Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 5th Feb 2010 23:28 UTC
Web 2.0 A quick round up of various web-related news items. First up, a new open source product entitled the "Highgate media suite" will bring OGG video decoding to Silverlight. Microsoft have just joined the SVG working group (arguably 10 years late, but it's better than nothing). Adobe promise significant improvements in Flash 10.1, including Core Animation rendering on OS X and lowered CPU usage. Finally, CoperLicht--a WebGL JavaScript 3D engine (Quake in JS will be here one day)
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The development tools are actually unparalleled. It's only the plugin that has issues.

Agreed - the plugin tool would allow Adobe to allocate more programmers to other projects whilst all the Linux vendors would jump on board to improve it, Apple, and many hand set makers as well. It would definately change my opinion of Flash from being bane of my existence to something I find a joy to use.

Sadly, the Java plug-in on Mac OS has equally as many issues. And I don't think Java, JavaFX or Silverlight can match Flash when it comes to ease-of-use for designers creating rich content/apps/animation. Of course, video is something else...

For me I have never had any problems with the Java plugin on Mac OS X then again the only time I've see/used it recently was using the website called adrive which Java is employed for the uploading process.

As for JavaFX, if it were a choice between Silverlight, Flash or JavaFX (Java itself doesn't compete with Silverlight/Flash, only JavaFX does), I'd sooner see that succeed as long as Oracle are willing to get it to support more CODECs besides just the one it supports today - On2 Video VP6. What they need to also support is h264 and VC1, and possible OGG/Theora if they have time. All of that takes money and I can understand with the limit funds of Sun it wasn't possible but Oracle should see this is great potential technology for the future.

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