off topic

Off topic here, but in the sense of the Adobe development world it’s not since the new rollout uses the Flash Platform. Seriously though, generating a wrapper isn’t that hard especially since the FB or FX tool generates one for you to start with, but really this sort of egregious issue gets all the way into production – past the developers, past QA, past UAT? Really? How sad.

Even more ridiculous is the IE version has a whole host of issues:

  • The sandbox issue stems from http to https communication is not explicitly stated in the crossdomain policy.
  • The same remote translation object is not properly encoded on the GET parameters.
  • The caught exception where it’s painfully obvious the developer doesn’t understand even the most basic String API with either substr(start, length) or substring(start, end) – the .xml is missing which is why it can’t find the file.


Adobe to acquire word processor maker

Normally, I don’t post about things outside of the technical aspects of Flash-based development, but this one was just too good to pass up. It makes sense when you think about it in the context of Adobe’s merger with Macromedia early last year. Their shift from a Publishing / Graphic Arts based business model to a ‘workflow’ based model of combining art with development. This isn’t much different than any other vertical growth pattern stretching back to the start of the industrial revolution. By controlling the process from start to finish, they have the ability to leverage capabilities similar to a ‘CMS’ package. While they do have InDesign, which essentially is a word processor mixed with Illustrator, that product has been confined to boutique style documents and never reached critical mass necessary to seriously take on Microsoft Word.

The part that fascinates me from a Flex / Flash development perspective is Buzzword was created with AIR, one of Adobe’s own. Essentially they’ll own the source to the application, but it will be interesting to see how it is maintained / developed from here on out, as either an advancing AIR project or something they fold into other applications / toolsets.