Archive for the ‘web2.0’ Category

The Catherine Zeta Jones of Online Word Processors

November 8, 2007

If you’ve ever tried Google Docs, you’ll know it’s an online word processor in the traditional Google style – functional but not necessarily the prettiest girl in the room.

But after trying the Adobe-acquired Buzzword today I have to say I’ve just met the Catherine Zeta-Jones of online word processors.

Very slick indeed! In fact, I was almost tempted to keep adding tables just to play with the interface. There are some really nice ideas going on here. Between the creative ideas and the high polish of the app, it’s obvious they’ve spent a great deal of design time (graphic and otherwise) on this.

It’s a free sign up when you get there.

I love seeing the bar get raised. 😉

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The True Future of Online Office Productivity

October 24, 2007

Screw Google Docs or Writely or whatever. Forget about ZohoWriter and MS-Office Online…

If you’re looking for a truly awe-inspiring online word processor, look no further than WordPerhect.

You be pleasantly surprised by the advanced interface and a truckload of innovative features such as:

– the ability to write on a variety of media from the back of silver cigarette foil to a torn off strip of cardboard
– the ability to customize your writing instrument size
– the choice of colour (as long as it’s black)
– the ability to save your documents, and even print your documents
– in the spirit of less is more, the delete key scratches out the previous character, there is no delete per se.

Make sure that you use your browser full screen since the highly advanced rendering engine will scale accordingly and enhance readability.

ps. The pop up dialog system will undoubtedly be the model for OS’s in the future.

😉

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You guys must be deef…

October 5, 2007

Popular blogger complains about attention-seeking bloggers gaming a system that is developed to funnel even more attention to yet other attention-seeking bloggers. Another allegedly attention-seeking blogger complains that by complaining, the popular blogger is himself seeking attention and gaming the system.

Phew!! Where the hell is a kickass Kent Newsome rant when you need it???

I already said it was missing the point. I say we send them all to the back of the class for not paying attention.

 

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Jottit – a potentially useful web app. Finally!

September 17, 2007

I no longer Twitter, tweet or whatever it’s called these days.
Me no Jaiku.
No hablo el Facebook. (except to read the odd personal message from long lost high-school acquaintances).
Pownce (Tell me again.. why?)

But Jottit does seem to be (potentially) fun and useful. From what I can tell:

– editable pages with static addresses
– simple simple simple
– two pane text editor is fricking brilliant!! Blogger(tm) – Are you paying attention!??!
– public or private
– editing history – wiki style note-taking anyone?
– simple simple simple
– web 2.0 gradient-free
– simple simple simple!
– NOT built upon a requirement to socially network! Aaargh.. thank you!

Jotit seems potentially useful. How novel. 🙂

Click here to visit my baby-steppin’ Jottit page.

Variations on a Shiny Black Theme

December 6, 2006

I’ve noticed a seemingly endless number of “Web 2.0 Shiny Button” tutorials lately. Most of them involving Photoshop. Looking at a couple, it all seems to be about gradients and transparency – something that Inkscape is good at.

I figured I’d take the opportunity to practice my Inkscape chops and play around a bit. So here are some variations on a theme. If you’re sick of Web 2.0 with it’s shiny, chunky buttons, then take this as your final dose. 🙂

For anybody interested in playing around with these, you can download the inkscape svg file right here: buttons-fun.svg

First, your typical fat shiny button. Literally 20-30 seconds work in Inkscape.


Next a shiny black and red power button. BTW exactly when did this symbol become synonymous with the power switch anyway?


An over the top version of a vertical scroll control. Either that or a power window switch in your car. This ain’t getting any better is it..


Started as a lozenge. Then went for a control button. Ended up with a shiny, buttonless Kensington Trackball.


Is it a remote, or a phone? Not sure. Take away all the buttons and you’ve got the start of a perfectly good shampoo bottle. Spent about a half-hour on this one. Probably 15 minutes too much. 😉