Monday, June 16, 2008

code swarm

Ever wondered how much effort goes into such great OS projects as Eclipse or Apache Web Server?
Michael Ogawa created the code_swarm project. He used processing to turn the project's svn activity into I may say beautiful organic visualizations.
"This visualization, called code_swarm, shows the history of commits in a software project. A commit happens when a developer makes changes to the code or documents and transfers them into the central project repository. Both developers and files are represented as moving elements. When a developer commits a file, it lights up and flies towards that developer. Files are colored according to their purpose, such as whether they are source code or a document. If files or developers have not been active for a while, they will fade away. A histogram at the bottom keeps a reminder of what has come before."
He intends to releease it as Open Source so I guess it's a matter of time until we all start visually analizing our teams performance.
Goody, another PM toy :)

Monday, June 02, 2008

Acrobat 9, Flash 10 - a photo(shop) finish is live!
Adobe just pushed Acrobat and Flash one step closer. Check out the site. Surely you will find some features you've been longing for since this whole Web2.0 party started ;)
The super pdf files you can create with Acrobat 9 have xray vision, are faster than a bullet and can display embedded swf files while allowing live document based collaboration inside the application.
" itself is a very nice integration of Buzzword, ConnectNow, PDF, and Share. It feels quite snappy (despite the “loading…”), and there are a lot of nice animations of course. A good showcase for Flex"