Microsoft Popfly

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Microsoft Popfly
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Rich Internet Application editor
Registration Through Windows Live ID
Available language(s) English
Owner Microsoft Corporation
Created by Microsoft Corporation
Launched May 18, 2007
Current status Public Beta

Microsoft Popfly (internally codenamed Springfield[1]) is a Web site that allows users to create web pages, program snippets, and mashups using the Microsoft Silverlight rich internet applications runtime and the set of online tools provided. Popfly is currently in Beta stage of development. It requires users to log in with their Windows Live ID, and provide additional information about themselves when logging in for the first time to use Popfly.


[edit] Tools

The Popfly includes four tools based on Silverlight technology, which are described as follows.

[edit] Game Creator

The Game Creator is a tool that allows you to create your own game or extend a game already built. It can be exported to Facebook, or be used as a Windows Live Gadget.

[edit] Mashup Creator

The Mashup Creator is a tool that lets users fit together pre-built blocks in order to mash together different web services and visualization tools. For example, a user could snap together photo and map blocks in order to get a geotagged map of pictures on a topic of their choice. Also available is an advanced view for blocks, which allows users to modify the code of the block in JavaScript, as well as giving users flexibility in designing the programs. Additional HTML code can also be added to the mashups. A feature similar to IntelliSense, with autocompletion of HTML code, is available as well.

The Mashup Creator also provides a preview function, with live preview in the background as users link blocks. Tutorials are available, and error notices are given to users when incompatible data is sent between blocks.

[edit] Web Creator

Popfly Web Page creator

The Web Creator is, as its name implies, a tool for creating Web pages. The user interface layout is similar to the ribbon user interface for Office 2007. Web pages are created without HTML coding, and can be customized by choosing predefined themes, styles, and color schemes. Users can embed their shared mashups in the Web page. Completed Web pages will also be saved in each user's Popfly space.

[edit] Popfly Space

Popfly Mashup creator

Completed mashups and Web pages are stored on Popfly Space (100MB maximum per user), where users also receive a customizable profile page and other social networking features. Public projects can be shared, rated, or "ripped" by other users. Popfly allows users to download mashups as gadgets for Windows Sidebar or embed them into Windows Live Spaces, with some support for other blog service providers.[citation needed]

Another feature of Popfly Space is the Popfly Explorer plug-in for Visual Studio Express. Users can utilize Visual Studio Express (Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions or higher required) to download the mashups and modify the coding, as well as perform actions such as uploading, sharing, ripping, and rating the mashups.

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