A few weeks ago, Adobe Labs announced Project ROME--an experimental desktop and internet publishing solution aimed at bringing an affordable software-as-a-service tool set to the education market in a easy to install package built on the backbone of Adobe Air. Unfortunately, after a short testing cycle, the powers that be at Adobe have opted to put the kibosh on future development of the application.
Project Rome: there's no reason a piece of software can't make you say prego! Especially if it's an all-in-one desktop publishing tool that makes it easy for even the novice computer user to make and publish webpages, photo albums, flyers and anything else an expert might use Adobe Illustrator or InDesign for, but without having to pay loads of cash just to do so. Currently, the project is in beta and available to whomever might want to try it. To get a feel for it, we played with the software ourselves and wrote up a few tips and tricks and point out some choice features from the web application.
For everyone out there who wishes for a single freakin' app to take care of biz, Adobe's answer is Project Rome. This beta cloud-based service launches today, providing an all-in-one content creation and publishing platform that runs from any browser or as an Adobe Air application for Mac and Windows (this version can be used offline). Impressively, it's free to U.S.-based users while it's in beta, an offer that Adobe's making because they're still taking feature requests and want to tune the service based on the feedback they get.