Evolution of Web by Google
This awesome visual presentation made from HTML5 explains transition of web browsers including IE, Net Scape, Opera, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. It also contains development of markup languages. I’m sure it will be quite useful to get a grasp of web technology now and then.
Hello folks. I think we, flash developers, finally see the light in here.
Google experimentally announced SWF-HTML5 converting tool, Google Swiffy.
I tested my flash application to convert, and I got unusable converted html5 product with following errors.
I know, this is nearly impossible to make it work for current generation flash apps. Probably you can guess how imperfect it is from this errors.
But considering the fact that we finally getting some reasonable solution in here, I cannot help anticipating next update on this google swiffty.
Additional note: There is another tool from Adobe itself. Which you should use? Well, It depends on what kind of Flash application you created.
This is the article from 2008, but I still think most of people do not know how can they access to those advanced (and useful) searching features.
Here is the items in the articles:
1. Different Types of Files at your will
2. Scholarly Search
3. Meanings of any word in an instant
4. Find the time of any location
5. Weather at your fingertips
6. Google does live commentary too!
7. Calculate with your browser
8. Compare your currency with others
9. Keep track of the stocks
10. Wanna find some faces?
Google Art Project has been started
I LOVE THIS. This one is much better than I expected.
Google started the web service that allows user to see master pieces displayed in 17 worldwide museums. This application is based on google streetview and so that users can actually walk around within museum as if they actually visit a museum.
Art works are captured in very very high resolution and with proper color management. I saw some art works by Vincent van Gogh, and actually I could really enjoy it! You also can magnify artworks as you will into so much detail thanks to ridiculously high resolution picture and that satisfies my desire to see art somehow.
Currently, the list of museums available is following:
What a magnificent list!
I’m especially grateful to the fact they have Hermitage and Kampa in the list!
Google Art Project
This is another fun thing I got to work on with Amir last week: a Google TV app for CH! This is just an interface mock-up but fun to see anyway. The hardest thing to do was not use gradients! Google TV for some reason doesn’t allow interface elements like buttons, progress bars, hover effects, etc to have gradients, and if any of you know my work, you’ll know that I am borderline obsessed. The 300x250 box ad is also always such a pain to work around.
Above you see the active video state, and below is the browsing menu with current video playing in the right corner.
Google image search - General image towards citizens of each countries from people in the world
As you know, google image search result shows you “most likely” “most popular” images for your keywords. In other words, this result is the image that people are having towards those keywords, which is decided by truly “democratic way”.
So I suddenly came up with the question:
”If I search each country’s people as a keyword on google image search, the result might be the most ‘greatest common divisor-ish’ image from people in the world!?”
Now, here is the result and my simple summarization.
American - Stars and stripes, muscles, eagle
Chinese - Chinese character, Dragon
Japanese - Japanese garden, Samurai (and Katana), WTFs
Brazilian - Butt and tits with brazilian sexy swim wear
Colombian - Hot latinas, Military, coffee
Russian - Hot chicks, Military
Canadian - Red Maples, WTFs
Mexican - Sombrero, Tacos
French - French flag, arts, French “Freedom” fries
German - German flag, the war, beer
Israeli - Military, Massacre, Riot, Terror
Egyptian - Ancient cultures includes pyramids and Sphinx
Polynesian - Lei, ethnic costumes, Polynesian dance
Australian - Dingo, alligators
Indian - American Indian, porn
Korean - Something very random something includes naked Kim Jong-il
Italian - tits, pasta
As a result, it was impressive that some counties have very mixed image, while others got skewed single stereotypic image towards them.
Well, were they really matched what you think? This IS the world generic impression, fellas.
Quick review: Napkin, Google Wave Extention
At last, email notification was implemented to Google Wave last week. With this last piece of puzzle, Google Wave becomes really powerful collaboration web application.
One great advantage about Google Wave is its expandability, Google Wave extentions. In other words, addons. There are not so many extensions yet, but I picked one of popular extention Napkin, a white board application, and did some quick review for you.
As I said, this is white board addon for Google Wave which allows you to do collaborative drawing work with anyone on Google Wave.
Functions are pretty minimum, brush-size, change brush color, undo, and clear the board. There is nothing complicated. Yes, it’s pretty simple, anyone can use this extention without any confusion, that’s a good thing. But I say it might be too simple to use it efficiently.
I’m sure you will face the issue you want to fix or erase very small part where you’ve done a while ago because there is not eraser function. Only you are allowed to do is undo your work,. Therefore, you must erase everything you’ve done after the point you make a mistake.
Here is one more thing. I think it’s not someone’s fault, but the processing speed on Napkin is somehow slow. During you are drawing something, you will feel some “lag”. It feels like as if you are using very slow computer or badly programmed JAVA program. Well, I know it’s hard to run this kind of application fluently on an application like Google Wave though.
One critical cons about Napkin is you cannot draw “so many” thing on the white board. It’s hard to explain how much you can draw, but you will get the idea if you see the picture I uploaded above. There are definitely not “so many” things in there, but the program said ‘It’s too big”. If you want to continue drawing anyway, you have no choice but forget everything you drew here and start new white board. It’s not cool at all.
As a result, I have to say Napkin has things to fix or improve. However, applications like Napkin is really necessary even though and useful for Google Wave despite of its cons, and give us an opportunity to uncover further good use of Google Wave. I really want developers further improvement for their exntention.