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The AJAX Experience 2009

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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!

Cocoaheads Talk on Atlas & Cappuccino

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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!


Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

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.

In the News

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

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.

Import Existing Presentations

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Last week we launched another brand new feature: Import. Now you don’t need to start from scratch to use 280 Slides. Just import one of your existing presentations and get back to work! To get started, you can click the Import button in our Welcome screen, or in the top left of the title bar.

We support PowerPoint 2003 (PPT), PowerPoint 2007 (PPTX), and Open Document Format (ODP) files, up to a maximum size of 25MB. 

You should also know, we’ve worked hard to make the transition as seamless as possible by not only importing your slides, but your masters and layouts as well, so that you can continue editing your presentation as if you’d never switched programs at all.

This has been our number one user requested feature since the day we launched, and we’re incredibly pleased to be able to provide it for you all. We’ve tested hundreds of existing presentations from around the net to offer the best experience we possibly can when working with your existing documents, but if you happen to come across one that isn’t up to your standards, send it to us at and we’ll get right on it.

Now With Notes

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008


Yesterday we launched another set of updates to 280 Slides. This time, the big new feature is presenter notes! Now you can make annotations along with your slides, and then refer back to them when you give your presentation.  

Just tap the new notes icon in the toolbar, and your notes will appear on the right hand side. When you go into Present mode, you’ll get a separate pop-up window with your notes that you can position wherever you like, or just close if you’re not interested. Notes are exported with PowerPoint, too, so you can use 280 Slides and still take advantage of the great speaker mode features in PowerPoint.

Also included in the release are centering guides (the pretty blue lines in the picture above) and autosave. Now, if you’re browser crashes, or you lose your internet connection in the middle of a save, or if anything at all goes wrong, you’ll be able to restore from a recent version and keep on working.  

Autosaved documents show up with a warning badge in the Open Panel.  When you open one, you’ll have the opportunity to restore either the autosave or the original. Just remember, autosave is a recovery tool, not a replacement for regular saving. You should still manually save, just like you do in your desktop programs. 

280 Slides Gets Smarter About Links (With Help From oEmbed)

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

You’ve probably heard about Firefox 3’s new Awesome Bar feature.  280 Slides has an “awesome bar” of its own.  One of the ways to get your media into 280 Slides is to enter the URL.  Before today, this only worked on images. Now, if you enter the URL of your favorite YouTube movie, we’ll add the actual movie right to your slide. Like this one:

Enter a URL to add media to 280 Slides

It’s not just for YouTube though, we’ve implemented a new protocol called oEmbed. Any link that comes from a site that supports oEmbed will behave the same way in 280 Slides. Here’s just a few of the examples of things that you can paste directly into 280 Slides:

And there’s quite a few more.  The list of oEmbed supporters is still relatively small, but as it continues to grow, we’ll get smarter and smarter!  Of course, we still support direct image links, as well as direct flash links (as best we can), meaning, if you want, you can even embed your favorite flash game right into your slide.  

So, go ahead and try it out.  Just enter a URL and see what happens.  If you wind up trying one we don’t support yet, send us a note, or leave a comment here.  If you’re a web developer, consider adding oEmbed support to your site (and send us a note when you do).  It’s easy to implement, and the benefits are obvious.

Update: I should have also mentioned that Deepak over at is providing a great proxy service by implementing oEmbed support for several sites that don’t have offer it on their own.  We’re using it in 280 Slides, and I hope they keep adding new sites!

Go Fullscreen with Plainview

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

One of the great ways to give your presentation is by downloading it as a PowerPoint file and using Microsoft’s free PowerPoint viewer. But you can actually use our built-in present mode and still go fullscreen! All you have to do is use a cool little application called Plainview. With Plainview, you can present in fullscreen and even use a remote control. Plainview has a bunch of other useful features, so the next time you want to give your presentation on a Mac, try out it out, it’s free!

View presentations in fullscreen with Plainview.