Create Your Audio-biography with the Adobe Flash Platform app MusicMapper

This year’s GRAMMY Awards ceremony was filled with worthy winners and amazing musical performances from Mick Jagger, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Arcade Fire to name a few. To encourage music fans to do more than watch, The Recording Academy launched a social media platform called “MusicIsLifeIsMusic.” Along with the platform, The Recording Academy and Adobe technology partner, HYFN, turned to the Adobe Flash Platform to create MusicMapper, an Adobe AIR powered desktop app that lets users tag songs and share them through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, write about what those songs mean to them, and map them to a physical location all to create their very own musical audio-biography.

With the MusicMapper desktop app, The Recording Academy was able to extend the GRAMMY brand from the Web to the desktop in only a matter of weeks thanks to Adobe Flash Builder. Within the first few months of the apps launch, there were more than 220,000 downloads, and they were even able to capture the ever elusive teen and young audience demographic that so many brands want to engage with. With Adobe AIR’s cross-platform abilities, HYFN can continue to provide The Recording Academy with an app that can easily improve functionality, and offer new revenue opportunities.

Download the app for your desktop, and learn more about how The Recording Academy and HYFN used Adobe AIR to keep fans engaged with MusicMapper during the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards here.

EPIX and the Adobe Flash Platform Engage Movie Buffs Across Multiple Devices

Today’s technology savvy audiences want to experience content across multiple platforms and devices, and are beginning to move away from passive forms of entertainment—they want to participate and interact with others to shape their experience. EPIX—a multi-platform premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand, and online service– teamed up with Adobe to bring current releases, classics, and original entertainment to all video platforms—linear TV, on demand, online, and mobile—while also encouraging social integration and sharing to reach the broadest audience possible.

With the Adobe Flash Platform, EPIX, a joint venture of Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, and MGM Studios, was given the necessary tools to create and carry out broadband authentication systems to over 30 million U.S. homes through its distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications, and Verizon FiOS with little to no development effort.

Using multiple Adobe technologies such as  Adobe Flash Professional, Adobe AIR, Adobe Flash Media Server, Adobe Flex, Adobe Flash Builder, and Adobe Flash Player, EPIX delivers content beyond the Web by building a library of available movie titles, which are encoded for delivery to a specific platform across different devices like Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Boxee Box. One of the notable capabilities in EPIX is “Screening Room: Watch With Friends,” a feature that includes sharing capabilities allowing users to watch movies in a social event, turning the experience into a more into viral, interactive, and engaging gathering. The Screening Room is great for large-scale events like concerts on-demand to bring fans together.

Learn more about how EPIX how it provides premium HD content to its subscribers on devices everywhere here.

PolitiFact App Named #1 for News in iTunes

The PolitiFact app, built with the new Adobe Flash Builder and Flex updates, has really taken off. We learned yesterday that it was listed as the number one news app (number 78 overall currently) in the iTunes Store!

Created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning St. Petersburg Times, PolitiFact features the Truth-O-Meter, rating the accuracy of statements made by lobbyists, Congress, the President and other political gadflies. From a development standpoint, the app only took three weeks to build because the new Adobe Flash Builder and Adobe Flex updates helped the developers use the same content, data and logic from the existing website.

PoltiFact is now available on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS. To learn more about the app, check it out here. Congrats, guys!

Build Mobile Apps for Android Devices, BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone and iPad Today!

Since our April news announcing Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5, we began with support for building mobile apps across multi-device platforms, first with Android. Today we’re happy to announce updates to Flash Builder and the Flex framework that now offer support for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook. As a result, developers can quickly build and distribute apps through the Android Market, BlackBerry App World and Apple App Store using one tool chain, programming language and code base—a first for developers!

Our own Flash Platform evangelist Serge Jespers shows us what “one tool, one framework, one codebase” means, and demonstrates an app developed for different devices using Flash Builder and Flex:

Developers from different industries such as government, entertainment and gaming have been using Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 to help them reduce development time and the cost of delivery to build some pretty amazing apps across the major platforms:

- Politifact.com: A project of the St. Petersburg Times and a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, the PolitiFact.com team extended its website content into a mobile app available across leading app stores. The PolitiFact.com app helps readers find truth in politics by investigating statements by members of Congress, the President, lobbyists and other Washington D.C. personalities. 

- Netflix Queue Manager: Using Adobe AIR 2.5, Flash Builder 4.5.1 and the Flex framework, RIA design and development group UnitedMindset created the Netflix Queue Manager, which allows users to connect with and manage their Netflix queue across devices and features intuitive search capabilities. With success in the Android Market—over 340,000 downloads since October 2010—the app is coming soon to BlackBerry AppWorld and the Apple App Store.

- Mr. Mixit and Pyramix: Web design and development agency HD Interactive first released Pyramix, a word game combining the strategy of Cryptoquote and the simplicity of Boggle, and Mr. Mixit, a spin-based matching game where you mix record labels against the clock, to Apple’s App Store. The new updates allowed HD Interactive to use the same code to deliver the apps to Android Market and BlackBerry AppWorld in record time. 

- Muni Tracker: Are you from the San Francisco Bay Area or maybe planning to visit? This app helps you track locations, arrival times and bookmark your favorite stops and lines for Muni (San Francisco Municipal Railway), San Francisco’s public transit system. The developer was able to quickly and easily port this original Android app to iOS.

- Conqu is an easy to use yet powerful task management tool designed to help conquer an e-mail inbox and get things done. Using Flash Builder 4.5, the developer, AsFusion, was able deploy the app on multiple platforms with minimal effort. They were also able to reduce the time to develop the app since there was no need to debug different code for each individual platform.

Android and iOS users can also check out these apps from the Adobe Mobile Showcase at m.adobeshowcase.com. As always, we’d love to see and hear what you’re creating with our technology – whether it’s mobile, web or desktop apps. In fact, we encourage you to upload videos about what you’re building to the Flash Builder 4.5 Widget to share and even vote on projects from around the community!

Food Safety 2.0: Adobe Technologies Help Federal Agencies Collaborate on Food Supply Defense and Protection

Before a wedge of lettuce, ear of corn or cut of steak makes it to your dinner plate, there is a long process that food goes through to ensure that it is safe to eat. The process to determine food safety is overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). How do these massive agencies collaborate and make sure that they can securely access info, even when it’s outside of their organizations servers and ecosystems? That’s where the Adobe Flash Platform comes in.

In order for these agencies to cross-collaborate on food supply safety, Eric Hoffman, technical director at Minnesota based Datastream Connexion, created CoreSHIELD. CoreSHIELD, with “Core” standing for “common organization registry environment,” is operated by the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. CoreSHIELD began as a single portal that was built on Adobe ColdFusion back in 2004. Given its success as the underlying framework, CoreSHIELD now holds together dozens of customized portals (such as FoodSHIELD) that share resources under a common umbrella for federal agencies.  As Hoffman has created more portals, he used Adobe ColdFusion Builder and Adobe Flash Builder to build them.

To date, CoreSHIELD lets 350,000 users across federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as laboratories and academia, work collaboratively toward improved national security, a more safeguarded  U.S. food supply and better public health practices. In addition to using ColdFusion and Flash Builder, CoreSHIELD relied on multiple Adobe technologies like Adobe Flex and Adobe Connect. Additionally,  Adobe RoboHelp was used for building help systems, Adobe Captivate helped create screen walkthroughs, Adobe Contribute came in handy for managing and updating web content, and  Adobe Acrobat Professional  helped ensure that critical research documents can be distributed to the broadest possible audience. With Adobe, CoreSHIELD has been able to enhance secure communication and collaboration across agencies via multiple platforms. 

To learn more about how CoreSHIELD used Adobe technologies in order for local, state, and federal agencies to collaborate, read more here.

Frima Studio and the Adobe Flash Platform Bring Zombies to Life

Canadian-based game development firm Frima Studio boasts a client list that includes Electronic Arts, Warner Brother and Nickelodeon and a reputation for high-quality 3D games such as Zombie Tycoon, one of the original six games available in the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Mini. Looking to expand beyond the console, Frima Studio uses the Adobe Flash Platform to bring those same, engaging 3D experiences to the widest number of devices.

Zombie Tycoon is a single-player game in which zombie squads take over the world. The game is full of puzzle-filled cities, 360 degree animations, and skybox effects, which have delighted PSP Mini gamers for years. But to bring that same 3D experience to web gamers, Frima tapped Adobe Flash Player and Stage 3D APIs, a new method of 2D and 3D rendering in Flash Player.

The Frima team recognized a number of other advantages in the Flash Platform for its gamers.  Since Flash Player is everywhere—98 percent of the world’s Internet-connected computers—concerns about downloading a separate player to play these games are dispelled.

Using the Flex framework to build the tools to create the 3D apps, Adobe Flash Professional and Adobe Flash Builder to build the game UI menus and Adobe Photoshop CS5 to texturize images, developers reap the rewards too. Flash Player’s reach across screens worldwide offers developers greater monetization opportunities, particularly for Facebook games and free-to-play games. The new set of Stage 3D APIs, allows Frima developers, most of whom are ActionScript developers more versed in 2D game building, to easily create rich effects, texture and atmosphere in its games without sacrificing performance.

Frima is also very excited about its future 3D games for multiple device platforms using the Flash Platform. Learn more about how they engage a new gaming audience with immersive 3D experiences enabled by the Flash Platform here.

Don’t Miss Adobe Developer Week (June 20-24)

Calling all developers! Interested in building apps that run seamlessly across the Web, desktops and mobile devices for Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS with one tool, a common framework and a single codebase? Then look no further than Adobe Developer Week! Taking place June 20-24, this weeklong event will feature a series of free, live webinars via Adobe Connect hosted by Adobe technology experts. 

Learn how to take advantage of the newly released features and capabilities in Adobe Flash Builder 4.5, Flex 4.5, and Adobe’s enterprise software solutions to develop and deploy rich applications across multiple device platforms. Whether you’re new to Flash Builder/Flex development or a seasoned pro, there are 17 sessions for all skill levels and interests (e.g. ColdFusion, Java, PHP, migrating from earlier versions of Flex, enterprise development and more). Register now to see live demos and chat with the experts during interactive Q&A sessions. For all the details and to sign up for webinars, visit the Adobe Developer Week site.

Hope to see you there and don’t forget to Tweet during Adobe Developer Week with the hashtag #AdobeDW2011!

Optimize App Workflows with Adobe ColdFusion Builder 2 and Flash Builder 4.5

On the heels of our Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 news on Tuesday, we’re also excited to announce that another key component of the Adobe Flash Platform, Adobe ColdFusion Builder 2, is now available! The new version features customizable workflows and expanded functionality with extensions built in ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), helping developers speed the development of applications to save time and money.

ColdFusion Builder 2 also integrates with Flash Builder 4.5 to accelerate the development of Flex and Adobe AIR apps. Flash Builder 4.5 enables developers to introspect CFCs, automatically generate corresponding ActionScript objects and leverage web services.

For more information about other new features including extend capabilities and coding support, be sure to visit the team’s blog.

Shantanu Joins RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis on Stage at BlackBerry World

During RIM’s BlackBerry World developer conference, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Danny Winokur, Adobe’s VP of Flash Runtimes, discussed how our developer community has embraced the opportunity to create innovative apps for the PlayBook. Shantanu announced that a large majority of the 3,000 apps in App World today are AIR apps, including the new Facebook app, which was built using Creative Suite tools like Flash Builder.

Check out the presentation and the demos of Flash Player as well as the Adobe Reader and Reader’s Digest apps below.

Now Available—One Mobile Development Platform with Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5

It’s here—Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5, along with Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, are shipping and ready for you to create expressive applications across leading device platforms!

We’ve really focused on mobile development for this release, offering developers one tool, one development framework and one codebase to build mobile applications on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS. Flash Builder 4.5 also helps developers make these applications ready to deploy for an app store/market. You can immediately develop applications for Android, and support for BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS will be available through free Flex and Flash Builder updates in June.

For you PHP developers out there creating RIAs across mobile, web and the desktop, Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP software is also now available from Adobe and Zend Technologies. The software features an integrated development environment (IDE) to create Flex and PHP applications, where developers can deliver Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS applications while sharing code from web apps. This helps reduce time and cost for development and maintenance.

But “seeing is believing!” If you happen to be at BlackBerry World this week, be sure to stop by Adobe’s booth to see some cool demos for Flash Builder 4.5-created applications. To get a sense of what you can do with Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5, check out what one of our evangelists, Greg Wilson, put together to track locations and arrival time predictions for San Francisco’s MUNI transit system.

We’re pretty excited about the response from developers so far. Here’s what a few of them had to say about these new releases:

Adobe vice president of developer tooling Ed Rowe also has a great example of how to build an online shopping cart, showing us how Flex 4.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 help developers use the same codebase across Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS devices:

Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 stand out as one of the great, new capabilities and features in Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection—also available today. Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 offers one suite for building expressive applications for mobile, web and the desktop.

Want more? Here are a few resources to get you going:

Build your First Mobile Application in Flash Builder 4.5

Build your First Flex 4.5 Application

Flex Developer Center

Mobile development using Adobe Flex 4.5 SDK and Flash Builder 4.5

As you get started with CS5.5, Flex Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5, be sure to keep us posted about some of the cool projects you’re working on to create great digital experiences across major smartphones and tablets!