UserCreations has announced Spring for OS X, which it describes as an application that “acts as a desktop — one with deep, thoughtful and imaginative communication and commerce integration.”
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It sounds esoteric, but Spring utilizes the concept of objects as activating various actions. For example, you can have one object in Spring that identifies a specific person — control-click on the person’s icon and choose among various actions like e-mail, instant messaging, view Weblog and check Work Calendar. Likewise, if you need to book a flight with Spring, you simply open a Spring canvas with a background map and click and drag between two spring cities. Want info about a musical act you like, like lyrics, interviews or touring information? Click on their Spring cover art icon. There are many other examples given, as well — visit the UserCreations Web site for more details.
If you’re interested in delivering Spring objects or canvases for your products or services, visit the Spring Partners Web page for details. Likewise, developers interested in building on the Spring platform will soon be able to view the Conceptual Objects specification, without needing to worry about license fees or patents, according to UserCreations.
Spring is expected to be released as a fully functional, expiring demo within the next couple of weeks. Pricing will be announced when Spring ships. The software requires Mac OS X 10.1 or later.