Just a few more hours and I’ll be off to the BarCampRuhr in Essen, Germany, for the weekend. If any of you are going to be there and want to meet up, let me know! For the undecided and the damn-why-didn’t-you-tell-me-earlier folks, there are still quite a few free slots if you want to go, too. I’m a first-timer so I really have no idea what to expect, but I’m told it’s going to be really great and omg-so-awesome. Well then, off we go…
Well, after a painful 6 year wait between IE6 and IE7, it’s refreshing to see a first version of IE8 already available for download. Developers can go crazy testing the new and improved CSS 2.1 compatibility, and a bunch of other things most people probably won’t need (but they’re probably nice to have none-the-less). As expected, SVG support is still missing, but at least the browser may finally be catching up on the basic standards. For one thing, they are dropping the hasLayout issues according to this article.
Let us all rejoice: Microsoft has changed their mind on a earlier issue, and IE8 will use Standards mode by default instead of requiring a meta tag. At debate was their idea that we should add a special meta tag to our HTML to activate their new “really, really real” standards mode, in order to preserve backwards-compatibility with broken websites based on their old, buggy browsers. Of course, this sent a storm through the standards-loving blogosphere.
Microsoft’s new enlightenment is very, very significant news for web developers and the future of web standards and it’s amazing that they actually listened to developers. Get more info straight from the lion’s mouth.
Today is a good day. :)
GridIron Software (known for their render software Nucleo Pro for After Effects) are developing a very promising new product: Flow, a work flow management application for designers. “Oh great, like I have time for that”, you might be thinking. It’s true, most of us just want to create and not worry about organization (personally, I hate tagging files), and really, who has the time? And this is exactly where Flow promises to help: you don’t need to change anything about your current work methods. Flow runs in the background and monitors everything you do in creative applications (especially Adobe tools), doing everything automatically and invisibly without a single interaction on your side needed. It knows which files belong to a project, from which files you copied assets to other files and the implications on a project if you change (or delete) a file, what fonts are needed, etc. It does automatic versioning (like Apple’s Time Machine). It even lets you easily create packages of all the files necessary to pass them on to third parties with ease. Their guided tour explains all of this in more detail, I suggest having a look.
360° images have come a long way in quality since the old days of Quicktime VR, but they never really did hit the kind of popularity you may come to expect from a 3D-ish approach. And really, maybe it’s just because they are static and thus mostly boring. That may change however. Immersive Media has specialized themselves on 360° films with a twist: the material is not static, but actual film footage playing. It does make for a much more interesting experience:
You can get a lot more demos here.
Incidentally, they are the same folks behind the Google Street View technology.
Croatian creative agency Bruketa & Zinić have designed an annual report for food company Podravka that has to be baked in an oven before it can be read. dezeen.com has info on the smart piece of work, along with more pictures.
Well, wouldn’t you? At least after having a look at this:
freshome features a beautiful architectural feat by Netherlands-based Zecc: the interior redesign of a church into a modern home. Now I’m not much of a church-goer (quite the opposite, actually), but I certainly wouldn’t mind setting foot in this one.