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HTML5 unleashed: EWC Presenter is one app for all your visual content needs

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EWC Presenter is a new HTML5 based web application that allows everyone to easily create content in HTML5; we’re talking about presentations, infographics, banner ads, animations and virtually all other visual content in between.

But before getting into the nuts and bolts of this app let’s remember the days not too long ago when you would visit a site and your browser would warn you to download a later version of Flash or Silverlight (Microsoft’ answer to Flash). For content publishers (ex. designers and developers would have to spend extra time to adjust the same content for number of browsers, displays and devices because content had to be optimized for different flavors of various browsers in particular Internet Explorer?). Those days are over thanks to HTML5, but the challenge to utilize HTML5 has been reserved for advanced level designers and developers; at least until now.

A quick look back: not so easy to use, or is it?
Unless you have been completely disconnected from new trends on the internet, by now you know that HTML5 is quickly becoming the standard for creating all types of content that is supported by virtually any device (web, tablet and smart phones) and any platform be it Mac or Windows. This is a huge victory for both consumers and content creators who have been waiting a long time for this level of standardization.

HTML5 is an extension of HTML, the code that is the foundation of web page code and and combined with CSS3 (3rd iteration of Cascading Style Sheets) it serves as the fabric and glue that hold your content together to form a web page. You may not know HTML code, but you stare at tens if not hundreds of pages per day rendered in HTML including this one.

Most of us just don’t have the time or experience to have to deal with code and would rather just visually form our content the same way we consume it. This is one of a few reasons why in the past Flash became so popular among designers. Designers don’t like to code; they are visual beings and Flash was a tool that virtually eliminated the need to code and allowed creating interactive content more easier than ever before. Continue Reading →

Easily Create Interactive Content in HTML5

Create interactive content easily with the HTML5 web application called Presenter

When Steve Jobs released his thoughts on Flash it was the beginning of an end to web interactivity as we knew it because literally all interactive content up to that point was based on Adobe’s Flash. HTML5 was the closest alternative but unless you were a good designer and great at HTML5/CSS3 coding you would find it cumbersome to create the level of interactivity versus using Flash.

Content creation in HTML5 for Everyone
A new convenient Web Application called Presenter is not only changing but also simplifying the way visual content is created. Presenter is developed by Easy WebContent a division of HindSite Interactive known for their award winning custom web design and development services. In 2010 after inquiries for their interactive projects declined (due to Flash’s demise), they took on a major challenge of creating an application that would revitalize the way engaging content is created.

The fact is they didn’t want to just create another animation software; instead Easy WebContent spent over 2 years of research and development to create a single application that will serve all your rich content needs not only for animations, but also for presentations, interactive infographics, banners, and product demos. And all along designed in a manner that anyone be it a novice or a professional designer can utilize the easy to use interface and the various features to create content quickly and easily right in your browser. Think of it as a marriage of Flash and Powerpoint on the cloud, but on HTML5. As a result any project you create is viewable on virtually any devices (web or mobile), any platforms (PC or Mac), and all recent browsers. Continue Reading →

HTML5 Security, the Book

HTML5 Security, the Book

I thought I had my first Mac computer virus a couple of years ago. It turns out the vicious hacker was a baby blue stuffed manatee in another room. It was pressing down on a wireless keyboard I had stopped using weeks earlier. It took me longer than it should have to figure out. Very embarrassing! Wouldn’t it be nice if all computer problems were human error? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Malicious attackers are probably reading this right now as they try to find out more information on how to exploit HTML5. The next Dr. Evil is out there and this time it won’t be “sharks with lasers.”

The eBook HTML5 Security is pretty self-explanatory and a must read for all serious developers especially since it’s priced under $5. It is by a German author, Carsten Eilers who is a freelance consultant and coach on IT security and technical data protection. I had the opportunity to download a free copy of HTML5 Security for this post. I like how Carsten handles the basics. He believes the first question you should ask yourself when pondering how to repel attacks should always be “What are the goals of the attacker?”. The book covers XSS Javascript, communication in HTML5, local storage options, Clickjacking, and more. There are also diagrams, code examples, and screenshots throughout the book to help explain the points Carsten is making.

I am giving away 5 free copies of HTML5 Security. Continue Reading →