Adobe has provided an update on where the company is and what’s to come with Project Comet, its new solution for UX designers and developers. Project Comet is designed as an end-to-end solution for creating and prototyping websites and mobile apps. The company expects to release a public beta of the solution early next year, with its initial focus on mobile app design.
The public beta relation will feature design and layout capabilities, quick access to common UI elements, a prototyping mode, desktop-based preview mode for testing prototypes, and built-in sharing.
After the public beta release, the company plans to add reusability capabilities, the ability to preview and make edits in real time on mobile devices, deeper workflows with Photoshop and Illustrator, and support for plug-ins and custom workflows.
Apple shuts down analytics company Topsy
Apple’s recently acquired Topsy Labs, an analytics company, has shut down, according to a Tweet made by Topsy.
Topsy made various products that searched and drew data from conversations happening on services like Twitter. In its final tweet it wrote, “We’ve searched our last tweet.” Going onto Topsy’s website now redirects to an Apple support article on how to use Search on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The company was also tweeting often until Nov. 20, 2013, and that’s when tweets stopped entirely.
Apple hasn’t acknowledged what specifically it used Topsy’s technology for, but instances can be found here.
Tobii announces support for Windows Hello
Microsoft and Tobii, an eye-tracking software provider, have announced a collaboration on facial recognition for Windows Hello. Windows Hello is Microsoft’s biometric security solution in Windows 10. With support for Window Hello, Tobii can make it easier for the solution to work in a variety of lighting conditions, and even in the dark.
“Technology has a fundamental duty to understand humans better and improve their daily lives,” said Oscar Werner, president of Tobii. “With Windows Hello, a person never needs to remember their password to log in. Microsoft’s interest to make Windows Hello work with Tobii eye-tracking devices is a testament to the value—both now and in the future—of our joint ability to enhance the Windows experience for consumers.”