This month marks the fourth anniversary of the Open@Adobe initiative, a site presenting a view of the openness efforts at Adobe. We'd like to take this opportunity to reflect on how Adobe has taken an active and leading role in helping to enhance, expand and make the Web open over the past few years.
"The future us already here. It's just unevenly distributed." -William Gibson
Well, it's the week after the OSCON 2013 conference held in sunny and warm Portland. And as usual, there was more activity at the show that is possible for one person to encompass.
First, some general observations about the show. This may have been the strongest program across all categories in the last seven OSCON events I have attended. With very few exceptions, the speakers were knowledgeable and informative, able to present meaningful information in a concise, retainable manner.... read more
Next week is OSCON in Portland and I will be there ready to learn the latest and greatest in the world of open source.
It's, as always, a powerful program with more things I'd like to attend than I can attend. So where is my holographic multi-persona anyway? (and kudos to the folks who managed wade through several hundred abstracts to get to this lineup.)
So here are some of my personal schedule highlights:... read more
Companies these days are increasingly reliant on open source software. Whether it is external open source, or the planned release of internal technology under an open-source license, companies need to understand the rewards and risks involved. However, developers seldom like to follow intricate detailed checklist for quantifying risk within open source usage, or determining the needs for open source release. Therefore, a company needs to establish some basic structures or processes that help guide the decision-making process to a satisfactory conclusion, and as light a weight manner as possible.... read more
Last week, March 9, I had the privilege of representing Adobe at the Open Futures reception and meet up at SXSW, hosted by IEEE, W3C, Cisco and Adobe. The event was fun, full of excitement and indicative of the importance standards play in our ever-changing interconnected world. The event was in support of OpenStand, a movement dedicated to promoting a set of principles that enable standards to keep pace with technology and provide access to all.... read more
The Open Source Think Tank has consistently delivered a chance to work with some of the brightest minds to answer tough issues and drive new solutions, to discover new ways of innovating and catch up on changes in the industry. This is my one "can't miss" event each year.
As usual, the event is targeted at senior executives (and bright people irregardless) to discuss the currents and directions for open source in the industry. Over time, the OSTT has evolved into its format of panels, discussions, group think sessions, all targeted at discovering and inventing ways that open source principles and practices can solve complex problems.... read more
In gamification, one of my favorite mechanics is unexpected surprise and delight. For instance, on my drive to the train ever day, I pass a six foot tall tyrannosaur rex. It was a surprise (and a smile) when it first appeared. Of course, passing it every day would soon become normal, and soon invisible.
However, every now and again Rex appears in costume, relevant to the season and time. I've seen him as an Easter Bunny, dressed for Halloween, chomping Rudolph during the holidays. The changes make us all watch for him to appear, to see what new things have appeared. (Right now he's dressed as a San Francisco 49′er, in time for the Super Bowl.) So, imagine my surprise and delight to discover a new open source technology release, Dragonbones.... read more
OpenatAdobe: RT @AdobeEdu: Educators -- We have a special deal for you & your students! Get 60% off #Adobe Creative Cloud Student & Teacher E ...
OpenatAdobe: The future of open source thinking session at Open World Forum. Really wish I could be there. Opinions? Not me! http://t.co/qY2hjH0v
OpenatAdobe: Bruce Perens statement on Open Source Community: http://t.co/sUfQC1OG. Paraphrased, there is no organized community.
OpenatAdobe: Standards and Open Source worlds collide: http://t.co/OeSdpnbf
Many years ago I wrote a posting on the similarities between standards development and open source. It seems like now would be a good time to revisit that topic, given all the activities that are blurring the barriers.
The premise still remains. Standards are designed to stabilize a technology or interface, package or connection. Open source is driven by continual development. Standards tend to update and publish on a schedule measured in years, while open source updates and publishes in sometimes days. Standards drive the status quo. Open source (often) drives innovation.... read more
Last month the Adobe Type team released their first open source type family, Source Sans. To date, the fonts for Source Sans have been downloaded over 67,000 times from SourceForge. Today, the team is following up on the release with an open source monospaced type family adapted from Source Sans – appropriately named Source Code. Six weights of Source Code and source files can be download from the Open@Adobe portal on SourceForge and you can clone and fork the project on GitHub. The fonts are also available for web through Typekit, WebINK, and Google Web Fonts.... read more
OpenatAdobe: RT @Adobe: Adobe’s own Andrew Kirkpatrick introduces you to the new standard for PDF #accessibility: PDF/UA: http://t.co/V0Fk5BK6
OpenatAdobe: RT @Adobe: The must-go conference for photographers and #Photoshop users is coming. What's it like to attend? Watch this: http://t.co/X1 ...
OpenatAdobe: Jacket zipped walking to work & wanting gloves. Must be August in the Silicon Valley.
OpenatAdobe: RT @AndreCharland: The new PhoneGap Build UI is the hotness! http://t.co/NpoGR33B props @hitsmachines http://t.co/Gy54BCyn
OpenatAdobe: RT @brackets: A new version of @Brackets is available for download (Sprint 12). Now with enhanced HTML code hinting! -- http://t.co/Xfq6CZXP
OpenatAdobe: RT @vincent_hardy: Yeah! First public working draft of "Compositing and Blending" has been published! http://t.co/ki9GjjAH
OpenatAdobe: RT @tpryan: Want more info about working with multiple mobile devices & Adobe Shadow? There's an indepth web seminar coming up: htt ...
OpenatAdobe: RT @awkawk: RT @pyro1234: A well written article by @LeonieWatson on making iOS apps accessible to blind users who use VoiceOver. http: ...
OpenatAdobe: should be good. RT @FCC: time for FCC's Developing with Accessibility 2 day event on 9/6 & 9/7! RSVP: http://t.co/Adoc5bs9 #DevAcc
OpenatAdobe: RT @mattmay: Congrats to the PDF/UA team (including Adobe's own @pdfsage and @gpisocky) for producing a global PDF accessibility standar ...