Adobe Magazine relaunched

Adobe Magazine Front PagePreviously known as Adobe Proxy, the mag has been relaunched now as Adobe Magazine. I like the way content is presented in this magazine. It’s designed and edited for the online viewer rather than the print reader. It’s in the pdf format and serves as a good showcase of the capabilities of this format.

The content is rich and makes full use of animations and the PDF format’s graphical capabilities and the capability of content to be 3-dimensional rather than flat, encouraging user interaction rather than just scrolling through. In future versions though, I hope Adobe will support embedding of video, flash movies and streaming content such as Quicktime movies and Flash video streams in the document itself. Currently, the documents have to link outside to have the browser play video content.
I have always wondered why document tools such as MS Word and Adobe PDF don’t allow the embedding of video formats and Flash movies in documents – and if I was to be a little more long-sighted, allow format plugins! I see enormous potential and use here. From the perspective of a Software Engineer, the ability to embed Flash movies or AVI movies (for example) would allow the embedding of prototypes or proof-of-concept movies in design or architecture documents. This can be taken even further to build modeling tools that generate interactive models and diagrams such as UML diagrams that the user can “explore” from inside a document. That’s just one area where this will prove useful. There are probably far more important possibilities this functionality will bring. What do you think?

You can sign up at :
http://www.adobemagazine.com

or download the magazine directly from http://www.adobe.com/special/magazine/adobemag1/adobemagazine.zip

I originally came across this on Adobe Photoshop Product manager, John Nack’s most excellent site

For best viewing, use:
*Adobe Reader 8
*A Wide-screen LCD if possible
*Some links lead to video and audio content that are heard best with good quality speakers

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