More On-line Presentation Tools…while Presenter celebrates its seventh birthday…

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It’s articles like this that remind to keep in perspective how great the value proposition of Adobe Presenter (formally Macromedia Breeze Presenter) is.  Presenter is the original product within a series of applications that make up what is now called Adobe Connect (formally Macromedia Breeze), and has literally been out in the market since 2000.

When engaging with customers on the Connect/Breeze product line, I end up spending the majority of my time on our web conferencing or training solutions, basically assuming that people “get” the value proposition of being able to take your huge presentation with animations and such, add voice over, and publish it all together as a rich Flash application on the web.  However, every now and then I run into a customer who isn’t aware of this technology, and am reminded through their reactions of what a great concept this is.  Kudos to Keith and Kevin (Presedia founders) for having the vision back then…

Airplane seating – a better way

Airplane Seating – There’s got to be a better way…

I had a cancelled flight this morning, and ended up being placed on the next flight out. This meant a reassigned seat, and lucky for me, it was the middle seat between two large adults. If you’ve sat next to me before in an airplane, then you are aware I have fairly broad shoulders, which will end up annoying you pretty quickly. Couple my shoulders with my tendency to fall asleep almost instantly with my head way back and my mouth wide-open, and you’ll be looking for the parachute.

Today, I wasn’t getting much sleep with these large people surrounding me, so I thought about what could possibly help my situation. The first and most obvious was not to travel. Second, charter a plane. So with two strikeouts, what was next? Ding Ding Ding. I looked across the way and saw these three small people in the seats across from us. As I jealously eyed the person in the middle seat, it dawned on me that there is probably a pretty simple solution to broad-shoulder-thunderdome:

Most travellers today are using frequent flyer programs to benefit from their suffering. Why not include a profile attribute which contains your shoulder-width? This could then be used to calculate optimized seat-assignments for the greater-passenger-good! How hard could that be?