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Design & Coding Challenges

Posted by Sravan | January 30, 2009 | Comment

Mozilla Labs has a cool user interface design group with brilliant folks like Jono. This week they announced the first of a series of Design Challenges as part of their Concept Series. This challenge is primarily to trace inspiring UI design for the Web in general and thereby Firefox in particular.
I got the idea that this is for students only and the challenge is to answer the question: What would a browser look like if the Web was all there was? At the end of the round, they will be accepting 20 students to mentor. If you are a […] Continue Reading…

Stay focused Without Entering the WriteRoom

Posted by Sravan | January 27, 2009 | Comment

I suspect that many writers use Macs because of tools like WriteRoom and Scrivener, which are cool writing software exclusively available on the Mac OS X. That is the excuse for acquiring a Mac some day, you might keep telling yourself. Now, the AIR app “focused” blurs that excuse.

focused, much like the WriteRoom, throws down the curtains over all other potential distracters on the computer and presents the writer with a screen-wide black text box. You, a keyboard, and a black screen that is waiting to be filled with your words. That is the good ol’ typewriter for you. […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week From Layoffs to Happiness

Posted by Sravan | January 26, 2009 | Comment

Last week saw big layoffs in the tech industry and the NYTimes reports about many more to come this week.

Adobe is conducting a survey about the website usability. Think we had a tiny role in pushing it? Whatever, please take the survey when requested. It is small, hardly takes five minutes, and I believe that it can do some good. Also, the Flex SDK team is conducting a feedback session in two more days to hear from the community about the Flex SDK itself and the current management of the open source project. Do pass the message around.

Scott Barnes […] Continue Reading…

Plan Your New York City Visit Using nycgo

Posted by Sravan | January 23, 2009 | Comment

Geoweb RIAs are among the most useful and user-friendly apps we often see. Their use comes from the tailoring done to the use cases and the user-friendliness from the intuitiveness. All said and done, there isn’t much newness one can expect out of them. We all know how Earth and Maps APIs are like. Nothing different now with the services provided by nycgo.
You all must have read Michael Bloomberg’s post on the Google Blog. The newly-launched website, nycgo, is a one-stop shop for everything related to the New York City. It has been localized into 10 languages already and […] Continue Reading…

Custom Skins For Flex Components

Posted by Sravan | January 22, 2009 | Comment

The Yahoo! Flash Developer Center is an interesting place that often posts resourceful articles on their Yahoo! Flash Blog.
Recently, Jeffrey Bennett posted a how-to on creating custom skins for Flex components. The tutorial has four steps:
1. Creating a skin asset in Flash.
2. Creating the Flex application.
3. Authoring the stylesheet.
4. Application of stylesheet.
Bennett along with Joe Magnani developed a Yahoo! Flex skin which matches the look and feel of UI components used all over Yahoo! and is being distributed for free under the BSD license. Here is a how-to for running it and this is how it looks like.

Aral made […] Continue Reading…

RTMP Next in Open Screen Project

Posted by Sravan | January 21, 2009 | Comment

Adobe released a press release yesterday saying that the RTMP specification is going to be made public in the first half of 2009 as part of the Open Screen Project.

RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) is the multimedia protocol used for data transmission between Adobe Flash Platform technologies. Read the press release and keep watching the RTMP Spec page on Adobe for updates.

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch said the following according to the press release:
Our ongoing commitment to openness is accelerating adoption of the Flash Platform by developers and resulting in a new generation of Web applications, content and video experiences […] Continue Reading…

TweetDeck: The Twitter Client Under Spotlight

Posted by Sravan | January 20, 2009 | Comment

There are literally hundreds of applications that have come up around Twitter. A large number of them are just Twitter clients. TweetDeck is one such, and is not the only AIR Twitter client.

TweetDeck is under spotlight now with the app securing funding of upto $500K from Betaworks. That makes it cool for two reasons: the economy isn’t all that cheerful these days, and Iain Dodsworth is the one man army behind the AIR app. Congratulations to Iain on both counts.

The best feature of TweetDeck is the multiple columns. Twhirl occupies very little real estate and that made it difficult […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week From AIR to Silverlight to JavaFX

Posted by Sravan | January 19, 2009 | 3 Comments

TweetDeck secured a funding of about $500K! That is wonderful news in this slow economy. Iain Dodsworth develops this Adobe AIR app single-handedly and it has been giving good competition to Twhirl. Though I started tweeting using Twhirl, I moved to TweetDeck sometime back and am mostly happy with it, but for the occasional Unfollow/Follow bug.

Ryan shared a supercool video about Intuilab’s work: multitouch AIR apps built from scratch.

Jens, the Flashgamer, tells us about the Open Video Player that Akamai is developing. Open Video Player is a framework that simplifies building custom video players.

More good news: Scott Barnes, the […] Continue Reading…

A Wacky Photo Editor Called piZap

Posted by Sravan | January 16, 2009 | 13 Comments

piZap is an online photo editor useful in quickly editing a photo with effects, and sharing it on various social networks. Quick is the keyword.

piZap loads very quickly, whether it is loading a page or adding any of the effects that can be. The load status bar, which is very unlike the default bar we see on Flex apps is itself a fresh feature. The green bar tries to fill up very fast and moves backward sometimes (which is not a recommended thing).

There are many features like adding different kinds of Text, Stickers, various parts and accessories to the […] Continue Reading…


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