A New Class of Applications
Took a look at SimpleViewer, “a free, customizable Flash image viewing application”. It’s downloaded to your webserver, simply installed, and configured by XML. The design philosophy has a lot in common with worldKit: simple, powerful, self hosted, swf ubiquity, low cost (well free). Zoomify, “Fast, hi-res images in Flash” is another flash based product, with a similar philosophy (and a really great product :: I’m working on integrating with worldKit).
It’s different than Rich Internet Applications, because this software is designed to enable creation. Put sophisticated tools in the hands of people with millions of ideas, specialized knowledge, and the will to share it.
I’m not too sure a super, solve-everything, micro-content browser is coming around any time soon. It may not be doable. Putting together smaller, focused pieces definitely is.