Digg’s UX was now Improved (a LOT!)

Digg.com has got a major revamp in UI and UX (User eXperience).The first thing you would observe is the “Cleaner” interface of the website. The stories area was now moved to left hand side and makes the web site more readable and cleaner.

Some of the changes that made digg.com made looks cleaner..(more at Kevin’s Blog).

Navigation : This is a major change in the websites navigation. The left side navigation now turned in to a top, horiantal multi level panel navigation which makes more sense to the reader. Digg.com has also added two new sections for Videos and Podcasts. The videos section seems to be tough compitition for StumbleVideo (In looks and Stuff too).

Popular Content : Digg.com content is now shown along with time since when it was made popular and made it on to digg.com home page. This gives the sense of freshness and helps the user to choose the required content.

A new panel called “Top 10 in all Topics” has been added to the home page now. This is probably to drive traffic even on to all the topics and increase the traffic on digg.com (I feel most of the Digg.com users visit the home page and close the window…). Right beneath this panel, Kevin has got some space to add a new Google Ad panel.

Cloud View :This  is still in beta (upcoming) stage. So right now I can see an empty page when I clicked on this option. But this seems to be an interesting feature and possibly could gives a meme graph of what’s happening on Digg.com at that second.

Digg Video:This will be the most envious section for Google. Because, they could’nt come up with this kind of cool interface to create a social favourite video site even after the huge buy of YouTube. This is basically a simple video rating system based on Digg.com dugg system. This can be the next big asset of Digg.com for sure.

Digg Podcasts: A big directory of podcast publishers. Digg.com has provided an inbuild audio/video player, so that you dont have to leave the site at all.

Now, Digg is going make a big difference compared to Slashdot. This leap can take digg miles apart in the race for sure.

Now it’s time for Scobliezer to re-consider digg.com back in his feedroll. :-)

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BarCamp 3, Hyderabad, INDIA

BarCamp3 is all set to rock for tommorow @ Infosys campus, Hyderabad. The theme will be Consumer/Enterprise Software Oppertunities Around Web 2.0 Communities. The last BarCamp was hosted by Microsoft India at thier campus. If you want to know more on BarCamp, you should read this Wiki Page

  • Kickoff, Ramesh, Pramati, http://jroller.com/page/rameshl
  • Collaborative document generation in private user groups, Tentative
  • Dimdim (Open source web meeting) Demo (and anything else we all might want to talk about), Bharat, Sundar.
  • Framework for understanding Web 2.0 Business Models, Dr. Jai Ganesh, Infosys Technologies
  • Introducing SlideShare: the YouTube of Powerpoint – http://slideshare.net/ , Kapil Mohan
  • IM Bots – Interactive Agents on Web 2.0 – Janakiram MSV,Microsoft Corporation
  • The Web 2.0 Acid Test, Vignesh Swaminathan, Cordys.
  • (tentative) Applications in the new web- Jay Pullur, Pramati Technologies.
  • Rubyists Dream of Eclectic Java (Leveraging Enterprise Java for Ruby fu). Vishnu Gopal. Uzanto.
  • Web 2.0: Customers, Consumers, Users … People , Ashish A. Tiwari, Cordys
  • Web 2.0: What’s in there for Enterprises ? Brijesh Deb, Infosys Technologies.

    This the first event that I ever heard of Infosys hosting till now. This will be the first event for me which I am gonna attend in Infy too.

  • Visual Studio 2005 SP1 is now available for Download

    The much awaited VS 2005 service pack 1 was now pushed to Microsoft public downloads site. If you dont know what the heck is VS 2005, just skip this post :-), Otherwise VS 2005 is a flagship enterprise application development platform from Microsoft. VS 2005 SP1 has got around 70 enhancements including…

     

  • New processor support (e.g., Core Duo) for code generation and profiling
  • Performance and scale improvements in Team Foundation Server
  • Team Foundation Server integration with Excel 2007 and Project 2007
  • Tool support for occasionally connected devices and SQL Server Compact Edition
  • Additional support for project file based Web applications
  • Windows Embedded 6.0 platform and tools support
  • You can download the bits from VS 2005 SP1 Downloads Landing page

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    Stumble at Videos now

    User favourites sharing service StumbleUpon has launched the new venture mashup called “StumpleVideo“. This is a smart service which does’nt host even a single video, but certainly decides which video suits your taste.

    If you have’nt heard of Stumble Upon till now, you better go and install thier famous Stumble Toolbar and enjoy the most favourite web sites of the Internet world.

    Stumble Video does a collective information gathering and polling on various Videos (Google and Youtube etc) to provide top ranked videos all the time to the customer.

    All the videos are sorted in to categories called “Channels”. This makes StumbleVideo as a mini TV online to watch cool videos in one go with out searching for them. Very neat except the color they have chosen for website….I hardly can see anything on my screen. :-(

    More coverage @ Techmeme, TailRank

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    Google’s Web Toolkit is Open Soured now !

    Google has made thier Web Toolkit open source software. That means, you can now customize that cool web tool kit as per your requirements. This source code is available under Apache 2.0 license. (via GWT Blog).

    Read more @ Google Operating System Blog, TailRank Story and Techmeme Tracker

    What you can do with Google Web Tool Kit :

    Automatic serialization on communication for all Serialized objects in you application using Really Simple RPC

    Better browser history management.

    Hassle free multi-browser support (You dont have to worry on new releases of any browser)

    Javascript Interop with in Java (use javascript with in Java)

    My most favourite part of GWTK is Reusable UI Components. Now you can build your own Gmail interface :-)

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    Internet Explorer 7 Optimized for Google

    After yahoo, its now Google’s turn to optimize Internet Explorer 7. Don’t get confused on the word “Optimized”. They meant “Customized” :-)

    Internet Explorer Administrators Toolkit (IEAK) makes it easy for you to customize IE 7 as per your customer needs.

    Google has customized Internet Explorer 7 for Google services and released as “Internet Exploer 7 Optimized for Google”.

    Download IE7 Optimized for Google

    Create PDF Documents for Free

    There is no doubt that PDF is a de-facto standard for eBooks and cross platform documents. We love PDFs for the quality and compatibility. The biggest challenge for any PDF lovers is to “Create” them.

    There are several ways, one can create PDF content for free. I did a quick search for the same and found the following ways…Thanks to LifeHacker.

    01. Office : If you have Office 2007 installed on your machine, creating PDF will be a breeze of work for you. All of the applications in Office 2007 suite supports creating PDF content right with-in.

    02. PDF Creator : This is an open source PDF printer available. Once you install this, you will be able to print any document as a PDF document. You can download it here.

    03. PDF995 : PDF995 is a famous printer driver. Comes for Free of cost. You can download it here.

    04. PDF Online : This is an online version of PDF printer. Supports many file formats including .DOC, .RTF, .PUB, .PPT, .MHT, .TXT, .PPS and many standard image formats as well. Visit PDF Online and convert your documents in to PDF Online.

    [Update]
    05. OpenOffice.org : My apologies for ignorance here. I was not aware of Open Office feature, as I am a full time Office user. Open Office is also an alternative office suite which supports PDF creation right with in.

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