There is a lot of video stuff going on today.

To start with, the Adobe Media Player has been released for the Adobe Air v.1 runtime. ADM is a really well designed Air app that runs on windows, OS X and Linux. You can watch videos, subscribe to video channels, watch the videos in fullscreen and even choose the quality-size of the video you are about to download. Adobe Media Player is a really nice app, made for the Adobe Air runtime and created straight from the mothership. The install process is very easy and a lovely experience. You don’t have to care whether you have the Adobe Air runtime, to install AMP. Just click on the badge and there you have it.

Another big video related new for today is the Adobe TV website. Adobe TV is a well designed Flex application in which you can see videos related to Adobe products. Adobe employees and Community experts are giving tips, presenting products and other Adobe product related things. This is definitely a nice way to get informed and inspired. Adobe TV has a nice integration with the Adobe Media Player, of course, in which you can subscribe to the video channels presented there so you don’t have to browse the Adobe TV website all the time and of course there are ways to share a video from the Adobe TV, either by linking to the page of a specific video or by embedding it in your site, blog etc. Definitely worth a look. Here is a screenshot of a video from Adobe TV. Click on it to see Julie Campagna and Ryan Stewart giving a tour on the bus about the North American onAir tour which took place last year.

The last video new for today is not related to the Adobe. It’s about video in Flickr. Yes, you read it right. Flickr rollover a new feature today in which you can upload a video provided that you have a Pro account. Videos can’t be bigger that 90″ and or 150 MBs. The videos will be shown along with your pictures and people can watch and embed them in their blog (if you allow that). My feelings about the whole thing is not very good. I can’t see why someone would like to upload a video in a well known site synonymous to photography. If there was a separation between photos and videos that would work for me but meshing photos and videos seems just wrong. I just hope that Yahoo! won’t break the well established Flickr site. The only way in which I think video would really be nice in connection to Flickr content would be something like what Animoto offers, which is a lovely app in which you upload your photos (or importing them from Flickr and other photos repositories) add a music track and Animoto “remixes” them by analyzing the music. The result is a really nice video which really looks like a professional job. And their quote is than none of the videos they make is similar to another even if you use the same photos and music file, thanks to the random algorithms their system uses. In such case it would be really nice for Flickr to have video but I insist that they have to keep the videos separated from the photos somehow.  I love Flickr and that’s why I have paid for it and have a lot of my pictures living in there. I hope this new addition will not destroy my feelings about Flickr.

That’s it for today (I think..) 

Go Adobe!

Flash Player bug base open to the public!

Aren’t you just love Adobe?

Lets face it, Adobe it’s a Corporation. “They” (I’m using the quotes is a good way) created the Flash Platform and they could just keep it closed.. But no they didn’t. I’m not going to write about all the open source moves that Adobe has done, you can learn more here and here and you should definitely have a look at Aral Balkan’s post here in which he talks about the Flash Platform (one of the best posts I have ever read, bravo Aral! 😉 ).

I’m talking about a feature which will be really useful for a better Flash Player. Yea I know Flash Player baby is just a piece of paradise already but every single day new needs arrive. Adobe open the bug base for the Flash Player to the public, so now every Flash Platform developer can file bugs and future requests related to the Flash Player and Adobe will see, listen and read it. All you need is just a free account on the bag base page.

That is something that Adobe should have done a lot of years ago but as they say it’s never to late. All I have to say is Bravo to Adobe for such a move. This will definitely help Flash Player to be more strong and powerful than ever.

Go Flash Player, Go Adobe!

Flash Player new version is out (9.0.124)!

Adobe Flash PlayerA new version of our little piece of paradise also known as Flash Player has being released today. Its version is 9.0.124. There are some new changes on the security model, actually the whole update is considered a security update and there is a article on the Developer Center with a lot of information.

Along with the new Flash Player, Adobe made a face lift on the Flash Player Download Center which is now more easy to use for a lot of people. Justin Everett-Church, the Sr. Product Manager for the Flash Player, has posted about the new version on his very informative blog.

Go Flash Player, Go Adobe!

Search tomorrow.. TODAY with Google’s gDay!

Google Australia has developed a new feature of the Google search experience called “gDay”. With gDay you can search content on the web “before” it is created…(??)

From Google’s Australia site:

“The core technology that powers gDay™ is MATE™ (Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation).
Using MATE’s™ machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques developed in Google’s Sydney offices, we can construct elements of the future.”

Nice idea, I just wish they hadn’t announced it today.. 😉