December 13, 2007

More Adobe Thermo interestingness

Adobethermo Found this full Thermo product demo from Steven Heintz and Mark Anders on a list (Thanks FlashBrighton).

Also good to see Acrobat Connect  in action with some good 'ol screen sharing going on.

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.

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.

August 31, 2007

Depth of Field with Papervision 3D

mrdoob has been playing with Papervision 3D in his lab and the results are very nice indeed. Stunning in fact.


Papervision3D is an open source 3D engine for the Flash platform, written and maintained by a small core team, and contributed to by a growing community.

A real world example of the engine in action is Paper Critters, an online application for creating and sharing 3D paper toys. Its a polished piece of work that uses Papervision 3D to display content created in 3DS Max.

Coincidently the guy behind mrdoob, Ricardo Cabello has just been hired by the agency Hi-ReS! A longtime fan of their work I see they recently did the movie site to Darren Aronofsky's time traveling tale, The Fountain. Which kind of makes sencse as they did the movie site for his earlier film, Requiem for a Dream. Quality Flash work.

Look mom, I found where ideas come from

How about a "scary chocolate event" anyone?

May 11, 2007

3D Flex Demo

Screenshot This Flex demo shows off the way standard components can be shown within a 3D environment and yet still be usable. Pretty cool.

(via theflashblog)

April 18, 2007

The Apollo mission


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?!

Microsoft Silverlight


Silverlight  is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web.

Hmmm, Silverlight, that sorta sounds a bit like Flash doesn't it?!

April 13, 2007

Flash is the publishing tool of the century

Flashcs3icon With Adobe Creative Suite 3 just about to be released here's the scientist behind the SWF telling us why once one of the most hated technologies online has become the most loved.

Definitely worth a couple of minutes reading.

Also, some dates for diary. Adobe are starting to showcase their new software suites!!

Want to be the first to get the skinny on CS3 Creative Suite Premium then head along to London Flash Platform UG  on Tuesday 17th April.

And a whole week after that see CS3 Production Suite Premium close up at Adobe Inspired Media on Tuesday 24th April.

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