ObjectsOnClouds.org – An Open Source Project Initiative

The ObjectsOnClouds Open Source Project Initiative (ObjectsOnClouds Project) is a worldwide collaborative effort to develop a set of technologies interworking together as a cloud computing platform. The ObjectsOnClouds Cloud Applications Computing Platform (ObjectsOnClouds Platform) consists of a Java-based server component (The Ionosphere Server), IDEs for building cloud applications (Aurora), platform-native desktop cloud application clients (Gravity), as well as AJAX/web-based cloud applications.

Highlights of some of the select features the ObjectsOnClouds Platform are – real-time multi-user collaborative multi-language content editing, version control with instant push notifications upon content changes, fine-grained permission control for secure access to contents, and much more.

The ObjectsOnClouds Platform is also a complete cloud applications development environment. It features many innovative ideas including a free-form “natural” database which abstracts the complexity of traditional relationship databases. This allows even non-technical people to easily create the next generation of cloud applications very quickly and easily.

The Ionosphere Server – Java-based server component
The Ionoshephere Server is a Java EE/GlassFish-based server component that is central to the ObjectsOnClouds Platform. The RESTful-based Web Services API is built-in for fully connected cloud computing with both the platform-native desktop clients and AJAX/web clients. A Web Server API is also included to serve validated HTML pages for deploying dynamic websites that are fully optimized for search engines.

Aurora for Mac and Windows – IDEs for building cloud applications Aurora is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for building cloud applications. As a native application for Mac and Windows, Aurora is designed to take advantage of the platform’s speed and efficiency.

Gravity for Mac, Windows and iPhone – the platform-native clients for cloud applications
Gravity is a technology which allows developers to create platform-native applications – for Mac, Windows and iPhone – all without programming! Cloud developers use Aurora to specify the application elements – menus, windows, content display areas, etc. – and Gravity connects to the cloud to load, assemble and launch the live cloud application as a native platform application. This gives users more choices for cloud computing and even has the potential to make AJAX/web technologies irrelevant.

AJAX/web-based cloud applications IDEs and clients
Advanced AJAX/web programming tools and libraries, web browser-based cloud applications can take advantage of the innovative features that the ObjectsOnClouds Platform has to offer.

Anyone – worldwide – can Join and Participate in this Exciting Project!
The ObjectsOnClouds Project is looking for both professionals and students who have the skills and dedication to open source software development to become involved in creating the next cloud applications platform. Developer membership is free and volunteers can gain worldwide recognition in the forefront of the cloud computing revolution. If you possess skills in project management or have development expertise in Java EE, AJAX, GWT, Mac (including iPhone; using Objective-C and the Cocoa framework) or Windows (using C# and .NET framework), we invite you to become part of this exciting project!

About the ObjectsOnClouds Project
The ObjectsOnClouds Project is an open source initiative to create a set of technologies interworking together as a cloud computing platform. The computing industry is in an exciting revolution moving f r o m desktop-based computing where data are stored on the local computer’s hard drive, to cloud computing where all data and contents are stored on cloud servers. The ObjectsOnClouds Project aims to accelerate this revolution by delivering a complete cloud applications development and computing platform. For more information, please visit the ObjectOnClouds.org website.

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June is perfect time to start your Project Office at only $1232

Mediachase announces a special summer offer: since June 17 the company cuts off the price of all Instant Business Network 4.7 packages by 15%. The offer is valid discount is from 17 to 27 of June, 2009.

Instant Business Network (IBN) is web-based collaborative software, developed using .NET. The product consists of a web portal and a set of client tools that solve together a wide range of business tasks including project collaboration and management, incident management as well as time-tracking and reporting. IBN allows co-workers, team members, customers, and partners of a company to effectively collaborate and share information in the own online company’s working portal.

Instant Business Network is agile project management software. It suits to enterprises, small business and project management teams and groups IBN PM allows to organize simple online project management. With IBN Project Management system you can easily create project team including your business colleagues, partners and freelancers and organize online management process.

With IBN collaborative system you have a complete set of project management collaboration tools such as creating tasks, uploading files, sharing calendars, following discussions, creating custom lists and more. After initial training and guidance from experienced IBN PM Staff, the IBN Project Collaboration portal becomes an invaluable resource to conduct your daily jobs that everyone in your company or organization can benefit from.

You will no longer have to exchange emails back and forth to share Microsoft Excel or Word documents with our Project Management Collaboration Software package. Rather, within your IBN portal, you can create separate projects, each with their own repository to store files in. Anyone with access to the project can upload, download and open files from the repository. With version control built-in, the IBN project collaboration software will make note of the version of the document that was upload into the repository. This way, the system streamlines your work processes and eliminates unnecessary email clutter and scattered files.

June is perfect time to start your project office! You can buy full packaged project management software for your 15 users at only $1232! If you prefer hosted solutions with monthly payment, you can choose IBN SaaS at $6.97 per user per month.
To use the discount one just needs to enter code “IBNJuneDiscount” in the corresponding field after adding an IBN package to his cart: https://secure.avangate.com/order/product.php?PRODS=1982543&QTY=1&LANG=en

Download the trial version now and experience how Instant Business Network can help you manage your task and projects like never before. Please visit our website for more information and to start downloading the tiral version at http://ibnportal.com.

About Company
Mediachase has been designing and building innovative collaboration and project management software based on Microsoft .NET technologies since 2001. Our comprehensive lineup of software, services, and business communication solutions, enables strong information sharing, collaboration and secure communication capabilities for any size organization. More than 7000 users over the World use our products making their everyday work comfortable and efficient.

High quality of the products and services as well as experience and competence of our staff are confirmed by Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Status for ISV solutions and Microsoft Dynamics CRM (with MS Dynamics CRM specialization) competencies. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners that have obtained these competencies have a successful record of developing and marketing packaged software based on Microsoft technologies.

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Pounce Consulting Enters The Embedded Development World

Pounce Consulting a wholly owned subsidiary of Pounce Consulting de Mexico S.A. de C.V. has announced today the creation of Pounce Embedded Systems. This division is a boutique operation that specializes on design, development and proof of concept of embedded solutions. This new division represents a 1.2 million USD investment on capital equipment, and training of resources. Pounce Consulting has also announced that Jorge Velasquez will be joining their staff as the General Manager of Pounce Embedded Systems; Mr. Velasquez has more than 10 years on the embedded world, working as a Global Manager for Motorola and Freescale Semiconductors.

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Pounce Embedded Systems will be dedicated to meet client’s electronics engineering needs and will support them in the medical, automotive and the consumer markets by accelerating the design cycle of electronics solutions guarantying access to the latest technologies.

This new division adds significantly to Pounce’s technical talent pool of professionals and allows Pounce to continue its growth plans by generating jobs and business opportunities in the US and Mexican markets.

“This new Embedded division brings more value to our company, it makes us more competitive in the global market for technical services and it places Pounce as a key partner for customers that want to co-invest in the development of Embedded solutions.”said Roger Viera, Pounce Consulting CEO.

About Pounce Consulting
Pounce Consulting is a leading, Mexico based, technology consultancy founded in 2001 as an IT service provider focused on assisting their clients in their efforts to connect with their customers, suppliers and employees. Pounce Consulting IT services include Application DevelopmentApplication IntegrationCaptive Center services (Near Shore), IT Outsourcing as Flexible Workforce Solutions. The company also providesSoftware Architecture Assessment and Design.

Pounce Consulting Mexican headquarters and Global Delivery Center are located in Guadalajara, Mexico. The firm also has offices in Aguascalientes, Mexico City and Monterrey. Headquarters for Pounce Consulting Inc. are located in Anaheim, California.

To know more about Pounce Consulting and how they can add value to your business visit www.pounceconsulting.com or e-mail your comments to marian.garibay@pounceconsulting.com.

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Xara Xtreme, The World’s Fastest Designer Program, Upgrades To Version 5

Whether it’s creating high quality illustrations, designing your brochures or designing your website the versatility of Xara Xtreme or Xara Xtreme Pro 5 is the solution.

Already appreciated by many as the fastest graphics illustration program with pioneering graphics technologies, it now has many more features to assist website creation and photo handling,

Favored by many professional designers for its slick workflow, new in this version 5 release are:

• New website design features aimed at designers who want to focus on design, not coding, Xara Xtreme is a supreme rapid website prototyping tool producing fully cross-browser, cross platform, standards compatible (X)HTML.
• Fast photo editing tools enhanced to include Content Aware Photo Scaling which allows images to be stretched without distorting key points of interest in the photo. Combined with the new photo masking tool you can additionally protect any part of your photo.
• The ability to anchor graphics (vector, or photo) to text so they flow with the text.
• Automatic font embedding, enables Xara documents to be distributed, viewed and printed WYSIWYG with any fonts.
• A new multi-language real-time check as you type spell checker.
• A new Object Gallery enabling easier page / layers / object identification, re-ordering and selection. e.g. you can now just drag the page thumbnail for page re-ordering.
• Improved file import / export including EPS, PDF import and export, camera RAW
• Improved Flash creation
• A new range of professionally designed templates, ready for easy customization, including business media, flyers, brochures and now a wide range of website templates.

…and more than 100 other improvements.

Xara Xtreme is a great all-round graphics and document production tool, able to create vector illustrations, web graphics, flyers and now high-quality websites with ease. This one tool can produce all your documents. Instead of using separate, often expensive, difficult-to-learn software packages, with Xara Xtreme you can re-use the same creatives for brochures, (it includes excellent PDF export) and websites.

Create once and use for multiple creative media – DTP style documents, brochures, PDF files and websites.

Xara Xtreme works with Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista/7 and retails for only $89 and Xtreme Pro is only $249.

For further details see www.xara.com

For a full list of the new features see www.xara.com/products/xtreme/upgrade/

You can see some examples of work created by our customers at www.xara.com/gallery

Demonstration movies showing Xara Xtreme Pro in operation (WMV format) are available f r o m: www.xara.com/xtreme/movies

Performance – Xara Xtreme remains the highest performance graphics application, towering above other market leading vector products. see www.xara.com/products/xtreme/performance.asp

About Xara
Xara has been developing computer software since 1981, the early Microcomputer era. It has focused mostly on publishing related software products, starting f r o m Wordwise, a hugely popular Word Processor in the ’80s, to desktop publishing software (Impression) and graphics products in the ’90s for the Acorn RISC computer. Xara’s first Windows product, Xara Studio, was quickly snapped up and marketed by Corel in the late ’90s as CorelXara. The rights were acquired back f r o m Corel and it has since evolved into Xara X and the most recent Xara Xtreme. Xara has a particularly strong technology and innovation history. It pioneered many of the graphics technologies and techniques used by the industry today. It was the first to introduce vector anti-aliasing, the first with vector transparency and graduated transparency and the first with vector feathering. Many of its User Interface techniques have been adopted by the industry. The graphics engine that is at the core of Xara Xtreme still remains the world’s most powerful. In January, 2007, Xara Ltd was acquired by Magix AG f r o m Berlin, Germany. The company now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.

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