Adobe Color CC – Color Schemes Tool

adobe color cc

If you are not a graphics or web designer by trade, but do have an occasional need for a color scheme that just works, Adobe Color CC is the tool just for you.  It’s web-based – so there is no need to install anything, it’s free, and it’s super easy to use.  It supports a variety of color rules – analogous, monochromatic, triad, complimentary, compound, and shades – just pick one, and drag the markers around the color circle, until you are happy.

I’ve seen and used a bunch of similar tools, but I think this one works the best of them all.

Adobe PhoneGap 2.0 Released

Adobe PhoneGap 2.0 Released

We’re excited to announce the following major new features in PhoneGap 2.0:

  • Cordova WebView – This allows for the integration of PhoneGap, as a view fragment, into a bigger native application.
  • Command Line Tooling (CLI) (Android, iOS and BlackBerry) – CLI tooling brings a standard nomenclature to common tasks across platforms such as project creation, debugging, and emulation. Normally, these are different incantations for each platform vendor making cross platform development workflow inconsistent and jarring; we’ve fixed that.
  • Enhanced documentation – Getting-started guides, plugins, migration guides and more to help accelerate the development of mobile applications and make it even easier.
  • Web Inspector Remote (Weinre) ported to nodejs – The availability of a node module means easy installation using Node Package Manager (NPM).
  • Cordovajs (Support for unified Javascript across platforms) – We’ve seen dramatic advancements to performance, security, and API symmetry across platforms thanks to the herculean effort of unifying our JS layer.
  • Transition to Apache Cordova and nearing graduation from incubation
  • Windows Phone support
  • Improvement to iOS app creation – We’ve implemented significant changes for the iOS platform. Get a deeper dive into all the changes from Shaz, our PhoneGap iOS lead developer.

Flash for Android no more, or is it?

Slashdot reports:

Adobe has finally seen the same light Steve Jobs did in 2010 and is now committed to putting mobile Flash player in the history books as soon as possible. Adobe will not develop and test Flash player for Android 4.1 and will now focus on a PC browsing and apps.

But we’ve heard quite a few announcements from Adobe and Google in regards to Flash in the last few month.  I don’t know about you, but I am practically lost in the controversy.  Between Adobe releasing the last version of Flash for Linux, Adobe releasing a sandbox version of Flash for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and Google releasing Google Chrome for Android, I have no clue anymore.

The best I can make of it is that Adobe doesn’t want to support mobile or Linux anymore.  But Google takes over with its own Flash support integrated into the Google Chrome browser, which Google supports on all desktop platforms, as well as on iOS and Android devices.  So even without the Adobe we should still be able to access Flash games, porn, and navigation menus.

What do you think?  Are we about to lose Flash, and if we are, what’s the alternative?

P.S.: As much as I love the idea of HTML5, I don’t think it’s just there yet.

Google Wave vs. Adobe Wave

I know that smart people tend to think the same and that naming collisions happen once in a while, but is this just a mere coincidence or is there more to the story?

Here is a description of Google Wave as per Wikipedia:

Google Wave is “a personal communication and collaboration tool” announced by Google at the Google I/O conference, on 27 May 2009. It is a web based service and computing platform designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wiki, and social networking. It has a strong collaborative and real-time focus supported by robust spelling/grammar checking, automated translation between 40 languages, and numerous other extensions. It is expected to be released later in 2009.

And here is a description of Adobe Wave as per Adobe web site (no Wikipedia description yet):

Displaying a desktop notification is as easy as sending an email.  Adobe® Wave™ is an Adobe AIR application and Adobe hosted service that work together to enable desktop notifications. It helps publishers stay connected to your customers and lets users avoid the email clutter of dozens of newsletters and social network update messages. Adobe Wave is a single web service call that lets publishers reach users directly on their desktop: there’s no need to make them download a custom application or build it yourself.

Of course, once you get into it things get more obvious, but can you really tell the difference between the two without reading more about each technology and watching preview videos?