Look Ma, No Powerpoint!

S5, as author Eric Meyer puts it, is a “simple standards-based slide show system.” The S5 site has a nice primer on how to get started and can be viewed as an alternative (empahsis on alternative) to the Powerpoint and OpenOffice.

I came across S5 with Meyer’s presentation on WE04, and it’s similar to browsing a linear website, but with the then-innovative AJAX controls. The presentations at last year’s Web Essentials 05 have web-based presentations.

Life-saving WinXP tip

This is a bit off-topic, but I felt I had to share this.

I recently reformatted my hard drive and I made sure all my files are backed-up. The way my system is configured is that I have a separate partition for the “My Documents” folder. Now the trouble arose when after finishing reformatting and installing a fresh Windows XP, the “My Documents” folder from my previous installation could not be accessed! I was worried that 33GB of data was going down the drain. (Ugh!)

I scrambled for resources on the web on accessing the old “My Documents” folder from a different system or installation. Fortunately, I came upon this tip from Microsoft on taking ownership of files. Life saver indeed.

Sneak Peek: Future of web navigation?

I have this idea of being able to have a “sneak peek” of where links lead to. No, this isn’t your Preview Firefox extension, nor the thumbnail images becoming popular these days. It’s more of like flipping a page of a book, a more familiar metaphor in the real world.

In this feature that I’ll conveniently call Sneak Peek, webpages where the links lead to will be viewable like a sliding door, controlled by a slider mechanisim in the same browser window. The original window can easily slide back when the user has taken a peek.

As opposed to the thumbnail images, it would be easier since the actual page is being viewed, no overhead for thumbnail creation.

This feature in browsers would be useful when doing intense research– where you have to go through loads of irrelevant pages. This gives web page preview a whole new dimension.

Dreamweaver = Opera? Yes!

Here’s a pretty interesting list of layout engines. I stumbled upon this list when I was researching if Dreamweaver Studio 8 was using Gecko or Trident, the engines for Firefox and IE respectively. I found out that it doesn’t; DW8 apparently seems to be using Opera’s engine, Presto.

This is very important, in my opinion. In Dreamweaver, it has a preview/WYSIWYG feature that emulates the browser and that means you are viewing your webpage in Opera, which is roughly around 1% of the browser market.

Dreamweaver 8 features I’m looking forward to

Macromedia annouced the launch of its new Studio product suite and boy am I excited. What I am really keeping an eye on is Dreamweaver 8, the upcoming incarnation of my favorite web IDE.

I visted the features section of the Dreamweaver sub-site and I’m really impressed how much Macromedia has moved towards Web Standards based development since MX 2004. Yes, CSS has been implented since Dreamweaver 4, but the little things that are slated to appear on Dreamweaver 8 are really bringing the app to new heights.

Here’s some key features I like (from the feature tour):

  1. Better CSS visualization: There are some nice widgets that would visualize the padding and margins on elements.
  2. Improved CSS coloring mechanism
  3. Display of nested CSS schemes
  4. More Accessibility test and reviews
  5. RSS integration! 😀

It has been well documented how Macromedia has worked with the Web Standards Project in improving the Web Standarsd capability of the Dreeamweaver product line. Dreamweaver 8 is definitely showing that the collaboration is bearing fruit.