Adobe’s Kevin Lynch talks about HTML5, Flash and Apple

Adobe's Kevin Lynch talks about HTML5 and Steve Jobs' recent pronouncements on Flash, which Jobs argues doesn't play nice with the iPhone, iPad, etc. Now, believe me when I say that I'm no lover of Flash, indeed I actively dislike it in many ways, but like extremist parties in a democracy I support its right to exist. And in truth, if used well, in the right context, etc, etc, Flash can be pretty cool. But that's not the point, the point is that if, as Apple argues, Flash on mobile platforms sucks then developers and users should be given the right to reject it, without Apple banning it...

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Wired iPad App points to future of the magazine

Last week at TED, Wired and Adobe unveiled an iPad app that they've both been working on. Looks interesting doesn't it? But wait a minute - isn't Flash banned from the iPad for being a crashtastic battery hog? So how does the iPad App work? Apparently it's build using Air. Ah well that's all right then becuase Air's a much more stable, lightweight platform than Flash... O.K. despite the sarcasm, the Wired App looks interesting, and definitely suggests a more interesting future for multimedia storytelling. I just hope that it doesn't perform like almost every other horrible Air app I'v...

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Interactive storytelling part 1: audio slideshows

Interactive storytelling on the web - I'm specifically thinking about audioslide shows - has a bit of a chequered history, it's often been touted as the next big thing, but few content providers have really embraced it. There are cost issues - Flash development isn't cheap, and then there's the bandwidth to think about, but the same issues apply to online video, and, from a personal perspective, I think that well-made audio slideshows can have as much impact as online video: image quality is almost always better, and the audio is usually more focused. There are other reasons why it's wor...

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Google Chrome is really fast

O.K., this isn't about content, but I guess the beta launch of Chrome is the biggest news on the web for a while. I haven't had time for a full look, however, the most immediately obvious feature, and main 'take home point', is that it is really, really fast. The interface and feature set are a little rudimentary, however, I'm sure we'll soon see developer toolkits and the like, all of which will sit on top of their superfast engine. Chrome is undoubtedly serious competition for all concerned. Load times matter. Particularly for complex RIAs. It will be interesting to see how this imp...

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Adobe announces searchable SWF (Flash) files

Usability expert Jakob Neilsen isn't a big fan of Flash. I agree with him. It's O.K. in small doses and in the right context, however, it's all-too-often overused by designers willing to sacrifice usability for fancy fly-ins and huge mp3 files of bland, consumer-friendly house music which crash my browser and have me clicking off before the fancy load bar has got to half way. However, that's not the worst of it. The main reason for not using Flash is that it isn't searchable: individual pages or elements of content within a site don't show up in Google. However, that's all just changed be...

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The Weekly Top 5 Websites: June 6, 2008

There follows an arbitrary and partial list of the five things I most enjoyed on the Internet this week. It is neither voted for, crowdsourced, comprehensive nor exhaustive. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. 1. Please Vote for Me (trailer) Chinese school children elect a class president. And not a tank in sight. Part 1 2 3 4 5 2. Is that Jackson Pollock? No, it’s penguin shit. Nathan Myhrvold talks about what he does. Clifford Stoll talks about what he doesn’t do. From the ever excellent Ted Talks. 3. Ten mind blowing animations Some of these animations are a bit rough and rea...

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