Archive for February, 2010

Adobe and Wired Demo New Digital Magazine Format

Adobe and Condé Nast unveiled a new digital magazine experience based on WIRED magazine at the TED conference in Long Beach, California. Built on Adobe AIR and developed with Condé Nast, the tablet prototype we showed during the TED “Play” session illustrates the possibilities for magazine publishers to reach readers in new ways. The concept enables — in digital form — the immersive content experience magazines are known for, and allows new interactive features to stimulate reader engagement, including:

* content designed specifically for the touch screen experience
* easy navigation methods, including an innovative zoomed-out “Browse Mode”
* the ability to browse image slideshows
* embedded 360 degree object viewers
* support for video and audio content
* the ability to rotate content using device accelerometer functionality

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AIR For Android, And Adobe’s Plan To Deliver Apps Across All Mobile Devices

The bane of all mobile app developers is the need to rewrite the same app over and over again for different devices: the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm Pre, Nokia, Windows Mobile. Adobe is positioning its Flash platform (which includes the Flash player, AIR, developer tools, and media servers) as the write-once, deploy-anywhere solution for both the mobile Web and apps. Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it will announce plans to bring Adobe AIR to mobile devices, starting with Android and Blackberry phones.

AIR is currently used to create desktop applications, but it will soon be used to create Android and Blackberry apps as well. These mobile AIR apps will be able store data locally on the phone, access other data on the phones such as photos, and be distributed as regular apps in the Android and Blackberry app stores. Not only that, but the same apps created with Flash developer tools will be exportable as iPhone apps. Adobe wants developers to create their apps using its developer tools and then output them as AIR apps for Android and Blackberry phones, native iPhone apps, or Flash apps on the Web.

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Windows Phone 7 Series

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps

Another interesting TED2007 talk by Blaise Aguera y Arcas about Photosynth

Beautiful Motion Graphics Created With Programming: Showcase, Tools and Tutorials

When you hear the word “creative”, what type of profession comes to mind? Maybe a graphic designer, painter, sculptor, illustrator, or writer? It’s unlikely that you would consider a “programmer” when thinking of creative fields of work. But programmers have the potential to be creative and come up with ideas or concepts that will impact others in positive ways.

We often turn to programmers to solve mathematical-related problems, but the concept of mathematics in programming is what powers programmers to innovate. When you think of mathematics you imagine numbers, expressions, and equations. But what about art, music, or even beautiful visuals? Those numbers and equations that we often view as mundane and overly-formulaic can generate beautiful visuals and music. This article will present dozens of examples of motion graphics and interactive visuals created with computational code, along with some useful references and resources.

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The Known Universe by AMNH

Microsoft’s Tablet PC prototype

How the Nexus One Was Created

Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop

Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.

Tablet UI

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