The AJAX Experience 2009

September 10th, 2009 by Ross

Last year, we presented the first public look at Cappuccino at the AJAX Experience in Boston. This year, we’re back to talk about all the progress we’ve made.

I’ll be showing off some of the newest features in Cappuccino, as well as giving a general overview for those who may be new to the framework. I’ll also be giving a session on Atlas, our upcoming visual development tool. Finally, I’ll be giving a keynote address on developer tools, with a focus on some of the exciting new tools coming out soon.

If you’re going to be there, come see my talks for some great information about Cappuccino and web development. And if you see me, come up and say hi!

WWDC: CPCoder Night, hosted by Sofa and 280 North

June 5th, 2009 by Tom

If you’re in town for WWDC, or happen to be in San Francisco already, stop by CPCoder Night on Monday for a chance to meet 280 North, Sofa, and dozens of other Cappuccino developers. It’s taking place from 7-9PM in the Martini Lounge at Jillian’s, in the Metreon across the street from Moscone West.

Thanks to sponsorship by Sofa there will be food!

If you can’t make it before 9:00 we’ll likely be hanging around the bar at Jillian’s after, but check @280north on Twitter for updates.

Cocoaheads Talk on Atlas & Cappuccino

March 30th, 2009 by Ross

Last week Francisco gave a talk about Cappuccino and Atlas at the Cocoaheads meetup in Silicon Valley. They recorded the event and posted it a few days ago, so we wanted to share it. Thanks to Scott Stevenson for setting up the event, and Intuit for hosting. Enjoy!


March 5th, 2009 by Nick

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Nick Small and I’m the newest member of the 280 North team. I started using Objective-J and Cappuccino the day they launched, and recently, Ross, Tom, and Francisco have hired me to help maintain and update 280 Slides. I’m working on some new features and updates, and I’ll also be helping respond to feedback and email. Finally, I’ll be posting here whenever there are updates to 280 Slides.

I look forward to helping improve 280 Slides to make it greater than it already is and working with the great team at 280 North. Also, please feel free to let me know if you have any issues with anything!

Nick Small

Announcing Atlas

February 28th, 2009 by Tom

This week we announced our next product, called Atlas, at the Future of Web Apps conference in Miami.

Atlas is a visual development tool for creating web applications using the Cappuccino framework. The best way to explain Atlas is to show it:

Think Vitamin has an article discussing Atlas in more detail.

We’re really excited about the ways Atlas could change the process of developing web applications. Atlas will allow developers to worry less about boilerplate user interface and glue code, just as the Cappuccino framework gives developers many common features expected by users, letting them focus on the ones specific to their applications.

Furthermore, Atlas allows non-programmers, such as many graphic designers, to join in on the process of actually building an application, rather than just providing mockups that must then be replicated in code by a developer.

Atlas will be available this summer. Sign up for updates on and we’ll let you know of the progress on Atlas.

Web Directions North

December 15th, 2008 by Ross

The Web Directions North conference is coming up Feburary 2 through the 5th in Denver. The conference includes some great sessions on the state of the art in AJAX, but it also includes two days of workshops, including Cappuccino Bootcamp. If you’re interested in learning more about Cappuccino, the JavaScript Web Framework we built to power 280 Slides, then you should come out to the conference!

As an added bonus, you can use the discount code WDN09RB at checkout time to save $50 off either the conference or just the workshop. This is a great chance to get hands on experience with Cappuccino straight from the developers. I’ll also be part of a JavaScript talk on Wednesday, in addition to the workshop, for those people who might want to learn more but aren’t interested in coding.

I’ll be posting a bit more info about the content of the workshop once we get closer to February. Hope to see you there!

280 North at Future of Web App conference in London

October 25th, 2008 by Tom

Francisco gave a talk at the Future of Web Apps conference in London last week. Flickr user bastienlabelle captured this great photo:

Additionally, the FOWA crew has posted video highlights from Francisco’s talk, as well as a quick interview:

In the News

October 24th, 2008 by Ross

280 Slides was featured recently on CNET, in an article by Bob Walsh, who said, “I was able to create this three-slide presentation as easily as I would in Keynote, and more easily than if I had been using PowerPoint.”

He also mentions fellow CNET blogger Matt Assay, who also wrote about using 280 Slides, calling the experience “exceptional.”

In the last month we’ve seen a few tutorials posted to YouTube, including this one:

And we’ve received a lot of feedback via e-mail, blogs, and our in application feedback system. All in all, people are very happy with 280 Slides, and we’re getting some great ideas about how to improve the application in the future! We’ll keep you updated as we continue to improve the best presentation app on the web.

280 Slides Featured on Google Code

September 23rd, 2008 by Tom

Our friends at Google have listed 280 Slides as a featured project on Google Code for it’s slick integration with the YouTube API and Google AJAX Search API. 280 Slides allows you to easily add photos from the Google Image Search, and movies from YouTube to your presentations.

Try out these features if you haven’t already!

Open the 280 Slides Editor, click the “Pictures” or “Movies” button, enter a search term, and hit the “enter” or “return” key. Simply drag a picture or movie from the results listing to the slide.

To preview an image or movie, select it and click the preview button next to the search field.

Announcing Cappuccino

September 4th, 2008 by Ross

We don’t want to repeat ourselves too much across this blog and our new one, but this news is too important to pass up.  

Cappuccino, our web application framework built in Objective-J and modeled after Cocoa, is now available as an open source project at!

Francisco said it best:

We’re open sourcing this technology because we sincerely want to be part of a world where there are more high quality web applications like 280 Slides. We’ll be putting a lot of resources into Cappuccino in the future, and we plan to build a strong open source community around the development platform. We can’t wait to see where you take this with us.

Techcrunch also posted a great write-up.

Cappuccino is how we built 280 Slides, and it’s going to change the way people build web applications. So, head on over to and get started building your own app!