I have to chime in with my fellow Adobe bloggers and express my excitement about the merger between Macromedia and Adobe. This is going to be one heck of a combination. Now we can concentrate on unifying our technologies instead of trying to grab market shares from each other.

It was kind of strange to see MACR drop off the face of my yahoo page this morning, but it will live on under ADBE from now on.

A hearty welcome to all the new folks from San Francisco!

Networks and Entertainment finally converging?

Wowzers – talk about an interesting acquisition: Cisco Systems, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.. So the home and corporate networking giant buys one of the biggest players in the set-top boxes (the devices that deliver your satellite/cable signal to your TV) market.

This and Microsoft’s announcement to support CableCARD next year, should set the stage for a nice battle in your living room.

Javascript award of the month goes to …

JS/UIX – a Un*x-like OS for browsers, written entirely in JavaScript. And, no, I’m not kidding. This is what I can see in Firefox:

JS/UX in browser

PS: I know that Slashdot ran the story in June 2005, but I haven’t seen it yet.

Light Field Photography – no more blurry photos

I read about this at www.spiegel.de today and thought it would be useful to reference here. Ren Ng at Stanford Univeristy writes in his paper titled Light Field Photography with a Hand-Held Plenoptic Camera about a “camera that samples the 4D light field on its sensor in a single photographic exposure”. The result is a photograph that can be “sharpened” at different depths after the photograph has been taken. Ren has quite a number of sample movies on his web site that show the effect of moving the focusing plane. I like the Water (link to .wmv file) in particular.

Is that going to make “Unsharp Mask” in Photoshop obsolete?

Photoshop CS2 @ “Der Spiegel”

Jamiri who does comics for Spiegel Online on a regular basis seems to have received his copy of Photoshop CS2 and used it in one of his latest comics.

And for those of you who don’t speak German:
page 1:
“Who is this guy? He looks exactly like you!”
“Yes. Amazing, isn’t it?”
page 2:
“He was a freebie with Photoshop CS2.”
“Stop that.”

Photos on TV anyone?

As mentioned before, I work in an area called “Digital Home” where we try to see to what extent Adobe can play a role in the wired home of the future.
Photos and especially digital photos play an important enabling role in this environment. I strongly believe that once people have seen their favorite photos on a large-screen TV set from the comfort of their couch, it will be hard to go back to the den and have everybody grouped around a 19″ computer monitor to review photos.

I’m curious if readers of blogs.adobe.com already have systems in place that allow them to view photos on a TV set. And if you are in the lucky position, what do you like and dislike about your setup?

Are you using:

Personally I have experiemented with a number of devices connected to a Samsung 56″ DLP. A Gateway FMC-901X Mediacenter PC (now discontiuned), a Mac mini (unfortunately have to use mouse/keyboard to interact), an original TiVo Series 2 PVR with the Home Media Option (which got disconnected, because it did not do HD recordings) and a Linksys WMA11B media adapter. I also hooked up Canon and Nikon digital cameras directly to the TV set.

While all of the solutions about have nice features, I would not consider any of them the ultimate solution.

So, do you have the ultimate solution?

Create Adobe PDF Online does IPP

This is way cool! A few years ago I thought it would be nice to be able to convert documents on the Create Adobe PDF Online (http://createpdf.adobe.com/) web service from your desktop directly. The Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) has been around for a few years and I was just told that the fine folks on createpdf.adobe.com have released it to the world.

Using IPP, you can create a printer instance on your Windows system that points to the online service. No need to have conversion software on your desktop and no need to upload the file to the web service through a browser.
I just went through the installation steps detailed on the createpdf web site and below you’ll see a screenshot of what I saw when I printed a sample page.

The top half shows the printers on my system and the bottom half shows the list of jobs for the “Create Adobe PDF Online” printer. About 30 secs later I received an email with a PDF attachment for the print job.

Great work guys!

[Edited 2005-08-20 per comments below – looks like MacOS can’t do IPP over an SSL connection, that’s why it does not work on the Mac at the moment – thanks Amit!]

create adobe pdf online does ipp

Hello world

tobias hoellrich Yes, I do feel bad that you had to look at an empty blog for the last few days – sorry about that!

I’m the guy on the right hand side (did I really post the first photo on blogs.adobe.com?). Originally from Munich, Germany, I started working for Adobe Systems Europe in Amsterdam in 1994. There I supported European printer OEMs and taught PostScript classes all over Europe. After three years I moved to the US and began working on web-hosted applications. Create Adobe PDF Online was one of my first creations a few years ago and I’m happy that it is still going strong. At the moment I’m looking at the Digital Home space and try to figure out what role (if any) Adobe could play in your living room. I work out of my home office in Santa Fe, NM.

I have a (borderline obsessive) passion for photography and an unquenchable thirst for gadgetry (don’t tell my wife!).

And that also defines the mix that I hope to provide here in this blog. Thanks for tuning in!