Sparkle beta released

I’ve just been nutty busy lately. I got my email down to zero by the time I left for home at about 9 p.m. (was at work at 8:30 a.m. so long day). How high is my email flow? By the time I got home 25 minutes later my cell phone showed 10 new emails. Knock, knock, how do you make a blogger boring? Send him email!

Anyway, one of the four interviews I did yesterday (whew!) was with the Microsoft Interactive Designer team (aka Sparkle). Today they released a public beta so you can try it out for yourself! Here’s the video and links to the beta.

I was pretty harsh on the team. They have a long road ahead of them because Microsoft has not been seen as a good vendor in the design space. They answer that this tool enables a paradigm shift in how designers and developers will work together.

I did love that they used Flickr to build their demo. Yahoo will love that!

So, what do you think?

40 thoughts on “Sparkle beta released

  1. This looks like a Windows-only Macromedia Flex imitation.

    So while Flex apps can be made in Windows, Mac and Linux and can be viewed on Windows, Mac and Linux, Sparkle is limited to Windows only creation and display.

    And Flash plug-ins are already deployed to a majority of browsers on every platform.

    Tell me again why I’d want to use this?

  2. This looks like a Windows-only Macromedia Flex imitation.

    So while Flex apps can be made in Windows, Mac and Linux and can be viewed on Windows, Mac and Linux, Sparkle is limited to Windows only creation and display.

    And Flash plug-ins are already deployed to a majority of browsers on every platform.

    Tell me again why I’d want to use this?

  3. I don’t think sparkle is aimed at web development at all, like so many people here think. It isn’t aimed at print design either, so the whole Acrobat PDF comment is fairly out of place as well. In fact, PDF has nothing to do what-so-ever with the space that Sparkle targets.

    What I got from this interview was that an application has been developed to connect application UX designers with application logic developers, using VSTS as the basis for connectivity and collaboration. Pretty damn simple to understand I would have thought.

    The really cool thing is that you can utilise any of the exposed user functionality in the code to generate UX. Designers can probably utilise components in ways the developers never intended and this can be immediately demonstrated back to the devs.

    Clearly people here haven’t fully grasped this application’s capabilities and instead looked on it as doing the same thing as other design apps.

    The great thing also is that this application isn’t about one particular language (ie. Delphi, lol). Ima gonna trust that these guys aren’t as stupid as some of the people making the comments in this forum and give them the benefit of any doubt. Of course, once the product is out there and people are using it and comparing it, there won’t be any doubt.

  4. I don’t think sparkle is aimed at web development at all, like so many people here think. It isn’t aimed at print design either, so the whole Acrobat PDF comment is fairly out of place as well. In fact, PDF has nothing to do what-so-ever with the space that Sparkle targets.

    What I got from this interview was that an application has been developed to connect application UX designers with application logic developers, using VSTS as the basis for connectivity and collaboration. Pretty damn simple to understand I would have thought.

    The really cool thing is that you can utilise any of the exposed user functionality in the code to generate UX. Designers can probably utilise components in ways the developers never intended and this can be immediately demonstrated back to the devs.

    Clearly people here haven’t fully grasped this application’s capabilities and instead looked on it as doing the same thing as other design apps.

    The great thing also is that this application isn’t about one particular language (ie. Delphi, lol). Ima gonna trust that these guys aren’t as stupid as some of the people making the comments in this forum and give them the benefit of any doubt. Of course, once the product is out there and people are using it and comparing it, there won’t be any doubt.

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  7. I gotta agree with most of the posters here.

    It’s really sad to sit and listen to these guys proudly describe the “revolutionary” and “unique” features of their product. Are they completely clueless or are they just marketing their product?

    AFAICT there’s nothing in Sparkle that I haven’t been able to with existing products for ages. Live design time data (“one of the most unique things” I believe they called it)? Been doing that in Delphi since version 1 – that’s over ten years ago.

  8. I gotta agree with most of the posters here.

    It’s really sad to sit and listen to these guys proudly describe the “revolutionary” and “unique” features of their product. Are they completely clueless or are they just marketing their product?

    AFAICT there’s nothing in Sparkle that I haven’t been able to with existing products for ages. Live design time data (“one of the most unique things” I believe they called it)? Been doing that in Delphi since version 1 – that’s over ten years ago.

  9. You clowns have been stewing in your own juices for WAY too long.

    Try the following exercise: go through the Quartz Composer examples that come with Apple’s developer tools. Then tell me how long any of them would take to duplicate with Sparkle.

    Now you know what to do for the next six years.

  10. You clowns have been stewing in your own juices for WAY too long.

    Try the following exercise: go through the Quartz Composer examples that come with Apple’s developer tools. Then tell me how long any of them would take to duplicate with Sparkle.

    Now you know what to do for the next six years.

  11. Enterprise-Level? Heh, two words to make Scoble’s eye’s glaze over. Not that MBS, now rebranded Dynamics, has much to yam up. Great Plains, Axapta, Navision, Solomon, CRM, whew…what a confusing strategy and roadmap, supposedly morphing into this all vague utopian Project Green.

    And I don’t think I have EVER heard Scoble even MENTION Convergence, and now’s the time to hype it up. Unbelieveable that they are STILL having Doug Burgum keynote tho, I mean after chopping his head off and all.

    I think I have heard “We didn’t sell that story right…” about MBS a million times. Convergence, March 25-28 in Dallas, like take note…I think just casually I have seemingly informed more Press than all of whatever Marketing team you guys have for that group.

  12. Enterprise-Level? Heh, two words to make Scoble’s eye’s glaze over. Not that MBS, now rebranded Dynamics, has much to yam up. Great Plains, Axapta, Navision, Solomon, CRM, whew…what a confusing strategy and roadmap, supposedly morphing into this all vague utopian Project Green.

    And I don’t think I have EVER heard Scoble even MENTION Convergence, and now’s the time to hype it up. Unbelieveable that they are STILL having Doug Burgum keynote tho, I mean after chopping his head off and all.

    I think I have heard “We didn’t sell that story right…” about MBS a million times. Convergence, March 25-28 in Dallas, like take note…I think just casually I have seemingly informed more Press than all of whatever Marketing team you guys have for that group.

  13. Hey Robert?

    When you start building Enterprise – Level web infrastructures on an Xbox, you just let me know.

    Or do we REALLY need to explain in small words the difference between a game console and an IDE?

  14. Hey Robert?

    When you start building Enterprise – Level web infrastructures on an Xbox, you just let me know.

    Or do we REALLY need to explain in small words the difference between a game console and an IDE?

  15. John pretty much nailed it. It’s the Internet, and there is no room for more Windows-only technologies. Better luck next time…

  16. John pretty much nailed it. It’s the Internet, and there is no room for more Windows-only technologies. Better luck next time…

  17. And what will Expression/Sparkle do for people who need to deliver content to !Windows browsers with zero loss of features and functionality?

    Wait…wait…I already know…

    “Not much”

  18. And what will Expression/Sparkle do for people who need to deliver content to !Windows browsers with zero loss of features and functionality?

    Wait…wait…I already know…

    “Not much”

  19. I doubt the marketplace will be committed to Sparkle motion. Why develop for something that the Borg is going to incorporate into their product in the next release cycle?

    Also what’s wrong with PDF? It is a perfectly fine open format. There’s 3rd party support for it. With the new LiveCycle stuff (mainly workflow) Adobe’s miles ahead of MSFT on this. See Adobe’s blogs for some demos.

  20. I doubt the marketplace will be committed to Sparkle motion. Why develop for something that the Borg is going to incorporate into their product in the next release cycle?

    Also what’s wrong with PDF? It is a perfectly fine open format. There’s 3rd party support for it. With the new LiveCycle stuff (mainly workflow) Adobe’s miles ahead of MSFT on this. See Adobe’s blogs for some demos.

  21. Watch out Adobe – All I can say, based on real thorough evaluation.

    A lot of people will be surprised right about this time next year – I think.

  22. Watch out Adobe – All I can say, based on real thorough evaluation.

    A lot of people will be surprised right about this time next year – I think.

  23. Wish I could see it – still publishing in wmv – means you’re preaching to the choir. Please publish videos in pr0n industry standard mpg.

    Thanks

  24. Wish I could see it – still publishing in wmv – means you’re preaching to the choir. Please publish videos in pr0n industry standard mpg.

    Thanks

  25. Ouch — next time I won’t email you, I’ll just call you ;)

    I’ll check out the Sparkle video. Microsoft may not be seen as a good vendor in this space; but Visual Studio / WPF developers need a default tool for building vector graphics — I hope Sparkle fills this role (and at a good price).

  26. Ouch — next time I won’t email you, I’ll just call you ;)

    I’ll check out the Sparkle video. Microsoft may not be seen as a good vendor in this space; but Visual Studio / WPF developers need a default tool for building vector graphics — I hope Sparkle fills this role (and at a good price).

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