A Dragonfly whispers at SxSW
Thursday, March 20, 2008 6:37:19 PM
I'm now back from an exhausting but fun two weeks at SxSW. I'm not back home yet, as I'm hanging out at our new Mountain View office, before heading off to San Diego (where we also have an office) for Jared Spool's Web App Summit.
There has some confusion that we were going to launch Opera Dragonfly at SxSW, but this was never the plan. We did come armed with Dragonflyer 2 though, with a quite succulent hint on the back. I don't have a copy with me right now, but you can see the same image and text on the newly updated Opera Dragonfly teaser page. You can now sign up for the Opera products mailing list to find out information as we release it, on Dragonfly and other Opera products. I had a good laugh at the blog post that thought Opera Dragonfly was a mailing list. If you were at Barcamp in Austin (which we helped sponsor), you may have seen Chris Mills talk briefly about Opera Dragonfly in his presentation. We also talked to a few people in the target market while at the booth, in the corridors and at Rock Opera.
great distanceson the Dragonflyer and website are interesting to me, as this hints at something that potentially can make Opera Dragonfly very useful and unique.
You may have also seen some fan art by the very talented Oleg Melnychuk on Dragonfly at SxSW, which was drawn without knowing what Dragonfly is. It is very different style to the official teaser artwork, but a cool interpretation. I'm also a fan of his Mustang wallpaper. The first Dragonfly related thing I actually saw was on the plane over to Newark. In the flight magazine was an advert for Ralph Lauren Rocks perfume. As well as the name tying in with Rock Opera, the model was wearing a Pueblo dragonfly necklace. The Puebloan people stylise the dragonfly as a double bared cross, as can be seen in the photo in the previous link. For some Native American tribes, the dragonfly symbolises pure water. The tag line for the perfume is Rebellious, independent, free spirited, which isn't so far off Opera if you ask me.
Sign up to the mailing list to get information as it comes out. It is Easter break right now, so our small group of talented engineers are taking a short break from hatching Dragonfly, but we'll hopefully have some more information about the beta launch in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.