Would you like to see what online communication will look like in 2010?

Posted on June 2, 2009 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: AIR, Adobe, Technology, Web 2.0.

E-mail, instant messaging, wikis and blogs. All of them are about to be revolutionized by Google Wave.

I am amazed.  I cannot wait to start collaborating across the web using wave.  Being a web citizen is about to get much better!

Who will be the first to write an Adobe Air API for wave? :)

SmallWorlds Interviewed by Robert Scoble

Posted on March 5, 2009 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: Gaming, Technology, Web 2.0.

Last week, Robert Scoble interviewed SmallWorlds co-founder Mitch Olson and discussed some of the revolutionary features which have been built into SmallWorlds.  The interview covers a very good overview of SmallWorlds as a platform and covers features such as:

  • Accessibility and embedability (Adobe Flex)
  • User generated spaces
  • User generated missions/games
  • Widgets and 3rd party API integration
  • Social network integration


SmallWorlds in the Press (Greatest Flex App Ever!)

Posted on May 20, 2008 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: Adobe, Flex, Web 2.0.

Computer World magazine ran this article today on SmallWorlds.  SmallWorlds is gearing up for a public release in the next little while, and the latest version looks fantastic!  Built entirely in Flex and Flash, SmallWorlds is launching the next generation of online virtual world which users don’t have to download and install.

If you work with Flex, and would like to see the potential of Flex get some wide spread publicity (or if you just think SmallWorlds is cool :) ), please help us out and Digg the article. Thank you!  

Photoshop Express Out Now!

Posted on March 28, 2008 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: Adobe, Flex, Web 2.0.

pseAdobe’s long awaited free, online edition of Photoshop is now released, and you can try it out here.

I had a bit of a play with it today, and it looks to be very well put together Flex application!  There are a lot of very nice technical aspects, including the use of modules to reduce the weight of what would other wise be a quite heavy app.  In my honest opinion however, it’s a little bit light on features.  Scrapblog for example has more photo editing features that this first version of Photoshop Express.

I’m loving the new trend of ‘useful’ Flex application.  Between Sliderocket, Buzzword and now Photoshop Express, Adobe is rapidly building a very compelling suit of applications.  It’s a great time to be an Adobe Flex developer!

You Need Safari 3.1!!!

Posted on March 19, 2008 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: Technology, Web 2.0.

safarilogo_1 Safari is now officially the best browser!  This post is bound to trigger some controversy, but I’ve been using the latest version of the Safari browser on my Windows Vista computer and I’m really loving it.

I know a lot of people hold strong opinions as to which browser is the best, and believe me, I’m one of them.  Up until today, I would have jumped at the chance to explain to you why Opera is the best browser, and why everyone should use it.  However, this latest version of Safari trumps Opera easily.

Previous versions of Safari have been a bit of a joke really, but the boys down at Apple have turned that all around and now, as well as offering a nice clean interface, they also manage to get the highest score of any currently released major browser on the Acid 3 test.  To top it off, Safari renders pages faster than any other major browser! Like so many things Apple does, they just seem to have got this one right.

Personally I’m really excited by the new generation of browsers, and the competition between Microsoft, Mozilla, Opera and Apple is just fantastic!

For your taste of the future you can download Safari 3.1 here:

Acid3 Browser Standards Test Available

Posted on March 7, 2008 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: Technology, Web 2.0.

Three years since they put out the Acid2 test, the guys down at the Web Standards Project have done it again and produced Acid3.  This test is a major extension over Acid2 (CSS tests), to include DOM scripting, CSS3 and SVG (among others).

I’m a big fan of standards compliance, and I really wish someone would release a fully standards compliant browser.  Is it true that the guys who wrote the acid tests must have a standard compliant render engine?  If not, how could they test their test? If you did have a standards compliant engine, you’d think it would be quite valuable.

All major browsers fail the Acid3 test in their latest versions:

  • IE7 looks the worst by far, and gets 5/100
  • Firefox 2 on Windows looks better and gets 50/100
  • Opera on Windows looks similar to Firefox 2 and gets 46/100, but the test sometimes causes Opera to crash!

You can test your browsers by going HERE.
Then check out the reference render HERE.

Do you have any other browsers to run the test on? Let us know your results in the comments.  I’d love to know what you get with the FF3 and IE8 betas!

How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law

Posted on February 25, 2008 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: Life, Web 2.0.

A really interesting look at copyright law, how it came to be, how it works out and what we need to do to break the extremism developing on both sides.


Why are they worth so much?!

Posted on February 11, 2008 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: Web 2.0.

flickr_logo Some of my coworkers and I were discussing web2.0 business models the other day over lunch.  The conversation eventually wandered through Flickr, YouTube as well as most of the other big names.

One thing which I have known for a while, but which hit me again during the conversation, was that the popular opinion on the web is that sites like Flickr and YouTube lose money!  Neither company have made any such information public, but when you look at the shear amount of bandwidth a service like YouTube uses, and the distinct lack of ads shown on their pages, its not hard to image money being lost.

So that begs the question.  Why would companies like Yahoo, Microsoft and Google be so keen to spend billions of dollars acquiring these companies that don’t make money?


SmallWorlds Now in Beta (Screenshots)

Posted on January 19, 2008 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: Adobe, Flex, Gaming, Technology, Web 2.0.

Update: SmallWorlds will be in public beta from 2pm 03/06/08. Come and check it out!

SmallWorlds was released into private beta yesterday afternoon after months of development. It’s been amazing to see this grow from nothing, into the greatest Flex application every built!

SmallWorlds features:

  • Built in Flex and running on top of Red5 on Amazon’s EC2 servers
  • Highly flexible avatar builder where you have heaps of control over face shape, facial features and it even has a dance studio where you can design you avatar’s groove
  • Heaps of furniture and theme packs to make your room just like home
  • You can fill your room with lots of great widgets/applications such as the pool table, arcade machine, YouTube TV, Flickr photos, Last.fm radio and heaps more

The beta is currently invite only, so if you’d like to get in and see it for yourself, leave a comment on this post with a valid email and I’ll send one through to you.


SmallWorlds Showing Up More and More

Posted on January 9, 2008 by Tony Fendall.
Categories: Adobe, Flex, Technology, Web 2.0.

swSmallWorlds is slowly starting to gain media attention as we get closer and closer to our  beta release.

At the end of last year we featured in Start Up magazine as one of New Zealands Top 10 Online Startups.  Unfortunately you can only read the article if you buy a hard copy of the magazine because there’s no digital copy.

Today however SmallWorlds featured in a similar article in the NZ Herald, which is the major news paper down here in New Zealand.  Not a very descriptive piece, but we’re still technically under wraps at the moment :)

Big things are coming… I can’t wait!