August 22, 2011
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Adobe’s flagship web development tool now has a little brother; a new web tool has been released called Muse. Unlike it’s bigger sibling however, Muse is aimed at those who don’t want to see any code. The release is currently on public beta currently but the final release is set to be Adobe’s first subscription only release and looks set to be released officially in early 2012. Muse is set to stay free until its official release to allow people to feedback on the tool.
An E-learning colleague of mine took a look at it.. He probably wasn’t the typical user Adobe is aiming the software at that and described the resulting code that Muse produced as “DIV city”. If you are a web developer then this isn’t for you. If however all you are looking to develop is a nicely designed landing or brochure page with content that isn’t going to change overly much then it might be worth looking at.
Muse is an Adobe Air application and so is available on both Windows and Mac and takes advantage of HTML5 and CSS3. You do have the ability to add HTML snippets or dynamic content information to a Muse page, and the app also comes with a set of pre-defined jQuery widgets to add links to external feeds and can take advantage of CSS3 transitions. Sites can be published through Adobe Business Catalyst and publish direct from Muse. Alternatively the contents can be exported and the files uploaded to your website.
June 28, 2011
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A lot of news this week centers around security issues.. We will start with it, and end with it… We started the week with two biggish issues from Dropbox and WordPress; On the Monday it was reported that a programmer’s error in a code update at Dropbox caused a temporary security breach that allowed any password to be used to access any user account. This was followed in the Tuesday with a release from WordPress when it announced it was forcing users to reset their passwords at WordPress.org after several popular plugins were compromised by hackers.
In Adobe news, to try and get beyond critics comments on their reliance on Flash and the Desktop, released one new product and put out on Preview another; At the beginning of the week they announced that Flash Builder 4.5.1 was ready for release and would allow IOS and Playbook development on top of the already existing Android platform. They then ended the week by announcing the preview of Edge – an HTML5 animation design tool.
On the Wednesday I started hearing on Twitter about an [at that point] unverified story from Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing which was suggesting that the UK Copyright lobby was in closed talks with the British Government on national web censorship… If you are a Net Neutrality follower, it’s worth reading including the BBC followup.
As we head towards Microsoft Office365 cloud offering coming out of Beta, I am sure that they could be doing without BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite), the suite that 365 will replace, experiencing further outages which was reported midweek last week.
After last weeks release of the Kinect Windows SDK, i picked up some a couple of URLS’s one pointing to a Kinect Hacks site for inspiration on what you can do with it and the other was a series of videos from the Microsoft developers event the previous week.
Gamification is a hot topic at the moment. So what is it and how can it be used in real world situations?
As promised, we end the news of this week with more security news. Firstly, in an international raid called Operation Tribune Herald resulted in multiple equipment seizures of a group spreading scareware malware. And finally after 50 days at sea, LulzSec announces that they are disbanding… Or do they?
Something to play with – I found a new social site last week after hearing it mentioned on Mashable.com. Infostripe – A personal landing page with mobile in mind.
June 26, 2011
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Adobe has released a preview of a new tool to allow designers the easy creation of HTML5 animations which will be named Edge. With Edge, designers can drop images or scalable vector graphics (SVG) elements onto a canvas that is connected to an animation timeline. Animations can be built by dragging those elements around or manually editing properties, and those animation actions can be copied, pasted and scaled as needs change. The Edge tool is Adobe’s answer to all the critics who have said that they place to much emphasis on Flash Technology
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June 20, 2011
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Support already exists to allow developers to build apps for Android in Adobe Flash Builder version 4.5 back in April but now 4.5.1 has been released which allows the development for iOS devices, such as the iPad and iPhone, as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The result, app writers can quickly build and distribute apps through each of the relevant App Stores using “one tool, one framework, one code base”—a first for developers!
Developers can build applications for the desktop, web and mobile platforms and deploy them using Adobe AIR software. Adobe predicts that over 200 million mobile devices will support AIR applications by the end of 2011.
Adobe Flash Builder 4.5.1 can be downloaded as a stand-alone product or as part of the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium or Master Collections.
View a video of using Flash Builder from Adobe’s very own Serge Jespers where he shows what “one tool, one framework, one codebase” means, and demonstrates an app developed for different devices using Flash Builder and Flex from his own website here
The official Adobe blog post can be viewed here.