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.

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.

pipelinersales.com Uses the Flash Platform to Reinvent the Sales Cycle

pipelinersales.com wanted to create a tool with sales professionals in mind where the user controls the sales system (not the other way around). The result was a unique enterprise platform built with the Adobe Flash Platform called pipeliner. This solution changes the way salespeople manage their pipelines and conduct business while extending traditional customer relationship management (CRM) systems.

The company wanted to develop a product that worked across different operating systems and devices, regardless of Internet connectivity, which is where Adobe AIR came into play. As an AIR application, pipeliner lets sales teams manage their pipeline online or offline, from a variety of devices, giving users a better perspective of customer relationships, activities and opportunities through an interactive and user-friendly interface.

By putting the Flash Platform into action, this new sales pipeline management tool allows for faster data input and aggregation, shortened development cycles across platforms, online/offline data access and synchronized data from Web and server-based sources.

Check out how Adobe and pipelinersales.com worked together to create a product where the freedom of choice and responsibility is in the user’s hands.

Hospital Records Go Digital with the Flash Platform

ImageTrend, a software application developer, is bridging the information and communications gap between first responders and emergency room physicians with a powerful, secure electronic patient records management platform. Using the Adobe Flash Platform and Adobe ColdFusion, ImageTrend created the Hospital Dashboard (an Adobe MAX 2010 Awards finalist) so emergency response personnel and physicians could share medical records before a patient arrives at an emergency room. This paperless solution helps physicians make better decisions about how to care for patients and increases the likelihood of saving a life.

ImageTrend chose to develop the Hospital Dashboard using the Flash Platform because it allows the company to quickly develop, launch and maintain secure, enterprise-level applications—with the potential to expand services to mobile phones and other devices in the future. One of the key technologies used was Adobe ColdFusion, which let ImageTrend expand the user-interface to securely deliver data over the Web and display the information on TVs in the ER.

Along with Adobe ColdFusion, the Hospital Dashboard uses applications built with the Flex framework to gather real-time information and transfer it to an interactive dashboard, which displays the data across various Web browsers. Additionally, Adobe Flash Builder allowed ImageTrend developers to instantly create a higher performing application using features designed to build Flex applications with a ColdFusion back-end. With Adobe’s tools, ImageTrend had what they needed to develop and launch an application at a faster pace while managing millions of patient records more efficiently and lowering hospital costs.

You can learn more about how ImageTrend used Adobe technologies to create the Hospital Dashborad here.

Charting with Flex and PHP

One of the things that I’ve found to be a bit of a pain is structuring data correctly so it’s easy to chart. Luckily there are some things you can do within the charting framework in Flex to make that a bit easier as well as some things you can do with the Zend Framework to send data in a way that’s easier to chart. I cover the basics in a new post on the Adobe Developer Center.

CFUnited Session: Adding real-time data visualization to your application or website

On Friday, I’m presenting a session at CFUnited titled, “Adding real-time data visualization to your application or website“.   In this session, I’m going to demonstrate how to take data from your web site or application and turn it into a real-time data feed that can be used to feed a dashboard that will impress [...]

Charting data with Flex and PHP

This is a fairly straightforward topic but I did a quick DZone article on charting with Flex and PHP using the data-centric design wizards in Flash Builder. The wizards make it very easy to at least get the basics down and start using data in charts, and I covered some basic ways to add animations and interactivity.

I’m working on a more in-depth article with Zend that will cover grouping/sorting/etc on both the client and server side. It will provide some info on how to structure your data and make it more flexible for manipulating when it’s in the chart.

Tour de Flex 2.0 – AIR and Flex Component and API Explorer Launched!

We just posted Tour de Flex 2.0.  If you already have a previous version of Tour de Flex, it should auto-update to 2.0.   This latest version has several bug fixes and now requires AIR 2.0 to support many new AIR 2.0 samples.   Go grab it and check out the new samples in the [...]

Fun with AIR on Android – Geolocation

There are a lot of things that make building apps for mobile devices extremely fun and addictive.  I’ve especially had fun with the onboard GPS in my Google Nexus One using ActionScript (flash.sensors.Geolocation class).  It’s actually very simple.  Here’s a trivial example: if(Geolocation.isSupported) { geo = new Geolocation(); geo.addEventListener(GeolocationEvent.UPDATE,geoUpdate); geo.setRequestedUpdateInterval(10000); // update my location every [...]

New IBM ILOG Elixir Data Visualization samples in Tour de Flex

We just posted some new IBM ILOG Elixir 3.0 samples in Tour de Flex under the Data Visualization category. Here are some highlights: Supports Flex SDK 4.0 & Flash Builder 4.0 New: Diagram components (Spark) New: Timeline component (Spark) Improved: Gantt chart components Many new features including tasks item renderers coded in FXG, printing, re-designed [...]