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Entries for month: October 2006

Apollo - If you missed MAX...

October 31, 2006 ·

If you missed MAX (or went to MAX and didn't attend any of the Apollo sessions - shame on you!), you can learn more about Apollo by registering for this free online seminar presented by Mike Chambers.

Tags: adobe · air

Transfer ORM 0.6RC1

October 31, 2006 ·

Mark Mandel has released a major update to his Transfer ORM library (don't be fooled by the minor version number change from 0.5 - this is a huge release!). You can read all about the new features in his blog entry about the new release. If you have any concerns about trying Transfer because it hasn't reached the magic "1.0" release yet, put those concerns aside and try it anyway. My team has been using Transfer happily for a while (and will shortly be launching a new service where the persistence layer is powered by Transfer!).

Tags: oss · coldfusion · orm

Google Buys JotSpot

October 31, 2006 ·

Hot on the heels of Writely and YouTube, Google just swallowed up JotSpot. JotSpot has created an application platform based on the core concepts of a wiki. That might not sound very exciting - everyone has a wiki, right? - but JotSpot have used a wiki as the underlying architecture behind a pluggable application architecture that goes far beyond what you normally associate with a wiki. And, perhaps far more importantly, JotSpot has both a free and a paid version of their hosted service and they offer branded experiences that drive information sites for some well-known brands such as eBay (See c|Net News.com, Read/Write Web).
Update: As a JotSpot user, I just received a notice from JotSpot about the acquisition. In it they tell current paying customers that at the end of their current billing cycle, the service will become free!

Tags: saas

Try Flex Online!

October 29, 2006 ·

Ben Forta (with a little help from some of his friends) has created The Flexifier - a website that lets you enter MXML and AS3 and see what it does. It's built with Flex and ColdFusion and Spry and will let you experiment quickly with Flex without needing to download anything. Apart from being a useful educational tool, it's a lot of fun!

Tags: coldfusion · adobe · flex

ColdFusion Image Manipulation (updated)

October 25, 2006 ·

Ray Camden just posted his notes from the Scorpio image processing session. Details are sketchy here but hopefully someone else attended the session and will post more detailed notes shortly...
Rob Brooks-Bilson has done just that! Great set of notes Rob!

Tags: coldfusion · adobemax06

Acrobat Connect Professional - useful feature #2

October 25, 2006 ·

How many times have you been doing a live demo and wanted to point something out on-screen to your audience? At a live event, you might walk away from the podium and start pointing at things on the projector screen. Perhaps in the past you've tried to wave your mouse over the thing you want people to see or you've click-dragged over something to cause an application highlight in order to emphasize it for your audience? None of the above work all that well for a remote broadcast event: you simply can't do the former and the latter options usually don't transmit well because the mouse movement may not appear in real time for all your attendees and the default application highlight often causes the text to be much harder to read. Now you can "Pause and Annotate" - an option in the sharing drop-down (on a Mac, you get a little Connect icon in the menu bar!) - which freeze your shared screen and brings back the main Connect meeting room window with a set of drawing tools down the right hand edge. You can draw on the screen (freehand lines, boxes, circles), highlight things with a colored "marker", and write text over the screen. This is a very effective way of bringing something to the attention of your audience and explaining it visually! To go back to regular screen sharing, simply click the Resume button (which appears in annotate mode). The Connect drop-down also allows you to change what you are sharing (which windows, applications etc) so you can switch your sharing setup dynamically during your presentation.

Tags: adobe · connect · saas

Flex Builder 2 for Mac!

October 24, 2006 ·

Download Flex Builder 2 for Mac OS X (beta) from the Adobe <labs>! The moment many of us have been waiting for!

Tags: osx · flex

Ryan Stewart on Apollo and HTML

October 24, 2006 ·

Ryan Stewart talks about the approach Adobe has taken to HTML support in Apollo and his hopes that this will provide a far-reaching, cross-platform way to bring AJAX to the desktop.

Tags: adobe

ColdFusion Server Monitoring

October 24, 2006 ·

Two bloggers are covering Ashwin Mathew's session on the new-in-Scorpio server monitoring tool: Rob Brooks-Bilson and Ray Camden.

Tags: coldfusion · adobemax06

ColdFusion and .NET

October 24, 2006 ·

Ray Camden has written up a good set of notes on the ColdFusion / .NET integration in Scorpio from the session today at MAX. I had no idea this was coming and I was initially pretty "ho-hum" about it as I started to read Ray's post. Until I got to the bit about being able to interact directly with .NET components from a remote non-Windows server! OK, now that is cool! I can happily live in my favorite *nix world and use ColdFusion to manipulate .NET components on those infernal Windows boxes over there in the corner. Awesome!
Update: Rob Brooks-Bilson also wrote notes on this session.

Tags: coldfusion · adobemax06