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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 worlds—just like printed news with columns of high quality text together with the dynamic flexibility of the Web, including search, links, and up-to-the minute headlines ‘News in Video’ section provides the latest videos from NYTimes.com. Browse mode allows readers to zoom out and take a look at... (more)

MAX 2006: Day Two Keynote Report – Adobe Founder Joins the Fun; CEO Chizen, Too

"The innovation we are most excited about," said Bruce Chizen, Adobe's CEO, "is Apollo, which we believe will revolutionize the way the world will interact with the Web in the future." He was speaking here in Las Vegas at MAX 2006, the biggest ever Adobe developer conference. "The possibilities for Adobe and you the developer community," he told the 3000 or so assembled attendees, "are endless." Chizen was pleased with the progress that Adobe had made since the merger with Macromedia, he said. The net net, for developers and designers: "a lot of tools and resources to get your jobs... (more)

Adobe Augments Real-Time Delivery with Scene7 Acquisition

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 th... (more)

Adobe AIR, Google Gears, Slingshot... The Fat Client Is Back!

The need to support off-line capabilities has driven some RIA providers back to the fat client platform. For example, Adobe AIR, Google Gears, and Slingshot are all examples of this trend. The fat client offers a lot of advantages over RIA technologies such as AJAX, but there are also some serious drawbacks. Is history repeating itself? Will the surge of interest in fat clients be disruptive to the Web and RIA technologies? This presentation will examine those possibilities and provide advice on when, if ever, developers should use Fat Client technology. Speaker Bio: Over 14 year... (more)

Farata Systems Achieves Performance Breakthrough with Adobe BlazeDS

Open sourcing of the highly compressed communication protocol AMF and server‐side Flex components play an important role in adoption of Flex by the enterprises. Live Cycle Data Services (LCDS) is an excellent solution for building scalable RIA, but it’s not cheap. For those who don’t have a budget for LCDS, Adobe has released BlazeDS, the open source implementation of AMF communication protocol. The Theory BlazeDS was offered as a free version of LCDS Flex remoting that also promised scaled down support of a modest number of concurrent users for data push. But the enterprise cli... (more)