Smokescreen is a new open-source project:
Based on the iPad demo video
and this online demo
Adobe CS5 comes with a new lovely coat of paint:
Our intent was to reference dimensionality without making the forms overtly three-dimensional. The pieces merely form a tangram and never overlap each other, using just the light and shadow to suggest form and depth. We wanted the results to be mostly unresolvable abstract shapes that played subtle tricks with the eyes.
The results look damn good:
Here’s more on the branding: An evolution of the designers toolbox.
Ars Technica weighs in on iPhone 4s section 3.3.1 which bans Adobes upcoming Flash wrapper for iPhone apps:
Apple’s current—and in our opinion, objectionable—position is now close to the complete opposite of its initial stance. From promoting openness and standards, the company is now pushing for an ever more locked-down and restricted platform. It’s bad for competition, it’s bad for developers, and it’s bad for consumers. I hope that there will be enough of a backlash that the company is forced to reconsider, but with the draw of all those millions of iPhone (and now, iPad) customers, I fear that Apple’s developers will, perhaps with some reluctance, just accept the restriction and do whatever Cupertino demands.
It’s a gamble alright. On one hand, it could lock in developers with the iPhone in a very-good-for-Apple way. On the other hand, it could do the exact opposite. The good thing is, we’ll find out over the next year. Personally, I think Apple will pull it off in the 3-year near-term, but not the long-term.
Google Chrome gets Flash Player bundled with it:
Our hope is that the robust integration between Chrome and Flash Player will serve as a showcase for more consistent, seamless, and efficient Web browsing experiences. We feel that this significant effort by both Google and Adobe will directly improve the speed of innovation and move the Web forward, benefiting the entire community of developers and end-users.
The benefits touted include transparent auto update and a more crash proof experience. Which, if true, makes the above statement even more juicy in the ongoing war both Google and Adobe wage against Apple.
Adobe AIR 1.0 just launched. AIR is a machinery you outfit your computer with, in order to install and run web applications, without the browser. I predict it’ll be a massive success, once one or two killer apps emerge. One such killer app could be Google Docs.
Mozilla has just launched another web-app framework. Prism, kinda like Adobe AIR and Microsoft Silverlight, allows you to take websites with you to the Desktop.
It works this way: first you install Mozilla Prism. Then you start the app and type in the URL of the website you want to take with you to the desktop. Whooptedoo and you have a “standalone application”. Really, it’s like a dedicated Firefox for your application: no toolbars, just the website.
It works. It works well. I like that I can
ALT+Tab to Gmail instead of previously having it as an open tab in Firefox.
So far, while you can take websites to the desktop, you can’t take them offline. To my knowledge, there’s no local storage going on, but I’m sure if this is a hit, some offline functionality will arrive, even if it’s just a mashup of Google Gears.
For now, Prism is interesting. It works as advertised and does what it says on the label. Personally, I’ve got desktop versions of Gmail and Google Calendar handy.
Be sure to also read Alex Faaborgs details on the visual direction and brainstorming session on Prism.