Archive for March, 2004
Following up on Mike’s post, we are now looking for developers who would like to be on the beta for the Central Presence API. The API will allow you to build into your Central apps AOL and ICQ messaging capabilities.
If you are interested, send the following information:
- Email Address
- Why you are interested
You will be notified in the next few weeks if you have been selected for the initial round of testing.
Another great (and positive) review of Central has just been published by the online magazine Mobilized Software. There are some great quotes, and they really seem to capture the vision of Central:
“As with any new and innovative software system (especially one that tackles distributed communications), the full potential of Central will take some time to realize as developers learn how to use all of the bells and whistles it offers. According to Macromedia, the time to start developing Central applications is now. The Central environment that end users must install is freely available online, for which programmers can create applications using the corresponding Central SDK (also available free of charge).”
OK, so I almost lost my domain. I actually had auto-renew on, but that doesnt help out much when you dont have money in the account :) So anyways, I am alive and kicking again.
This will also serve as a formal announcement that a few months ago the flogspot.com domain suffered a similar fate. Unfortunately I was unable to get it back. If you would still like to visit the site, you can do so by visiting http://www.duramedia.com/~flogspot/. I think I will probably be giving the ‘much in need of care’ code to Keran McKenzie over at Studiowhiz, so you may see it there soon enough.
There is an interesting article on internetnews.com today regarding AOL’s recent move to bring more enterprise customers into the IM world, having them integrate their technology into that of other vendors. As an example it mentions the “recently signed a agreement to allow Macromedia to develop IM tools for its platform.” Of course it is referencing the announcement made in November at MAX where AOL and Macromedia have made a pact to bring IM functionality to Central.
Just thought I would give a quick update of what has been going on here at Flashforward. So far it has been an interesting conference. The greatest thing so far has been being able to meet many new people, putting names to faces, and get caught up with good friends. There seems to be a really good turnout from some of the familiar faces in the Flash community, many who I didn’t expect to see here. There also seems to be a good turnout from the UK, I have been able to catch up with Guy Watson (aka Flashguru) and Peter Hall.
This morning we were able to attend the keynote, which went off quite well. Kevin Lynch gave a Macromedia “State of the Union”, mainly looking into the future of the Flash platform, etc.
As a note, I believe that there is going to be a ‘Bloggers Dinner’ Friday. As soon as I know more details I will be sure to post.
“By simplifying the distribution of multimedia-rich pods, Macromedia may have a winner for applications that aggregate all kinds of content-the goal of corporate portals for some time now. Central’s interface looks impressive, and it offers developers and enterprises a promising way to distribute Flash software that runs outside a browser. If Macromedia can successfully tap its inventive developer base and create a vibrant online marketplace for selling and swapping applications, Central has potential.”
Just as an FYI, I will be attending the Flashforward conference tomorrow through Friday. Please feel free to come up and introduce yourself if you will be there. I will also be attending lunch with Kristin and gang tomorrow, if you would like to attend, check out this post. I actually wont be presenting at this conference, but as an FYI, I will be attending Flash in the Can next month and will be participating in an ‘Ask the Pros’ session on Macromedia Central.
Just a quick little history before my announcement. Over the past year my brother and I have done quite a bit of contract work for Macromedia (DRK 3, DRK 4, DRK 5, DRK 6, the Product Decision Tool, the Active Content Resources Central application and the AOL Central Demo at MAX). At the same time, I was working as the lead Flash developer at Fujitsu Network Communications, in Richardson, TX. Needless to say, this past year or so was somewhat busy. As of a week ago today, I was no longer an employee at Fujitsu, and accepted a position at Macromedia on the Central team.
At first the decision was a little difficult. The thought of moving to a new city, where the cost of living is almost twice what it is in Dallas, was daunting. But, over the past year I have gotten to know many people on the Central team and others at Macromedia in general, and they definitely made the choice easy. So now I work with some of the brightest people in the industry and in a work environment that is absolutely fantastic. Currently I am bouncing back and forth between Dallas and San Francisco (I am in San Francisco right now until the 12th) and in the next few months my wife and I (and our Golden Retriever) will be making the move to the bay area.
So, what am I doing here? Well, my official position is as a Flash Application Developer. Right now I am working on developing the AOL Instant Messenger Client that will be distributed with the AOL Presence API that was announced in November at MAX. It is really an extension of work me and Josh had started in preparation for MAX. You will definitely be hearing more about this in the future.
So, what now? Well, for now my blog will be staying right where it is. Also, you will see quite a bit of an increase in my postings. It is such an exciting time at Macromedia, and you can be sure that I will share with you anything I can. For the most part, my posts will focus around Flash, and also Macromedia Central. I also will probably wander into other items eventually such as Flex. So stay tuned…