explores Adobe Media Player’s offline advertising capabilities

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Beet.TV caught up with Craig Barberich, Group Product Manager for Adobe Media Player, at Streaming Media East, and filed this video report:

Adobe’s New Flash Video Player is New Advertising Platform

This is pretty awesome.


Philo is now Adobe Media Player

As you can see, I’ve been quiet on this blog since last October, when we first sneaked a peek of Adobe Media Player under its code name Philo. We’ve been very busy talking with customers and building out the technology to make sure this product is the best media player for both viewers and publishers.

Make sure to read the press release and the information page and FAQ to learn more.

And if you’re at NAB, make sure to see a live demo in our booth, either on Monday at 1:30p and on Tuesday at 3pm. You can also ask for me if you’d like more information.

Philo Demo at Adobe MAX 2006

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During his Adobe MAX 2006 first day keynote, Kevin Lynch demonstrated a series of Apollo applications, including ones from eBay, MySpace, and VirtualUbiquity.  He also demonstrated a new internal Adobe project, codenamed Philo*, that focuses on Internet TV.  You can see the bulk of his keynote presentation in the Adobe MAX 2006 Conference Q&A Webcast; the demonstration of Philo starts at exactly 36 minutes.

There’s been lots of great write-ups of Kevin’s keynote in general, and of Philo in particular.  One of the best reactions was from Jeremy Geelan at WebDDJ:

MAX 2006 Show Report – Kevin Lynch’s Day One Keynote @ WEB DEVELOPER’S & DESIGNER’S JOURNAL

…Lynch closed with an Internet TV application being developed in-house at Adobe, called "[Philo]." If anyone had any doubt that Flash video is at the center of the Adobe vision for 2007-8 and beyond, Lynch’s slick demo will have without a doubt showed them that it will be.

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What is the future of web video?

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Are you at Adobe MAX 2006 in Las Vegas? Do you use an RSS aggregator?  Do you subscribe to video podcasts?  Adobe will be hosting a series of round-table discussions during MAX to learn how you want to engage with web video content. If you’re interested in participating, send me an email (dcooley at …) requesting an invitation.

MAX Keynote

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As Sho says, If you’re in Las Vegas for Adobe MAX 2006, don’t miss the start of the keynote tomorrow morning… 😉

Atom Bank Shot

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steve cooley presents – Atom Bank Shot

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Atom Bank Shot:

    1. I installed the experimental Atom Publishing Protocol Server in in my local WordPress test install.
    2. Posted a entry using curl to talk to WordPress.
    3. Used hAtom2Atom.xsl to grab the embedded hAtom from the Sandbox themed blog.
    4. Read the posted entry in NetNewsWire.

Round trip.

My colleague Bill is making progress publishing to WordPress with the Atom protocol. Deeje, meet Bill.

Technorati Tags: atom, wordpress

Hi Bill.  WordPress is a great blogging platform.  Atom is a great protocol.  Glad to see these two finally working together.

Quoting and Tagging Temporal Media

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The last few weeks has seen a flury of activity around pointing inside temporal media files on the web.

Below, I’ve summarized various approaches with abstract examples, using "start" to represent a numerical start time, and "stop" to represent the corresponding stop time, within the temporal media.  Unfortunately, not all start and stop times are expressed in the expected HH:MM:SS format.




Of the three approaches, the anchor approach seems most elegant, while the path overloading seems least elegant.  Fortunately, any of these methods should support a generic implementation of deep tagging, since they’re all valid URIs.

BTW, Google also offers a way to embed a video file with a specific start point, by passing in a specific parameter into the Flash video controller.

<embed … FlashVars="initialtime=start" />

The Kiwi Team is Hiring!

The Kiwi Project wrote:

The Kiwi Team is Hiring!

Interested in working on a cutting-edge, Flex-based, “Web 2.0” project? Interested in building one of the first Apollo apps from the ground up? The Kiwi team is currently interviewing candidates for a senior engineering position. If you’ve got solid Java/OO skills (Flex experience is obviously a plus) and live in the SF Bay Area, we want to hear from you! You can find the job description posted here (search for “kiwi”, then click on “Computer Scientist”).

The State of Blogosphere Participation Usability

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Much has been written about how RSS needs to disappear before it can take off. The whole usability challenge of moving from a browser-based view to an aggregator-based view of a person or company is slowly being solved as browsers themselves add native support for RSS discovery and subscription.

But simply subscribing to RSS is just the tip of the usability iceberg. Participating in the blogosphere is a usability nightmare that only the bravest of innovators and early adopters are willing to struggle thru.  I can’t even call myself brave:

  • I use a desktop-based blog authoring application to write my blog entries.
  • I use a Typepad or MovableType blog server console to confirm trackbacks and comments posted by others.
  • if I want to respond to a comment left on my blog I have to browse to a particular blog entry and add a comment in-browser.
  • Once I respond to a comment, I have to switch back to the blog server console to approve my own comment.
  • I use still another desktop-based RSS aggregating application to subscribe to anywhere from 200-300 feeds
  • My desktop aggregator doesn’t show conversations around permalinks, and doesn’t allow me to add comments directly… I have to browse to the permalink in question and figure out how to read and leave a comment, if I can at all.
  • if and when I start commenting on things, I totally see the value in using CoComment to track my comments and conversations, but then I’d have yet another console to manage.

Would any of this be easier if I used entirely web-based services?  No, I’d still have to juggle between at least 5 difference consoles:

  • authoring blog entries
  • approving comments
  • syndicating RSS
  • authoring comments
  • tracking conversations

Imagine if email usability was as fragmented as this… one console to author new emails, a completely separate UI to receive them, yet another to respond, still another to track.

Because my aggregator of choice doesn’t aggregate conversations, I am not participating in them nearly as much as I should.  What serious blogosphere participants need is a blogging client that incorporates all of these aspects of participation. The Atom Threading specification will help, but only after a number of servers and clients start adopting it.

RSS is the new Intranet Protocol

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Ross Mayfield’s Weblog quotes:

RSS Intranet

David Berlind builds upon a Cnet article on Enterprise 2.0.

So, after reading LaMonica’s story and reading about how Microsoft is adding wiki functionality to Sharepoint and how an IBM executive — the top guy at the company’s collaborative software division — is saying that the existing way of doing things is "fundamentally flawed," I see companies that understand the extent to which RSS, wikis, and blogs can be extremely disruptive to the status quo.  A status quo that’s largely been upheld by them.  I see the new intranet, the new protocol of which is RSS.

This is why the Kiwi Project is bringing RSS capabilities to Flex.