My Central Priorities
In response to John Dowdell's post on the future of Central I just wanted to clarify my list for Central.
First off I wrote this a few weeks back, so lets clarify from that:
1/ No Central Brand or shell, Call it Flash Application Player.
2/ Apps should launch by instance.
3/ Allow desktop shortcut icons, as well as System tray icons for Central apps.
4/ No lisencing (kills adoption), there has to be another way for this to make MM money
5/ Window launching containing swf ui's.
6/ API's for other controls eg:Browser, Windows media,etc
7/ Drag and Drop files from desktop
8/ Application Masks, allowing unusual shapes (like Apple Widgets)
9/ System Tray Menu control
In a way what I am looking for is a product like SWFStudio that i can launch and download through the Flash Player like a Central app.
I mentioned the SNL Merger Model application that we developed for SNL Financial in the previous post. This application would have seen major benefits, being able to be pulled to the desktop , but the Central enviornment really encumbered it. We would want power users to pull down the application if they so desire, but we would not want that application to come with all of the community features that Central has currently.
We want the ability to store large amounts of data locally, and to perhpas generate PDF, FlashPaper, and Excel documents on the desktop rather than at the server. We do this at the server right now, but it is potentially the most heavy operation of the application. somehow facilitating this being done at the desktop would be a huge advantage for an application like the SNL Merger Model.
Those types of capabilities are what I would like to see in a desktop shell.