Machiniarum Machinations with the Adobe Flash Platform

Becoming a number 1 iPad 2 game is probably as challenging as building a futuristic robot and navigating him through scrap yards. Not coincidentally, Czech game developer Amanita Design accomplished both with its critically acclaimed online adventure game, Machinarium, built with the Adobe Flash Platform.

The game tests players’ puzzle-solving skills, as they guide their robot through puzzles and obstacles to reach the city of Machinarium and save his girlfriend from the bad guys. Gamers praise the gameplay, but were particularly impressed with the game’s textured and animated graphics. Since it began in 2003, Amanita Design has used the Flash Platform to not only deliver great visuals, but also easily bring Machinarium to virtually any desktop or mobile platform.

The team leveraged Adobe Flash Builder to reuse original code from the web version of the game to bring it to other platforms like Android, with BlackBerry Tablet OS coming soon. The best part is that it only took two months! To create the game’s rich graphics, Amanita used a combination of Photoshop and Flash Professional, as well as Adobe AIR to deliver the game across mobile devices.

To learn more about how Amanita delivered this top game so quickly across different devices and platforms, visit here.

 

 

News from Adobe MAX

- Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 available later today

- Flash-based apps live on Samsung SmartTVs; LG and TiVo latest partners to support AIR on TVs, digital home devices

- Adobe enters into an agreement to acquire Nitobi, creator of PhoneGap

Adobe MAX is in full swing in LA and CTO Kevin Lynch kicked off today’s opening keynote. You can tune into the keynotes on both days live and on-demand through MAX Online. Here’s a rundown of the Flash, AIR, and HTML5 news:

Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will be available for download tonight at 9:00 p.m. PT for desktops and supported mobile platforms, including Android and the Amazon Marketplace. A production release with support for 3D for mobile platforms is expected to ship in an upcoming release. As we recently announced, dozens of new features allow developers to deliver a new class of gaming and premium video experiences, as well as sophisticated, data-driven apps with back-end systems integration across devices and platforms including Android, Apple iOS (via AIR), BlackBerry Tablet OS, Mac OS, Windows and connected TVs and others. For more specifics on new features like 3D support visit the AIR and Flash Player Team Blog. For more details about amazing 3D apps already available today, visit Adobe’s Gaming Solutions site or check out our demo video (link below)

Demo video of Flash-based apps with 3D graphics and others running on a Samsung Smart TV and other devices:

We are also thrilled to announce that Flash-based entertainment apps are available on Samsung Smart TVs today and that LG and TiVo have become the latest partners to bring Flash based apps to connected TVs and digital home devices. With more than 100 unique digital home devices already certified to support Flash and AIR, we expect rapid growth for Flash based apps across connected TVs. New gaming apps like Frima Studio’s Zombie Tycoon, VH1’s ‘I Love the 80’s’ Trivia or Raider from PlayJam, as well as premium video experiences from SnagFilms, Flingo, EPIX and others are just a few of the apps powered by AIR. Also, check out what some of our partners have announced around Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 including a demo of new 3D apps shown at MAX:

Watch this video to see some examples of how Flash is driving 3D experiences on the web:

We’d also like to congratulate the winners of the “Adobe Flash/AIR” competition in the fourth annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge. Apps were judged based on quality and use of development best practices, level of visual appeal, user experience, and creativity and innovation. Read the announcement and check out these winning apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook from BlackBerry App World.

HTML5

We are also excited to announce an agreement to acquire privately held Nitobi Software, the creator of PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build. PhoneGap is a popular open source platform for easily building fast, cross-platform mobile applications with HTML5 and JavaScript. With PhoneGap, Adobe will offer developers the choice of two powerful solutions for cross-platform development of native mobile apps, using HTML5 and JavaScript with PhoneGap or using Flash with AIR. The acquisition is subject to certain closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of October 2011.

Adobe also released a third public preview of Adobe Edge, the new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool that is bringing beautiful animation to websites and mobile apps using HTML, JavaScript and CSS capabilities. The new release contains innovative interactivity features and other additions based on feedback from the development community, and helps content creators easily deliver a new level of visual richness to HTML5-only websites and mobile apps.

Follow MAX from Wherever You Are

This is only part of the day one news at Adobe MAX, but things are off to an exciting start! For all the news, visit the Adobe Conversations Blog. You can follow MAX online through the keynote video streams, Facebook, Twitter (#AdobeMAX) and YouTube. There’s even a live radio and podcast stream from the show floor, courtesy of Nerd Radio and CodeBass Radio so tune in. We’ll have more news from MAX this week so check back to the Flash Platform Blog for updates!

[UPDATED: 10/5/11 at 7:15 p.m. PT]

MAX Showcase App Winners for the Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony, Revealed

We’re very excited to announce the Adobe MAX Showcase App winners, part of the Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony! These ten individuals submitted working versions of their AIR apps earlier this month, and a number of them have already been submitted via Android Market to run on the new Sony Tablets S (available now) and Sony Tablet P (coming soon). They have also won a full conference pass and paid travel to MAX and qualify for the MAX Public Favorite vote prize of $10,000 plus additional prizes.

Here’s the prologue to a five-episode story called “Two Will,” featuring the new Sony Tablets:

If you happen to be at MAX, be sure to check out their apps at the Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony booth in the MAX Community Pavilion. The winners themselves will be presenting and demoing their apps in the booth on Mon Oct 3 6:00-8:00pm PST and Tues Oct 4, 12:30-2:00pm PST. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite app to win the MAX Public Favorite prize of $10,000. Cast your vote by 6:00pm PST on October 4 here! And here are your MAX Showcase Apps and developers:

Age of Defender, CUKETA: A multiplayer tower defense game, where you can protect your base and conquer your opponents.

Cassandra Stand – News & Clock, Small Screen Design: An elegant, cross-platform mobile app transforming your tablet into a useful and visually appealing stand with Date & Clock, Weather Forecast and Top Stories from more than 50 countries.

Conqu, AsFusion: An easy-to-use yet powerful task management app that will help you conquer your inbox with style.  

Conveyor, drMikeyStudios: An addictive word game, where you race against the clock to score the most points!

On AIR powered by Last.fm, Patrick Heinzelmann: Browse the latest information about artists, tracks, album or events while listening to your favorite music.

QueueManager, UnitedMindset: Connect, browse, search, manage and watch your Netflix Queue on the go.

SnackJack, Masque Publishing: Take your pigs to county fairs, fatten them up and retire your champion swine in style!

Studiopass, VIEWPARTNERS LIMITED: Real-time, user-friendly cloud based content sharing & collaboration for the visual media professional.

SylvestersBand, Uncle Handsalt (MortenSandholt on Android Market): An interactive book for children ages 2-7, with 35+ pages and English voiceover.  

TweetHunt, RED Interactive Agency: A classic shooting gallery game powered by Twitter.

Don’t worry—it’s not too late to submit for the Adobe AIR App Challenge and win up to $200,000 in total cash prizes plus featured app promotion on the Sony Tablets! To be selected as a finalist, be sure to submit your app or app project by Oct 10. For more information, visit http://www.airappchallenge.com/. Good luck!

Tanki 2 and Stage 3D Streamroll Over the Competition

Video games provide you with the chance to be a fighter pilot, sharp shooter or warrior. With Tanki Online, the first, online multiplayer 3D action desktop game using Flash Player, you can be a pro on the battlefield and work with your team to destroy enemy tanks, help your team and build up your ammunition arsenal. More than four million people worldwide immerse themselves in this virtual battlefield.

AlternativaPlatform, a Russian based company that creates multiplayer browser games, created Tanki 2, the follow up to the popular Tanki Online,  with Flash Player 11, Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection components and Adobe Flash Builder, to create the 3D geometry and animation for the game. AternativaPlatform used Stage 3D to deliver Tanki Online as a cutting edge 3D experience for gamers. Stage 3D allowed AlternativaPlatform to create accelerated graphics and animation development, and create more realistic and smooth gameplay for Tanki Online.

To learn more about how Alternativa Platform used Adobe technologies for the best multiplayer, battlefield experience, read more here.

 

Flash Rocks on Facebook – www.Flash-Rocks.com

If you’ve visited our Flash Platform Facebook Page recently, you may have noticed a new addition (in the left navigation) – Adobe Flash Rocks Facebook Tab. This new tab is the destination to showcase and submit amazing multiplatform mobile apps created with Adobe Flash Platform technologies – and give credit to the awesome developers who created them. We’ve aggregated the awesome apps we’ve been sharing on our ‘Flash Rocks Fridays’ so check them out and submit more! You don’t need a Facebook account to use the Tab — simply visit www.flash-rocks.com.

Submitting applications is easy. Simply fill out the form on the tab (i.e., provide your project URL, a brief description, contact details and an image), and it will be submitted to our team. Once approved, your applications might get featured in the ‘Gallery,’ where Fans can vote for their favorite projects using Facebook’s ‘Like’ functionality. The five most ‘Liked’ applications will be given special recognition at the top of the Tab in a section entitled, ‘The Five Most Rockin’, so there’s definitely an opportunity for your app to be highlighted!

What’s more, we’re going to be featuring a few of the submitted apps at MAX this year at the MAX Entertainment Lounge in the Community Pavilion. Swing by, check it out, and submit an app. You could score a 15% discount coupon redeemable at the Adobe.com store if you have a mobile app that is (or will be) available on at least two platforms – Android, iOS and/or BlackBerry Tablet OS!

Also, if you’re attending MAX in LA next week, be sure to stop by our Flash Jeopardy game show on Tuesday, October 4 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the MAX Entertainment Lounge inside the Community Pavilion. We’ll be pitting members in our development community against one another to see who reigns as our Flash expert!

PolitiFact Brings Political Truth to Mobile with the Adobe Flash Platform

There is no question that today’s political rhetoric can get heated on both side of the aisle. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, people want the truth from their politicians and pundits.  Since 2007, the St. Petersburg Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.com has provided insight into the American politics. It helps users find the truth in politics by examining statements by members of Congress, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and other Washington D.C. gadflies. Then, it rates the accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter – True, Mostly True, Half True, Barely True, False and the lowest rating, Pants on Fire. 

Using multiple Adobe technologies including Adobe Flash Builder 4.5.1, Flex 4.5.1 and Adobe Illustrator, PolitiFact has gone mobile. Now, the truth can go anywhere you go with the new PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter mobile application, available for download on the Android Market, BlackBerry App World and iTunes.  Unique to the mobile application is the Truth Index that provides the ups and downs of Truth-O-Meter ratings across the entire American political scene in real-time on a daily basis.

Using Flash Builder, the PolitiFact team created the app within three weeks. Flash Builder and the Flex framework made it possible to develop in just one code base and quickly leverage content from the existing PolitiFact website. By developing the application with one code base with Adobe technologies, the development team i saved time and money by not having to build and test a separate native application for each individual device. The app has really taken off and was the number one news app in iTunes when it launched!

To learn more about how PolitiFact used Adobe technologies to bring the politics to mobile, read more here.

Client Outlook and the Adobe Flash Platform’s Picture of Health

At Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, nearly 16 to 18 million medical images are captured over the course of 300,000 exams a year. The challenge that Sunnybrook and similar other hospitals face is getting these diagnostic images to clinical staff so that they can make informed, quick decisions about patient care anytime and anywhere.

Working with the Adobe Flash Platform, eUnity, a medical imaging platform developed by IT health solutions provider Client Outlook, bridges the time, location and technology gap between access to medical images and clinicians and their patients. The solution mitigates two needs—eUnity interoperates among a variety of different Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) networks within multifacility medical facilities, and it’s simply easy for busy doctors to learn and use.

Key to eUnity’s success is delivering these diagnostic-quality images across devices so that doctors can diagnose at the point-of-care. Using Adobe Flash Builder’s extensive tooling features such as testing code and debugging across multiple screens, Client Outlook is able to extend eUnity to not only the desktop, but also to major device platforms like Android and iOS. Developers also found that working with eUnity is easily 30 percent faster than using other technology.

Before eUnity, Sunnybrook experienced a bottleneck of hundreds of images in the system, which impeded patient care. Now thousands of doctors and technicians from the multifacility medical enterprise are able to capture and view images such as X-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound and angiography pictures anywhere and anytime.

In the near future, Client Outlook is planning to extend eUnity to an even more robust platform, leveraging the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform and Flash Media Interactive Server. They anticipate incorporating new features like automated workflows and secured permissions.

Read more about Client Outlook and Sunnybrook’s story here.

The Adobe Flash Platform Helps Tell Woven Interactive’s Big Fish Story

Woven Interactive, an Atlanta-based digital marketing agency with a client roster that includes BP, Disney, Lifetime Channel, Lucent Alcatel, NASCAR.com, TNT, Turner Broadcasting and Reader’s Digest, has always been known to stay on top of new technologies and digital experiences. The company and president and co-founder, Charlie Schulze, knew that development agility, performance and the ability to deliver content across multiple devices would be vital to the success of its newest mobile and tablet game about an adventurous fish, Comb Over Charlie. The company turned to the Adobe Flash Platform to make this a reality.

Built using Adobe AIR and ActionScript with Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and Adobe Flash Professional, Schulze was able to create a fast-paced game that could be delivered seamlessly across devices, running with native performance.  More specifically, the Flash Platform made it possible for the app to be developed once and published across multiple platforms using the same code base in minimal time, even several hours!

Woven Interactive also used Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium to develop and promote the game, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended to help with the creation of characters and other elements for the app, and Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 to develop the promo site.

Initially created for Android, Comb Over Charlie is now available for download across more platforms, including BlackBerry Tablet OS and Apple iOS. Charlie and his team are excited about bringing this app to other websites, social media sites like Facebook and future devices using this streamlined workflow. 

Be sure to download the game for Android (free trial version), BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS! To find out more about the integration between Adobe technologies or to download the Comb Over Charlie app for yourself go here.

 

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.

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.