Posts Tagged ‘Flex’

What’s New in v.5

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

A short list of some of the new features and changes to Empressr v.5

I don’t generally like long gaps in code pushes, but this particular push has some substantial changes in the underlying Empressr Engine. The first thing you will notice is that objects placed on the canvas are now selectable anywhere as opposed to having to grab a handle, the feedback as you move and manipulate objects is much tighter and responsive. This was a major redevelopment and the reason it took so long to push this version. A list of new things:

BIGGER — 

  • Empressr now has a smaller application footprint aka uses less memory so you can now do bigger presentations without running the risk of running out of memory
  • fullscreen slide sorter, making it easier to organize your presentation

FASTER —

  • You’ll notice that both the application and the viewer load 100% faster than v.4 w00t
  • We now only load fonts that you are using in your presentation and no longer load a default set, this saves about 1MB of things you may or may not have been using
  • Flex 3, we are now Flex 3 which by default is substantially faster than Flex 2
  • Optimized thumb-nailing with less server calls
  • Optimized 3rd party api calls for faster results in your searches

STRONGER —

  • Publish your Empressr as you save your work, less steps means more efficiency = happy users
  • In-line preview of your work
  • Import from PowerPoint will auto-preview

…and finally with this big new code push it is going to allow us to focus on bringing more detailed features for things like  text, video and images and much faster fashion, so stay tuned.
go create something now!

Ready to be Empressed! v3 Released

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Emails are going out this week to let everyone know that Empressr is ready for Public Beta! We are really excited about the v3. It has been re-imagined!We know there will be a lot of questions, and yes some bugs :) and we encourage all comments and questions. We will be posting some screen casts to the Web site at the end of the week to help you get empressed.The New Flex Empressr Composr is more interactive and full of new features.  

  • Choose the size of your Empressr
  • Snap to grid, object and guide
  • Customize grid spacing
  • Zoom to align objects with greater accuracy
  • Use a different background for each slide
  • Select transitions between slides including 3D effects
  • Arrange layering
  • Copy and paste objects from slide to slide
  • Drag and drop images, videos and Flash assets from the Library
  • Robust text tables and charts
  • Add transparency effects on all objects
  • Capture images from your Webcam right into the Library
  • Tag media assets 

Requires Flash 9 plugin available for download at the Adobe Web site. For Mac OS X 10.5 users, please download the newest release candidate from Adobe Labs Create new EmpressrsTo create using v.3 simply click “+Create New” or “+Quick Show”Modify past EmpressrsYour existing Empressrs will not be converted to v.3. You may still edit them using v.2.A few known issues to be aware of:

  • Linking to content outside of our domain,(such as flickr, etc) is not fully implemented, we will have that working tomorrow. 
  • Some of the styles that you set are not being retained, this is at the top of the list to fix. 
  • Thumb-nailing is not working on flash files yet, and sometimes the thumbnails on the videos do not generate. 
  • Some transitions are chunky at less than their original size, works perfect full size and full screen. 
  • Fonts, the upload your own font feature has not been implemented yet and we have a small font selection available to work with for now.

That’s the big ones, and we should have most of these taken care of in the next few days.Have fun and remember, this is a Public Beta!Bryan

Ready to be Empressed! v3 Released

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Emails are going out this week to let everyone know that Empressr is ready for Public Beta! We are really excited about the v3. It has been re-imagined!We know there will be a lot of questions, and yes some bugs :) and we encourage all comments and questions. We will be posting some screen casts to the Web site at the end of the week to help you get empressed.The New Flex Empressr Composr is more interactive and full of new features.

  • Choose the size of your Empressr
  • Snap to grid, object and guide
  • Customize grid spacing
  • Zoom to align objects with greater accuracy
  • Use a different background for each slide
  • Select transitions between slides including 3D effects
  • Arrange layering
  • Copy and paste objects from slide to slide
  • Drag and drop images, videos and Flash assets from the Library
  • Robust text tables and charts
  • Add transparency effects on all objects
  • Capture images from your Webcam right into the Library
  • Tag media assets

Requires Flash 9 plugin available for download at the Adobe Web site. For Mac OS X 10.5 users, please download the newest release candidate from Adobe Labs Create new EmpressrsTo create using v.3 simply click “+Create New” or “+Quick Show”Modify past EmpressrsYour existing Empressrs will not be converted to v.3. You may still edit them using v.2.A few known issues to be aware of:

  • Linking to content outside of our domain (such as flickr, etc) is not fully implemented, we will have that working tomorrow.
  • Some of the styles that you set are not being retained, this is at the top of the list to fix.
  • Thumb-nailing is not working on flash files yet, and sometimes the thumbnails on the videos do not generate.
  • Some transitions are chunky at less than their original size, works perfect full size and full screen.
  • Fonts, the upload your own font feature has not been implemented yet and we have a small font selection available to work with for now.

Those are the big ones, and we should have most of these taken care of in the next few days.Have fun and remember, this is a Public Beta!Bryan

Roadshow: This week, Techcrunch40 then Flashforward

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

I’m at the third show of the Empressr Fall roadshow. It has been a hectic week, Monday and Tuesday in San Francisco for the Techcrunch40, where Empressr was part of the demo pit. Then the red eye to Boston Tuesday for the opening of FlashForward. Today is the second day of Flashforward and I have been demoing the new Flex interface of the Empressr Composr. The Composr is where you create and edit presentations. It looks great, everyone I’ve spoken with loves it and can’t wait to start using it. It looks and performs like an application that resides on your computer, but is 100% browser based. We have greatly expanded the media capabilities and added a ton of new features, I’ll follow up with a post shortly covering the new features.Check out the “Sneak Peek” empressr of the new interface that I posted a few days ago.We are planning a private beta release in about 4-6 weeks. If you are interested in being part of the private beta sign up now. People that sign up before the end of September will have the opportunity to participate in the private beta of Composr.