Adobe Buzzword: Rich User Experiences
This week’s blog will be about the fourth pattern in Tim O’Reilly’s ‘Design Patterns and Business Models’: Rich User Experiences and in regards to Rich Internet Applications (RIA). This blog will cover the Web 2.0 Application of Adobe Buzzword and I will go on to discuss how Buzzword relates to a Richer User Experience and its many benefits.
Firstly, what are RIA’s?
Rich Internet Applications (RIA’s) are web-based applications that have many features/characteristics of a desktop application which are hosted via a web page using browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, Java and Microsoft Silverlight. RIA’s have the ability to combine the best elements of a desktop interface with web pages which therefore generate a richer user experience. One such example of an RIA is Adobe Buzzword.
What is Adobe Buzzword and how is it a RIA?
Virtual Ubiquity an Adobe Company created Adobe Buzzword based on the Adobe Flash platform. Adobe Buzzword is an online word processor where users are able to create, store and share documents with others. Users are able to provide team mates, friends and family members with permission to access files where they are able to read and edit documents. Some of the Adobe Buzzword features include: cut, copy and paste functions. Other features include toolbars that enable users to organise text in paragraphs, use bulleted/numbered lists, fonts, insert images and table and spell check. These features work within the application just the same as a traditional Word Processor such as Microsoft Word.
Virtual Ubiquity took the traditional features of a desktop Word processing application and created Adobe Buzzword. The result is an online word processor which provides a rich user experience. Users that utilise Adobe Buzzword can and will experience the following benefits:
- An easy to use interface – user friendly
- Allows commenting to those sharing the document
- Keeps track of document history allowing users to revert back to previous versions
- Enables users to store their documents in a single repository
- Allows users to import Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), plain text (.txt), Rich Text Format (.rtf) and Open Document Format (.odt) files
- Provides the traditional features as a desktop application (cut, copy, paste, tables, images etc).
Adobe Buzzword vs. Zoho Writer
Like Adobe Buzzword, Zoho Writer is an online word processor where users are able to create, store and share documents. However, Zoho Writer is a much more established online word processor in regards to the functionality that it provides users compared to Adobe Buzzword. Zoho Writer has taken a step further in the sense that they have provided users with the ability to post documents to blogs, upload documents from Google Docs and they have also provided users with offline support whereas Adobe Buzzword are still in the process of achieving that feature.
Zoho Writer also offers its users with almost twenty fonts compared to seven fonts provided by Adobe Buzzword, emoticons and enables users to save documents in Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, SXW, Open Document Format, HTML, Rich Text Format and plain text formats. There are some significant differences between Adobe Buzzword and Zoho Writer as far as features is concerned. Another key difference/benefit of Zoho Writer is that users are able to signup for free and still use full functionality whereas Adobe Buzzword offers a free sort of ‘trail’ version, however, limits functionality such as web conferencing numbers, PDF conversions and storage space.
Future Plans for Adobe Buzzword
Adobe and Virtual Ubiquity plan to invest in Buzzword which will leverage the Adobe AIR runtime by integrating Buzzword with a variety of Adobe’s existing online document collaboration services. These include, Create Adobe PDF online, Adobe Document Centre which helps users retain control of documents and track their usage, and Adobe Acrobat Connect software.