“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

MS Max – Photo Sharing and News reading

MS Max is a project by the folks at Microsoft to show off some of the new features in the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) currently available in .NET 3.0 beta. This thing is worth checkin’ out, especially if you have any interest in Rich Internet Applications.

MS Max Photo
The Photo application depicted above is one of many view types you get of your photos. They are playful and practical. You can set up your presentation of photos so that when those who you choose to share with come to your collection (which always remain resident on YOUR computer through MS Max’s peer-to-peer system) they see it how you want. I really like this “Mantle” view that frames different images into 3-D angled views and groups them.

MS Max News
The above screen is of the just release Blog Feed Reader. I really like where they are going, but want a lot more. What you see above shows you a very different and more engaging display style. I for one was reluctant to do RSS-like feeds b/c I didn’t want people loosing my designs, but with a reader template like this that is so dynamic, I have very little complaints about the content presentation. Most of my complaints are about content management. Everything is an individual feed. There are no groupings, taggings, categories, folders, collections of any kind. There is also no way to import or export an OPML file.

More important to the actual feature set is what concepts are being demonstrated within the application:

  • New Photo Layouts
  • Pencil Annotations for images
  • Peer-to-peer sharing
  • Resizing capabilities
  • Animation for transitions
  • New News dynamic layout

These up the ante on the “Rich” in RIAs.

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