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Friday, July 14, 2006

Adobe Labs Releases Flex 2 Web 2.0 App JamJar

What is JamJar?
JamJar is a demonstration of a rich internet application built on Flex 2. It provides a graphical, private, persistent, and customizable canvas for small groups to easily exchange digital content.

Can the public use JamJar as a collaboration tool?
Yes. JamJar can be accessed by anyone with an Adobe ID (the same ID that is used by the Adobe Store and other services). Use of the service is free, funded by advertising. There are limits to how much any individual can use the service (see below) and bear in mind that this is an experimental technology that is subject to change. Please review the terms of use for a better understanding of use of this new technology.

How many people can I invite to a space?
With each JamJar space you can interact with up to 20 participants. Additionally, each registered user can decide to make one space a ‘public’ space which allows for open access to the space. When a space has been designated as ‘public’, it will have a space URL that can be posted to provide access to many individuals without inviting each and every person to that space. The checkbox for switching a space to a public space is in Connections Pod > Space Info.

How much content can I upload in a space?
Each JamJar space can hold up to 20 MB of content.

Are JamJar spaces really private?
JamJar was built so that by default the content of your JamJar spaces will not be searchable by internet search engines and can only be accessed by people that have been invited to the space. All password exchanges and file transfers that occur between a web browser and the JamJar servers are conducted over a secure line using industry standard SSL encryption.

If JamJar is secure, why does Firefox report that some content could be viewed by others?
JamJar is a secure web service that establishes an industry standard SSL connection for every session, including the log on process. The advertisements from Google are displayed in a separate frame within the browser window and these ads are not conveyed through a secure connection. Firefox detects this mixed environment and posts the correct alert notification.

How long can I keep shared content in my space?
Although JamJar is a technology demonstration, the JamJar team will strive to maintain the content of your space while the service is available on Adobe Labs. We intend to provide email communication with JamJar’s users when we become aware of changes that may result in your content being removed. Please be advised that you should always retain personal copies of all the content that is shared on a JamJar space to protect against unforeseen failures or changes to the environment.

Why are there ads in JamJar?
The Google Ads in JamJar allow Adobe to offer the service for free. Revenues generated from the ads help to pay for the server costs required to keep JamJar running. The content of the ads are driven by submitting the space title and space description as keywords to the Google ad engine. No other content is searched.

Can I get technical support for JamJar?
JamJar is a technology demonstration and no direct technical support is provided. However, there are a number of forums available from the Adobe Labs site, as well as, in-product information under the Help menu.

Can I use JamJar if I live outside of the United States?
Per the Terms of Use, the use of JamJar is intended for use in the United States. A valid Adobe ID, allows for access to JamJar from anywhere on the internet.

Are there other language versions available other than English?
At this time JamJar is only provided in English only.

What Flex 2 technologies does JamJar use?
JamJar uses both the Adobe Flex 2 UI framework as well as Flex Data Services (FDS). Within FDS, RPC services, the Flex Data Management Service, and Flex Message Service are used to talk to our persistence tier as well as our J2EE server app.

Can I build widgets for JamJar?
Although the widget architecture was designed with third-party extensibility in mind, we currently do not have a fully-developed 3rd party JamJar Widget SDK, nor do we have a process to test and deploy 3rd party widgets. We may add this capability in the future if developers show enough interest.

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