Inman’s Fever

fever.jpgShaun Inman launches his latest software, Fever, a really slick feed reader. There are a lot of really interesting things to note. First it’s a very slick interface based on the average temperature of the human body. The hotter the feed, the higher the temperature. Written for WebKit or Gecko-based browsers, it’s a really smooth UX. This is a bold move and provides us all a glimpse into what the web might be like without IE.

Lastly, it’s not a hosted application. Like Inman’s very successful analytics tool Mint, this is a PHP/MySQL application that needs to be installed on a web server. Inman’s audience seems narrow: developers or very web savvy users who are willing to use non-microsoft tools and want a fantastic user experience. Narrow is good.

Check it out www.feedafever.com

Posted by on June 17, 2009 with no comments yet

Props from WSJ

wwc.jpgOn June 6th The Wall Street Journal wrote up a quick review of www.washingtonwine.org. Here’s a peak.

This Web site, for the burgeoning wine industry of Washington state, has it all: good maps, drool-worthy photographs and plenty of information about the wineries, even including current weather conditions.

Read the whole article here.

This site was designed and produced, and is currently hosted and maintained by PLY. Look for an updated Explore section coming in mid-June.

Posted by on June 7, 2009 with no comments yet

Google Makes Waves

googwave.jpgEarly last week Wave was announced at Google I/O. It’s Google’s new communication and collaboration tool, due out sometime towards the end of this year. Of course it’s a web app. If anyone’s questioning when when the desktop will meet the web, well, it’s here. Expectedly, it has some really advanced UI functionality. It’s built on HTML 5, has real-time IM, and true desktop integration where you can drag files from iPhoto and drop them into a Wave. To top it off, it’s open source.

There are a couple question marks for me though. One, it looks a lot like Outlook in it’s general appearance. I’ll admit, I’ve never used Outlook, so I can’t say from experience if the interface works or not. But I’m surprised Google didn’t take the opportunity to move away from the Outlook paradigm. Secondly I question it’s complexity. Google has always created conceptually simple tools, and Wave is very complex. Let’s all hope this isn’t the beginning of over-designed, over-thought Google tools.I’ll be first in line to check it out when it hits the street, with fingers crossed that it’s easier than it looks.

wave.google.com

Posted by on June 1, 2009 with no comments yet