Macromedia recently launched the Macromedia Central SDK Beta program, so if you are curious about what Central is, go check it out. Central is a very innovative application model from the perspectives of both the end user and the application developer.
End users will like having one “central” place to run lots of data-aware applications, on or offline. A Central application can do almost anything, but the quintessential examples include things like stock, weather and movie-related apps. When I first heard about Central, I sat down and tried to come up with a list of all the cool applications that would fit inside a Central type framework, and easily came up with over a dozen in just a few minutes.
If you are a Mac user, you will understand what I mean when I say that Central is similar to Sherlock and Watson, however the applications themselves are only half the story. The other half is the development model. From Macromedia’s website:
“Macromedia Central will help Flash application developers sell and deploy their applications to the public. Central will provide an integrated online marketplace, including a try/buy framework and secure managed transactions.”