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
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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
280atlas.com and we’ll let you know of the progress on
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
To preview an image or movie, select it and click the
preview button next to the search field.
We don’t want to repeat ourselves too much across this
blog and our new one, but this news is too important to pass
Cappuccino, our web application framework built in
Objective-J and modeled after Cocoa, is now available as an
open source project at http://cappuccino.org!
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 cappuccino.org and get started building your own