The New York Times isn’t beyond a little “experimentation” — not when it comes to iPad apps, at least. The old gray lady today is showing off its “experimental” iPad web app, an HTML5-powered reading experience available to digital subscribers with its Web + Tablet and All Digital Access packages. The app’s got four ways to consume all the news that’s fit to digitize, including the Trending format, which offers up the past hour’s top 25 trending stories on Twitter and the more traditional Today’s Paper, which recalls those days when people used to get their news from dead trees. More info can be found in the press release after the break, and if you’re on an iPad, you can access the site via the source link below.
If you’ll recall, it was only a few weeks ago when Flickr announced Aviary was replacing the vanished Picnik as the main photo-editing tool on the site. Now, continuing its ongoing makeover, the Yahoo-owned image hosting service is introducing yet another feature. Uploadr, as it’s very cleverly dubbed, is an HTML5 web apparatus, which Flickr says will make for a “completely new uploading experience.” There’s a few major attributes Uploadr brings to the table, including improvements in the speed department, a drag-and-drop UI and bigger file size limits for paid and free users. Flickr notes that folks will now see a boost in uploading speeds of up to 30 percent, while “some” international users may see a spike of somewhere between 50-60 percent. As for file sizes, the limits have been bumped to 50MB for Pro hogs and 30MB for those enjoying the freebies. Uploadr’s set to be rolling out over the “next couple of weeks,” and is currently offering browser support for Chrome, Safari and Firefox.
Mozilla has now started to integrate a native PDF reader into Firefox 14 versions. A new nightly build of Firefox 14 has been released over the weekend, which brings with it a new integrated PDF viewer within Firefox.
When a PDF is now opened in the Firefox 14 a browse tab is created and a toolbar appears at the top enabling you to go to a specific page, change the zoom level, print, download the PDF, or bookmark its current location.
It wasn’t that long ago that Myriad gave us an exclusive sneak peek at its platform agnostic Android app emulator, Alien Dalvik 2.0. While we were there, the company gave us a glimpse of another project, called Remarkz, that piqued our interest. Remarkz is a slick little HTML 5 application that lets users annotate web pages with text and drawings and share the marked up pages via email, Facebook and Twitter. As opposed to using screen grab programs like Skitch or Jing, Remarkz keeps the web page links live and only requires adding a bookmark to get started. Additionally, a timeline feature lets you see when new notes are made on a page and who made them — giving it greater potential for use as a collaboration tool. True to Myriad form, it works on any platform (tablets, PCs and Macs) using any browser that supports HTML 5. It’s still in beta for now, but the app works pretty well despite a small bug here or there. Plus, given its egalitarian nature, Myriad hinted that we may see it on more screens (think big) in January at CES, which would up its cool quotient considerably. Interested? Check out a video walkthrough of the app after the break, and hit the source to start using it yourself.
The main interface is divided into 3 sections. The left sidebar holds selected UI element composition tools, right side bar has all the main web UI element lists, including, shadow effects, images, text, whereas the bottom section contains the timeline editor to choreograph animations.
The Elements pane lets you show/hide selected element and lock it down to prevent further editing. When you select an element from the main screen, it immediately highlights it in Elements pane, making it easier to hide or lock it. When you hover mouse pointer over an item listed in Elements, it tells you class initials with name, so you can easily identify it in CSS file.