See the Flash Platform in Action

Companies often turn to the Adobe Flash Platform to solve business problems. From data visualization to customer self service, here are some great rich Internet applications (RIAs) developed by Universal Mind that executed business ideas to make them a reality. Built with Adobe Flash Platform technologies like AIR and Flash Builder and integrating Creative Suite tools, check these RIAs from Kodak, SpatialKey and SchoolVIEW to see what’s possible and learn about the ease of cross-platform app development!

Watch how Universal Mind used Adobe Flash Platform technologies to build the Photo Book app for Kodak, helping them offer a profitable online service allowing customers to easily create their own Photo Books to share “Kodak Moments.”

 

See how SpatialKey uses Adobe Flash Platform technologies to create a flexible tool for enterprises that rely on large location-based data to better present timely information for better decision making.

 

Learn how SchoolVIEW by Universal Mind used Adobe Flash Platform technologies to enable the Colorado Department of Education to present student and school achievement data to help administrators, parents and government funders make better decisions regarding education, creating a uniform approach to student educational achievement.

PrePress Center Powers the Flip-Page Experience with the Flash Platform

When the developers at PrePress Center Oy, a European-based company focusing on digital publishing solutions, set out to make print-to-screen, magazine-style publishing easier and more powerful, they turned to the Adobe Flash Platform and Adobe Creative Suite software to create eDocker.

eDocker, a 2010 MAX Award finalist in the digital publishing category, is an Adobe AIR application that lets publishers produce easy-to-customize, digital flip-page documents directly from Adobe InDesign CS5. Aside from AIR, eDocker was created using Flash Platform tools, including Flash Professional CS5, Flash Builder 4, Flash Catalyst, Flash Player and Flex. The resulting application replicates the format of the original InDesign publication and delivers magazine-style publications to the broadest possible audience for playback via Flash Player.

As a result of using Adobe Flash Platform technologies to build eDocker, PrePress Center was able to reduce programming costs and accelerate its development cycle. And the Flash Platform technologies have poised eDocker for tablet and mobile versions in the future using the existing code base in the Flash Platform environment.  Since it’s made with Adobe AIR, PrePress can monetize eDocker and sell the application through Adobe InMarket on multiple application stores, and can run on both Mac and PC systems.  Find out more about how PrePress Center used Flash Platform technologies to create eDocker here.

Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 Accelerate Mobile App Development, Adding Performance and Productivity

Today is a great day for developers who are building applications for mobile devices. We are extremely excited to announce the upcoming release of Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 along with Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 (CS5.5), offering unprecedented new capabilities for building mobile applications and content. These new products offer a new mobile development paradigm – allowing you to use one tool, one development framework, and one codebase to build mobile applications on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS platforms.

What this means is that you can use Flash Builder 4.5 to build great looking, high performing mobile applications, and then package them as ready-to-deploy mobile apps that you can submit to an app store/market. No more need to learn different languages and tools for different mobile platforms. In May, you will be able to package apps for Android, and shortly thereafter, you will be able to compile apps for BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS using free updates that we plan to ship for Flex and Flash Builder in June.

Check out this video with Platform Evangelist Serge Jespers to see this new development flow in action:

Also new with this release is the addition of Flash Builder 4.5 Premium to Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection. Now you can get all of the tools that you need to build the most expressive applications for mobile, web, and desktop platforms all in a single suite.

To learn what’s new in Flash Builder 4.5, read this article and watch this video for more details on mobile development using Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex SDK 4.5:

Additionally, updates in Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5.5 feature a new round-trip workflow with Flash Builder 4.5 allowing designers and developers to work in parallel. Now designers can open, make changes and save Flex projects that were created or previously edited in Flash Builder, leading to faster delivery of applications. Designers can rapidly prototype user interfaces for resizable Flex-based websites and applications with new components, craft more precise and expressive transitions and effects, and efficiently design developer-built custom components.

Take a peek at this video, Introduction to Flash Catalyst CS5.5:

Lastly, Adobe and Zend Technologies, the PHP company, today introduced Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP software, a brand new integrated product helping PHP developers create rich Internet applications (RIAs) for mobile, Web and desktop leveraging the Flash Platform. For the first time, developers now have the benefit of an integrated development environment (IDE), combining the capabilities of Flash Builder and Zend Studio for rapidly creating Flex and PHP applications. Now, with a single code base developers can deliver applications for Android, Blackberry Tablet OS and iOS while sharing code from Web applications, noticeably reducing the time and cost of application creation and maintenance. 

Check out these articles for the latest product features and capabilities:

- Introducing Adobe Flex 4.5 SDK

Understanding the new workflows in Flash Builder 4.5 and Flash Catalyst CS5.5

Introducing Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP

We hope you’ll explore all that CS5.5 has to offer to create new digital experiences for major smartphones and tablets. Let us know what you think of the latest enhancements to Flash Builder 4.5, Flex 4.5 and Flash Catalyst CS5.5!

Lucid Design Group Uses the Flash Platform to Help Save the World One Dashboard at a Time

With global warming on the rise, Lucid Design Group, a privately held cleantech software company, wanted to create something that would educate and inspire people to change their daily habits to help reduce consumption in their homes and offices (like turning off lights and unplugging appliances). Lucid developed Building Dashboard, a data visualization and communication application that monitors the use of electricity, water, natural gas and heating, and encourages social networking around the topic of resource conservation. It’s available via the Web, kiosks and mobile devices using the Adobe Flash Platform and Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium. With Building Dashboard (a MAX 2010 award finalist) in place, Fortune 500 companies, universities and residential customers saw consistent energy reductions up to 20 percent.

Coined “the first social network for buildings,” Building Dashboard employed the Flash Platform to help develop and deliver widgets, apps, maps and flow lists to encourage users of all technical backgrounds to save resources and understand their resource consumption levels. Currently, nearly 100 U.S. colleges and universities are using Building Dashboard to support key sustainability initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across campus.

To streamline the developmental process behind Building Dashboard, Lucid used a variety of Adobe products including Flash Catalyst, Flash Player, Flex, Flash Professional, Photoshop and Flash Builder. The advantage of working with various Adobe products is seamless integration. For example, Adobe Flash Builder helped improve the Flex development process while Adobe Flash Catalyst and Adobe Flash Builder expedited design/developer workflow, ultimately reducing design and development time by one third. By adding Adobe Flash Player to the mix, Lucid developers could run their product across different platforms, devices and operating systems, while cutting testing time in half.

To learn more about how Lucid worked with Adobe technologies and to see how New York-based Hamilton College uses Building Dashboard, read their story here.

Wacom Showcases the Power of the Pen and Multi-Touch with the Flash Platform

Leading tablet maker Wacom has always pushed the envelope when it comes to creative expression. However, when the company wanted to extend its brand from the physical world to the virtual one (targeting the mass consumer market) they decided to go with the Adobe Flash Platform given its ease of use and broad reach.

After bringing on the help of digital agencies Gugga and Fantasy Interactive, Wacom created Bamboo Dock, a downloadable Adobe AIR desktop application that holds, manages and launches applications for Wacom’s line of Bamboo tablets. Aside from AIR, Bamboo Dock was developed using Flash Platform tools, including Flash Professional CS5, Flash Builder 4 and Flash Catalyst. (Bamboo Dock even won an Adobe 2010 MAX Award in the ‘Social Computing’ category).

With the stroke of a pen, users can open and minimize the Bamboo Dock as well as open and add applications—providing a fast way to access fun, easy and useful tools for everything from note taking and doodling to gaming and sharing work with friends. Wacom turned to the Flash Platform to inspire users, drive hardware sales and bring creative users together through a growing lineup of applications.

In its first year, Bamboo Dock helped Wacom sell 30 percent more Bamboo tablets than the previous year, and they received 3 million application downloads plus 600,000 dock downloads. Strong technology integration across the Flash Platform allowed Wacom to quickly make updates and deliver results in a third of the time they anticipated. Already in the works, Wacom plans to transfer its applications across multiple devices and platforms. Find out more about how Wacom used Flash Platform technologies to deliver Bamboo Dock here.

Seriously – ARE You Smarter than a Flash Evangelist?

As you may have read in a blog post last week from Ben Forta on the MAX blog, on Day 2 of this year’s MAX, on the community pavilion stage, we’ll be hosting a game show that pits 4 experts from the greater Flash community against 4 Adobe Flash evangelists. We’re calling the game “Are You Smarter than a Flash Evangelist?” and right now we’re taking your questions (and answers) to make this a quality, “infotaining” event. Got a Q/A that will flummox our contestants? Send it to us: fye@adobe.com. Can be multiple choice, single answer, techy or not so techy. The more the better.

SO WHEN IS THE GAME?
Tues Oct 26 at 4.30pm PT – MAX Pavilion stage, LACC

WHO IS PLAYING?
The Adobe team: Lee Brimelow, Ryan Stewart, Michael Chaize and Serge Jespers
The Community team: Stacey Mulcahy, Chuck Freedman, Elad Elrom and Jesse Freeman – aka The Flash Bum

WHAT’S THE ACTUAL GAME?
4 rounds of questions – the 4th round will be Family Feud style survey question which we’ll also want your input on, stay tuned for a link! – and then a final Lightning Round of Q/As.

WHAT WILL THEY WIN?
A mug. Probably a beer. Lots of bragging rights.

WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Besides emailing us Q/A’s to fye@adobe.com… Join us at MAX 2010. Here’s how to convince your boss. Already convinced? Here’s where to register for MAX.

From Print to Web in a flash

Adobe and HOW magazine challenged some of our favorite designers to transform their existing print work into immersive, interactive projects for the web using Flash Catalyst CS5, and the results are stunning. HOW’s September/October issue is just now hitting the stands, and the interactive results, along with commentary from the designers, can be viewed here.

Recent content in the Adobe Developer Connection

As an Adobe Flash Platform developer, you’re probably frequently integrating video and sound into your projects. In this issue we have new sample projects on using Adobe Flex and Adobe Flash to work with media.

Jens Loeffler shows you how to create a video sharing application in just a few steps using Adobe Flex Builder and Adobe Flash Media Server. Dan Carr explains how to manage audio in a media project using Adobe Soundbooth with Adobe Flash Professional. Doug Winnie provides an iterative approach to the designer-developer workflow with Adobe products and technologies.

For those of you gearing up for the next release of Flex, check out Tim Buntel’s article, Five great new features in Flash Builder 4 beta. Meanwhile, Flex developers who are interested in mapping should not miss Matt Sheehan’s article. It teaches you how to build a basic interactive map with zoom and pan functionality, and then extend the application to include multiple providers and markers.