February 08, 2008

Singularity

Singularity?

"Singularity  is the first large-scale online web conference in the world.

Singularity is over 100 of the world’s top web visionaries, developers, designers, thought leaders, and celebrities.

Singularity is three days of talks over multiple tracks.

In 2008, Singularity will define Web ‘08."

More here...

February 05, 2008

Oi! Microsoft. No!

2237793638_d5e712d846_2 This brought some mild amusement this morning, the Flickr communities reaction to the recent interest from Microsoft to acquire Yahoo

Also, a question that popped into my head, will Flickr lose its Flashyness and been done in Silverlight!?

October 03, 2007

Adobe Media Player

Amp_3 Adobe have a pre-release of their Adobe Media Player software available for download.

 

 

Here's the official word on the product from Adobe Labs:

Adobe is driving the next generation of internet video delivery with the Adobe Media Player (AMP), Flash® Media Server software, content protection technologies, and a broad and powerful ecosystem of partners providing key solutions from content creation through delivery and monetization. AMP brings the best of both the broadcast television and web video worlds to your desktop—providing high-quality content both online and offline, with a wide range of business model possibilities.

Also, its built using Adobe AIR, Adobe's cross OS runtime for building and deploying RIAs to the desktop.

After downloading I took it for a spin and noted a couple of thoughts on the UI and functionality from a customer experience point of view:

Good times :)

  1. Strong visual layout that was simple to navigate within a couple of minutes of clicking about. Look and feel is understated and not fussy or complicated which is a good thing.
  2. Catalog was where I headed first. I like the tag cloud for searching content by genre.
  3. Labeling of the links in the l/h navigation are easy to understand, My New Episodes, My Favorite Shows, etc.

Bad times :(

  1. I couldn't search the Catalog using a keyword search.
  2. I couldn't  open video files other than FLV. Other file types should be considered, perhaps, otherwise it does become limiting factor.
  3. If I had content, is there anyway of submitting it to the Catalog?

Obviously this is a way early release with debugging and tweaks to make along the way. Looking forward to the next version.

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.

June 25, 2007

Razor screen

T-shirt design. Always something you'd consider being restricted to the 2D printed format. Not necessarily any more. Those bods over at Sony have developed a paper thin display that bends like paper while showing full colour video.

At 0.3millmetre (0.01 inch)! the display combines Sony's organic thin film transistor, or TFT, technology, which is required to make flexible displays, with another kind of technology called organic electroluminescent display.

This potentially allows it to be worn as clothing as well as other applications where a display needs to wrapped around an object.

However:

Sony said plans for a commercial product using the technology were still undecided.

Tatsuo Mori, professor at Nagoya University's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, said some hurdles remained, including making the display bigger, ensuring durability and cutting costs.

"To come up with a flexible screen at that image quality is ground breaking," Mori said.

"You can drop it, and it won't break because it's as thin as paper."

So maybe its not time to give up Illustrator for After Effects just yet!

Watch a video of the display here.

June 22, 2007

iApolloGearsPhone?

Very interesting article about iPhone, Nokia, Google, Adobe and web/desktop apps.

In short, there is a strong possibility that applications built for the iPhone will run on Nokia Series 60 devices with relatively little re-coding. [...] The applications will also run on Windows and Mac desktops with the Safari browser.

The final pieces of this jigsaw are supplied by Google and Adobe, who are working together on an open source project - Google Gears - to enable browser-based applications to function off-line. Adobe is planning to incorporate this capability into Apollo [...] which runs across desktop and mobile devices.

[This is] more than just interesting in a mobile context - it is a way of solving one of the key issues which has constrained web-style application development for phones, i.e. what happens when the device loses the network connection.

June 19, 2007

Todoist

Maybe you're not as anal as me and don't have any need for crazy rock'n'roll things like todo lists. However, if by any chance you are then Todoist is what you need. Not only is it a very nice neat design, the interaction (via judicious use of ajax) is nigh on perfect. No click is left unacknowledged; no page leaves you wondering what you should click next; the help screen is always a single instant click away (as is most of it really).  You can add new lists, create sub-lists (via indenting), colour code, and even give every item a date (via a cunning little command based interface) which is all just lovely. There some screen casts to help you get started and a host of shortcuts, an api, gmail integration, mobile access etc etc etc.

Bye bye tadalists I have a new master now!

June 13, 2007

Biggest Mac OS X update ever? Introducing Leopard...

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Apple has spoken out about the new features (300+ apparently) in the forthcoming new operating system OS X Leopard, at this weeks WWDC. There are some cool features worth looking at, if not only for the "jazzy" UI. It all looks just so smooth. Of course, if you're not an Apple user you may not be too impressed, but you have to hand it to their UI designers for creating such a simple, yet attractive UI that their jealous Microsoft cousins can only attempt to recreate.

Take a look at the videos and new features here.

May 16, 2007

Every second.

Rossignol quotes an article called Shaping The Future which talks about the possibility of flash memory being cheap enough in a few years to have enough to easily record a video stream of everything you see for a whole year on a single card!

I was talking to Tero the other day about memory becoming cheaper and how mp3's or photos at fairly high quality aren't getting getting any bigger, but we still agreed that people would find ways of filling even enormous capacity memory.

Perhaps recording every second of every day of our lives as video is what that will be. Makes that old grainy cine film of my parents wedding kind of seem like some priceless ancient artefact.

April 18, 2007

The Apollo mission

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I attended the LFP UG  last night and was given the product tour of the new Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium. In this bundle you get Photoshop (Extended), Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Contribute and Acrobat 8. Also in there are Version Cue and Bridge to help manage project assets and a new one called Device Central which lets you prepare content for mobile devices. With Adobe Live  coming up soon there will be plenty of opportunity to see these products in more detail, however a couple of features from the demo were definitely stand-out for me.

1) Fluid movement of assets between Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash. Importing a Photoshop file into Flash and all the layer information remaining intact. You could even edit your Photoshop text from within Flash, nice.

2) Copying and pasting motion tweens across time-lines and documents and even turning your time-line animations in to Actionscript so you can really see whats going on.

3) Alpha channel support for FLV files and the ability to import Quicktime MOVs.

4) All Adobe products using a consistent, intuitive GUI.

The second  half  of the evening was given over to Apollo. This  is the code name for a cross-operating system runtime being developed by Adobe that allows developers to combine their existing web development skills (Flash, Flex, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax) to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) to the desktop. The Adobe Media Player  that was demo'd looked very cool. You can also see a demonstration here of how eBay is building an Apollo application to engage customers . I think a full product release was mentioned for the end of the year, as for names I thought the "Swf-Flv-Pdf Playder" sounded cool?!

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