The Disappearing Desktop - It's Real This Time
katir at hindu.org
Sun Nov 13 14:45:06 EST 2005
More real world testimony:
For several years I've been uploading the files for our magazine
Hinduism Today to Banta Publication in Missouri, using their "Emerge"
program which is this giant JAVA applet that runs inside a browser
and interfaces with Creo's amazing InSite prepress system. It's
really a marvel, but horribly slow, and I can tell from machinations
on Banta's side they and Creo have been struggling with engineering
this beast to run inside different browsers with different levels of
JAVA installed. Does it work? yes... but.. guess what.. after three
years of this, while sort out some tech upgrades on Jan 06 upload, my
tech support in Electronic Prepress in Kansas City is on the phone
and says to me "Hey right Emerge is a pain... go to this directory
and download Creo's new desktop app, I know you are not afraid of the
bleeding edge and you can test this for us... not all the functions
are there, yet, still in beta, but you can just drag and drop your
files.. and ... etc."
OK, so I open up Creo's new desk top app to interface with the remote
InSite server in Missouri from Hawaii... it's beautiful...and we all
know the Creo's engineers must have breathed a huge sigh of relief
when someone said "OK, ditch the browser guys, just build something
that works" If Banta Publications (one of US's top five printers)
and Creo (recently purchased by Kodak) do not represent real market
forces... I don't know what real market forces are... and they seem
to be going the other way... yes of course, use the internet, but
just the wires... i.e. it is "our web" not MS's web, or Netscape's
web or anybody elses web. For these people, as Chipp said,
productivity is the most important issue, with nearly 500
publications a year to get out the door, some of the weeklies, its
time to get real, and the glitter of the web service has finally worn
off, get the job done...just build the tool we really, really need.
On Nov 10, 2005, at 8:15 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> That web apps will become an increasingly important "also" at
> Microsoft and everywhere else is a given. But replacing all apps?
> Somehow I think not, and I suspect Microsoft's clever marketing
> move is as much a distraction as anything else, consistent with the
> company's demonstrated character and history....
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