Yahoo BrowserPlus – “a technology for web browsers that allows developers to create rich web applications with desktop capabilities.” I installed it and tried running one of the sample apps in Firefox 3 RC1 and it crashed almost right away. I like the idea, though.
Adobe unveiled “Thermo”, a new rich internet application design tool, at the Adobe MAX Conference today. Read/Write/Web has a great write-up and screenshots of Thermo: Adobe Demos “Thermo” RIA Design Tool to Delighted Crowd. Honestly, I’m blown away by the idea of this app. I’ve been toying with the idea of building apps that can be used on the desktop, but I am not a coder. I can work with pre-built code, but I’ve never dabbled in writing my own. Thermo changes the game by allowing designers to import Photoshop artwork directly into Thermo and turn the artwork into a working interface. I am definitely going to keep my eyes on Thermo.
“Thermo” is an upcoming Adobe product that makes it easy for designers to create rich Internet application UIs. Thermo allows designers to build on familiar workflows to visually create working applications that easily flow into production and development.
- Use drawing tools to create original graphics, wireframe an application design, or manipulate artwork imported from Adobe Creative Suite tools.
- Turn artwork from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Fireworks directly into functional components that use the original artwork as a ?skin?.
- Define and wire up interactive behavior, such as what to do when a user clicks on something, without having to write code.
- Easily design UIs that work with dynamic data, such as a list of contacts or product information, without having access to the actual data source. Design-time sample data can be used as a realistic placeholder when laying out an application, testing interactivity, and choreographing motion.