Archive for October, 2009

The video of the full Atlas presentation at London FOWA 2009 is now available at carsonified (30′ length). It demoes the fully fonctionnal screens compositing (nested views), the RSS controller (that had also been seen during the first Atlas presentation in March) – we can also see Array Controller, FaceBook and Twitter controllers -, various project templates (among these a new document-based one), a Bespin text editor component, and a new “native” target mode (that is said to use an own solution instead of Titanium Appcelerator, for some explained reasons).

Finally I would like to thank Francisco for his kind words about Java server-side support for Cappuccino – that is CP2JavaWS –  (26′) :

About backend support, there are Lift, Scala, Rails, and Java as well [was the first, January, 5].  The Java support is pretty amazing, as it takes Java Objects [full objects graphs, through JSON] and serializes these into Objective-J objects.

The Direct2CP mode of CP2JavaWS, and its digest authentication management and automatic session tracking per endpoint, are also complementary to Atlas (that focuses mainly on UI components, but not to their behaviour on the server side – except the RSS feader component).

An extension mechanism to Atlas (through plugins) was suggested initially (in March’s first announcement), and I then explained it was a great idea, that could use Osgi bundles concepts, and would open the way for business (alla Eclipse plugins). I proposed to write a plugin for remote services calls (through CP2JavaWS), such a controller that could be added to existing RSS, FaceBook and Twitter ones. I hope such architecture will be provided by Atlas beta’s mid-November release.

Sofa company, presented a Cappuccino version of its EnStore admin application, that allows to customize and deploy web stores. They provide their experience with the Cappuccino development process and nib2cib, and explain why they found this solution the most suited and productive (easy to add drag&drop feature thanks to advanced AppKit, easier controls customizing, browser independant). All this without even considering the upcoming Atlas ! A stunning video is available.

While Adobe knows that a Flash plugin for iPhone won’t likely happen (besides strategic reasons around RDA, this is the result of long non optimized Flash for OSX), they are trying to circumvent this restriction, by providing a compiler (based on LLVM) that will produce ARM assembly code from ActionScript programs. It will be included in Flash CS5 (a beta is expected by the end of the year), and will work on both mac and Windows.
The limiting factor will be the lack of debugger, but it should be ok for simple applications, as development and debugging could be made on a desktop computer (by simulating the iPhone drawing area and limited processor power). The compiler would then be used only at integration test steps, and for final deployment. However, for more advanced (demanding) applications or games, such solution will end being very difficult and tedious, as optimizing near the limits won’t be possible.
Finally it will paves the way for paid Flash applications on iPhone (there have still been some iPhone games derived from free Flash games).

VSL Vienna Ensemble PRO

Posted: October 5, 2009 in Audio
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VSL presents Vienna Ensemble PRO, a new version of its player. It is the first OSX host application that supports 64 bits AU plugins (Cocoa), and Leopard (10.5) is required. It can also manage 32 bits AU plugins (Carbon) on Intel and PowerPC (PPC64 is listed as working but not supported, however we don’t know if it just implies G5 support – that are 64 bits processors – in 32 bits mode, or the full 64 bits adressing on these processors).

The software can also host other vendors’s plugins (see the list here), and provides a networking mode (between mac and/or PC), that allows to share both audio and Midi, by using a simple Ethernet (Gigabit) connection. It is priced 145 euros.

Some videos (two only for now) from London 2009 FOWA are available at ustream.tv, as well as live chat. However we cannot find yet new infos about the Atlas presentation that took place today. We just learnt from Cappuccino forums (and people that went to FOWA) that a beta of Atlas will be release November, 15, and priced 20$, and that the final version will be priced more.
We can also follow posts from the famous almost.at Cappuccino application.