Macromedia Central provides a safe environment for developers to deploy occasionally-connected applications. Using Macromedia Central, developers can create an application and give it away for free. Or they can sell it to end users using the Try/Buy framework that is part of Central.
I’ve had a bit of enthusiasm for Flash lately. So, this Macromedia Central thing that’s been on its way for a little while now looks very interesting.
<p>But… What differentiates it from every other “widgets on your desktop” or “widgets in a little box” technology that’s come before? <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=dodots">Remember</a> <a href="http://disobey.com/ghostsites/show_exhibit/dodots">DoDots</a> ? <span class="caps">CNN</span> called them <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/computing/04/07/dodots.idg/">the web without a browser</a> and there was general gushing here and there about it. At one point, I was close to being drafted to write a few promotional games using their <span class="caps">SDK</span>, and it seemed nifty enough. No clients bit, though. And all that remains of the company on the web are ghost pages and ex-employee photo albums and reunions. Oh, and I still have a mousepad and a clipboard from the dev kit.</p> <p>And then there’s <a href="http://java.sun.com/products/javawebstart/">Java Web Start</a> and <a href="http://www.konfabulator.com/">Konfabulator</a> . Have any of these sorts of things really taken off? I mean, they all have their share of nifty things, but has this idea of a centrallized corral of mini-apps ever paid off? Flash is yet another cool technology with which to develop these things, but will Central take off?</p> <p>I’m not trying to whiz on anyone’s Cheerios, since I honestly think these things are nifty, but then again I like widgets with fun buttons to push.</p>
Update: Hmm... Mike Chambers is inviting questions about Central. Maybe I should wander over there and ask.