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Tidbits from Adobe's Engage event

Now that Adobe's Engage event has run its course for yet another year, it's a good time to pull in the types of items that slipped through the cracks of our coverage.

We lost Wi-Fi for an hour or so during the conference, which was actually a blessing in disguise. I got to try out all the new AIR apps I had downloaded and got to see which ones managed to perform while away from their umbilical tether to the Internet. My pick for best performer? A two-way tie between BuzzWord and Shifd, the latter of which has … Read more

Adobe funds SQLite database

Adobe Systems said Monday it's helping to sponsor the SQLite database project, software that figures prominently in at least two of the company's high-profile new projects.

Adobe open-source honcho Dave McAllister said in a blog posting Sunday that Adobe had joined Mozilla and Symbian in joining the SQLite Consortium.

"By supporting the work of the SQLite consortium, Adobe is supporting the continued growth and improvements in SQLite," McAllister said. "Adobe's support of the SQLite Consortium demonstrates Adobe's commitment to open source, and belief that technologies such as SQLite should remain independent and free … Read more

Desperately trying to be interested in Adobe

I was reading Cote's write-up on the Adobe Engage conference and I just can't get excited about Adobe. Maybe it's because for me, the company still equates to Photoshop?

All of this AIR stuff looks like things people were doing with Macromedia Director back in the late 90's. And while I completely understand that this is easier to use, blah, blah, blah, I just can't get excited.

Anyway, at least Adobe is moving toward open source.

On the other hand, a fantastic technological breakthrough is Specialtys' CookieAlert where you can login and see who has … Read more

FedEx delivers AIR package tracking

FedEx was on hand today to show off its new Adobe AIR application for tracking packages.

Similar to tracking widgets you may have seen on tools such as Apple's Dashboard and Yahoo's Widget engine, you can keep small widgets on your desktop that update and let you know when that digital camera you ordered online mistakenly got delivered somewhere three states over. But that's not the sole use. The application doubles as command center for business users and frequent shippers to keep track of what's going on with several of their packages at once.

The company … Read more

Updating the Adobe Acrobat Reader

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the many software products that had recently been updated with important bug fixes. Among these was the Adobe Acrobat Reader whose self-updating feature is invoked with Help -> Check for Updates...

There is a bug, however, in the self-update process.

On a Windows XP machine running version 8.1.0 of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, the self-update scan found an available update to version 8.1.1. The install of this update ran just fine. Someone who knew that the Adobe Reader needed to be updated, would think they had done their … Read more

Shifd reimagines the desktop Post-It note

Here at Adobe's Engage event in South San Francisco, one of the services getting some buzz is The New York Times' social-bookmarking tool Shifd. It's a neat idea--give users a place to write and share little notes between their PCs and mobile phones, while providing a way to publish those notes to social services people are already using.

This morning the company has released the Adobe Air version of the app, allowing anyone to create and manage notes they've made while offline, and without having to fire up a browser.

The notes you can make are fairly … Read more

Blogging Adobe's AIR rollout

Good morning--belatedly, of course, to any folks living outside Pacific Time--from Adobe's San Francisco event Monday where the company is gathering developers supporting its much-ballyhooed Adobe Integrated Runtime software, or AIR. By now, all the world has read the first round of stories since the company made sure to brief everyone prior to Monday's "official" release. (Here's the link to our earlier AIR piece.)

I'll be blogging the event so tune back in for updates.

I'm looking forward to seeing what The New York Times has in store. I was talking with a … Read more

Adobe's new open source website

Adobe has announced a spiffy new website to focus on its open-source activities. Glyn Moody covers the announcement and implies that it's a welcome (but slow) move.

He's right. On both counts.

I lived through this at Novell. It is tremendously hard to move a company - culturally and in business model - to open source, even when everything points to open source as the solution to a company's struggles.

This might look like a small move for Adobe. But ask those involved in pushing the shift. I doubt it felt small for them.

Adobe AIR to erase Web, desktop division

Adobe Systems on Monday is set to finally release Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) software, which is on the leading edge of a movement to make Web applications act more like traditional desktop applications.

At the company's Engage event in San Francisco on rich Internet application design, executives will announce the availability of AIR 1.0, a free download for Windows and Macintosh.

Also on Monday, Adobe will release Flex 3.0, its application development tool that is now free and open-source. Another development tool, called BlazeDS, for linking Flex applications to back-end business applications, will also be released into open source as planned. … Read more