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WebAssist - whose partners include Adobe, PayPal, Yahoo!, Google, and Affinity - today released the latest version, v3.0, of its best-selling SiteAssist program. SiteAssist 3.0 includes new professional-level designs that the company added, according to its President Eric Ott, in direct response to its customers' growing need for standard-compliant sites. “We’ve managed to add all the benefits of CSS functionality in SiteAssist 3.0 while keeping the tool very easy to use," explained former Macromedia executive Ott (pictured) in an interview with SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan. "Standard-based sites, especially those using CSS-based layouts," he added, "are easier to maintain, more flexible and better supported by current browsers." Ott's vision for the Encinitas, CA-based company is that both professional Web designers and small businesses are hungry for a quick... (more)

"Real-World Flex" — Flex 2, the Flash Player, ActionScript and More

With its free features, such as the Flex SDK, Flex 2 uses Adobe's ubiquitous Flash Player as its runtime, which is why Adobe can confidently predict millions of users and 1,000,000 developers. That, according to Flex Product Manager Eric Anderson (pictured), is the key to understanding the potential of Flex: it is going to have the widest reach of any other technology in the world. Anderson's talk was particularly useful for anyone wishing to master Flex Data Services, and his demos were well received by the completely full Grand Ballroom at SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Flex" One-... (more)

AGent Iluminar Built with Open Source Flex, Offers Web 2.0 Functionality

Auto-Graphics has announced the development of AGent Iluminar, a next generation Web Services application for the company's library automation platform. AGent Iluminar was built using the free open source Flex framework, which provides end-to-end development of rich Internet applications that run identically on all major browsers and operating systems. AGent Iluminar provides a more visual and interactive user experience to facilitate social networking, and "drag and drop" customization capabilities for an improved user experience and administrative workflow. AGent Iluminar prov... (more)

Adobe Introduces Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5

Flash Session at Cloud Expo Adobe introduced on Monday Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5, the new professional interaction design tool that allows designers to rapidly create expressive Web application interfaces and design interaction without writing code. With Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5, Flash Professional CS5 and Flash Builder 4, designers and developers will be able to collaborate and work more productively together. Full details of the announcement and a list of new features in Flash Catalyst can be found in the press release for your reference. The tools and pricing (subject to change... (more)

Dave Wolf of Cynergy Will Speak on "Front to Back Development" on August 14

Dave Wolf (pictured), VP of Consulting at leading RIA design and development company Cynergy Systems, is giving one of the more intriguingly titled presentations at SYS-CON's upcoming "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar next Monday, August 14. It is called "Front to Back Development – Designing and Building Better Flex Apps." A sought-after public speaker, Wolf has presented at major technology conferences such as JavaOne and Microsoft TechEd. At Cynergy, he oversees consulting operations worldwide and spends most of his time interacting directly with the field and working in... (more)