AIR - ex Apollo, Applications, Business, Flash, Flex, Fun, Open Source, Tech, Web developer

Adobe Open Screen Project

First on 28th April Mozillas Tristan Nitot from Mozilla Europe warned on “Flash and Silverlight Agenda” which was pretty ridiculous, but we all know why is that. Mozilla plans to complete on that market and they are so eager to put flame in the air.

Well, Adobe made just a few days later announcement that not only sounds great. It is and will be one of the most influential decisions for Adobe and our developer community. SWF and FLV will have no licencing restrictions anymore! Other facts are that mayor companies in digital world goes with Adobes Flash and AIR for their products. Future of Flash is secure, and it is here to stay surely. Thanks for smart moves. Yet another time it shows up that competition drives forward whole industry.

Adobe press release for Open Screen Project
Open Screen Project Homepage
Adobes Ryan Stewart post on ZDNet

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Art, Business, Open Source, People, Sound & Music

Cyber vs Real – Radiohead In Rainbows for free

From The Seminal:

“Last week, Radiohead released their latest album, In Rainbows, for free, asking fans to pay whatever they liked for the full length downloadable work. To me, the writing on the wall was clear. Radiohead wasn’t the first to give away their music, and they won’t be the last. I declared the era of free music to be upon us and the album as a saleable item dead. Many thought I was right.”

According to a source close to the band, In Rainbows has “sold” approximately 1.2 million copies as of October 12th. In comparison, that’s more albums sold in the first week than Radioheads’ last three releases combined. According to an Internet poll of 3,000 people, the average price paid for In Rainbows was $8. If these numbers are accurate, Radiohead has made close to $10 million in one week on this album alone.”

We can really discuss is this product of cyberspace influence on real world or not. But after discussion we must agree it wouldn’t be possible to happen withou internet aka cyberspace. It’s also obvious that cyberspace way of thinking, freedom in front of popularity brought all this to life. So what do you think? this win – win situation could be model for many other things that should be corrected in todays world. Internet will take over many things older people got used to having physically so do you vote YES or NO for progress? What could be pros and cons in terms of future?

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Flash, Fun, Open Source, Web developer

8BitBoy – MOD tracker file Player by Andre Michelle and Joa Ebert

MOD files are legendary song file format from Amiga and Ultimate Tracker by Karsten Obarski. I’ve used to play with FastTracker in that days.
Now famous Flash audio hack brings 8BitBoy – 4 track MOD player to Flash. GREAT RESPECT for Andre Michelle and Joa Ebert. What a thing it is. Source code is available too so you can contribute to the project.
Visis 8BitBoy project homepage

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Actionscript 3.0, AIR - ex Apollo, Applications, Business, Design, Flash, Flex, Fun, JavaScript, Open Source, Web developer

Adobe News – Quantum Leap

We have very, VERY good news from Adobe.

Flash Player 9 have update introducing for the first time GPU acceleration in player, mipmap for bitmaps, multi-threading on vector renderer and bitmap filters and video decoding, using of multi-core CPUs . GPU processing is not big implementation, only for full-screen video but hey, this is starting a path which will surely lead us to Flash Player 10 having numerous incredible, long-waited features.

Feature list on http://www.kaourantin.net/2007/06/flash-player-update-3-beta-1.html

AIR - ex Apollo – as it was announced by Adobe, Apollo recieved new name, AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime). Also, beta version is released. HTML & Javascript becamed first class citizens
You can download runtime from
http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/air.html

SDK is available from
http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/airsdk.html

Flex 3 Beta is released. Good news because there is lot of improvements. Some of them are :
for developers

  • Faster compilation, compiler class caching

  • Deeper language intelligence for AS3/MXML/CSS

  • Refactoring (Renaming: Method,Class,Variable)

  • Code Search

  • Code Outline

  • Memory Profiling, Performance Profiling, Profiling Live Memory Data

  • Enhanced Module support

  • Multiple SDK support.

for designers

  • Skin Importer

  • Design View Zoom/Pan

  • ItemRenderers in Design View

  • Advanced constraints

  • CS3 integration

  • CSS Outline

  • CSS Design View

  • many Flex 3 SDK style/skinning enhancements.

you can download Flex 3 Builder Beta from http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flex/flexbuilder3/
Flex 3 SDK beta from
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flex/sdk/flex3sdk.html

This is all great news. Adobe is on fire :D

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Applications, Microsoft, Open Source, People

Microsoft takes on Open Source

Roger Perloff from Fortune reveals recent development of Microsoft claims that free software is using many of it’s patents. We are all witnesses about how Open Source is going bigger and bigger. That is good and we all seems to like it, there are many pros for that and significatly less cons. It’s free, it’s made by users for user, there is always good community, you can change it to suit your needs, you can contribute and yes you can influence the outcome.
What will happen like always time will show … Read the article from Roger Parloff on CNN Money

Also read response on Groklaw

interesting this will be, outcome unknown still :)

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