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Archive for 'November 2008'

    Will the Economy be the Tipping Point for Digital Publishing?

    An economic crisis, or really any type of crisis, is indeed bad. But sometimes, a crisis can foster new creativity, providing the opportunities for young, or marginal, ideas to grow and eventually prevail.

    In the 18th Century and the early 19th Century, there were heated debates in a number of US cities about which standard to adopt for public transportation. Should they stay with the standard, well-mastered technology of horse-pulled wagons? Would they invest in the more reliable and mastered steam engine technology? Or would they adopt the internal combustion engine, the new inefficient, yet very promising technology?

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    News from the Adobe Max Conference

    After the two big keynotes at the Adobe MAX North America conference this week, it’s time to summarize the "news" that our team has reported back from the show floor. It seems this year that the majority of the focus for Adobe was on the progression of its existing technologies, rather than on anything new and groundbreaking.

    Adobe’s "Thermo" technology that was announced last year at MAX was given a new name and was moved from a pre-release to an early beta. The new product name is Adobe Flash Catalyst. This technology is designed to better integrate the design and development process for rich Internet applications (RIAs) and allow designers to take on more of the user experience design than they could previously. MAX attendees were given an early release, with the promise of a public beta by early 2009.

    Adobe also released version 1.5 of Adobe AIR. This version supports encrypted local databases, support for Flash Player 10, and support for webkit and SquirrelFish for fast Javascript execution. In addition to the release, Adobe also shared some install numbers for AIR, announcing that it is on track to hit 100 million installs just one year after its release.

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    Thoughts on this World Usability Day

    On this World Usability Day, there are so many topics that I would like to discuss. However, I will concentrate my thoughts today on the timely topic of Enterprise Applications.

    Enterprise applications underwent a major revolution about ten years ago, on the brink of the year 2000. Home-grown software was massively replaced by ready-made, though highly configurable, enterprise resource planning tools (ERP's) such as SAP and PeopleSoft. As we’ve previously blogged about, ERP's are undergoing a major evolution these days by disaggregating into independent Lego blocks through service oriented architecture (SOA).

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    INM Developer Gaming for Charity

    This weekend, Francois Cournoyer, a long-time member of the INM team will be participating in a multiplayer gaming marathon and will be gaming online for 36 hours straight. The Multiplayer Marathon is an effort of the Justin.tv community and is designed to raise awareness and funds for Child’s Play Charity, which works to provide toys, games, books and cash for sick children in hospitals across the globe.

    The Marathon begins on Saturday, November 8, 2008 and will continue for 36 hours. Players will be playing a variety of different multiplayer games and will broadcast them live on 20 different channels at http://justin.tv.

    I would encourage you to donate to this worthy cause.