Monday, November 17, 2008

Customized web/desktop hybrid apps with EarthBrowser and AIR 1.5

Adobe AIR 1.5 is being released. It uses the SquirrelFish Javascript accelerator which is really cool. With the upcoming EarthBrowser Javascript API, having a fast Javascript engine will make it much easier to create not only customizable web applications with the EarthBrowser virtual globe embedded, but also a customizable desktop app using your same code base with the ability to work offline and have hooks into an embedded database.

What the? Creating your own AJAX style web app with the EarthBrowser API will be just a small step away from creating your own desktop application with your geo-content.

More on this later.

Live blogging Adobe MAX show

For some reason I'm off the Adobe feed aggregator, which is a bit of a bummer but I'll post about what's going on anyway.

Adobe Flash Catalyst? Don't know what it is yet but it's just been announced alongside Flash and Flex Builder.

Announcing an association with U2's Red initiative called Red Wire. Five bucks a month seems like a lot, at least for me, for an online news magazine. Goes to a very good cause though.

So far my favorite part was getting the high score on the free Asteroids machine in the lobby (19,710). Old School.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Showing off EarthBrowser Web Plugin at MAX

EarthBrowser was chosen as one of the finalists for Adobe Rich Internet Application of the year, I am very honored by the selection.

Please vote for EarthBrowser for the People's Choice Award (near the bottom):
http://adobemax08.com/na/experience/#?s=5&p=3

I've been working very hard to get the EarthBrowser Javascript API ready to show off at Adobe MAX next week. The API is nearly done and it is much more powerful than I first imagined it. With it you can put EarthBrowser directly on your website and control every aspect of the user interface, globe, camera, clock from a HTML script tag. It understands KML, JSON, XML, AMF and even Shapefiles with projected coordinates (I ported the proj.4 library to Actionscript). There is also the ability to smoothly animate features based on time coordinates for which I gave a Google "tech talk" about in July.

I've put up a small with the demo that I plan on showing off at MAX.
Please take a look here

All of that demo is written in Javascript in a couple of days. I'll be releasing the API documents and a free non-commercial license keys in the next few weeks when I've put the final polish on it.

Special thanks to Lucian Plesea for the help with the OnEarth WMS layer help and a big thanks to Peter Minton for his great work on the island shapefile dataset.