Macromedia Central Beta Released

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Everyone and their brother is blogging it, but Macromedia released a public beta of Central today. It sure looks pretty, but I'm not sure if it will fly. I already use a web browser to get all of my information anyway, so do I want to run another application? At the same time, it's ability to work offline is nice as well, but I'd bet most of the applications will be more tuned for net access. That's the real crux of the issue, perhaps, the applications. I'm curious to see what apps get created and what kind of market there will be for them.

Just for the heck of it I've added a poll to my site to let you rate what you think of Central. I'm in the undecided category right now but I'm curious to see what others think.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Brian posted on 9/25/2003 at 9:27 PM

I agree w/ you. I don't see the potential from an end user perspective. From an actionscript developer's perspective I think its cool. Guess we'll see where it goes..

Comment 2 by Todd posted on 9/26/2003 at 4:38 PM

I didn't mind Central, I thought it was pretty neat. I like having a movie finder app right on my desktop instead of having to open a browser to go hunt down the Loews theater times, etc.

Couple of things tho:
1.) The console should snap to the edge of the screen or something.

2.) The console shouldn't take up an application space on my task bar. If it's going to be something that I want ran in the background, then the systray icon is enough (and, it's already there, it's taking up 2 slots instead of just one).