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Queued: Another Wonderful Adobe AIR App

Posted by Sravan | February 24, 2009 | Comment

Queued is an awesome Adobe AIR app that SitePen created to demo how Adobe AIR and Dojo Toolkit for JavaScript can be used to create RIAs. Though I don’t have a Netflix account – India – implying that I could barely scratch the features, I am glad to have gone ahead and tried it.

Queued more or less reproduces the functionality for a Netflix user. You can search, browse, and view movie details, rate them and modify your queue. Online and offline. When you get back online, the changes can be synced up seamlessly. Watch the video below for a […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Ryan’s Week

Posted by Sravan | February 23, 2009 | 2 Comments

The blogosphere, at least the large set of blogs that I follow, seemed unusually quiet in the last week, tempting me to discuss the 81st Annual Academy Awards especially because, Yay!, Kate Winslet won her Oscar finally. But Ryan seemed to work double time, announcing several of his upcoming events.

A Flex Camp is being held in Miami on March 6th and registration is still open. Apparently, Greg will show the future of Adobe during that camp. I am sure it is going to be hot.

Have you ever heard of Adobe Days? I haven’t, until Ryan mentioned about absolutely free […] Continue Reading…

The Right Exit

Posted by Charles | February 21, 2009 | Comment

EXIT SIGNS are everywhere. Invisible until we need them, they play a far more important role than we usually attribute to them. The next time you come across one, try to observe how much work goes into them. Who makes these?The ExitStore is an exit sign and emergency board specialist offering products in all possible combinations. Pick your color of foreground and background. Pick your size and shape. Pick your technology: LEC ultra-energy efficient, thermoplastic LED, illuminated edge-lit, photoluminescent, or the self luminous that are self-powered non-electrically using Tritium (Nuclear) power. Whether it is vandal proof Exit Signs or those at wet or hazardous […] Continue Reading…

Design Under Constraint

Posted by Charles | February 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

Does anybody still subscribe magazines? I do. Wired Magazine is one of my favorites. The latest issue is one of the best. One of its articles titled “You’re Looking at a Box”, written by Scott Dadich, talks about design, specifically, the Design Under Constraint. Even though all the examples given are things like car, camera, phone and bottle, the philosophy or principle it preaches resonates very well with my believes for software design.

We’ve been suffered too long from over-engineeringed software, what-ever-takes design attitude, cover-all-the-bases mentality and sky-is-the-limit to code for ego-feeding sophistication.

With design under constraint, as the article describes, […] Continue Reading…

A Slew of Good Adobe Press Releases

Posted by Sravan | February 19, 2009 | Comment

In the last couple of days, Adobe released several press releases announcing some wonderful news, most of which came out during the GSMA Mobile World Congress where the new Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributed Player was released for mobile devices.

The results of Adobe’s third annual Scene7 Survey, show that over 90 percent of companies (with or seeking a web presence, I suppose) are working on their online customer experience by focusing their online investments on new rich media, social networking, mobile, and personalization applications. While we’ve already seen the emergence of rich media and mobile, my money is on […] Continue Reading…

Is MindManager Too Rigid?

Posted by Sravan | February 18, 2009 | 9 Comments

When I first heard about MindManager Web from Ryan, I expected that it could be better than the usual mind mapping softwares and that RIA technologies are more ideal for the flexibility they can provide the user with. The way I defined ‘better’ in this context is that the mapping shouldn’t interfere with the user’s flow of thought for any reason in its attempt to enable it.

I haven’t even heard of MindManager or MindJet before (thanks Ryan), though I now realize that it is a leading player in this area especially among enterprises. They have recently released MindManager Web, […] Continue Reading…

Rounding up Last Week One Day Later

Posted by Sravan | February 17, 2009 | Comment

iBrams won the Adobe Innovation Award 2008 for its AIR app iBrams Desktop Assistant. David Tucker became an Adobe Community Expert, and Rich Tretola again became one. Hearty congratulations to you all. Anyone else I missed out?

The lovely Adobe AIR marketplace got a new look last week with an improved look-and-feel and new features.

Aral stumbled upon a framework called Swiz, delved deeper without getting scared when it called itself the “brutally simple micro-architecture for Rich Internet Application development with Adobe Flex”, and now loves it. Ariel, on the other hand, feels overloaded by all these frameworks.

Scott Barnes wrote that […] Continue Reading…

Amazing Flash 3D, How did They do that!

Posted by Charles | February 13, 2009 | 10 Comments

You need go check out this Flash 3D implementation at ecodazoo. It’s very smooth and fluent 3D. If you check the CPU usage, it’s very minimum. I’m not Flash 3D guy but still I feel it must have done thing very differently and creatively. Anybody around here knows much about Flash 3D want give some comments?

Silverlight No Longer Adobe’s Challenge

Posted by Sravan | February 13, 2009 | 3 Comments

During the Thomas Weisel Partners Technology & Telecom Conference 2009 that took place on Tuesday, Mark Garrett, the Adobe CFO and EVP, expressed a surprisingly candid opinion that while Silverlight may have launched strongly a couple of years ago, the push to adoption “has really fizzled out in the last 6-9 months.”

True. It is widely acknowledged that Adobe has been the innovation leader in this area, and everybody has come to accept its “ubiquity”. The gap between Flash and Silverlight appears to be widening even though both have been gaining greater acceptance in absolute terms.

Microsoft on the other hand […] Continue Reading…


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