Amazon’s Kindle Fire Lights up App Creativity

This is an exciting day for Adobe AIR developers who create amazing Flash based apps capable of reaching over 350 million smartphones and tablets by the end of this year, including the iPad. Today, Amazon began shipping the Kindle Fire, a new tablet boasting a 7” full color multi-touch display with 8GB of internal storage and free cloud storage for all Amazon content.

The Kindle Fire is already equipped to run AIR apps available on the Amazon Appstore for Android, right out of the box. Using Flash Builder or Flash Professional and the AIR SDK, developers can create and deliver Flash based apps via AIR, which run outside of the browser and deliver rich interaction and stunning performance. The Fire shipped with AIR 2.7, but developers can deliver AIR 3 apps by leveraging captive runtime. Apps created for the Android Market can also be published to the Amazon Appstore and there are currently many cool AIR apps available on the Appstore already, including:

Pyramix (interactive word game)

Pocket Penguins (live streaming video of penguins at the California Academy of Sciences)

TouchUp Pro (photo editing for your phone)

Politifact (the #1 news app)

We’re excited to see how the Kindle Fire will encourage new and creative uses for tablets, and the many ways new Flash based apps will help deliver those experiences through the Amazon Appstore.

 

Shutterfly releases new Express Uploader built with Adobe AIR

Shutterfly recently released a new application called the Express Uploader that makes it very easy for their customers to upload images to a Shutterfly account. Once uploaded, the existing Shutterfly can be used to turn albums into prints, photo books, calendars and more.

The application is powered by Adobe AIR and leverages new capabilities available in our most recent version of the AIR runtime (version 2) including integration with native code using the native process API. Congratulations to the team at Shutterfly on the launch of the desktop application!

Anumber of popular uploading tools are now powered by AIR including the Vimeo uploader that we highlighted in an earlier blog post.

Screenshots below:

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Photos can be queued up for uploading and associated with new or existing albums.

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The intuitive, clean design makes uploading a breeze.

Adobe – Intel Application Lab

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Distributing and Monetizing Adobe AIR Apps

On July 21, learn what Adobe and Intel are doing to help you distribute and monetize your AIR applications by understanding the business opportunities and discovering how you can take advantage of the service immediately. Learn more and register today.

Adobe Story: A Collaborative Tool for Screenwriting

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Adobe Story is a new collaborative tool designed for writing scripts and screenplays and is a part of the new CS Live online services. Story includes a number of powerful productivity features including collaborative screenwriting, auto-completion tools, Adobe Premiere CS5 and OnLocation integration, scene tagging and many more.

Using Adobe Story, screenwriters have the option of either using a web browser or a desktop application powered by Adobe AIR to access the application.

The video demonstration below provides an excellent tutorial on Adobe Story including a demonstration of the AIR app. This is another stunning application of the types of advanced applications that can be built, in part, with Flash Player and AIR. Congratulations to the Adobe Story team for its public release of a terrific new tool!

Adobe Dreamweaver Team Released Widget Browser Powered by Adobe AIR

The Dreamweaver team recently released the Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser on Labs that allows web developers to quickly build out rich visual interfaces using JavaScript and CSS. With the Widget Browser, you can quickly preview and download OpennAjax widgets available on the Adobe Exchange. Once downloaded, you can add widgets to Dreamweaver CS5 and easily insert them within your web pages. If you are interested in adding your own widgets, the Dreamweaver team released a developer’s guide that provides all of the details you need to get started.

The video above by James Williamson provides an excellent overview of how the Widget Browser works. The application is powered by Adobe AIR and the Flex SDK.

Note: While you can download the Widget Browser and browser the available widgets, you will need to use Dreamweaver CS5 in order to take advantage of many of the features described above.

HipChat Supercharges Chat With Adobe AIR Powered Collaboration Service

Today, I had the pleasure of connecting with the talented team at HipChat, developers of an a new instant messaging service. HipChat is designed to help companies easily collaborate on projects using chat rooms and file sharing. The video above provides an excellent overview of the service and demonstrates the desktop application powered by Adobe AIR (users can also use a web interface).

From the HipChat website, features include:

  • File sharing and storage. Share PDFs, mockups, and documents for instant feedback. Access them any time from the HipChat client or on the web.
  • Chat rooms. Use rooms for departments, teams, or projects. Rooms can be open for anyone to join, or private for only invited members.
  • One-on-one messaging. Have side conversations with your teammates. You’ll have chat history and file sharing to help you keep track.
  • Notifications. Customize HipChat alerts with sounds, flashes, and pop-ups. Get someone’s attention by typing @name.
  • Chat and file history. HipChat automatically saves your conversations and files. Never forget who said what, and when. Access history anywhere you have internet
  • Emoticons. Express yourself using emoticons.
  • Spell checking. HipChat will keep you from embarrassing yourself in front of your team members (at least spelling-wise).
  • … explore additional features on the HipChat website

If you are interested in checking out the service, it is free for 30 days and you can sign-up here.Congratulations to the team! It is great to see another company targeting the enterprise with a service that includes an AIR application.

Screenshot:

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Graphic.ly Releases Stunning Alpha Application

Congratulation to the team at Graphic.ly for releasing an alpha version of their upcoming desktop application powered by Adobe AIR. If you are or ever have been a fan of comic books, you simply must download this application and take it for a spin.

Features of the desktop application include:

  • An application store that allows you to browse and purchase comic books (several are currently offered for free!)
  • An activity feed that displays what others in the Graphic.ly community are reading and rating
  • A built-in achievement system that recognizes users for discovering new features
  • A beautiful, full-screen interface for navigating the pages and individual frames of a comic book
  • A social feature that allows you to write comments on individual frames that others in the community can read

The Graphic.ly team describes what they are building as a "a cutting-edge community and digital content delivery platform for comic books, graphic novels and other forms of publishing." I am looking forward to seeing feature iterations of the application; especially as Graphic.ly becomes available on new types of devices.

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Flash to AIR applications for Android in 10 minutes!

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Over the last few days, developers in the Adobe AIR for Android private beta started creating AIR applications for the Android OS. Using existing code from Flash applications or their AIR applications created for the iPhone, developers were able to create applications in just a few short hours and for one developer in just 10 minutes! Here are a few quotes found on the blogs of our private beta developers:

“It literally took me 10 minutes to compile for Android, and get the game on my new Nexus One phone”
-Alan Queen

“Performance-wise, AIR for Android is fast. With barely any work on my part, I got my three existing mobile games running in AIR for Android.”
-Josh Tynjala

“Well with no code changes, about 2 hours to have the graphics tweaked (thanks to @pneal), I was able to port Happy Peg over to Android.”
-Matthew Keefe

“My Nexus One arrived yesterday (FedEx Saturday delivery FTW) about 4pm, and I had Fruit Smash Organic ported to the device and running beautifully by 7pm! That includes downloading and installing the SDKs, walking through a Hello World tutorial, charging the device for a little while, and making some minor code edits.”
-Jobe Makar

For business reasons, Apple recently updated the terms of their iPhone developer program license which now restricts applications built with Adobe technology and other 3rd party technologies to be distributed in the Apple App Store. As a result of this business decision our customers will no longer be able to distribute their apps in the Apple App Store but not to worry since Adobe is committed to our developers and we will continue to support multi-screen and multi-platform content creation. This week Andy Rubin, Google VP of Engineering, made a guest post on the Adobe Featured blog stating Google’s commitment to bringing Flash and AIR to Android-based devices. With the continued support from OSP partners and the ubiquity and flexibility of the Adobe Flash Platform the possibilities are endless for our customers.

Listed below are a few blog posts and videos from some our developers who have created AIR for Android apps in the last few days from the AIR apps they originally developed for the iPhone. You may have already seen some of these in my colleague Lee Brimlow’s previous blog post. Just imagine how easy it will be in the future to create desktop and mobile apps with Adobe AIR.

AS3TV
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BaoZi Jump!
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BlogRadio
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Brush
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CavityFree 3D
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Chroma Circuit
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Dermoscopy Tutorial
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Digit Cards
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First Aid (emulator)
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Fruit Smash Organic
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Gold Strike
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Happy Peg
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Innocent Angel
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Magenn
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Mahjong (emulator)
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Mingoville Sudoku
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MoaiMawashi
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Moobix
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mWine
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mytoons
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Nabdroid
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PlayNLearn
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Pop Pies
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Qrossfire
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SketchNSave
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Slots O’Luck
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SpriteABC
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StarMatchABC
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StudyShuffler
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The Producer
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Tik Tak Zoo
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Tiny Dot Edit
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Vasectomy App
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World Geography Hangman
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If you are interested in creating AIR applications for Android and would like to be notified regarding the AIR for Android Beta please sign-up to be notified

 

Thank you for your continued help and support. In addition to our blog, please be sure to follow us on Twitter for AIR-related updates.

Michael Hu

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Adobe Flash Platform

Fox Releases "Simpsons Unleashed" Application Powered by Adobe AIR

The Simpsons Unleashed is a new desktop AIR app that allows you to play pranks on your friends using characters from "The Simpsons" television show. In addition to pranking your friends, Homer will also wander out onto your desktop to heckle you from time to time. This is an excellent example of how to create a unique, engaging AIR application that integrates with services from social networks like Facebook. Download it now and check it out for yourself. .

Flash Brings the Web to Life

We just posted a few new videos to give you an update on mobile apps and the breadth of Flash content on the Web available on exciting new devices, like the upcoming Dell tablet.

Standalone Apps Outside the Browser

With dozens of tablets and new smartphones coming to market over the coming weeks and months, developers want to know how to deploy and monetize their apps across screens without having to rewrite apps for every platform and device – from smartphones, to tablets, netbooks, televisions, and others.

Today, we announced that more than 100 AIR apps, coming out of a limited pre-release program with developers, are available on Apple’s App Store. Created with Flash Pro CS5 and wrapped as native apps (via the Packager for the iPhone, a capability of AIR 2), AIR apps can be distributed to the iPhone and Apple’s tablet today, as well as Android, BlackBerry and other platforms in the coming months. Check out two videos for more details at:

Packager for iPhone Demos from Mark Doherty on Vimeo.

Browsing of Flash Content on New Mobile Devices

At the same time, Adobe and its partners believe in the free flow of content across screens and in enabling consumers to browse the full Web, including over 70% of games and 75% of video that are delivered with Flash. Check out this new video, which features different mobile devices including a sneak peak of one of Dell’s new tablets (5” tablet, not released yet) plus Dell’s 12” smartbook (Latitude Xt2) running a broad variety of Flash content.

We are excited to work with Dell to bring uncompromised Web browsing to its new devices. As previously announced, we’re also working with HP on their new line of tablets that will deliver the full Web with support for Flash Player 10.1.