September 12, 2007
Adobe kuler mashed-up with Visio, more
As you may know, kuler is Adobe’s rich Internet app (RIA) for creating & sharing color harmonies. About a month ago the kuler team unveiled an API that enables other applications to suck in feeds of the most popular, most recent, and highest rated harmonies found on the site.
Now Microsoft engineer Saveen Reddy has used the API to enable drawing kuler colors in Visio. Not having a copy of Visio, I can’t give this a spin, but the integration should make it easy to apply popular color themes to your artwork. Very cool. [Previously: It’s also possible to pull kuler feeds onto your desktop or into Dashboard, and to use them inside the Flash authoring environment. Update: A free script lets you use .ASE swatch files in After Effects, making it possible to pull in kuler harmonies.]
In other kuler news, PM Sami Iwata reports that they’re running a “theme drive” to collect autumn-inspired themes. She writes,
kuler members can submit themes around the autumn season and also “vote” for
themes by rating and downloading them. At the end of the drive, the
kuler team will select a few of the highest rated and most popular
autumn themes to appear on a kuler t-shirt. If your theme is selected,
you will get 6 kuler t-shirts with your theme on it.
Hustle up, though: the theme drive runs from now until this Friday at 5:00 PDT. More details are here.