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Tagged webtop

Ads for Microsoft Office 2007 are futile


The latest wave of Microsoft Office 2007 ads are just lame.

Do I smile on my way to work because I get to use Gmail, WordPress, Dictionary.com, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, iTunes, Bloglines, or any other technology? No. To suggest otherwise, especially with software as boring and commonplace as Microsoft Office, is comical at best.

The ads are unconvincing and go unnoticed (unless you’re critiquing their stupidity). One demerit for Microsoft’s ad agency.

Adobe to launch FREE online Photoshop in six months

TechCrunch is reporting that Adobe will release a FREE, online edition of Photoshop within six months time. I’m a little iffy on its likely performance (since larger PSD’s gobble up so much RAM), but if it’s a suitable alternative, my journey to the webtop will be near complete. Here’s a list of current software I use online, all the time:

  • Email: Gmail.
  • Word processing: Google Docs (just wrote my latest 1400 word column on it)
  • Spreadsheets: Again, Google Docs.
  • Research: FireFox
  • Blogging: Blogsmith, WordPress, Blogger, custom Rails blogging software
  • Podcasting: Skype (though I have to use local recording software)
  • Landline: Vonage. Manage all of my phone settings online

I still use iTunes, Dreamweaver, Fetch (ftp), and Photoshop locally, but I’m all about migrating files and tools online in an effort to make my work flow more accessible from anywhere. How much of a webtop are you currently using?