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To help Apple show off its new iPad's high-resolution gaming capabilities, developers from Namco and Epic Games demo their latest games. Software maker Autodesk also reveals a new drawing app for the device called SketchBook Ink.
An Android version of Autodesk Sketchbook software is now available to download from the Android Market, according to an announcement from Autodesk on Tuesday.The company describes the app as a "professional-grade" drawing and painting app that allows users to sketch out their artistic visions on a compatible Android 2.
Google's Chromium browser for Linux systems will support GPU acceleration, bringing it in line with rivals such as Microsoft's IE9 and Mozilla's Firefox 4.In a blog post on Friday, Google software engineer Vangelis Kokkevis said the move would let Chromium "speed up its entire drawing model, including many common 2D operations such as compositing and image scaling".
One of the cooler bits of software included with the Classmate PC is ArtRage Pro. It's an incredibly intuitive, full-featured art program for teachers that supports Photoshop layers, a variety of drawing tools, easy application on interactive whiteboards, and really makes the user (of any age) feel like he or she is working with a realistic set of media.
My full review of Documents To Go for the Google Android platform went live yesterday and I just received a press release for another mobile Office suite being demoed for Android devices next week at the COMPUTEX show. ThinkFree Mobile for Android will allow you to create, view, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations on your Android smartphone. The software will also support drawing of objects. The software will come with 1GB of online document storage as well so you can get to documents you may not have stored locally.
Manga Studio EX, the world's leading comic and manga creation software, delivers powerful cutting edge drawing and coloring tools,...
I mentioned the public beta availability of the REDFLY Mobile Viewer software that allows you to control and access your Windows Mobile device on your PC. If you download the REDFLY Mobile Viewer software and complete their survey you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win 2 free round-trip airline tickets from anywhere in the continental US to Hawaii.
Do we need more proof that SOA and Software as a Service (or cloud) are drawing closer into each others' orbits?SaaS providers are finding that building their offerings using service-oriented architecture methodologies offers the least path of resistance to connecting with customers.
Come and experience what it feels like to draw in dancing snowflakes! Physics Draw Free is a physical drawing software. The snowing...
Software problems with a 28-mile pilot project send Homeland Security officials back to the drawing board--and cause a three-year delay in plans to seal off the southwestern border of the U.S.
With Ian Davis and I packing to join the UK contingent hopping across the Atlantic to this week's Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, it was interesting to see Anthony Lilley's piece on Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 in today's Guardian. He's clearly not a fan of the labels; “So, finally web 2.0 is dead. Its jargon half-life has expired and the buzzword du jour is being interred and superseded. And by what? Well, you'll never guess. Long live web 3.0. Honestly, give me strength. We'll look back in 20 years and wonder when we decided to hand over the English language to people who can haggle for hours about the difference between versions 2.1 and 2.5 of some software.”In amongst the criticism of marketing hype, and the grounding in nappy/diaper changing that I am so happy to have left behind for the giddy heights of the tooth fairy, Anthony follows John Markoff's line in postulating that Web 3.0 may be the Semantic Web; “I'm coming to the conclusion that if web 3.0 is anything at all, then it's a step on the way to something I first heard about several years ago - the development of the semantic web. And, let's be honest, a version number is a better selling point than the word semantic is ever going to be.”On the way, Anthony steps sideways into discussion of money; “But I share some of the cynicism of a Canadian colleague who says that web 2.0 will actually come to an end when the venture capital money runs out. Well, given that lots of Silicon Valley investors are suddenly starting to talk about web 3.0, maybe that day is near and web 3.0 is just a branding relaunch, kind of like Kylie's new look?”Despite recent figures in the Financial Times, I'm actually not so sure that the money is leaving Web 2.0. Rather, I think that we're seeing the sort of technological bedding in that Brad Feld and Talis Platform Advisory Group member Mills Davis talked about in their podcasts with me. VC's aren't drawing back from funding Web 2.0 at all; instead, we're moving through the hype that Anthony rightly criticises, and we're emerging into an environment in which smarter entrepreneurs and smarter investors are once again becoming interested in meeting real business opportunities. Web 2.0 technologies are there, through and through, but there's far less interest in funding a company just because its website has curvy corners and a smidge of AJAX. That's a good thing. It doesn't mean Web 2.0 is dead. Maybe it does mean Web 2.0 has grown up a little.Like so many others, Anthony also refers to Jason Calacanis' recent PR stunt. I commented on that at the time, but he draws value from Jason's assertion that; “Web 3.0 is the creation of high-quality content and services produced by gifted individuals using web 2.0 technology as an enabling platform. Web 3.0 throttles the 'wisdom of the crowds' from turning into the 'madness of the mobs' we've seen all too often, by balancing it with a respect of experts.”Well, maybe. “The reliability of content and an understanding of the wider context in which content sits are rising in importance on the web and taking their place alongside the wondrous power of group communication, especially as more and more people join the party.”Absolutely. Here, Anthony hits the nail right on the head. Long before the all-encompassing ontological wonder of the Semantic Web is realised (if it ever is), there is much that some of its building blocks can do to help us deliver real solutions to real problems right now. I touched on this mid-point between Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web in my presentation in Cambridge last week, and will be expanding upon those ideas in various places over the next wee while. Behind the curvy corners and the blurring of boundaries between the Cloud and its access point, Web 2.0 is the manifestation of numerous trends, and Tim O'Reilly has consistently done a good job of expressing these. Open Source, Falling costs of storage, Increases in compute power, increasing ubiquity of access, commoditisation, software as a service, and more.However, for all their advances, all too many Web 2.0 applications remain fundamentally 'on' rather than 'of' the Web; offering rich functionality and interaction within their own little microcosm of the wider Web. Through pragmatic application of robust elements of the Semantic Web stack, we can move far beyond 'simply' crowdsourcing an encyclopaedia, 'merely' tracking recommendations and behaviour within a single e-commerce site, or 'just' allowing 46 million people to turn one another into zombies. It is this recognition that the power of the connections between resources is woefully under-utilised that is behind the Talis Platform. We are moving beyond the 'see also' links of the traditional web, and beyond the best-efforts silos of Web 2.0's darlings, to offer means by which assertions - and their provenance - may be made and tracked across the open web. Many of Web 2.0's ideas figure highly, as does a strong grounding in the technologies of the Semantic Web. Data is, of course, key... but we need to move beyond current presumptions in favour of use toward a model by which everyone is clear as to what data can - and should - be used for. Hence our long-standing interest in the Open Data movement.Is any of this 'Web 3.0'? I'm not sure. Talis Platform Advisory Group member Nova Spivack has, in the past, attempted to defuse the whole Web 2.0/ Web 3.0 polarisation by painting Web 3.0 as merely a label for the third decade of the Web. Semantic technologies are part of that decade, but so are other things. Nova is one of those speaking in a Semantic Web session at the Web 2.0 Summit this week. It'll be interesting to see how his ideas are received in that temple to 2.0, and you can be sure that I'll be sat there taking notes...Image of Kylie Minogue by Keven Law, shared on Flickr with a Creative Commons license. To understand why, you'll have to read Anthony's article...
Billy Hinners, CIO of Autodesk talks about Web 2.0 tools that are fostering innovation in the workplace such as wikis, blogs and Buzzsaw, the company's collaborative drawing and drafting software.
eSchoolNews is carrying a report on a new set of findings from The Hayes Connection, drawing attention to ballooning tech support costs and possible solutions. While the Hayes research is hosted on the Parallels software website and advocates the use of Parallels as a cost-cutting measure, the report contains several useful strategies outside of a proprietary virtualization approach.
CNET's Rafe Needleman takes a look at the beta of Google's mapping software combined with its 3D-drawing application.
CNET's Elsa Wenzel takes a look at some features of the new SketchUp software, which Google purchased in March and turned into a 3D drawing program.
The European Parliament is unequivocal: the software patents directive needs to go back to the drawing board. But the jury is still out on whether the Commission will listen.
The European Parliament is unequivocal: the software patent directive needs to go back to the drawing board. But the jury is still out on whether the Commission will listen
More than 60 MEPs from 13 countries have asked the EU to go back to the drawing board on the software patent directive
Corel announced the release Tuesday of a new version of its CorelDraw graphics software. CorelDraw Graphics Suite 12 includes a new "smart drawing tool" to reduce the work involved in creating sketches, plus expanded text tools.
Software maker Corel on Monday announced plans to update its CorelDraw graphics package, the company's first major software release since going private last year. CorelDraw Graphics Suite 12 will include a new "smart drawing tool" to reduce the work involved in creating sketches, expanded text tools, and the ability to export drawings to common office documents.
A new piece of file-swapping software for Macs is drawing thousands of downloads by offering peer-to-peer options that had been limited largely to Windows computers.
Software maker Corel announced plans Thursday for the next version of Painter, the company's digital drawing and painting application. Painter 8 will include new tools for mixing colors, more brush choices, tools for converting photographs to line drawings, and enhanced support for opening and saving files created with Adobe Systems' Photoshop image editing software.
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