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A Real-World AJAX Project Presenting richly formatted or legacy documents in as part of a rich internet application can be challenging, particularly when there is a large volume of information to present. Using a real-world project as an example, this session will discuss how Flex was used to build a rich media eLibrary designed to deliver large volumes of PDFs seamlessly to clients on multiple devices and platforms without the need for client-side software. We will discuss the project requirements, stakeholder needs, and technical challenges and will focus on the user experience as it applied to the creation of this eLibrary.  Speaker Bios: Jason MacDonald is Director of Projects for Integration New Media (INM) in Montreal, Canada. He holds two degrees, one in multimedia design and the second in graphic design. He has been involved in the development of hundreds of... (more)

Paravue Announces New Masking Tool for Adobe Photoshop CS

OAKLAND, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- (Photoshop World, Booth 105) -- Paravue(R) Inc., today announced Turbo Mask(TM), an image masking tool designed for graphic and web designers, photographers, and motion graphic artists that work with Adobe Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS Extended. Most image masking tools rely on skill to get the desired results. Turbo Mask works like human eyes to pick out the important subject in an image. Leveraging the Paravue technology, Turbo Mask understands images like people do and can isolate subjects and remove them from backgrounds accurately -- ... (more)

AJAX Enterprise Reporting: Challenges and Solutions

Reporting is one of the most important but complex to implementation aspects of enterprise AJAX applications. This session covers several major reporting challenges and will offer a solution to those challenges. It's not a trivial task to create an AJAX application that would allow end users to customize their reports on the fly by applying styles, grouping, filters, formulas and exporting reports to Microsoft Excel. In this presentation you'll see a live demo of a rich reporting component that can be used with any AJAX application. Speaker Bio: Yakov Fain, editor-in-chief of SYS... (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)

RIA Development on the Microsoft Stack Using Flex

ASP.NET AJAX is a natural candidate for RIA development under the .NET framework. However, there are other complementary or even alternative technologies that are worth your consideration. This session will start with a brief market overview and outline the pros and cons of some of the emerging and established frameworks, particularly JavaFX, Silverlight, and Flex. We will then dive into hands-on labs for delivering applications using Flex and .NET. You'll see specific implementations utilizing web services, FlourineFX (open source Flash remoting) and WebORB (commercial Flash rem... (more)