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Today, Adobe launched a new version of the Adobe AIR Marketplace—a user-friendly, online destination showcasing developer applications powered by Adobe AIR. Based on community feedback, the Adobe AIR Marketplace has been revamped to offer an enhanced user experience and more services for developers. The latest improvements to the site include: · Easy-to-use AIR application search and download · New UI, RSS feed and “e-mail a friend” feature · Rate, review and comment/flag features to give developers instant feedback · Developers can create profiles and manage applications via self-service Web interface · Statistics, ratings and reviews dashboard for AIR app developers   Check out the new Adobe AIR Marketplace at http://airmarketplace.adobe.com. Hundreds of applications are already hosted on the site and more are continually added. Additional site improvements and res... (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)

MAXimum Burn

It's not often that I wish I was in America,'" writes one (UK-based) developer, "but this week sees the MAX 2006 show in Las Vegas." He was not alone in wishing he'd been able to make it: around the Web world, bloggers both outside the US and inside have been discussing the many announcements made at this year's MAX and their implications for working developers and designers everywhere. Web Developer's & Designer's Journal presents a brief but representative round-up. Starting with Design "You are designing an experience, which the coding language is there to support." by Andre... (more)

Growth by Leveraging Adobe Scene7

Adobe announced that House of Fraser, a premium U.K. department store group with 62 locations across the U.K. and Ireland, has achieved higher conversion rates, increased average order size and greater customer retention with the Adobe® Scene7® hosted rich-media platform. Despite a down economy, House of Fraser has been able to grow an already profitable business through e-commerce and cross-channel merchandising, using Adobe Scene7 eCatalogs, Dynamic Imaging and Media Portal technologies. “We recognized that we needed to support our in-house merchants with the best functionality... (more)

Adobe's Christophe Coenraets: "Flex Can Transform the User Experience on the Web"

Working, as he does uniquely well at conference after conference, with live demos and no offline safety-net, Adobe's senior technology evangelist Christophe Coenraets (pictured) delivered his session "Extending AJAX with Flex" to an audience of completely enraptured developers, architects, and IT managers in the Grand Ballroom of The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City at SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar. The title could equally well have been  "How Flex Can Transform the User Experience on the Web," Coenraets noted - since they are really two different ways of sayi... (more)