Let's start with the Good:

  • Absolutely loved the keynote. Kevin Lynch (and a set of guests) did a good job explaining Adobe's vision over a variety of platforms - from desktop to tablets to mobile. It was a great message and one of the fastest keynotes I've seen. (They actually ended early which is a shock.) Some of the demos were incredible: Content Aware Replace on a table - hardware accelerated Flash video. It all looked pretty darn exciting and I can't wait to see more.
  • AIR was everywhere. I think that AIR, after ColdFusion, is the technology I'm most excited about. We were shown AIR on a template, on a TV, on a phone - pretty much everywhere. I think it's a great sign for the platform. Adobe quoted how many installs of the AIR runtime have been shipping but unfortunately I can't remember the number. It was pretty significant. For more details on AIR related news, see this entry.
  • If you had told me I would have been enjoyed Martha Stewart at MAX I woulda called you crazy - but wow. Her and Kevin gave a great demo and she seemed like a pretty darn interesting person.
  • A whole heck of a lot of software have been dropped on Labs, including Burrito, the new version of Flash Builder with mobile support. I'll be posting more on this later but it's pretty incredible how easy Adobe made this process. See this entry for more details.
  • The first day of the ColdFusion Unconference went spectacular. For many sessions we had standing room only. Great turnout and I hope to see as many people
  • Oh yeah - we got a free phone. I won't lie - if you give me stuff, you make happy. I'm easy that way.
  • I don't remember her name, but the woman from Motorola said something along the lines of, "If someone gives you a browser without Flash they aren't giving you the whole Internet." Awesome - and I agree completely.

And now the bad...

If you follow me on Twitter, you saw that last night my laptop bag (and laptop of course) was stolen. Totally my fault as I walked away from it, but if I was a jerk to anyone today - I apologize. I'm trying to be pragmatic about it. A lot of other things could have happened a lot worse then just having a laptop stolen, but it's pissing me off a bit more as time goes on. I've got a laptop (obviously) now that I'm borrowing so I was able to present. (Thanks Dean Harmon and Charlie Griefer!) Tomorrow will be better, right? Don't forget you can watch the keynotes online live. (See max.adobe.com.) I've heard the quality was excellent, and oh yeah - it works on all