Flash Applications Across Multiple Screens

In the video below, Christian Cantrell shows off a single Flash application running on 5 different screens – two mobile platforms (Motorola Droid based on Android and iPhone OS), a browser, 3 desktops (Windows, Mac and Linux), and the iPad. This 5 minute clip shows the value of the Flash Platform – build your application once, and then have it run across various platforms. Flash Player 10.1 brings this vision to life in the browser on mobile devices, and Flash Professional CS 5 allows you to compile these AIR applications for other platforms that don’t support Flash Player natively, like the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Christian plans on releasing the code for the game in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye on his blog for the code.

Mission Critical Application Built with Adobe Flash Platform

Serge Jespers has details on a Flash application that has been deployed to the White House Situation Room. Intelligent Software Solutions worked on an application built with Flex that will be used by the President of the United States to monitor critical infrastructure for the US Navy. Its a touch screen interface built on top of the SPAWAR touch table framework.

Not surprisingly the press release contains no images of the application.

However, as Serge points out in his blog post, there was a Adobe MAX session two years ago on another mission critical Flex application deployed by NATO. The video is below.

Radian6 Launches AIR Based Social Media Console

The Adobe Flash Platform continues to be the leading platform for building tools that help companies manage their social media presence. Radian6 today released the Radian6 Engagement Console, a new application built on Adobe AIR that helps companies monitor and respond to conversations about their brands online. TechCrunch has some more details on the application, or watch the video below to see it in action.

New TiVo Premiere UI Built on Flash Platform

Yesterday TiVo announced the TiVo Premiere and the Premiere XL, part of their new Series 4 line of DVRs. Engadget has the details of all their features, but the great news is that the UI for both of them is built using the Adobe Flash Platform. Yes, the UI for the Series 4 systems is built with Flash. And as you can see from the gallery at Engadget, it looks awesome.

Flash on Mobile and Headlines from MAX

Today at Adobe MAX we previewed the next version of Adobe Flash Player, 10.1, that runs on mobile devices, netbooks and PCs. This is the full version of the Flash Player, with the same set of the features as the desktop based Flash Player. That same Flash Player was also shown running on a variety of netbooks as well. With the release of Flash Player 10.1, you’ll be able to create contextual applications that provide a customized experience – applications that are aware of the device that they’re being run on, and modify their UI accordingly. While it’s not available in a public beta just yet, it will be available before the end of this year for Windows, Mac and Linux, along with Windows Mobile and Palm Web OS.

At MAX we also showed off a new feature of Adobe Flash Professional CS5 that allows designers and developers using ActionScript 3 to create applications for the Apple iPhone. Flash developers will soon be able to submit applications to the Apple App Store — and there are already a bunch of applications available in the store now including: Red Hood, Chroma Circuit, Trading Stuff, Fickleblox, That Roach Game, and Just Letters. While, unfortunately, this isn’t Flash Player for the iPhone, it’s going to open up a lot of opportunities for developers to be able to build applications for the iPhone using Flash. There’s more information about applications for the iPhone available on

We also announced the 2nd betas of Flash Builder 4 (formerly Flex Builder), Flash Catalyst and ColdFusion Builder beta 2. Available for download today, Flash Builder 4 adds refinements to many new features from beta 1, and will help you become more successful using the new Flex 4 framework, providing more clarity between the use of Flex 3 and Flex 4 throughout the IDE. The new data-centric development features have also evolved and expanded based on beta 1 user feedback, providing improved UI and workflow for common tasks.

(Note that the Flash Builder 4 beta 2 release expires after 60 days. See below on how to extend it.)

The easiest way to change the look and feel of those applications is to have your designer design the application using Adobe Flash Catalyst beta 2. It lets designers create rich user interfaces easily using designs from Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks and then lets developers open those projects up directly in Flash Builder 4 to add other code (things like database connections etc…). The new Flash Catalyst beta 2 adds support for video and enhanced interaction options.

Today and tomorrow’s keynote will be streamed live at max.adobe.com. It will include demos of applications from many leading brands, showcasing how they’re improving the user experience of their websites with the Adobe Flash Platform. We’ve also made 3 sessions per day from MAX available online. All the sessions from Adobe MAX will be available on the MAX website in the next few weeks.

** To extend Flash Builder 4 Beta 2 **

To continue using Flash Builder 4 beta 2 after 60 days you need to own a copy of Flex Builder 3 and use that serial number to get a serial number to remove the timeout in Flash Builder 4. If you don’t yet own Flex Builder 3, you can buy it with maintenance, which will provide you with a free upgrade to Flash Builder 4 when its released. Yyou can purchase that by calling a Flex sales rep. Email Eardley Walker or phone 206-275-2831 for more details. Flex Builder 3 maintenance cannot be purchased through the online store.