Adobe continues to tread the path of online services with its latest offering Acrobat.com. With the launch of the online tools, Adobe also launched a tightly integrated version of Adobe Reader 9.0 that works seamlessly with the internet. With the latest offering, I feel Adobe is taking small but significant steps in the online office arena.
Weather or not it can defeat Google, Microsoft in this threeway fight is the big question?
Well Acrobat.com is a mini portal of sorts. It is the combination of their online meetings tool – Adobe Brio, online Word Processor – Adobe Buzzword and online file sharing – Adobe Share. Most importantly Adobe Acrobat 9 now comes with Flash built into the PDF experience.
I’ve been playing around with Acrobat.com for the past couple of hours, so here are personal opinions on each of the offerings…
For those of you who are big fans of Google Reader, here’s an app that you must check out. You’ll love this new Adobe AIR app called ReadAIR that completely syncs with Google Reader and has the same basic layout as Google Reader, so you should have no problems starting out.
If you have been a long time reader of DailyApps you must have read my previous review of Adobe Media Player here. It has finally come out of beta and Adobe has shipped the 1.0 release of Adobe Media Player.
In a nutshell Adobe Media Player is a slick desktop app built on Adobe AIR, that allows you to watch streaming and download videos from site like Revision3, BlipTV, MTV etc.. Pretty similar to what Miro already does in my opinion.
Adobe Media Player has the slickest interface I’ve probably seen in any media player to date. Adobe has put a lot of work and its clearly evident. The Video playback is no longer choppy and unlike the last time around the content library is full of high quality content. Check out my earlier review for some screenshots.
Adobe has launched a Media Player, that is kinda sandwiched between Miro and Adobe Digital Editions. Built upon the industry standard Flash, Adobe Media Player can be used to watch Online Video. There seems to be a mad rush to create desktop Media Players. While this is completely understandable, I thought Adobe could have come up with something better.
Installing Adobe Media Player is a breeze. You Need to install the latest beta of Adobe AIR and click a few buttons here and there to install Adobe Media Player and you are set. But here comes the sad part. For most part, Adobe Media Player is slow and unresponsive. It has a choppy playback, so for the time being I would stick to Miro.
What left me impressed was the amazing user Interface that the Media Player has. The UI of Adobe Media Player is one of the best and is fun and easy to use. There are not many shows pre programmed into the Media Player, so you have to manually add all your Favorite shows. Let me stop my rant here and show some screenshots of Adobe Media Player in Action.
If you are a regular WordPress user, then you must check out AirPress, the Slick Adobe AIR App that allows you to post from your desktop. With its super sexy design, you are sure to be sucked into it. AirPress is a minimalist blogging client in terms of features. But one of the coolest things that AIrPress offers is videoblogging directly from its interface.
Through its Interface you will be able to post :
- Sound (mp3)
- Video (flv)
- Webcam streaming (directly from AirPress!!)
- Webcam snapshot
- Flash animation (alpha version)
Here are some screenshots of AirPress in action :