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Adobe has launched a preview version of Edge, a new web motion and interaction design tool which enables creative professionals to deliver animated content to websites with web standards such as HTML5, Javascript, CSS3.

Edge will feature regular updates with the goal of staying a step ahead of ever-changing web standards, while also implementing user feedback to supply the best user experience possible.

Some features from the preview:

    •    Create new compositions with Edge’s drawing and text tools.
    •    Import popular web graphics such as SVG, PNG, JPG or GIF files.
    •    Easily choreograph animation with the timeline editor. Animate position, size, color, shape, rotation and more at the property level.
    •    Energize existing HTML files with motion, while preserving the integrity of CSS-based HTML layouts.
    •    Copy and paste transitions, invert them, and choose from over 25 built-in easing effects for added creativity.

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to learn more.

Security Concerns Lead Microsoft To Rework Live.com Service

Concerns about location privacy, as well as a July 29th CNET article that analyzed the security of the Live.com geolocation service prompted Microsoft to restrict access to their Live.com database. Microsoft's database is capable of publishing exact geographic locations of Wi-Fi connected devices, and was created through crowdsourced data collection from WP7 devices and vehicles that record Wi-Fi signals found on public roads. 

Reid Kuhn, a Microsoft Program Manager on the Windows Phone engineering team, sent a statement to CNET regarding the change:

This change adds improved filtering to validate each request so that the service will no longer return an inferred position when a single Media Access Control address is submitted. While it was not possible to use the service to track a roaming mobile phone or laptop using its MAC address prior to this change, Microsoft is keenly aware of the sensitivity around all privacy issues, especially those surrounding geolocation...

Microsoft's commitment to privacy means that not only will we seek to build privacy into products, but we'll also engage with key stakeholders in government, industry, academia and public interest groups to develop more effective privacy and data protection measures. We will continue to update our service with improvements that benefit the consumer in both positioning accuracy as well as individual privacy.

Read the original article here.

Etsy's Continuous Deployment Tool Goes Open Source

The folks at e-commerce site Etsy have open sourced The Deployinator, a Continuous Deployment-focused tool, on GitHub. One click and your code goes to your webservers and is serving requests. From the "Code As Craft" site on Etsy:

One of the design goals of Deployinator has been to be as simple as possible. It’s a sinatra web app, but could really be written in anything. The script that does the svn updating (and checking out for new stacks) is in PHP and some of the straight-up simplest code possible. The commands that Deployinator runs through for each different stack are listed in ruby methods, and are mostly strings (with servers and such interpolated). It’s easy for anyone to come in and change how something works. Simple, understandable software that gets the job done.

Learn more about it here.

Download the Deployinator here.

LibreOffice Now Enterprise Ready

The Document Foundation announced the release of LibreOffice 3.4.2 office suite, which is now officially ready for enterprises and individual users. The two previous versions (3.4.0 & 3.4.1) were not suggested for production use. The new version is the combined effort of, according to TDF Steering Committee member Italo Vignoli,

"[The] activity of 300 contributors having made more than 23,000 commits, with the addition, deletion or modification of around five million lines of code".

Contributors include SUSE, Oracle, Red Hat, and Canonical.

Download LibreOffice 3.4.2 here.

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