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Acrobat, the platform

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Adobe AcrobatImage via WikipediaThis post was written via the newly published Zemanta Reblog, the first feature I worked on at my new job. I helped evolve and implement the interface, which is not perfect yet but is better and will get even better in the future. Reblog feature also gives you an idea of how Zemanta Suggest works since you can see the sidebar on the right hand side of the content as you’re writing it. Reblog is only one of many features we released today – we now support more platforms, more browsers and we also have a few plug-ins for blogging platforms. Read about the release or check the interview with our co-founder and CTO Andra┼ż Tori at ReadWriteWeb.

Adobe is making a major announcement tonight — the public beta launch of Acrobat.com. No longer does the Acrobat name only mean “related to PDF.” The suite of hosted tools include a word processor, PDF converter, conferencing and file storage. From the looks of it, Acrobat.com could be a competitor to parts of office suites from Google/Zoho and could also compete with document sharing tools including Docstoc and Scribd. All of the services are hosted on Acrobat.com and use the SaaS model (software-as-a-service). It’s clear that collaboration is now Adobe’s focus and this makes sense as we all move to a more connected world. Allen Stern, Adobe Launches Acrobat Hosted Services – New Web Office Player is Here, Jun 2008

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Flash video not loading

Friday, May 25th, 2007

My colleagues have just found out that when loading a Flash video file into Flash, the URL must end with “.flv”.

Flash doesn’t check the type – if the URL does not end with “.flv” it won’t even request the file. This could lead to an endless battle between the Flash developer and the web developer because the static version would work and the online version wouldn’t. The Flash developer requests a static .flv file on the disk but when the web developer changes the request to a CMS based file the video doesn’t load.

So, when using a CMS what you’d do is add a “&ext=.flv” or even just “&.flv” to the CMS provided URL (eg. /loadContent.php?id=123) for it to load. You can do that in Flash or in the code that passes the video URL to the player.

Funny.

Update: While checking other sites that load dynamic .flv files I found out that it might just look if the “.flv” is in the URL. Still funny though.