Jan
15
2015

In September 2013, Adobe announced that they would be discontinuing the CS Extension Builder and would replace it with a new development framework based on HTML5 and JavaScript. CEP technology allows developers to build extensions that can run across all Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) platform. Clearly, this is a significant win for plug-in and extension developers as it cuts down on development time and resources. However, as plug-in developers move legacy plug-ins from CS 5.5/CS6 to CC and CC14, they must keep in mind several issues before the plug-ins can be ported to CEP extensions. Last quarter, we have helped our clients to adapt this change by integrating the latest web frameworks like AngularJS with extensions, thereby following a strict MVC driven approach as used to be the case with C++ plug-ins. We have structured the extension in a way that it can be extended to use with multiple apps. This, we have achieved by architecting app-specific implementations separately and creating a core services layer. As an example, one of our new extensions is running seamlessly in InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator and InCopy.

Oct
14
2011

Do you have a strategy roadmap for your mobile needs? If not, is mobile on your mind?

Smartphones, tablets and mobile internet devices are redefining the user data and information consumption paradigm.  Consumers and corporate workforces are leveraging the proliferation of 24×7 connectivity and large screen/compute power to enable enterprise access, social media access and information access like never before. The first wave of mobile apps were about putting great UI, interactivity and branded experience in the hands of the consumer. Now, it is about connecting the dots – mobile, web, cloud and UI technologies coming together to create solutions that empower the mobile user/worker.

Aug
4
2011

Last week, Adobe released a preview of its HTML5 editor, “EDGE”. Early critics have pointed out the cumbersome UI and adobe lovers have pointed out the familiarity with flash development environment. It remains to be seen if Adobe will go on to dominate HTML5 tools given that for once they don’t control the HTMl5 standard (and may even be lagging behind on few counts) and till they acquired MacroMedia, they were indeed lagging behind even on website development tools (remember the Dreaweaver v/s GoLive no show) ?

However, one thing is certain – the impact of Apple refusing to support flash on its iPhone/iPAD devices has hurt the flash dominance of web rich media content.  Apple’s march towards global domination is led by necessities, apple has always been into developing product for its customers that supplies high intelligence at the cost of least power, and hence criticizing flash is a natural reaction.  What has not helped is adobe’s lack of aggressive evangelism of flash players on emergent android smart-phone and tablets. Instead, adobe may have tried to push away smart-phone OEMs with a licensing based business model for flash player which has further pushed users into adopting HTML5 as the lingua franca of mobile rich media.

Jul
18
2011

InDesign Project Details – Pariksha has worked on InDesign CS4, CS5, CS5.5 on Windows and Mac environments and used their C++, JavaScript and Flex SDK to develop various applications.   Some of them are given below

  • Automating the Publishing workflow for one of the major Publishing company.  This involved development of InDesign Plug-ins to support Interactive Media within InDesign e.g. Audio, Video, Slide Shows etc.  Exporting of InDesign files to a proprietary format which was then used by a publishing application (developed in AIR) to Design Magzines and publish them on Web.
  • An application for a InDesign Product company that helps user to manage various page item positions by measuring their position and distances relative to other page items.
  • An application for end Customer to manage their InDesign Templates and generate InDesign files on demand by picking up a particular Template and filing it with the data specified separately in an XML file.
Jul
18
2011

Flex Project Details  – Pariksha has developed various rich internet applications using Flex.  Some of them include

  • A Video Asset Management System that allows users to manage their videos on cloud.  They can import, search, browse, catalog, export, Share the videos on various social media sites and also run a 24*7 online TV channel.
  • A Security Monitoring System that allows remote monitoring of the videos from various cameras installed.
  • A Graphical Reporting Tool that allows the Management to review the status of various Customers, Projects and Employee Tasks through drill down Pie and Bar charts with filtering.

The projects we are planning to work on include

Jul
8
2011

These days, increasing number of enterprises are using e-forms to perform many important tasks and achieve results. These forms can include simple forms where users are required to leave their email address and a message to multi-page complex forms that include calculations and logic. Though most of the e-forms are designed in HTML along with JavaScript, many other technologies such as Adobe LiveCycle forms are becoming popular.

Adobe LiveCycle Designer is a desktop tool that allows you to create and deploy the dynamic and interactive forms based upon XML forms. This Adobe designer is a WSIWYG tool where you are just required to drag and drop the fields onto the form. This tool also provides features to bind form fields into data sources including web services, XML Schema, and ODBC data providers. It helps the developers to integrate the visual designing process to integrate smoothly with existing data infrastructures and enterprise technologies.

Jun
30
2011

Adobe LiveCycle forms is the excellent applications introduced by Adobe under its ES2 module. While searching for a reliable, cost-effective and secure application to extend our core business processes, I found this application very suitable to our enterprise’s requirements. Once I started exploring this option, I become fond of it. I can use it as PDF form designer or can create and deploy XML-based templates as HTML forms or as Flash guided experience. If you are interested in such an excellent application, read more.

The Adobe LiveCycle forms applications can be easily accessed using Adobe Reader® or Flash® Player software or web browsers. You can use to capture data and integrate it directly into the back-end systems of your organization and streamlining format-driven business processes. In addition, it also help s improves the data accuracy.

Jun
2
2011

Increasing number of software manufacturers is shifting their “Software as a service” portfolio towards RIA. RIAs are offering more convenience, enhanced functionality and saving the resources. The main reasons why these manufacturers are making this shift is there is no install efforts, truly cross platform and new business models based on SaaS.

As of the earlier scenario, it was a quite complex job to distribute software within a company. It meant lots of efforts for installing and maintenance. In addition, it involved huge investments.  However, things are changing and different now since business software practices are changing for good.  Most of the business software manufacturers are developing business software as ERP, logistics, SCM and more and distributing them on internet leveraging the advantages of Software as a service models.

May
31
2011

Search engines do not index Flash content, as they cannot extract usual content such as text and links from the Flash files.  Search results do not show much of the Flash content, which is quite frustrating for the web developers who work hard to get their Flash web pages indexed and ranked in the search results.  However, things now are changing as Adobe and Google are working together to get this hitch removed away.

Since Google is launching a “deep algorithm change”, it can seek pages, which earlier could not be tracked.  Moreover, Adobe is supplying the Flash reader technology that helps read Flash files and extract text and links from it.  It helps in better indexing and ranking.

Let us learn some details about how this works. In addition, there are some caveats that you should know because some developers think it as a kind of magic wand which frees them of any work that goes in ensuring that their Flash applications are search engine friendly.

May
30
2011

UI or User Interface refers to the face of the machine or the product that user looks, touches or hear to. It is the medium of interaction between the user and the machine.  For instance in a website, the UI is the display and layout of the webpage. UI of any product is directly related to its look and design. Keeping all other factors aside, we can say design of the UI  has a direct impact on ROI. How? Let us    have an insight on this issue.

Design is a term that does not have a set definition. It is difficult to quantify or describe it.   The value of a design depends upon the views and thoughts of the onlooker or the user. In the same manner, the value of UI depends upon the users.  Does it have any economic benefits? Certainly yes!