The Web Standards Project and Dreamweaver MX

Dreamweaver is a tool that has been in my toolbox since its 1.0 version. From the start Dreamweaver was a lot better than its competitors. I could easily mention a lot of HTML editors that never have gotten as close to rendering good HTML as Dreamweaver. But the tool was far from perfect. John made me aware of the work of the Dreamweaver Task Force, which is a project of The Web Standards Project (WaSP). WaSP worked together with Macromedia on the latest version of their HTML editor, Dreamweaver MX. […]

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Interesting rebuttal to the ADTI whitepaper

The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (AdTI) has published its white paper entitled “Opening the Open Source Debate”. A white paper I have commented on before, especially the funding of AdTI is interesting, this to me is obviously a white paper paid for in full by Microsoft. David Skoll of Roaring Penguin Software has written a very interesting rebutal to the whitepaper, more or less taking the whole white paper apart. Microsoft might want to have their money back for this one.. Roaring Penguin comments on the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution’s

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Software: PixFont 2.0 – an easy way to create Pixel Fonts for Flash

PixFont 2.0 made by the russian company Kgroup is a small TrueType Font to TrueType Pixel font converter. The application fixes the problem with the default smoothing of fonts in Flash. Cresk reports that the program says its not a valid Win32 application on his Windows 2000 Professional machine, it seemed to work ok on my W2K machine. But the program seems a little tickelish about how it is run. A partly disabled version of PixFont 2.0 is available for download from Kgroup, a full version will set you back

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Adobe LiveMotion in trouble?

In its rumors section, C|Net write that LiveMotion is going through rough times at Adobe. Elsewhere in Silicon Valley, people are wondering what happened to Adobe’s ambition to best Macromedia’s Flash animation software with its own LiveMotion software. Rumors grinding through the mill suggest that ambition has clashed with reality in recent months, resulting in a major reorganization of the LiveMotion group, including deep layoffs. I must say John Dowdell was gracious enough to just quote Adobe CEO Bruce Chitzen as saying “It’s clear Macromedia has done a good job

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1st Movement Flash RSS Reader

Phil’s initial work on a Flash RSS reader has spawned another great Flash based RSS reader. Ming Chan has made a Multiblog Flash RSS Reader, it allows you to read three weblogs at a time, save your three favorite weblogs using the Flash MX shareobject, and refresh the feed to update the newsfeed. Ming says he will be working on adding automatic refresh of the feeds every x minutes, UI enhancements like rollover effect that shows actual external links, font sizes, colours, font types etc. And the ability to delete

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Open Source = Bad security?

In the paper “Opening the Open Source Debate”, scheduled to be released friday by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, there are claims that Open-Source leads to less secure software than with proprietary software. The report warns goverments against relying on Open-Source software for national security. What is interesting is that Microsoft funds the Washington based think-tank. The Register – Open source invites terrorism – study: We imagine the argument will have to go something like this: Microsoft software is safer because the company carefully conceals its security flaws; thus evil

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Studio MX shipping, dirt cheap

An amazing package of software was made available on the Macromedia site today (Studio MX press release). Macromedia Studio MX is a software package that includes includes Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX, Macromedia FreeHand 10, and a developer edition of Macromedia ColdFusion MX Server. The whole package is selling for US $799, pretty impressive concidering that the Flash 5 authoring tool was sold for $399 when it first shipped, and the price for Macromedia Flash MX is US $499. The package includes everything you need to

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Opera not so safe after all

Opera is a browser that I have often mentioned whenever vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer has been published (which happens a lot more often than I comment on it, but thats a digression). But all was not good in the paradise of the Opera browser I found out today. The Register writes: vulnerability in Opera 6.01 and 6.02 for Windows allows a malicious Web site to grab any file off a client’s local drive with ease, GreyMagic Software has discovered. That’s the bad news. The good news is that affects only

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