Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

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Google AdSense occasionally nonsense

June 1, 2010

There can be no doubt that the web has enabled and enriched our lives tremendously. Access to data and information that just a few years ago would have taken hours to acquire is now often just several clicks away. Rarely has access to such a wealth of data, services and information been so simple, or free. Sometimes it merely appears to be free, with the cost demanded subtly in the form of targeted advertising. Read the rest of this entry ?

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iPad; cool heads & sore foot prevail

May 27, 2010

It’s Thursday the 27th of May, the day before the iPad is finally released in the UK…the buzz is palpable and I’m sitting here with a stress fracture to the fourth metatarsal of my left foot. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Come for Blu-Ray, please stay for Flash

April 15, 2010

“Come for the Blu-ray, stay for the Flash”. That’s the sassy slogan prominently displayed on the launch panel of Adobe’s Encore CS4 DVD professional authoring application, viewable every time it’s launched. Within a few years Blu-ray will likely be consigned to history as the last mass-market physical file format. More imminently, Flash will face serious challenges to its current web-based hegemony as emerging handheld devices (primarily the iPad) and open source-supporting tech (HTML5) drive new rich-media design models. For the time being however, Adobe, as the only company supporting this design workflow has a point and understandably wants everyone to know it. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Testing mobile app 2.1

December 21, 2009

Previous attempts with 2.1 gave poor results so it looks as though some bugs have been ironed out. UPDATE: Confirmed – this app has gone from buggy drudge to smooth functionality in one update, with remote photo upload working smoothly. Well done to the engineers, a job well done.

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Apple iTunes LP & Extras guidelines published

November 30, 2009

Apple have finally published comprehensive resources and guidelines for their interactive platforms LP and Extras, which add content interaction and design for audio and video respectively.

Addendum: This initiative should finally make it possible to deliver visually rich promos and presentation such as this Pink Floyd promo (authored in Flash).

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Death of the e-Reader, birth of the E-eBook

November 24, 2009

I enjoy reading and I adore technology, but I find it difficult to take to the e-Reader. The problem with e-Readers is that they’re too small a paradigm shift; too small a leap in technology. They’ve been around for about ten years in one form or another, but don’t look like gaining mainstream Read the rest of this entry ?

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Intrigued by Flash Catalyst

November 22, 2009

Despite many years designing and producing interactive programs, presentations and eLearning programs, I’ve always felt (from a development standpoint) that Director and Flash could be better. The problem is that both these programs have evolved over many years to encompass a variety of tasks, aims and applications. The end result is that like PhotoShop, they’ve become many thinks to many people, but aren’t necessarily optimised for their hardcore, original application or streamlined purpose.

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