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Cocomo on Labs

November 17, 2008 ·

As I've mentioned a couple of times, we're using Cocomo for some aspects of the Broadchoice Workspace. Now you can try Adobe's collaboration component model (and service) for yourself. All the information about Cocomo is on Adobe Labs for download!

Tags: adobe · connect · flex

My MAX Schedule

September 09, 2008 ·

I just made another pass over my MAX schedule to finalize my choices and thought I'd post my planned list of sessions so folks will know where to find me:
  • Monday
    • Opening General Session
    • Adobe Roadmap: Enterprise
    • Flex Architecture Face-Off - panel
    • Real-Time Collaboration Apps with Flex and Cocomo - Nigel Pegg
  • Tuesday
    • Mixing Open Source and Commercial Software
    • General Session
    • Adobe@Adobe: IT Innovation
    • Developing Rich Applications with jQuery and Adobe AIR - John Resig
    • The REST of SOA
  • Wednesday
    • Advanced Patterns for ColdFusion Test Automation - Bill Shelton / Marc Esher (MXUnit)
    • Building Real-Time and Collaborative Applications with Flex and BlazeDS
    • Event-Driven Programming in ColdFusion - an updated version of my session from Scotch on the Rocks and CFUNITED
    • Cocomo Deep Dive: Building Social RIAs with Flex + Adobe Hosted Services - Nigel Pegg
    • Developing Enterprise ColdFusion Applications - Joe Rinehart
As I was updating my schedule, I noticed that several of the ColdFusion and Flex workshops are already sold out - good to see so much interest in those! I was originally going to Dave Watts' "High Performance ColdFusion" but decided to give up my seat when I saw it was sold out (hopefully someone else will get in now!). There's a lot of excellent ColdFusion sessions at MAX this year but my focus right now is on Flex, AIR and real-time collaboration so that has driven most of my session choices. Also a reminder that BACFUG meets on the Wednesday evening immediately after MAX ends and I am pleased to announce that we are having a double session with some MAX speakers:
  • Bill Shelton and Marc Esher will present on Unit Testing in ColdFusion with MXUnit
  • Joe Rinehart will present on Model-Glue 3: Gesture
We hope to have a good turn out with MAX attendees taking advantage of this (free) user group meeting in the evening! Since the meeting is inside the Adobe building, you will need to RSVP for security purposes. See you there!

Tags: adobe · adobemax08 · air · bacfug · broadchoice · coldfusion · connect · edmund · flex · jquery · modelglue · oss · ria · saas · tdd

Xmas comes early at Adobe

December 14, 2007 ·

I've had my head down working hard on client projects lately and finally got some time this evening to catch up on blogs. Wow! Adobe sure has been busy! AIR Beta 3, AIR extensions/updates for Flash CS3 and Dreamweaver CS3, Flex 3 Beta 3, BlazeDS, Brio Beta, Flash Player 9 Update... Good grief! I just installed the new Flex Builder plugin but won't get a chance to put it through its paces for a few days. The AIR installer is sitting on my desktop and I'm just about to install the updated Flash Player. Oh, and I have my Brio account but haven't had time to play with that either. Maybe Adobe think we need something to keep us busy over the holidays? Check out Adobe Labs to see what you might be missing!

Tags: adobe · air · connect · flex · hosted · oss

I'm speaking speaking at cf.Objective()

February 24, 2007 ·

Jared has posted a partial session list for the upcoming cf.Objective() conference. I'm speaking twice on related topics. I'll be talking about the work my team has been doing in the Adobe Hosted Services group, explaining our architecture - based on ColdSpring and Transfer - as well as looking at one particular area that has caused us a lot of pain: error handling. You'll learn how we built the back end that supports several functions behind Acrobat Connect and Adobe Document Center - and Kuler - as well as some of our pain points and, in particular, the problems that arise when dealing with error handling around the boundaries of systems in a Service-Oriented Architecture.

Tags: adobe · coldfusion · coldspring · connect · hosted · orm · saas

More Tips on Better Presenting

February 21, 2007 ·

Michael Fitzpatrick has posted some great tips on ensuring the best possible Connect presentation. Also check out this Tech Note and my own hints and tips post from about a year ago.

Tags: connect · saas

Acrobat 8 and Acrobat Connect

November 01, 2006 ·

Adobe Announces Availability of Acrobat 8 Software to Rave Reviews from Customers! It's a great new release (we've been using it internally for a while and I am very impressed with this new version). It's also the launch of Connect which is what my team has been working on: a Flex 2 trial signup application, backed by ColdFusion, leading to the new always-on, personal meeting room that is Connect. A simpler user experience than Connect Professional (the new version of Breeze) at a very reasonable $39 per month - although you can get a free trial through the end of the year right now!

Tags: adobe · coldfusion · connect · saas

Acrobat Connect Professional - useful feature #2

October 25, 2006 ·

How many times have you been doing a live demo and wanted to point something out on-screen to your audience? At a live event, you might walk away from the podium and start pointing at things on the projector screen. Perhaps in the past you've tried to wave your mouse over the thing you want people to see or you've click-dragged over something to cause an application highlight in order to emphasize it for your audience? None of the above work all that well for a remote broadcast event: you simply can't do the former and the latter options usually don't transmit well because the mouse movement may not appear in real time for all your attendees and the default application highlight often causes the text to be much harder to read. Now you can "Pause and Annotate" - an option in the sharing drop-down (on a Mac, you get a little Connect icon in the menu bar!) - which freeze your shared screen and brings back the main Connect meeting room window with a set of drawing tools down the right hand edge. You can draw on the screen (freehand lines, boxes, circles), highlight things with a colored "marker", and write text over the screen. This is a very effective way of bringing something to the attention of your audience and explaining it visually! To go back to regular screen sharing, simply click the Resume button (which appears in annotate mode). The Connect drop-down also allows you to change what you are sharing (which windows, applications etc) so you can switch your sharing setup dynamically during your presentation.

Tags: adobe · connect · saas

Acrobat Connect Professional - useful feature #1

October 22, 2006 ·

Anyone who has been part of an online meeting with an Adobe employee since the mid-September announcement of Acrobat Connect and Acrobat Connect Professional may have noticed that we're already running the new version of the product formerly known as Breeze. Visually, you may not see too many differences but there are a number of new features that make things easier for presenters and hosts, as well as attendees. I figured I'd start a series of short posts highlighting some of the features I'm finding very useful that are either new in this release or which I had never noticed before in the Breeze product. #1. The Note pod and the Chat pod both let you email the contents of the pod via the 'actions' popup (the cog in the bottom right of each pod). This is a great way to handle the minutes from your meetings because you can easily capture both the notes you took during the meeting as well as the entire discussion that took place. I noticed this during the cf.Objective() 2007 steering committee meeting this morning. Nice! Oh, yes, next year's cf.Objective() conference is being planned. As you can see from the site, the location and dates are fixed and the committee is figuring the budget and fee structure right now as well as nailing down the track and topic guidelines. Expect to see a call for speakers and topics within the next few weeks.

Tags: adobe · cfobjective · coldfusion · connect · saas

Everyone is off to MAX

October 21, 2006 ·

Ben Forta reports that MAX 2006 will be the best attended event ever. I've seen a lot of blog posts from people who are starting their journeys this weekend, heading out to Vegas for a week of keynotes, sneak peaks and a vast selection of technical sessions across the full gamut of Adobe products. I'm sure it'll be a great event! Me? I'll be in San Francisco, helping the team put the finishing touches on Adobe Acrobat Connect which is "expected to be available in November 2006 as a free trial version through the end of the calendar year" (see the press release from September 18th). It's also On Safari next week in Portland, OR which is effectively the Bengal breed national cat show.

Tags: adobe · adobemax06 · connect · saas

VoIP best practices for Breeze

October 04, 2006 ·

I often hear from people who do Breeze presentations, asking if there are any recommendations from Adobe on how to set things for best results when using voice over IP. Here is a Tech Note covering some best practices for VoIP. It explains how to use the Audio Setup Wizard, why the Meeting Add-In provides a better audio experience and notes that a presenter can often get better audio results by setting their connection speed lower (in the Room Optimization menu). And of course the most basic recommendation is to get a good headset with a built-in microphone (I've been very successful with the Altec Lansing AHS302usb (recommended by Jared Rypka-Hauer).

Tags: adobe · connect · saas