Last night Adobe announced that we've given a special version of the Flash Player to Google and Yahoo that will more accurately let them crawl through Flash content. Even though Google has been indexing .
The Universal Desktop
The technology and business implications of the next generation of software, rich Internet applications.
Ryan Stewart holds an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Rich Internet Application developer and industry analyst. After graduating from Penn, he spent two years developing applications for the Wharton School and pushing the idea of the web as a platform for learning. Ryan now lives in Seattle with his wife and works as a developer for WorldClass Strategy while running his own consulting company, helping clients build and architect Rich Internet Applications. </p>
I have completely fallen in love with my iPhone. As far as I can tell it comes as close to the perfectly designed device as possible and it seems like I'm discovering cool usability aspects all the time.
Big news today for those following mobile RIAs closely. Nokia is buying the remaining 52% of Symbian that it doesn't own and making the mobile platform open source.
Practice Fusion, a SaaS and ad-driven set of applications targeted at the medical market has just released a a suite of applications that they're billing as "Google Apps" for doctors. I've written about Practice Fusion before and how it's a really great example of an RIA that's aimed at the field of medicine.
Via InsideRIA I found a blog post by Robert Hoekman Jr talking about some of the common myths of analytics today. It's a pretty good look at what people really want to accomplish when it comes to "success" on the web.
I shouldn't say finally. The writing has been on the wall forever but most people couldn't figure out what the writing said.
Today Brightcove, one of the first RIA companies and one of the first to use Flex, announced that they've overhauled their service and dubbed it Brightcove 3. The primary goal of the new Brightcove is to provide better support for "long-form video", or full length shows instead of smaller clips that we're used to seeing.
Microsoft quietly released the bits for beta 2 of Silverlight 2 on Friday last week. This is the version that will power the Olympics and has all of the features announced at MIX earlier this year.
At TechEd today Bill Gates said that the second beta of Silverlight 2 will be available for download at the end of the week with a Go Live license. The Go Live license is similar to the one that was used late in the beta process for Silverlight 1 and it allows developers to roll out applications to production but with limited support from Microsoft.
We made a few announcements today around our Acrobat 9 product and a new portal called Acrobat.com which is aimed at helping people work better.
Google is a company that prides itself on being a web company and helping to move everything into the browser. They created services like Google Maps and GMail which heavily relied on Ajax and helped usher in the idea of a much greater user experience inside the browser.
Kendall Whitehouse has an interview up with Kevin Lynch at Knowledge@Wharton in which he discusses everything from Adobe AIR to the Open Screen Project. It's one of the better interviews I've seen and gets into a lot of aspects of Adobe's strategy around RIAs.
Eric Schmidt has an interview that was posted today in which he declares that the next big wave in advertising is the mobile internet:Second: The most obvious large space of advertising is the mobile internet. Every German has a mobile phone.
SmallWorlds, an application I called "the coolest Flex app I've ever seen" is getting ready to go into pubic beta mode with a new new features. SmallWorlds is a 3D world built entire in Flex.