Today I tried out an online spreadsheet/database tool called Blist. I was actually looking for a tool that let’s me manage my collection of art (not that I have such large collection that I need a database, but excel is such a boring tool and I can’t add images that easy). I have a very positive first impression of Blist (which was launched this year). After watching one or two tutorials you are good to go. Interface works pretty intuitive and performance seems fast enough for a web app (it is build using Flex I believe). What puts me off however is that every ‘blist’ (their name for ‘sheet’) automatically shows up on their community page. If you indicate that your data is private, this will not show, but still your username and blist title will be there. Why do I want to bother total strangers with lists of my stuff? Social spreadsheets… as we say in Dutch: “het moet niet gekker worden”. Anyway, this an application to watch.
It would be nice if you can check out people at a party before (or even without) talking to them. How this works? This is described in the article Playing tag from the Economist’s Quarterly Technology Review. A Bluetooth enabled phone identifies a person and you get the personal information from social sites. Mobile web2.0.
The image resizing tool that I talked about in a previous blog entry, is now available as rich internet application, called Rsizr. According to MIT Technology Review, the founder of Rsizr saw the video, read the research paper that was published at Siggraph and decided to implement the algorithm into his tool. There is even another start-up that has done the same, but made it a Photoshop plug-in. That’s the speed of innovation!
With web2.0 and rich internet applications, the line between software applications (tools) and service gets blurred. An interesting example is Sketchcast.
It basically is a community to share your sketches, but they also provide the tool to make and upload your sketch. It just started this summer and the content is still a little boring, but for it could be interesting for the Wacom community (how about “embed a sketch-based intro on your blog?”) .