What type of Applications do you want to see built for Central?

The title says it all, What type of applications do you want to see built for Macromedia Central?

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42 Responses to What type of Applications do you want to see built for Central?

  1. How about something like Tivo…

  2. Hans Omli says:

    The ones we’d write if you’d get around to adding us to the beta. đŸ˜‰

  3. anonymous says:

    Why do MM think we would have to give them all the ideas so they can develop them in our back ?”What are your ideas ? what do you expect ? ok now we develop it instead of you developing it, and then you buy it and shut up”…Stop fooling your customers.

  4. topachou says:

    Well “anonymous”, it seems you know how to develop a software !If you want to develop something valuable for your client, you’d better ask them what they need, morron.

  5. Ola says:

    I want a single ActionScript API for data, that doesnt care if it is remote or local. And a simple method of “localizing” specified parts of remote databases…maybe just by caching SQL results….something like that.My clients will brows remote data, store on there laptops, and then show it unplugged in presentations. Is this what central will solve?

  6. nick says:

    I’d like to see a satellite tracking system, so I know when its safe to go out in public without a metal helmetI’d like blogging tools for my fish, they can never remember what they did in the little castleI’d love to have a grocery coupon clipping manager, that would save $$$$and what about a cheese cake simulator

  7. Mark Haliday says:

    1. Online multiplayer Flash games.2. A way to track all types of pacakges USPS, UPS, Fedex, Airborne, etc. Not sure on the legalities of pulling this info though from the company’s websites.

  8. I think a very robust aggregator would be interesting and I’m talking more than markme.com’s aggregator. Something like NewsMonster, but more advanced.Options would include the ability to filter by rss feed or display all new entries across all rss feeds. The user could then click on each new and read them in a seperate panel like email.

  9. Ryan Terry says:

    I want something like Outlook, but with integrated chat capabilities (video conferencing as well) and a cooler, smoother interface. I hate Outlook.

  10. steve says:

    I’d like to see a people finder like bigfoot, qwestdex or four11.topachou – if you’re going to call someone a moron you should at least “spel it koreckly.”

  11. Adam says:

    How about an app where you can drag and drop any “standard” document format onto it and it will generate a PDF and/or a Flash Paper file. Could use the Ghostscript engine as the backend PDF server technology (or Adobe’s expensive option). MM would have to make a server version of Flash Paper available.I see it as working like:- drag a Word document onto the central app.- Central app sends it to the server- server generates a PDF- server stores PDF on server, or pushes result back to central app, or emails to a recipient- if stored on server, central app allows browsing- user of cetral app pays a few pennies per document convertedCould also be a way to generate paper from other Central apps, if appropriate data transfer standards between them are in place.For this to really work well, Central (or an add-on) could ideally add a standard printer driver of “print to Central” for applications that aren’t drag-and-drop enabled. Also, Central needs (user-authorized) access to the file system.

  12. VAYKENT says:

    An XSL-FO WYSIWYG Editor.

  13. Anthony says:

    the ability to upload files right in flash

  14. I agree with the guy at the top.When is the blasted thing going to become available to us to be able to answer that question? I do not really care what you guys make, I want sit down and see what I can do on my own.And on top of that, I think that in a way Macromedia is starting to play an unfair game:All of our RIA applications have will have to follow a set of rules laid out by Central. Those rules are strict and we have been told that there are reasons that certain features we want cannot appear.However, I have seen macromedia breaking these rules by customizing their own RIA’s and Customizing the Flash player for those RIA’s.The thing that bothers me as that macromedia is starting to offer solutions as well as products, and with this kind of stuff happening, they could be a competitor as well as being a supplier.Kind of a Microsoftish approach I’d say.

  15. Not sure if this could be built into Central or not but here goes…I have always wanted some way to have stuff(book chapters, newspaper stories, magazine articles) read to me while I’m driving.I suppose the ultimate solution would use my car audio system (not sure how, maybe via an FM frequency) for audio. But that’s prolly a pipedream.What I have imagined is that I could prescan a bunch of chapters, articles or magazine pages into the “reader” and it would store these as text and “read” them back to me on command.If central could facilitate this, that would be cool. If that’s not doable, I’ll settle for …1) iFrames in flash. The ability to create an XHTML iframe anywhere in a flash movie. This would allow my flash apps to offload any HTML content to the iframe, without having to use an actual frameset or popup window2)file/browse upload along with full CSS1 support to textfields in flash player 7???

  16. Some of you are confusing Central applications with Flash Player features/capabilities. That´s the reason I do agree with people saying that we would need to get our hands into Central to really know what kind of stuff we can do with it. All the resources currently available are fine, but not enough to imaginarily build an application.In the other hand, why does Macromedia ask for our ideas on Central applications? I mean, I have a couple of things I would like to build with Central, but I want to do it by myself. If you ask me what kind of stuff I would like OTHERS to make with Central for me to use… that´s the question, right?

  17. Nick Vent says:

    post by anonymous. hey i like MM n all but yup… i know of ppl at MM who get ideas from the competition and then build and deploy the project quicker than the competition cause they have the manpower and marketing to do it. hey its life but doesnt mean its unethical… some ppl call it businesswhy am i anonymous? think about it. if posting on blogs gets so political imagine the backlash of this post?nick

  18. Punkey says:

    I would like to make apps with Central that don’t need to be in a Central-like environment. What I’ve seen so far is Central as a shell around apps. I don’t want that. I would like to offer my clients desktop apps that are skinned the way I want to.Kind of a stupid comment to this question…oh well..

  19. Central is capable of… what?What can MMcentral DO?Can it save HTML embedded flash.Clients still don’t want flash because it doesn’t save with an HTML page… :(Will Central fix that?Google’s cache can do it – sometimes, it seems – why can’t our clients?

  20. Leland says:

    I would like to see some central apps that are actually useful. The problem I see with traditional applications now is that they end up being bloatware doesn’t play nice with anything else running on your system. They try to do it all instead of working with other apps to some degree to create a more integrated environment. If Central can alleviate some of that it might be successful. Or it might turn out to be a huge joke…Generator anyone?

  21. Nick Vent says:

    Does MM asking this question imply that MM did not efficiently research the need for ocassionally connected computing?i think MM should be putting out whitepapers on uses/benifits of OCC & central, not asking its developer community for ideas.the lack of technical promotion of centrals makes me wonder how the product was evaluated.In my opnion i think MM feels the developers are happy with the flash mx product..which we are, now MM needs to make the non techie ppl happy… so we get flash paper, central … both products which look better on marketing material than reality. wha use is (flash) paper if u can keep a copy?If mm wants to tap into occ & desktop apps they need to make a better projector/exe wrapper for swfs or a library for use with traditonal desktop programming environments. theyve clearly showd an interest (mesh asked a while back about ppl playing with c# embedding swf etc) and i think will soon give screenweaver, swf studio etc a competing product.from what ive seen…when mesh asks a question he usualy is thinking of a product… whether its a component on drk, the mm news aggregator or something else…btw: love the speed improvement in F7 and really hope the IDE library has a search by symbol id function…nick

  22. Ahmet Zorlu says:

    It would be hard to comment without knowing the capabilities of MM Central (afaik, it’s still at a closed beta status). I understand that most of the functionality will depend on consuming Web Services and serialization/deserialization of data (occasionaly connected computing). I would like to know how Central differs from Microsoft’s Smart Client apps.http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/using/building/windows/analystreports/smartclient.aspxI know what it possible to do with VS .NET (and how easy it is), but have no idea about Central API.Best of luck,

  23. Ali Mills says:

    What type of applications do I want to see built for Central…Well, I’m working on a project for a well-funded company right now for which I can envision a great use of Central. I’ve actually been stalling development with hopes that Central will be released (or that I might find work on the MM Central team) so that I can prototype something for them.The client is a race timing company. They host international triathlons. The type of application that I would like to build/prototype for them is an online/offline piece of timing software. I hope that Central will allow me to create a data entry interface (it’s Flash, so why not) and then save the entered data to the user’s machine (more data than an SO). I would also like the ability to load Excel (or Excel output) files into Central. Ideally, when the user’s machine detects that it is online (onConnect??), Central will allow me to upload/sync the user’s data with the main race server.I suppose, than, that I want a race timing application that works with the machine’s file system… But then, I’d also want to build it.

  24. Scott Barnes says:

    Stuff, lots of it :)- Aggregators- Mail-List software- Mini-CMS hooks to blogs (ie Moveable Type)- Bug Tracker- Issue Tracker- Project Manager for web oriented app development.

  25. How about a “blog/comment post manager” that would keep track of all the comment threads on various blogs that you have posted to and notify you of the thread activity?For example, I read so many blogs that its nearly impossible to keep up with the threads/posts that I am interested in following – bookmarks help, but require too much work for temporary discussions.If someone could heal this pain, I would gladly pay for the app.

  26. RCory says:

    I deal with online photos and have provided our users with a fancy slide show in Flash. Using Central I would like our customers to be able to continue enjoying their slide show if they disconnect.

  27. KappaDiva says:

    geez, and I was gonna consider using this as a platform for a critically useful suggestion, but it instead turned out to be the pissing ground for the critically nerdy and dweeby…boy, I guess too much time in front of the screen is bad — for your attitudes

  28. Mike says:

    Offline e-learning would be nice….Allowing courses to be completed offline and have the results/data sent back in a few moments when they go back online – which I pretty much assume is well within the capabilities/key-roles of Central.Like Ali above – I’m stalling people waiting for the release – got a gov. institution crying out for learning objects that can be completed offline. Can’t tell you the interest it generated when I mentioned that this wasn’t so far fetched….

  29. OPEN says:

    I would like to give Macromedia all of my ideas so MM can have the “chosen” developers make them.In fact I would like to give you requirement documents also.What else would Macromedia like for free?As I have stated in the past Central is great for Macromedia it’s not so great for the rest of us.Don’t Purchase, Don’t Upgrade

  30. OPEN says:

    macromedia has turned into a sucked orange!

  31. Ali Mills says:

    Trying to get a better grasp on what people who have thought about rich clients longer than me might think is a good idea, I headed over to Adam Bosworth’s blog (http://www.adambosworth.net/). Adam suggests that Central type apps are good solutions to problems that require offline access and a push of information. He then goes on to give an example of such an app. His example is an online/offline calender. I like the idea!If Macromedia could build a solid online/offline calender that’s designed to be extended, I would be happy to pay for it. After buying it I can imagine extending it into a lot of things. The first thing that I would extend it into would help me track projects and tasks.Macromedia should build Central software that can be easily extended by non-Macromedia developers.

  32. Ali Mills says:

    One more thing…How about making some apps that run in Central *excactly* how they would run on a cell phone?That way, Central users could view it as the base station for all of the applications running on their Symbian OS powered cell phones?For some application ideas check out http://www.odopod.com/fca(frames).html.

  33. mike chambers says:

    >Central is capable of… what?You can find information on Macromedia Central at:http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/central/http://www.macromedia.com/software/central/http://www.markme.com/mesh/archives/002978.cfmYou can think of it as an environment optimized for running desktop like Flash applications.>Can it save HTML embedded flash.I am not exactly sure what you mean here. You can download and cache external assets (such as XML, and images). As far as the HTML that contains the actual Flash application, that does not apply to Central as it does not use HTML to display the applications. The applications are displayed directly within Central.Hope that helps…mike chambersmesh@macromedia.com

  34. mike chambers says:

    >Why do MM think we would have to give them all the ideas so they can develop them in our back ?Notice that I asked what apps do you want to see built, not which apps do you want to build yourself.mike chambersmesh@macromedia.com

  35. mike chambers says:

    >I want a single ActionScript API for data, that doesnt care if it is remote or local.We do have an API for downloading and caching remote data / assets. The first time it is called it will downlaod and cache the data. After that, it will load it from the cache.>My clients will brows remote data, store on there laptops, and then show it unplugged in presentations. Is this what central will solve?Yes, this will be possible within Central.Note, this is based on the current beta and plans, and could change before final release.mike chambersmesh@macromedia.com

  36. mike chambers says:

    >I would like to make apps with Central that don’t need to be in a Central-like environment. What I’ve seen so far is Central as a shell around apps. ‘Well, instead of thinking of Central as a shell, I would think of it more as an environment for running applications.The environment includes a rich API that make it easier to develop the app, have it work on and offline, distribute, update, and communicate with other apps.mike chambersmesh@macromedia.com

  37. mike chambers says:

    >Does MM asking this question imply that MM did not efficiently research the need for ocassionally connected computing?I think this is the first time I have heard people complain that we are asking for too much feedback from users!>i think MM should be putting out whitepapers on uses/benifits of OCC & central, not asking its developer community for ideas.See:http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/central/>the lack of technical promotion of centrals makes me wonder how the product was evaluated.Well, we are still in beta, but are being much more open with details that any other Macromedia beta has in the past.http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/central/http://www.macromedia.com/software/central/http://www.markme.com/mesh/archives/002978.cfmmike chambersmesh@macromedia.com

  38. mike chambers says:

    >I would like to know how Central differs from Microsoft’s Smart Client apps.Good article, thanks for the link. One way that it differs is that Central will allow you to deploy your application to multiple platforms. Initially we will roll out with Windows and OSX versions, and plan for additional versions after that. Since Central is based on the Flash Player code, any operating system / environment that has a Flash player is a candidate to port Central to.In fact, this is acknowledged in the article when it states that if you do not know the deployment platform, or need to deploy to multiple platforms, then you should use a browser based model. This surprised me a little, because the entire article talked about the advantages of a Central like environment over browser based apps.mike chambersmesh@macromedia.com

  39. thinman says:

    A blog flamer that would let us mark messages to be flamed then publicly flog the whiners who cry about MM and the evolution of a great company..Like marking a message “this is spam” in a yahoo mailbox.

  40. topachou says:

    Ryan Terry : moron! (Is it right, now?)I guess your a native american, very proud of your country and your spelling. Well, keep going…

  41. Interactiv says:

    Hi,Is there documentation on using all the new built-in mx. classes?

  42. Interactiv says:

    Hi,Is there documentation on using all the new built-in mx. classes?