A year and a half ago the New York Times had a nice write-up on R that still serves as an introduction to the software/programming language. I know, I know. I am beginning to speak a different language. I blame it all on Tangherlini.
In the weirdly wonderful category comes news that the Library of Congress offers a virtual tour of its facilities via an iPhone/iPod Touch app. Here’s the link to the web version of the iTunes Store: link.
A number of vendors and environments are arising to support the easy creation of applications for the iOS platform. Two in particular stand out in my mind and are worth checking out:
If content creators really want not only to have a say in how their content gets distributed but also help to innovate the forms and kinds of content, we need at least to be aware of the possibilities if not get our hands, and minds and content, in the game.
According to this [post on 9-to-5 Mac](http://www.9to5mac.com/Flash-html5-canvas-35409730), it looks like there is limited support for exporting webapps/RIAs/whatever created in Flash to HTML5’s Canvas element. This is precisely the Adobe I know and love: offering its users, content creators, the chance to develop in their preferred medium. I know Adobe bought Macromedia for Flash, and Flash did, and does, make it incredibly easy to develop a variety of interesting tools and user experiences, but Adobe shouldn’t risk its future by trying to determine *what* people will create. Adobe is at its best when it’s offering “best of class” tools and IDEs that work for *how* people want to create.[^1]
There’s a Youtube video from an Adobe demonstration at a conference somewhere, but it’s not so great that I’m embedding it here. Definitely go to the 9to5Mac page if you’re interested.
[^1]: And, no, I don’t really don’t know where I stand on the whole Apple doesn’t want developers exporting out of Flash CS5 for iPhone/iPad apps. (And can we come up with a term that covers Universal apps for the iPhone OS platform — that is, those apps that will run on the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad? “Universal apps for the iPhone OS platform” is kinda clumsy.)
This iPad app version of _Alice in Wonderland_ is not everything one could hope — it appears to involve only a limited amount, and kind, if interaction — but it’s a clear start, and it begins to reveal just what even a small amount of imagination unbound from the conventions of what books have been can do.
*Please note*: I love books. Love, love, love them. I love the way they feel, and I love the way they work. I am working on a book of my own right now. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t hope that the new tablets won’t open up a world of possibilities for content creators. That’s where I hope all this is taking us: that we can fit the medium to the message, and not the other way around, as has been the case with a fairly limited set of media that were largely controlled by a limited number of organizations.
Adobe’s John Nack posted the following video on his blog revealing a new “Context Aware” healing/deletion functionality in PhotoShop CS5. I don’t do that much with PS that I typically need to upgrade — I only went from CS1 to CS3 for the Intel compatibility — but this new functionality, no, this new *magic* is amazing: