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Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Scene7®, a technology innovator in real-time rich media delivery services. Adobe plans to offer and expand these interactive publishing services as it extends the online presence of its flagship creative technologies. Most of Scene7’s employees are expected to join Adobe, with chief executive officer Doug Mack taking the position of vice president, Creative Solutions Services at Adobe. “Scene7 has done a great job developing a sophisticated system that underpins the online delivery of high-fidelity imagery and dynamic assets,” said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. “This acquisition will help Adobe build out a robust Internet infrastructure, allowing us to further develop Scene7’s brand-name custome... (more)

The New York Times Launches Enhanced Version of Times Reader Powered by Adobe AIR

Today, the New York Times Company and Adobe launched a new version of the Times Reader—the electronic version of the newspaper with online/offline capabilities, powered by Adobe AIR. The enhanced version of Times Reader 2.0 resembles the printed paper even more closely, and content is updated every five minutes or even more often if users choose, with the latest news from the New York Times. Some of the latest improvements to Times Reader 2.0 include:   Availability for all Windows, Mac OS and Linux users since it’s powered by Adobe AIR Blends the best of the print and Web worl... (more)

"We Build Software Backwards," Claims Cynergy VP Dave Wolf at "Real-World Flex"

"If we can imagine it, we can now build it." That, in a single sentence, is what - according to Dave Wolf, VP of Consulting at Cynergy Systems pictured) - characterizes the disruptive moment of opportunity that Flex has arrived right in the middle of. In his session, intriguingly titled "Front to Back Development," Wolf contended that "If we don't know what the app has to do, we build everything." But 80% of the users only want 20% of the features, Wolf continued - so why don't we predict that and developers could save themselves 80% of their time? We need to build software the ot... (more)

Allurent CTO Explains Building RIA Consumer Shopping Experiences

Fumi Matsumoto (pictured), Co-Founder and CTO of "Flex ISV" Allurent, outlined today at 'Real-World Flex' in New York City the technical and design challenges related to the development of a new platform for building RIA consumer shopping experiences, built on Flex and Flash technology. Matsumoto reviewed the advantages of domain-specific component assembly over traditional "app building," and shared with attendees filling the Grand Ballroom at New York City's historical Roosevelt Hotel a sneak-peek at Allurent's upcoming store-builder offering. Responsible for directing the Allur... (more)

Mansour Raad's Mapping Mashups Wow the Audience at "Real-World Flex"

The irrepressible Mansour Raad (pictured) opened the eyes of the "Real-World Flex" audience wide on Monday, as he demonstrated the extraordinary power of Adobe's Flex by demo'ing a mouth-watering sequence of 'mapping mashups' drawing on the full power of ESRI's astonishing GIS data combined with the presentation power of Flex. With over 20 years of experience in the IT field, Raad is Senior Software Architect of ArcWeb Services at ESRI - or Environmental System Research Institute - where he has been using his command of i-Technology to design the next-generation Internet solution... (more)