Archive for the ‘Adobe Share’ Category

Adobe Share Just Got a Speed Boost

January 12, 2009

Adobe Share (this link only works on iPhone or Safari browser)

Adobe Share (this link only works on iPhone or Safari browser)

Adobe Share 1.7 was released today. This is the best release of Share to date. The upgraded service is now quite snappy and this alone should make the service a lot more useful and fun to use. If you’ve an iPhone, you can access your Share files directly from your iPhone too (this link only works from an iPhone or a Safari browser).

Here comes Adobe Share &!

June 2, 2008 is here. This first release of includes the latest version of Adobe Share (check out the brand new UI and its PDF creation feature). With Share you have 5 GB storage where you can store and share your documents. Share will automatically convert your files to PDF, create Flash previews and generate thumbnails. This new release is the best release of Share to date. Adobe Flex, Adobe LiveCycle, Alfresco, ActiveMQ, Tomcat, JBoss, JDK 1.6, are some of the components that we have used to create this service. Share is just one part of, other noteworthy parts are buzzword – the best online word processor – and Connect Now (the easiest and best screen sharing application). Best of all these services are currently free. Enjoy!

Adobe Share 1.3.5 is out!

March 28, 2008

ShareThe new revamped Adobe Share (beta) 1.3.5 is out! This version offers PDF creation, updated Flash previews (supports full screen mode) and improved performance. The system is based on the Alfresco for content management. The various rendition generations are based on Adobe LiveCycle, Creative Suite and other core technologies. Share also offers Web Services that developers could use to create desktop or online applications. Here is an application that I created a while back that gives you access to Share on your iPhone. Try, it is great way to share your files and presentations (click on the thumbnail to see the Share Flash Preview in action).

If you’ve been using the Share web services, you’ll need to change the URL of the end point from to

Rails config/environment.rb

October 23, 2007

Today the company I host my site updated their Rails platform from 1.2.3 to 1.2.5 and all of sudden my Ruby on Rails application that gives users an HTML (suitable for an iPhone) view of the Adobe Share library stopped working. The following error message kept appearing in the error log:

Cannot find gem for Rails ~> Install the missing gem with 'gem install -v=1.2.3 rails', or change environment.rb to define RAILS_GEM_VERSION with your desired version.

I had to edit the config/environment.rb file and update the Rails version from 1.2.3 to 1.2.5.

# Specifies gem version of Rails to use when vendor/rails is not present
RAILS_GEM_VERSION = '1.2.5' unless defined? RAILS_GEM_VERSION

This change fixed the problem.

Adobe SHARE for your iPhone

October 2, 2007

Adobe SHAREAdobe today released a beautiful looking online service called Adobe SHARE (beta). Share can be viewed as your online document library in the clouds. You can easily upload a document and share it with others. A thumbnail and an Adobe Flash preview of most document types are automatically created and the Flash preview can be embedded in most blogs. At this point the share service requires a browser with latest version of the Adobe Flash plug-in.

Share PDFIn addition, today Adobe also released the web services for SHARE. The web services offer a simple REST based API to access Share libraries. You can use the web services to create mash-ups. In my quest to learn Ruby on Rails. I’ve written a simple application (based on the RailsSpaces book) that allows you to view your Share library using plain old HTML. I wanted to access my Share library on my iPhone (which has an excellent support for PDF and other file formats). The current mash-up – is not speedy, nothing is currently cached and there are lots of other applications running on this server. You can see the source code here.

There are a couple of minor bugs in the current web services & this mash-up:

  • The XML requests cannot contain any new line characters. For now, just send your XML request as one long string with no line breaks.
  • Ruby returns the current time in seconds. Share API requires the time in mili-seconds, so consecutive calls may appear to be issued at the same time. Just add a sleep in between the calls, e.g., to insert “sleep 1” when you iterate over the list of your documents.
  • There is a typo in the API documentation, the URL to get the source document must end in src and not in source. See the definition of the method src.
  • I tweaked the site.css file and now the application shows up as a tiny thumbnail on my iPhone. Just tap on the app and iPhone will automatically zoom it.