Referral Key IS the Next Big Thing!

12 08 2011

Referral Key is a business networking utility that helps people manage their trusted referral relationships more effectively to increase sales, expand their professional network and differentiate themselves from their competition. Unlike other social or business networking sites that are focused on managing a vast number of professional contacts or have an asymmetrical benefit, Referral Key is a platform that encourages referrals to drive revenue and build stronger professional relationships. Anyone can sign up with Referral Key and interact with professionals they know in a trusted environment. Referral Key is a privately held company and is headquartered in Boston, MA.www.referralkey.com

www.referralkey.com





Referral Key IS the Next Big Thing!

12 08 2011

Referral Key is a business networking utility that helps people manage their trusted referral relationships more effectively to increase sales, expand their professional network and differentiate themselves from their competition. Unlike other social or business networking sites that are focused on managing a vast number of professional contacts or have an asymmetrical benefit, Referral Key is a platform that encourages referrals to drive revenue and build stronger professional relationships. Anyone can sign up with Referral Key and interact with professionals they know in a trusted environment. Referral Key is a privately held company and is headquartered in Boston, MA.www.referralkey.com

www.referralkey.com





Adobe finally jumps on the HTML 5 bandwagon with Adobe Edge

4 08 2011


Being a creative in these times is pretty exciting. After the firm abandonment of Flash on iOS, the world seems to be ignoring Flash and moving towards the more robust but still nascent HTML5. With lots of big name companies and designs studios jumping on the HTML5 bandwagon, with majority of clients are demanding HTML5 to get their brands and messages through mobile as well desktop spaces.

Adobe in all this could easily have thrown everything it had against the overwhelming odds. Instead of succumbing to ego, Adobe instead just kept its ear to the ground, and today they have just revealed Adobe Edge, a software that makes uses HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript to create animations and UI elements.

This is an extremely smart move by Adobe, instead of fighting fire with fire, they have launched the solution that all HTML 5 designers have been waiting for. We have a video below of Adobe Edge in action, and its quite exciting to finally have a competent easy to use piece of software from one of the giants. Designers can try it out for themselves as Adobe has it up for free for testing. Not only that you can check out some exampleshere and here.

Now, tackling the elephant in the room.

What does this mean for Flash? Is Flash dead? Whats the future of Flash?

Adobe in these last few years is still streamlining Flash and the Flash player. However, it seems they are also beginning to realise that having a cumbersome Flash player that constantly needs updates is not the way to go. However, rather than let Flash just die out, they have made the system more powerful, with ActionScript libraries providing a rich scripting language capable of visually and aurally beautiful websites, robust applications as well as social and augmented reality experiences unlike anything you have ever seen.

Adobe has also been busy building Air for mobile design and development as well as application design. So we will not be seeing the death of Flash at all, in fact we will be seeing the maturity of Flash in the sense that its making inroads into more serious application development.

Motion and Interaction Design for HTML5

Adobe® Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3.

Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come.

Edge Preview Highlights

This version of Edge focuses primarily on adding rich motion design to new or existing HTML projects, that runs beautifully on devices and desktops.

  • Create new compositions with Edge’s drawing and text tools.
  • Import popular web graphics such as SVG, PNG, JPG or GIF files.
  • Easily choreograph animation with the timeline editor. Animate position, size, color, shape, rotation and more at the property level.
  • Energize existing HTML files with motion, while preserving the integrity of CSS-based HTML layouts.
  • Copy and paste transitions, invert them, and choose from over 25 built-in easing effects for added creativity.

Features

Feature Description
Intuitive user Interface The user interface is based on a stage, timeline, and panels for elements and properties. It’s influenced by our customers’ favorite features and functionality in class-leading tools like After Effects and Flash Professional, but innovates in its ease of use. Animations and timing can be controlled on a WebKit-based stage, or via precise property adjustments directly on the timeline. You can also make quick edits on individual or multiple objects.
Visually author animated content Create new compositions from scratch using basic HTML building blocks, text, and imported web graphics. Manipulate objects with an array of transformation and styling options which Edge natively applies to our jQuery-based animation framework.
Add motion to existing HTML content Add motion elements to existing HTML web documents. Edge stores all of its animation in a separate JavaScript file that cleanly distinguishes the original HTML from Edge’s animation code. Edge makes minimal, non-intrusive changes to the HTML code to reference the JavaScript and CSS files it creates.
Import web graphics files Import existing web graphics such as SVG, JPG, PNG, and GIF files.
Standards-based output Edge reads and writes HTML, CSS and JavaScript files natively. Animated content produced in Edge is expressed in a JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data structure that preserves the CSS-based layout. JSON is a formatting style for JavaScript that is easily readable, and allows more flexibility to work with the document and animated content independently.
Reliable content on desktops and devices Animated content created with Edge is designed and tested to work reliably on the iOS and Android platforms, WebKit-enabled devices, and popular desktop browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer 9.

FAQ

What is Adobe Edge, and what does it do?

Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites using standards like HTML and HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. It is currently in public preview and is designed to be powerful yet approachable and easy to use. Edge Preview is a complimentary download on Adobe Labs.

This is an early look at Edge, for evaluation and feedback that will help shape the features and future roadmap of Edge. Users are also encouraged to submit feature requests and report bugs.

Who should use the Edge Preview?Edge is ideal for visual, web and interaction designers who want to energize their content for the web with movement and transitions. Edge Preview 1 focuses primarily on animation and motion, with upcoming previews featuring additional creative capabilities and functionality.

Is Edge Preview a standalone application?Yes, Edge is a standalone software application that works independently of other tools. Graphics that are created using Adobe Illustator®, Adobe Fireworks® and Adobe Photoshop® can be added to your composition in Edge. HTML documents using CSS-based layouts created in products like Adobe Dreamweaver® can also be opened in Edge.

How does Edge Preview differ from other Adobe tools for the web? Edge Preview is a new addition to the existing set of Adobe professional web tools – Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash® Professional, and Adobe Flash Builder®. Each Adobe tool has strengths for their respective use cases and support different technologies:

Product Sample use cases Supported technologies
Adobe Edge Preview 1 Advertising, simple animations and motion design for new compositions or using existing CSS-based page layouts JavaScript, JSON, HTML/HTML5, CSS, web graphics including SVG, jQuery-based animation framework
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 Websites and web applications for desktops, smartphones, and other devices HTML/HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, PhoneGap, site management, FTP, CMS frameworks, SVN (Subversion)
Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 Immersive interactive experiences, mobile applications, gaming, premium video, advertising ActionScript, Flash Player, AIR for desktop and mobile
Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and mobile applications Professional ActionScript IDE, Flex, Flash Player, AIR for desktop and mobile

See answers to more frequently asked questions (.PDF)

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements for the Edge Preview are as follows:

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1; or Windows 7
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 200 MB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • 1280×800 display with 16-bit video card
  • Broadband Internet connection required for online services and to validate Subscription Edition (if applicable) on an ongoing basis*

Mac OS





Mahindra -Another Indian Aviation Player

4 08 2011

Mahindra Aerospace of the ₨279.22-billion utility vehicle maker Mahindra Group will become the first Indian private firm to manufacture smaller civil aircraft for the Indian general aviation market, which is set to boom this decade.

“We will manufacture the turboprop aircraft in 2-20 seat capacity at our recently acquired Gippsland Aeronautics (GA) in Victoria State of Australia and market them in India,” Mahindra Board Member Hemant Luthra told IANS here.

Once Mahindra Aerospace plant at Malur near Bangalore is set up and certified for production in the next three years, the manufacturing will be shifted to India to hard-sell the multi-utility aircraft for various civil aviation requirements.

“We want to be the premier Indian producer of aircraft. We will explore every opportunity to become a top aircraft manufacturer on the lines of the Brazilian Embraer,” Mahindra Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Anand Mahindra said on the margins of an aviation event here Saturday.

The 26-year-old GippsAero is a leading turboprop aircraft manufacturer for the general aviation sector and has certification in 32 countries worldwide, including the U.S. Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR 23), which testifies the highest degree of safety to fly fare-paying passengers between small and remote airfields.

Mahindra Aerospace acquired majority stake (75.1 percent) in GippsAero and Aerostaff Australia for Rs.175 crore (₨1,684.17 million) in December 2009 jointly with Kotak Private Equity.

Aerostaff is a 20-year-old manufacturer of aerospace components and assemblies for global aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) at Port Melbourne in Victoria state.

About 250 smaller aircraft of GippsAero operate in 34 countries. It currently has an order book to manufacture about 20 aircraft in the 8-10 seat capacity.

“As aircraft manufacture is labour intensive, there will be advantages in assembling some aircraft in India but safety is paramount. Till our factories get accredited for the highest safety standards, the planes will be made in Australia and will gradually migrate them to be made in India,” Luthra said.

As GippsAero has IP/type certificate approvals and produced various aircraft meeting international standards, Mahindra plans to manufacture even the five-seater turboprop, jointly developed by Mahindra Plexion Ltd with the state-run National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) here.

The prototype, codenamed NM5, is a multi-role, multi-mission civil aircraft, modelled on NAL’s Hansa project.

“NM5 has a huge potential in the Indian market, as it can be used for short hauls by corporate executives, VIP travel, tourism, medical evacuation, training pilots and ferrying cargo,” Luthra said.

A study conducted by A.T. Kearney for the Mahindras revealed about ₨221.6billion (Rs.23,250 crore) of general aviation aircraft are sold worldwide every year, with turboprops accounting for over 50 percent of the total market.

“We see a tremendous market in India and overseas. We will also price our product against competition to ensure that we have enough orders to deliver every year,” Luthra added.

With the civil and military aircraft market set to grow exponentially, Mahindra Aerospace has decided to invest ₨2,216.01 million (Rs.230 crore) in the Malur plant to expand capacity for rolling out smaller aircraft and components to tier-1 aerospace suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

“We are encouraged by tier-1 suppliers and OEMs to quadruple our investment in Bangalore facility from ₨443.2 million planned earlier. We are looking at a 20-acre land, with access to an old airstrip at Kolar for test flights,” Luthra noted.

The company plans to get its components’ manufacturing facility certified first and then the assembly plant in the next 18-24 months.

The Malur facility will allow the company to make components for the general aviation market, meet offset needs of OEMs selling civil or military aircraft to India and an effective vendor to global aerospace majors.

“General aviation is a vast network, with cities as a primary hub being served by larger aircraft/jets. We intend to serve the final frontiers with smaller/turboprop aircraft that can land on unpaved or short runways, making any city/town accessible,” Mahindra said

Thanks

http://aerospaceblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/mahindra-aircraft-to-20-cheaper-than-cessna/








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