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The bridge connecting designer and programmer is the central focus for software companies like Microsoft and Adobe. Especially since both are venturing into each others’ turf with Microsoft providing Expression Studio coupled with XAML and the .NET framework while Adobe with Flex Builder and the web programming language environment. Microsoft is extending from its desktop stronghold to the web while Adobe is bringing its web tools and Flash dominance onto the desktop (see my recommendation on Adobe AIR)

And now, Adobe is bringing in another big gun, Thermo.

Adobe Systems Inc. next year will release a visual tool for designers to help them more quickly and easily build RIAs (rich Internet applications) and work better with developers writing code on the back end.

The tool, code-named Thermo, allows designers to draw a picture of what an application will look like and then, without having to write code, generate applications from those pictures that have the full ability to interact with users, said Mark Anders, vice president of engineering for Adobe. He and Adobe Product Manager Steven Heintz demonstrated the tool on stage during Tuesday’s keynote at the Adobe MAX 2007 user conference in Chicago.

Adobe, like Microsoft Corp. and other companies providing tools to develop RIAs, are trying to solve the problem of how designers and developers work together, since their processes are very different. It has been traditionally difficult for designers’ vision for the visual presentation of the application to come to fruition once developers code the logic of the application. Moreover, designers that are visually oriented are not typically good coders, and it has been difficult for them to create an application that truly meets their vision for it with the tools available today.

According to Anders, Thermo should help solve these problems by allowing designers to turn their visual representation of an application into a working program before it gets to developers. “We’re really trying to make it so that designers don’t have to change the way they work, and what they give to a developer makes more sense,” he said.

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Written by gooddealz

October 3, 2007 at 10:39 am

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