Two apps that might be of interest in and of themselves and as
indicators of continuing trends of convergence, ease of use, and
1) Google has acquired Writely, the "word processor for the web." It's
actually a cross between an HTML editor, a word processor, and a wiki in
that it allows one to create and share documents. It has the standard
collaborative doc features like control over access and who can edit.
Can upload from Office (both MS and Open) and write to PDF. Yet another
2) PhotoMesa, from University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction
A Windows-based "iPhoto"-like photo browser with two neat features:
- a zoomable image browser that allows a user to zoom in and out on
any image at the click of a button. A huge number of images can be
quickly scanned because PhotoMesa displays on the screen all the images
in a file or from a search. And as the cursor passes over a thumbnail
image, a larger version of that picture appears.
- a newly patented feature that allows direct annotation of individual
photos and of individuals in photos that makes labeling photos far
easier than in caption-based systems. "For example, with this feature, a
user can take names from a list of family and friends and drag them
right onto the chest of people in a photo," Bederson explained. The
program thereafter associates that name with that person in that image.
This makes it possible to see the names as you scan photos with the
zoomable feature or to search the whole database to find every photo in
which this person appears."