While at SXSW last week I got to chat with some of the folks from Fallon, a really great agency known for being on the leading edge of design and technology. They showed me an AIR application that proves that. The application is called Skimmer and is part Twitter client and part social manager. You can update your status for Twitter or Facebook but it also includes a media viewer which allows you to view your contact’s photos and videos from sites like Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube.
The key is that they spent a ton of time thinking about user experience and design to create the application and they said they wanted to capture a great out of browser experience for social media. To that end they’ve got very cool full screen functionality, drag and drop uploading to Flickr and YouTube as well as the option to view everything offline. It’s a perfect use-case for Adobe AIR – a bridge between the cloud and the desktop. One of my other favorite features is the widget creator. Once you sign into your accounts you can customize and generate a Flash-based widget that will show off your Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter posts. It’s something I plan to use on my root domain as a fun way to show what I’ve been doing.
On the technical side they also have a good implementation for the OAuth-type of functionality for Flickr and Facebook. This is something AIR developers are going to have to think about and I liked the way they implemented it with an extra window spawned by the application and loading the Facebook or Flickr authorization in an HTML control.
Congrats to the team at Fallon. I love this application.Tweet