Week 2 – Personal Discovery

Hour 1

Still interested in how Flash is moving now.  For example considering the current explosion of internet mobile devices we now have Flash Lite:

Adobe Flash Lite is a version of the Flash Player specifically optimized for mobile phones and consumer electronic devices. It enables mobile application developers and designers to create rich, engaging content and applications across device platforms. Flash Lite has been licensed by the world’s leading operators and handset manufacturers to bring exceptional mobile experiences to consumers worldwide. – Adobe.com

And also Flash Air which allows developers to make Flash applications outside of the browser.  So you can have a net based application that actually lives on the user’s computer.  Interesting Captain…

So  Adobe® Flash® CS4 Professional is pretty freaking expensive ($700 at present).  Time to find some alternatives…

  • Took a look at Aflax: which is a way to create and access Flash objects through Java.  Seems pretty low level (lots of code).
  • There is also Ajax Animator: which is a GUI interface for building Flash animation files.  Pretty basic at this point but it seems like a good thing to play with.

Hour 2

In the first week of my Intro Web Design class Prof. Walker mentioned that Google has launched a browser, called Chrome.  I downloaded it then and I’ve been testing it out.  I’ve also looked through part of the animated design overview and the idea of going back to square one and throwing out some off the industry assumptions about how a browser should work seems like a given to me.

Microsoft and even Mozilla have a lot invested in their current browser offerings, so expecting them to deconstruct IE or Foxfire and rebuild on a foundation of current user expectations and requirements for browsing isn’t very likely.  The most revolutionary idea that Google implemented is making each tab, and each separate Java application a seperate thread.  I haven’t tried to break it yet, but just the following that idea will make Chrome more stable and robust then any of the other available browsers.

One thing that is missing from Chrome that I use on a regular basis is a full screen option.  Whether looking at a graphics heavy site or a site that has long text content, full screen is indispensable.

Hour 3

I decided to dig into Daylife.com; a site that was mentioned in the text Becoming a Digital Designer.  The interviewee seemed a little smarmy, but the idea of a user driven and organized news feed site is fascinating.


What is Daylife?

The Daylife Platform offers unlimited, high-quality, and advertiser-friendly news and content for your website, whether it’s a niche blog or a global publishing brand.


I watched the introductory video: Daylife platform overview from Daylife on Vimeo.  It seems like some genii in a lamp gimmick, say the topic that you are interested in, rub the lamp, and unlimited hyperlinked content materializes out of the ether.  Apparently some of the biggest names in media are in bed with these guys, so they must be doing something right.

So I did a little side research in APIs as well.

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