The Future of Web Publishing and Media Playback

Today Adobe announced two exciting new Flash Platform open source initiatives that will help media companies and publishers reinvent themselves and jumpstart innovation on the Web. Specifically, we have released as open source the Open Source Media Framework (OSMF), previously part of the “Strobe” project, and the Text Layout Framework (TLF). Both are now freely available under the Mozilla Public License as part of our broader strategy called Open@Adobe, which Dave McAllister describes below.

OSMF gives developers standard video player functionality, like playback controls, video navigation, buffering and Dynamic Streaming, including an API that partners can use to drop in plug-ins to add advertising and reporting features. The flexible OSMF framework embodies best practices for media player development, allowing the developer more time to focus on the overall user experience. With OSMF, content publishers can build advanced and feature rich media players, along the lines of what Hulu has created or CBS TV player, with much less work than it takes today. It is now available for free at www.opensourcemediaframework.com

TLF is an extensible ActionScript library that runs on the new text engine in Flash Player 10 and AIR 1.5. Leveraging the publishing expertise of the Adobe InDesign team, TLF offers a level of typographic control and sophistication that goes well beyond what can be done with HTML and CSS.

TLF is being used today in The New York Times TimesReader 2.0 and The Boston Globe’s GlobeReader Adobe AIR applications, and represent an excellent use of TLF’s reflowing text, multiple columns, and top notch typography features. The new text layout features in AIR are enabling the New York Times and Boston Globe to create an experience like the real paper and opening up new types of apps and subscription models.

makebook has built a community content creation, collaboration and collection platform that makes extensive use of TLF, BlazeDS for remoting to a Java backend, the Flex framework for the frontend, and other open source technologies. With this online authoring network, makebook users can create content and write stories using advanced text capabilities, add multimedia content, and publish content to a library or share content with friends–all within the browser. Subscriptions are available for collaboration and co-authoring.

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Adobe is also practicing what we preach by using TLF for all text objects in the new Acrobat.com Presentations service that provides a great way for people to collaboratively create and share presentations.

I look forward to seeing the next generation of Web applications that the OSMF and TLF projects will enable.

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  5. Great work from Adobe on these two initiatives , flash is very powerful platform when it comes to display media or test presentation on web.
    “OSMF” and “TLF” will prove to be a major leap in the new generation of Flash based tools and utilities.