App Has Something for Every Interest

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-05-18 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 "Whether you're curious about entertainment, politics, science or sports, this application has something for every interest and allows users to interact with one of the year's most anticipated magazine issues as well as the rich archive of TIME content," said Josh Tyrangiel, managing editor of TIME.com.

"The TIME 100 application extends the magazine's connection to readers by providing the list of the world's most influential people in a new, compelling Web experience outside the browser," Michele Turner, vice president of product marketing for the Flash Platform at Adobe, said in a statement. "Because the application is built using the Adobe Flash Platform and powered by Adobe AIR, anyone using Windows, Mac or Linux computers can access the rich, interactive AIR application, while HP TouchSmart PC users can navigate the TIME 100 list on AIR with the touch of the finger."

Satjiv Chahil, senior  vice  president of  worldwide  marketing  in HP's Personal Systems Group,  said, "The HP TouchSmart brings the world's most influential people literally within reach with the touch-enabled TIME 100 application on Adobe AIR. The HP TouchSmart screen welcomes the tech savvy and tech shy alike as just a touch, tap or swipe motion is all that's necessary to explore the richness of the Time 100 designees in high definition."

Yet another AIR-based application, AccuWeather.com, empowers its AccuWeather.com Stratus weather widget with Adobe AIR software.

"We're very happy to work with a revolutionary technology like Adobe AIR," said Jim Candor, senior vice president of New Media for AccuWeather.com. "Adobe AIR is particularly exciting because it gives us another way to engage all kinds of users, regardless of the operating system they use."

"As part of the Adobe Flash Platform, Adobe AIR allows developers to use proven Web technologies to design and build compelling applications and widgets that extend outside the browser to provide a persistent connection with users," said Adrian Ludwig, group product marketing manager for Adobe AIR in the Platform Business Unit at Adobe. "It's great to see innovative companies like AccuWeather.com use Adobe AIR to create a branded application that works the same on Windows, Mac and Linux machines, and that provides users the convenience and features only a desktop application can provide."

The AccuWeather.com Status application appears as a small transparent button that can be set to white or dark text for best legibility depending on screen background. The application gives day and night same-day forecasts, and has a fly-out panel that provides five-day forecasts, AccuWeather officials said. All forecasts include sky-condition icons and high and low temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit and can link to AccuWeather.com for more details. Moreover, users can store up to 65,000 locations and toggle between selected locations by clicking on the place name. 

 




 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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