Here are some excerpts from an article i came across that would be useful to get to know Adobe AIR.
AIR stands for, the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) and is one of the latest interesting development from Adobe.
AIR runs on Windows, Mac OS X and a very usable Beta version for Linux. It installs the first time you download and run an AIR application, much in the same way that Flash is installed on a computer if the user visits a web site using Flash and they don’t already have it installed.
AIR applications run on the desktop and are half way between web based applications (which run in a browser) and full blown desktop applications such as Word or Photoshop.
AIR applications differ from current web applications because AIR applications do not run in your web browser and therefore are able to use desktop features such as full drag and drop between applications, save files to the local hard drive or network and store data locally in a database.
When compared to traditional desktop applications, AIR applications are simple to deploy, easy and cost-effective to build, have better web integration and will run on all three of the major operating systems.
AIR is also smart enought to know when it is and isn’t connected so you can create programmes that work with online data and use the local database as a fallback if the connection to the internet is dropped.
more on AIR at Adobe® AIR™ Applications Wiki
Download the latest version of Adobe AIR
RefreshingApps.com – Showcase for Adobe AIR Applications and Resources
Have you started with a hotmail account, a yahoo one later then rediff to rediffmail and next one to gmail?
So do you keep the same passwords for all of them? if not how would you remember?
How about facebook, flickr, technorati/delicious & linkedin accounts and many more?? Do you keep the same login? what if the name was already taken (suppose in delicious) and you have to change the login….how would you remember?
If there was an online application (i tried googling & googling) would you trust it to save such sensitive information?
I’m sure you save your password and your home PC/laptop but i’m sure you’ll need to backup somewhere else right?
where would you save it?
As more applications are moving on to the internet, it is getting more challenging to create user experiences for the non-IT savvy people.
10 Usability Nightmares You Should Be Aware Of is worthwhile read, found when i was browsing for more categories to be added to the customised usability checklist, while doing a Heuristic Evaluation of an application.
‘the beach‘ being highly popular, 17 downloads and favorited by 7 members;32 downloads and favorited by 13 members (Updated June 24th 2008); with ‘Fresh‘ coming in second 8 downloads and favorited by 3 members.
Been very busy lately, unable to dedicate time out of my schedule to follow up all discussions. Though i haven’t contributed yet, am sure i will be a more active member in the future with loads of topics to discuss while i gain industry experience.
I wanted to keep track of certain links which were the topic of discussions, hence this post 🙂
Spoonfed Photoshop’s Interface tutorials
I bumped across a really good collective blog on User Research at Pathfinder Blog
Have you checked out Buzzword (Adobe then, Acrobat.com(beta) now!) yet? when it was in Preview mode they had a ‘Gandhi’ pic for the image icon, i thought it was really cool. But across cultures it would be unfair to idolise one man, though the father of our nation (India) it would be unfair to many unsung heroes. Post June 2, 2008 they have changed the image icon to a more generic image for user across different cultures, thats my opinion…
Are you one of those people who have the OCD of updating your friends about your travel exploits?
Finally after uploading your holiday snaps, you are a in a desperate need to color correct them? or remove the red eye which spoil many of the digital images?
Wish you had you laptop with you on your holiday? (with Photoshop installed?)
No need to fear, Photoshop Express is here!!
You can upload digital images to the Service and to organize, store, edit and share those images with family and friends and/or with the general public.
Also create and share albums, slide shows and online galleries containing your images and other content.
Apart from signing up for the 2GB storage (Adobe clearly states to keep a back-up!), you also get to create a Personal Sharing URL such as your_name_here.photoshop.com.
Though i am really not sure why this service allows access to external sites such as facebook, picasa and photo bucket, maybe they (Adobe) plan to have some sort of collaborative integration 😛