SongPop Secures #1 Spot in 2012

We just wanted to take a quick moment and congratulate SongPop for their amazing debut this year! They were recently named by Facebook as the #1 game in 2012 among some very stiff competition. Since launching the game in 2012, FreshPlanet has amassed more than 60 million users and secured the honor of the #5 game downloaded in the Apple App Store this year.

We’re happy that FreshPlanet choose Adobe Gaming technologies, including Adobe AIR, to deliver this wildly popular game. For more on SongPop, check out our previous blog post, which links to their full Adobe Success Story.

We’ll be showcasing lots of other great games in future posts as well as some holiday-themed ones to get you in the spirit. Stay tuned!

New Flash Player with H.264 GPU Decoding for Mac

Thibault Imbert just blogged about the release of Flash Player 10.1.82.76 which includes support for H.264 GPU Decoding on the Mac.

You should notice now a nice difference when playing H.264 content on your Mac in terms of CPU usage. We rarely enable new features in security releases but we really wanted to enable such a cool feature. For more details about it, Tinic already posted about this.

Some of you may remember talk of a Flash Player “Gala” that was put out as a beta right before Flash Player 10.1 was released. The GPU decoding didn’t make it into the 10.1 release so we had to wait for a security release to add it. That security release is here and it should make quite a bit of difference for Mac users who are playing H.264 video through the Flash Player.

Confirmed: Apple’s “Magic” Trackpad works with AIR 2.0

Yesterday I saw a Tweet from Ralph Hauwert who was wondering if Apple’s Magic Trackpad would work with AIR 2.0. You probably already know that AIR 2.0 supports multitouch and gestures. The trackpad on a recent MacBook Pro supports gestures and these work nicely in AIR 2.0. So… My hunch was that the “Magic” Trackpad… [...]

Flash is as open as HTML5

How’s that for a controversial title? But… It’s true… Hear me out!
First of all let me say that I have absolutely nothing against HTML5! Innovation and competition is always good and keeps everyone on their toes.
One of the first blog posts I read this morning was one on AppleInsider. An Apple spokeswoman claimed that Adobe’s [...]

On Adobe, Flash CS5 and iPhone Applications

A little over a week ago Apple released a new draft of their iPhone developer program license which contained the following clause:
3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript [...]

On sub-standard apps

Steve Jobs (via TechCrunch): Intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform.
That’s the first thing I read this morning… I agree with Greg Slepak (CEO of TaoEffect) who wrote:
Crappy developers will make crappy apps regardless of how many layers there are.
That doesn’t mean that [...]

Robert Scoble interviews Flash Platform execs

Earlier this week, Robert Scoble visited the Adobe office in San Francisco to talk to Anup Murarka (director on the Flash Platform team) and Aaron Filner (product manager for AIR). In the first video they talk about Adobe’s recent announcements. In the second video they debunk some of the recent claims that were discussed in [...]

Wall Street Journal on Apple, Flash and more

The Wall Street Journal just published an interesting article entitled “The Microsofting of Apple?” with their thoughts on Apple, Flash, Google and more. If you’re not subscribed to the WSJ, you can find the article on Ben Forta’s blog.
It’s refreshing to see the “old media’s” take on this… They surely make some interesting points.

Kevin Lynch’s perspective on the past, present, and future of Flash

In case you may have missed it, this past Tuesday Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch posted his thoughts on Open Access to Content and Applications. If you want to get a better handle on Adobe’s vision for Flash and web tools this is a must read. In response to the recent introduction of a “magical device” that has spurred so much talk online over the past week, Kevin talks about the future of Flash and how Flash Player 10.1, the Open Screen Project, HTML5, smartphones, and more fit into it.

More recently, Kevin responded to comments on this post and shared is thoughts on Flash Player performance as well as reports of crashes in some browsers.  As he notes, Adobe works directly with browser teams for Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome to resolve issues and ensure that Flash Player is not released with any known crash bugs. 

If you’re following the wider conversation on the future of the Flash Platform, be sure to check back or follow us on Twitter.

Kevin Lynch (Adobe’s CTO) blogs about Flash, past and future, Apple iPad, HTML5, OSP and more.

Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch just published a blogpost with his thoughts on Flash, past and future, Apple iPad, HTML5, OSP and more.
The blogpost entitled “Open Access to Content and Applications” gives you a good idea on where Adobe and the Flash Platform is going and what we are doing with our Open Screen Project partners. [...]