Archive for February, 2006

FMS Order Fulfillment

I’ve heard some scattered, general rumblings about long delays in purchasing or upgrading to FMS. If you have specific examples or issues, please leave a note in the comments, and I’ll do my best to assist, thanks.

Stickam and FMS

Stickam has been getting some serious buzz the past few days. it’s kind of a myspace, youTube hybrid – a mix of a social networking hub as well as an aggregation point for multimedia content. Throw in some real time communications and presence tools, and you’ve got a really cool, innovative application.

Most commenters are focusing (rightfully so) on the features of Stickam – however, I would like to highlight one excerpt from their “about” page

AVC [Parent company of Stickam] provides Web communication services that enable greater productivity and cost-efficiency across the enterprise. AVC Video Conference services are powered by Macromedia Flash Media Server, designed for the delivery of multimedia Web communications. This advanced technology enables carrier-class services that integrate voice, video, and data to offer true interactivity and Web communications across multiple geographies and platforms.

full disclosure: Up until reading this page, I had no idea that Stickam used FMS. This is just another great example of how developers can use FMS and Flash to rapidly develop innovative applications.

FMS 2.0.1 Released

Flash Media Server 2.0.1 (Dyna mo) was released to web on Thursday, 16 February.

It contains the new licensing profiles for the Professional Edition, outlined here

Direct Link to Download Page: http://www.macromedia.com/support/flashmediaserver/downloads_updaters.html

I’d like to thank the Dynamo Customer Advisory Board for their help, patience, and guidance in developing a better license model for Flash Media Server. Their advice was a constant reminder that we are building a product for REAL PEOPLE to use – people with stories, ideas, jobs, personalities (oh, boy do you have personalities) and a passion for FMS that was truly eye-opening.

Also, the FMS Dev and QA teams did an amazing job of getting a number of important fixes into what was supposed to be a simple licensing update. Thanks, as usual, for being great at what you do.

Enjoy!

slow posting this week

I probably should have put this up earlier in the week: Posting here (and probably on most of the Adobe blogs) will be slow this week since most of the technology groups are in San Jose for a global technology summit.

One Key Takeaway(TM): Adobe, like most other tech companies, should be investing much, MUCH more in training staff on public speaking and presentation design. If I were running things (luckily, I have no such authority, or Adobe would have on-site bocci ball courts, a line of luxury formalware, and a Ronco Showtime Rotisserie Grill in every kitchen) I would offer free classes in film making , acting ,information design and graphic design – all of the essential skills needed to make really good presentations (after all, presenting is just storytelling).

PowerPoint takes the brunt of the blame, and deservedly so, as it is a really fantastic tool for quickly and easily making terrible presentations. However, public speaking and presentation is a skill that can be taught and learned, and it’s tragic that companies invest so much in other areas, yet expect developers to be able to flip a switch, get on stage in front of 400 people, and turn in a great presentation. Others have written on this more extensively (and articulately), but there’s some disconnect at these conferences: The developers are passionate about their product. The people in attendance are interested in the product and desparately want the presenter to do well. Yet, somewhere in the ether between them, these twinned purposes become seperated, the presenters fall into “presenting” mode, the audience falls into “well, better catch up on email” mode, and all of that passion and indivuality gets compressed into a few bullet points (or, in the worst cases, lots of bullet points).

On that note: go read Presentation Zen