may be more common than had been earlier imagined, take a look at the Flex SDK coding conventions for future contributions.

Fatara Systems made their Clear Toolkit framework open source last Friday. The toolkit is used for developing enterprise Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week From Universal Pictures to Time Warner

Posted by Sravan | March 9, 2009 | Comment

Universal Pictures for its upcoming Fast and Furious movie released an Adobe AIR widget through which users can receive breaking news related to the film, view a countdown timer, watch trailers and video clips, download wallpapers, connect with other fans real-time, and get directions using its built-in GPS map. This may be the first foray of Hollywood into using RIAs for PR and obviously won’t be the last.

Aral shared some of the wonderful tributes he had received for his recent keynote at PHP UK Conference 2009. The talk was titled “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” and the post […] Continue Reading…


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