New eBay Desktop Prototype Shown at Adobe MAX
Kevin Lynch, Chief Software Architect at Adobe, demoed a new eBay Desktop prototype during his keynote at the Adobe MAX developer conference. The prototype is built on the new Adobe Apollo desktop runtime (Apollo is in pre-beta) and uses eBay Web Services. The prototype is visually engaging (as you can see from the picture below) and it helps show the possibilities of what developers can do using eBay Web Services.
There are more than 2,500 people attending the conference, and the eBay keynote demo got a fantastic response. One unique visual effect for showing item pictures got a big round of applause from the crowd attending the keynote. The demo also features a very simple selling page, with integrated webcam functionality for taking pictures. Kevin created a draft of an eBay listing using the prototype during the keynote (showing off the file I/O APIs provided by Apollo), and the item was submitted to eBay after the keynote was finished. You can go and bid on it here, and the picture that was used for the listing is shown below:
Adam and I are here at the conference, and we've been showing the demo and talking about the eBay platform to the developers and designers in attendance. Everyone I've talked to loved the demo, and many folks are talking about ways they can use Apollo or ideas they have for using eBay's Web Services. I also got a chance to meet with Kevin later in the conference, and I was amused to find out that he had sat 6 cubicles away from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar when they were both at General Magic back in the '90s.
Of particular interest for developers: an actionscript library for eBay, which was written by Adobe and was used to create the demo, will be provided as open source on the Adobe Labs site in a few weeks. The library makes it even easier to use eBay Web Services from Flash, Flex, or Apollo. Stay tuned to this blog for more info.
Last, check out this Flickr photoset for more pictures of the show.