May 17, 2007

Apollo gets kuler: Color RIA lands on desktop

I’m pleased to report that kuler, Adobe’s Web-hosted application for exploring, creating and sharing color harmonies, can now be accessed from your desktop via Adobe’s Apollo technology. After a sneak peek at the CS3 launch event, the "kuler desktop" is now available for download on Adobe Labs, along with the required Apollo Runtime environment.
The kuler desktop offers the same RSS feed functionality as the kuler Dashboard widget but with a new form factor (see quick clip of it in action). Users can view RSS feeds of the highest rated, most popular, and newest themes from the kuler site, search the thousands of titled and tagged themes, search by kuler user name, and copy theme hex values to the clipboard.

For other cool Apollo bits, check out the technology showcase on Labs.

Note: By default, kuler installed itself on my Mac using my user Applications directory, rather than in the root Applications directory that I normally use.  This isn’t a big deal, and you can easily change the install location, but I mention it in case you find yourself wondering where the app has been installed.

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