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Spezify: Another Attempt At Visual Search

Posted by Sravan | August 12, 2009 | Comment

Despite what detractors say, visual search is necessary and can fill the gap in searching for something about which the user is vague to begin with. Thus, it is being attempted by many startups: SearchMe, oSkope, KartOO, Viewzi and now Spezify. There is place for more players until one or two winners stand out.

Spezify has nailed one aspect of visual search: monetizing. It doesn’t have its own search index, but renders results obtained from (currently) 6 different search engines: Yahoo!, MSN, Twitter, Flickr, Amazon and eBay. The latter two sources are Spezify’s key to monetizing, though I am not […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Social Media Outage Week

Posted by Sravan | August 10, 2009 | Comment

Many developers are increasingly working on Android apps. Now that Apple’s App Rejection pseudocode has been exposed. I have seen only two applications of pseudocode so far: interviews and jokes.

Ryan has examples to prove that the latest release Adobe AIR 1.5.2 is in fact more than what I previously called “a minor update… which includes some reliability, compatibility and security related bug fixes.” Do check out the new disposeXML() function for better memory management of your AIR apps.

After buying enough iPhone apps from the Apple App Store, Jeff Atwood begins to wonder whether the traditional software pricing model is […] Continue Reading…

Google 3D Maps API For Flash

Posted by Sravan | August 5, 2009 | 1 Comment

Google recently announced support for 3D perspectives in the Google Maps API for Flash. SWFs using Google Maps with 3D features can be created using Flash 9/10, though Flash Player 10 has additional improvements in 3D animations that makes it easier to create.

The 3D perspective can be introduced to an existing SWF by simply importing the com.google.maps.Map3D, com.google.maps.View, and com.google.maps.geom.Attitude classes; extending a Map3D object instead of a Map object; and allowing a map view to be set to VIEWMODE_PERSPECTIVE.

In addition, setting the attitude of a map (defined […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up The Microsoft-Yahoo! Week

Posted by Sravan | August 3, 2009 | Comment

Adobe released a minor update of Adobe AIR, version 1.5.2, which includes some reliability, compatibility and security related bug fixes.

Having had enough with the bullying, Aral Balkan is taking some serious steps to fight Sys-Con. A minor victory already. Bravo! He seeks our help and I request you on his behalf. I am reluctant to share details, but I have already contacted the legal department of the company I work at, and they have assigned a Counsel to hear my plea. These things take longer than we like and their results are uncertain, but I remain hopeful for now.

Microsoft […] Continue Reading…

Flex Unit Testing Made Easy With FlexMonkey

Posted by Sravan | July 30, 2009 | 1 Comment

Gorilla Logic released the 1.0 version of their FlexMonkey, an open source AIR application for optimizing automated and unit testing of Flex-based applications. The earliest version first came out in September 2008.

Using FlexMonkey is easy and straight forward and one can quickly create an elaborate test suite with test cases with tests in them. The tests can be recorded and replayed for the verification of the Flex GUI. According to its website, “It is the only such tool that generates Actionscript-based test scripts that can be used within a continuous integration process.”

Eric Owens, the lead engineer of FlexMonkey gave […] Continue Reading…

Ideal Mechanism to Communicate and Collaborate

Posted by Sravan | July 28, 2009 | Comment

Joerg Beckert of Adobe Wave raised an interesting question in a comment: What is the ideal mechanism to communicate and collaborate? This is the million dollar question that a lot of people are trying to answer.

Keeping technology aside and considering what the user wants, Joerg himself has a list and the keywords are: filter, prioritize, pause, resume, merge, split, move, discover, share. Edit, search.

You will have more keywords to add, I’m sure. Prioritizing all these keywords is a challenge in itself.

The user as a rule is lazy and whimsical, wants a single application that takes care of all his […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up AIAS & Adobe Wave Week

Posted by Sravan | July 27, 2009 | 2 Comments

Flash Player for mobile will support multi-touch and accelerometer features, and Daniel Dura will be doing a session at MAX09 covering that stuff. Adobe also open sourced Flash Platform Media and Text Framework. For more news that came during Adobe Industry Analyst Summit, check out #AIAS and #adobe09 hashtags on Twitter.

Ted Patrick dives into the unique elements of the generative ActionScript framework.

Matt Chotin assures us that the Adobe Flex team is paying attention to all the feedback it is receiving, and a second public beta will be available this fall.

James Weaver invites all JavaFX enthusiasts to the JFXtras community […] Continue Reading…

The Eagle Has Landed

Posted by Sravan | July 24, 2009 | Comment

The 40th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 Moon landing go on. Domani Studios built a beautiful Flex-based website called We Choose the Moon that takes us through the odyssey in 11 stages using the material provided by the JFK Presidential Library & Museum. At each stage are photos, videos, 3D flyovers around the shuttle, a mission status, a mission transmission widget, and a mission tracker widget. I loved the mission transmission that gives a feel of the excitement between the Capcom and the spacecraft (“If we’re late in answering… it’s because we’re munching sandwiches,” […] Continue Reading…

Didn’t Get Adobe Wave

Posted by Sravan | July 23, 2009 | 3 Comments

Joerg Beckert let us know that a public beta version of Adobe Wave is now available on Adobe Labs. I tried it and didn’t get the point. The FAQ on the home page says:
Adobe Wave is an Adobe AIR application that lets you get notifications from the websites you care about. It displays a desktop alert when there is new content, a new social interaction, or another notification that the website would like to let you know about.
Sounds like a “feed” to me, except they insist calling it simply an alert or a notification. I checked the Google Reader […] Continue Reading…


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