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February 19, 2008


Aviary seems to be a suit of design/creative tools which have all been built with flash and work in your browser.  From the evidence it looks like they've done a pretty good job. So the question is will they be good enough to make a dent in the Adobe market for creative  software?

Each tool is named after a different bird (how delightful!), so you've got: Pheonix for image editting (because that's likely to be the most popular and so needs the coolest name); Raven for vector graphics (obviously trying to lure Dean away from Illustrator there!); Toucan for swatch management and pallettes (ok...); Humming Bird for 3D, Owl, Penguin, Pigdeon, Tern, the list goes on and on.

My favourite is Horus for Font editor. Horus was the Egyptian god of the sky (or something), and the Egyptians only used hieroglyphics, so ... font editor? It's either very clever or very silly, either way I can't wait to give it a try.

Not all of them are ready  or released yet.  Oh yeah, and because they've built with Flash they're  planning to have downloadable versions using Air which work on your desktop.

February 08, 2008



"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!?

February 01, 2008


Despite clearly being named by a neolithic tribesman it looks like this new wunder-browser might actually deliver some rather impressive  goods in terms of web-on-yer-mobile. If the hype is to be believed this really will be like the web but on your mobile. No really it will. Exactly the same. You might even be forgiven for thinking for a second that your mobile is really a PC and you've magically grown to giant proportions.

If it does work and doesn't require only the hugest of processors to run it, it will be pretty impressive. Particularly for opening up the kind of Flash based content which has hitherto been ever so slightly out of reach.

Still as usual the question is begged: is this really the right approach? What about services tailored to small screens? Things that actually make more sense on the move then they do at your desk.

It's the web on your mobile, but also that's all it is.

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