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September 26, 2007

Flash vs Silverlight

Is this new kid on the block a contender to the established heavyweight? 3D and streaming video look like M$ way in to the market... Could it be some healthy competition to Adobe's dominance?

Read the report from Seb Lee Delisle's visit to Microsoft's Mix07 conference, here and here.

September 21, 2007

Thermo @ Max

Is this a dream product???

You will lead a highly motivated team developing an innovative new tool, codenamed Thermo, that will enable designers and creatively inclined developers to easily build rich internet applications and interactive content. “Thermo” will streamline the process of adding interactivity, behavior and motion to creative assets and will work seamlessly with both Adobe’s Creative Suite tools, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks and Flash, and with developer oriented tools such as Flex Builder.

Thermo is a strategic project for Adobe. It will enable designers to more efficiently build the richer experiences that are reshaping the internet and give developers greater control over creative assets without leaving the development paradigm that fits the way they work.

Found while having a nosey here.

And it looks like the cats out the bag... Thermo will be forming a big part of the keynote at Adobe Max (Europe) in a couple of weeks.

September 20, 2007

Quite interesting, no really.

Spteh_portraitComedian, polymath, friend of Hugh Laurie, and all round national treasure Stephen Fry, has a blog and his first post is oddly relevant to the mobile industry. So much so in fact  you start to wonder whether it's the "real" Stephen Fry at all. But then this is an offshoot of his official site so I guess it is. Excellent.

September 12, 2007

Make the logo bigger!

Makethelogobigger  All you designers sing along! A simple message with a powerful delivery.
Make the logo bigger .

Image resizing comrade

This video shows a new technique developed to resize images automatically by scanning an image for the least important parts and then removing those first. It sounds a bit weird but the results are amazing, and considering the potential for dealing with images on multiple screen sizes, quite important to us potentially.

There's something about it though. I can't quite put my finger on it but somehow it seems a bit wrong. The idea that some "empty space" in a picture should be less important and therefore more removable doesn't seem to fit with my ideas about composition and layout. Surely the condensed versions of the images won't be as good or work as well?

I suppose it doesn't matter for some kinds of image. The results are certainly impressive.  Maybe it's just that removing people from pictures like this reminds me too much of Stalinist Russia.  :-)

Is Apple about to switch typefaces to Myriad? And go 2D?

Applesigns

This might be the Mac-geekiest thing I've ever seen. Sharp-eyed reader Morgan W has a flickr pool of signs around the Apple campus in Cupertino, and notes that three of their newest building signs (at Bandley Five, Six, and Eight) have an updated logo with no 3D effect, and use Myriad for the font instead of Garamond, which the old signs used.

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