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FileMaker Go

FileMaker released its newest product, FileMaker Go last night. Now the picture that FileMaker paints is getting filled in


Integrated Social Media Strategy

(This is an outgrowth of a number of conversations at the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. The structure can apply to other types of organizations, too. Thanks to all who helped.)

7/5/10--some minor tweaks to wording.

The four main aspects of social media can work together in an integrated way that doesn't drive staff, volunteers, users, and customers crazy. Each of these refers to the other, and although there's a sequence here, many people will enter at various points and move back and forth among these tools at will. Clarifying what you're doing where can make life easier for everyone.

Using PDFs with iBooks in iOS4

One of the big attractions of iOS 4 for many of us is the opening of iBooks  to PDFs that you can add. It's done in a parallel universe: your iBooks are divided into books and PDFs as you see here. (Look at the top left of the screen.)

Like many aspects of the operating system, iBooks is smart enough not to show you nothing. You may not see PDFs in the upper left if you don't have any, but once you add PDFs, you'll see them.

Flash 10.1 for Mobile on the Way (Beta, that is)

A beta version of Flash for mobile devices is on the way according to Stephen Shankland on CNET.

It will be available for a number of platforms but, notably, not Apple's mobile devices (iOS). It addresses some of the issues of moving to a non-mouse environment and deals with power issues. Some developers will still need rewriting to adopt it.

I'm sure Apple's argument will be "If you need to rewrite anyway, why not move to HTML5 which is an open standard." 

Apple and Google: Engineering's Role

Chris Matyszczyk writes at CNET, "Is Google far too much in love with engineering?" This is a topic that I seem to keep running into these days -- most recently, I looked at a proposal for a new website that was all about the details -- a checklist of what was there, a description of the appearance, and a list of technologies to be used (could we please settle the Flash issue?).