Software

Foundation KR – Inspiration from Web Evolutionists

There are few sites that I visit for web development and entrepreneurial inspiration; however, one of them sticks out in my mind that I feel is definitely worthy of writing a post about. The site that I am referring to is called ‘Foundation’. The URL is http://www.foundation.kr/.

It’s kind of funny that I get excited when I see a new episode has been released.

foundation.kr

So, what is foundation? Foundation is a simple video site where the creator, Kevin Rose, interviews popular web entrepreneur and CEO’s of popular Web Apps. In case you have never heard of Kevin, I’ll give you a little insight into who he is. Kevin Rose was the co-founder of the popular Digg.com. He is also an angel investor and now recently an employee with the brilliant minds at Google. He used to host a show called Diggnation, where him and his buddy would drink beer and talk about the hottest stories on Digg. It may sound dumb, but it was actually really entertaining :)

Anyway, Foundation is a collection of great web entrepreneurial interviews. As a web developer myself, I tend to get tied down with my position at work and feel that I am working a repetitive position that has no hopes of showing great success. Well, this web series has definitely given me new hope. Kevin Rose has interviewed several great minds including the creators of Twitter, Instragram, Ustream, and many more amazing people including Tim Ferris.

One of the things that I love about this video series is that you can tell the conversations and interviews are genuine, honest, and of course inspirational. If you are interested in coming up with new web ideas or love building new web applications you will definitely be a fan of this great show. So, be sure to head on over to http://www.foundation.kr/ and meet the minds behind some great web apps.

Adobe Edge Animation with Video

So, it seems that Adobe has realized that HTML5 will rule and conquer a lot of aspects for the future of web. Adobe has released a new product called Adobe Edge which allows users to create animation in a nice WYSIWYG editor and then they save it as HTML, CSS, and Javascript. My first impression of the application was a good impression. I was a fan of Flash in the past; however, I was totally understanding of the reasons they were not widely accepted on Mobile Devices.

Here is a screenshot of the new Adobe Edge application:

You can get a free copy of Adobe Edge over at their website. http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/edge/ Go ahead and download it and give it a try.

After I downloaded it, I watched this simple getting started video: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adc-presents/edge-getting-started and then after watching the video, I created my first animation of a video container sliding down and then a video being displayed after the animation has completed.

Check it out here:

Adobe Edge Animation with Video

or, you can

Download the files here

Enjoy ;)

Get Your Copy of FireFox 4

FireFox version 4 was released near the end of March and shows some promising colors. As expected the new version of Firefox includes specific types of improvements including a ‘New Look’ and ‘Super Speed’. Make sure you head over to http://www.getfirefox.com and update to the latest version of FireFox.

Here are a list of the additional features that you will get with the latest release of FireFox:

Awesome Bar – The address bar, or ‘Awesome Bar’ is an improved URL bar where it will learn your preferences over time. The Awesome Bar will remember your preferences from the past and previous history and try and guess exactly where it is that you are trying to navigate. Additionally, the Awesome Bar is located below the tabs, so that way you can focus your attention on the website you are currently on.

 

Tabs – Access your latest visited sites in the tab interface. If you have common sites that you like to keep open, you can pin them to the browser and they will show up in a smaller tab. Also, if you accidentally closed a tab, you can easily open up recently closed tabs from the History Menu.

 

Stay in Sync – FireFox 4 makes it is easier to sync your mobile FireFox with your desktop FireFox. By syncing your devices you’ll be able to take advantage of managing many of the FireFox features such as Password Manager and Form Completion all in one place.

 

Easy Search – The built-in FireFox easy search allows you to choose a default search engine of your choice. Simply enter in your search keywords and you can take advantage of search suggestions, smart keyword, and location-aware browsing.

 

Getting Organized – With the new FireFox 4 One-click bookmarking, getting organized has never been easier. Saving all your favorite websites is only a click-away.

 

Additionally along with all the above features, you will also notice an improvement in performance, security, and personalization. So, be sure to head on over to FireFox and update yourself to the latest version ;)

Find all your latest TV Shows via torrent

If you love watching TV shows and hate it when you miss an episode. Or even if you want to catch up on the latest TV Shows, well then, TV Shows for Mac OSX is the place for you to download all your latest shows. Head on over to http://embercode.com/tvshows/ and download the ‘TV Shows’ App and start downloading your favorite shows!

With TV Shows, you can subscribe to your latest shows. By subscribing the Application will detect when a new episode in your subscription has been aired and become available. You will be notified when a new episode is available for download. Just click download and you will have the latest episode very shortly.

Of course you are going to need a torrent downloader. There are several out there. One of the most popular torrent clients is an app called Transmission, which can be download here: http://www.transmissionbt.com/

With TV Shows you can also choose to download previous episodes of your show.

When you click subscribe, just choose where you would like to start your subscription. You can choose to start from the next episode aired, or you can choose to start from any previous episode and it will automatically schedule the next aired episode as well. So, be sure to get this awesome application!

Download Here

BlindType – The Virtual Keyboard of the Future

If you thought your skills at typing on the iPhone or iPad couldn’t get any faster you are terribly wrong. BlindType is a new company that has built an impressive predictive type software. This software will most likely be available on mobile platforms such as the iOS and the Android. This responsive software corrects the most obtrusive words any user types. The BlindType software takes only 150 milliseconds to process a word; as opposed to the industry standard of 200 milliseconds. If that doesn’t sound impressive enough check out the following video for a live demo of this awesome new software:

This video received over 300,000 views within the first week. So, it’s very apparent that the hype on this new ‘type’ software is well worth mentioning. The details about when this software will be released is still unknown; however, with this video we get a sneak peak at what’s in store for the future.

You can check out the BlindType software homepage at: http://blindtype.com/. Alternatively, to learn more about BlindType you can read this post provided by SingularityHub: http://singularityhub.com/2010/07/29/exclusive-i-used-blindtype-virtual-keyboard-of-the-future/

Firefox 4 Beta 1 Release Available

So long has it been since the last release of Firefox. Well, now the latest version 4.0 is in its 1st beta release stage. Since all the hype lately about HTML 5 and compatible browsers, it now seems almost essential to have a good HTML 5 rating to be considered an Elite browser. Another great thing about Firefox version 4 is the minimal amount of space the header bar takes up. The header bar of Firefox 4 looks very similar in height to the header used in Chrome. Other than just physical appearance of the release there are so many other great features.

In the new release there is a new Add-ons manager. In this Add-ons manager, you will be able to get new extensions, edit current extensions, add/edit Firefox themes, and add/edit plug-ins. You will be able to update all your plug-ins/add-ons at once. Additionally there are filtering options for viewing or editing your current add-ons. To open the Add-ons manager goto Firefox->Customize->Add-ons.

Firefox 4 also supports WebM and HD video and there are also several new privacy settings that were put into this new release.

A few more of the Developer features include WebSockets, HTML 5 Support, JetPack SDK for building Firefox Add-ons, advanced CSS 3 support, Web Console, and Indexed DB.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new release, be sure to head on over to:  http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-rc.html

AutoRun a File from a USB Drive

When you insert a USB drive into your PC, you will be prompted to open the folder. Alternatively, you can specify for the user to be presented with different options. Say, for instance a user inserts a USB drive and you want the user to be prompted with a message that says “Run this application”, and once the user clicks they will run a file that you have specified. To perform this functionality, you need to create a new file called autorun.inf. To do this you’ll have to open up a simple text editor such as notepad and add the following code:

 
[autorun]
icon=iconfile.ico
open=file.exe
label=The text label of the drive
action=Run... This application

You will obviously insert your own filenames respectively in place of ‘iconfile.ico, file.exe, … etc…’

Now save this file to the root directory of your USB drive and save the filename as “autorun.inf”.

When the USB drive is inserted you will receive a pop-up that prompts the user if they would like to ‘Run… This application’ or whatever text you enter as your action. Unfortunately, this autorun feature may only work on PC machines.

If you instead wish to execute an html file the following code will be used instead:

 
[autorun]
icon=iconfile.ico
ShellExecute=file_name.html
label=The text label of the drive
action=Run... This application

Code Igniter – A Great Web Application Framework

There are many open source PHP frameworks available on the web today; however, many of them provide a lot of overhead and are pretty hefty. When a traditional CMS such as Joomla or WordPress has made you find limitations that you would like to break free from, it may be time to Choose a PHP framework. A few popular PHP frameworks include CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Horde, QcodoSeagull, Symfony, Zend Framework, and many more. One of the more elite frameworks… As you can probably tell by the title of this post… is CodeIgniter!

CodeIgniter weighs in at a little over 2lbs (pounds being megabytes). This lightweight Open Source Framework does exactly as it says, it helps you write kick-ass PHP programs. CodeIgniter has, as any other framework, a little learning curve; although, if you are familiar with the latest content management systems and you posses a decent knowledge of PHP then you will be on your way to creating some sweet new web apps.

You can be guaranteed that if you go with this PHP framework you will get an excellent community of users willing to help you build your apps. The website also has tons of documentation and video tutorials. They even have a video tutorial that will teach you how to create a web blog in about 20 minutes. Fantastic!

When you download the framework you will also have their documentation at your fingertips. The framework download includes a User Guide that will help you get started. So, if you are tired of your average typical CMS, and you need to break the chains and open your programming skills to an endless opportunity of functionality and awesomeness then be sure to head over to the CodeIgniter Page and check out what they have to offer!

Prism – A great way to make web apps… desktop apps

If you have used a Mac before you may have used fluid, where you can turn web apps into Mac desktop apps; however, if you are on a PC you would need to download Prism.

Prism will create a desktop, start menu, or quick launch bar icon. All you need to do is double click the application icon and your desktop web app will be launched.

When you download the zip archive, unzip it, open up prism.exe, and you’ll get the following screen:

Prism App Screenshot

Simply enter in the URL, give it a name, select options, and select where you would like to place the icon. Finally press ‘OK’ and your Prism app has been created. You can create desktop apps for Pandora, Gmail, or any other web page you constantly visit.

Turning web apps into desktop apps could not be easier. Make sure to visit the official prism page and start creating your Prism Apps!

3d in Photoshop CS5

Adobe Photoshop CS5 has an awesome new feature. That’s right 3d! in the photoshop canvas. Here are the few things that you can do with 3d in photoshop: Create 3D logos and artwork from any text layer, selection, path, or layer mask with Adobe Repoussé technology. Twist, rotate, extrude, bevel, and inflate your designs. Check out this quick vid below to see a quick representation of these new features. For a full list of new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 be sure to head on over to adobe at http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/photoshopextended/whatsnew/index.html