FOX promotes upcoming Alien Anthology using Adobe AIR app

To promote the upcoming release of the Alien Anthology on Blu-ray, FOX released an interactive, promotional application powered by Adobe AIR and built by Oskoui+Oskoui.

The application includes a number of features that fans of the Alien franchise are bound to enjoy including an image gallery where you can discover unique photos and concept art from the films, listen to musical tracks from the soundtrack, watch video clips including trailers and customize the "wallpaper" within the application.

Congratulations to the team at Oskoui+Oskoui for building another engaging application that Alien fans around the world are sure to enjoy! Earlier this year, the team also built the Avatar Interactive Desktop to promote the launch of Avatar on Blu-ray & DVD.

The application is available for download from the official Alien Anthology website.

Screenshots below:

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Mobile Enterprise Sample Applications Powered by Adobe AIR, Flex and Android

Last week at the Google I/O conference, we announced the public availability of the Adobe AIR for Android Developer Prerelease program. This week, we wanted to highlight a few excellent examples of AIR and Android powered enterprise applications developed by two members of our evangelism team, Christophe Coenraets and James Ward.

Both Christophe and James recently recorded inspiring video demonstrations of some of the sample applications they have been working on lately.

Mobile version of Employee Directory application by Christophe Coenraets.

Trading sample application by Christophe Coenraets.

Example of a Flex and AIR application that includes multi-touch support by James Ward.

Vimeo Uploader Makes Uploading Movies a Breeze

Vimeo is a popular online video community due to its support for high-quality video playback, beautiful and easy-to-use site design and social networking features. Needless to say, I was thrilled to discover that Vimeo built a powerful uploading tool powered by Adobe AIR. There are a number of online services today that rely on AIR for uploading content including Photoshop.com.

The Vimeo desktop uploader allows users to:

  • Upload multiple files
  • Batch edit video info and privacy
  • Pause & resume an upload
  • Reliably upload large video files up to 1GB and beyond

Below is a tutorial recorded by a member of the Vimeo community that demonstrates how the uploading tool works.

Congratulations to the team at Vimeo for building an extremely useful tool!

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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Video

BaoZi Jump!
Blog
Video

BlogRadio
Blog
Video

Brush
Video

CavityFree 3D
Blog
Video

Chroma Circuit
Blog
Video

Dermoscopy Tutorial
Blog
Video

Digit Cards
Blog
Video

First Aid (emulator)
Blog

Fruit Smash Organic
Blog
Video

Gold Strike
Blog
Video

Happy Peg
Blog
Video

Innocent Angel
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Magenn
Blog
Video

Mahjong (emulator)
Blog
Video

Mingoville Sudoku
Blog
Video

MoaiMawashi
Blog
Video

Moobix
Blog
Video

mWine
Video

mytoons
Video

Nabdroid
Video

PlayNLearn
Blog
Video

Pop Pies
Blog
Video

Qrossfire
Blog
Video

SketchNSave
Blog
Video

Slots O’Luck
Blog
Video

SpriteABC
Blog
Video

StarMatchABC
Blog
Video

StudyShuffler
Blog
Video

The Producer
Blog
Video

Tik Tak Zoo
Blog
Video

Tiny Dot Edit
Blog
Video

Vasectomy App
Blog
Video

World Geography Hangman
Blog
Video

 

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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

Transforming the Magazine Experience With Wired and AIR

Adobe and Wired magazine just introduced a new digital magazine concept that provides an immersive, interactive content experience for readers as well as innovative possibilities for advertisers. The video above provides an excellent overview of the collaboration and includes interviews with some of the individuals leading this project at both Wired and Adobe.

Adobe AIR was used to develop the prototype of the application unveiled by Chris Anderson (Wired) and Jeremy Clark (Adobe) at the TED conference last week. For additional information on the concept, please see the post by Introducing a New Digital Magazine Experience on Adobe Digital Publishing blog.

Screenshots

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JavaScript Memory and CPU Profiling in Adobe AIR 2

One of the biggest challenges our team continued to hear from JavaScript developers using Adobe AIR 1.5 was that it was too difficult to track down CPU and memory issues within their HTML-based AIR applications. To help JavaScript developers detect and resolve these issues, we have introduced new runtime support for CPU and memory profiling of HTML-based AIR applications in the Adobe AIR 2 beta.

By doing so, tools like Aptana Studio can build powerful features that make analyzing memory and CPU usage of JavaScript execution within an AIR app a breeze. In the video above, Paul Colton, CEO of Aptana, provides an overview of how Aptana Studio is able to take advantage of the new runtime support and build powerful new features to assist developers in tracking down performance issues.

Some of the features included in the new Adobe AIR 2 Beta Plug-In for Aptana Studio include:

  • Live Objects View
    • Shows current information about how much current and cumulative memory is used by the application
    • Shows the number of current and cumulative instances of objects
  • Memory Usage View
    • Peak memory used
    • Current memory used
  • Memory Snapshot and Object References Views
    • Captures the number of class instances as well as memory used at a point in time
    • Select an object to view its references
    • Allocation trace information reveals where the objects are allocated
  • Loitering Objects View
    • Displays the memory usage difference between two memory snapshots
    • Helps detect loitering objects that are still present
  • Performance Profile View
    • Displays a list of all method calls along with amount of time for each to run
  • Method Statistics View
    • Presents information on the callers and callees of a function including statistics
    • Quickly navigate to location of the function in the code

Both Adobe AIR 2 and Adobe AIR 2 Beta Plug-in for Aptana Studio are currently in beta. If you run into issues or have feature requests, both the Adobe and Aptana teams would appreciate hearing your feedback on these new capabilities.

Next steps:

  1. Watch the tutorial video for a quick introduction on the new profiler capabilities
  2. Download the Adobe AIR 2 Beta Plug-In
  3. Discuss the feature on the Adobe AIR 2 Beta forums or post a comment below

Note: For Flex and Flash developers, support for application profiling has been available in Adobe Flex Builder for some time. We are very excited to bring this support to JavaScript developers as well.

MLB.com Releases Desktop App Powered by Adobe AIR

Major League Baseball released an Adobe AIR application called MLB.com OnBase. The application provides information about your favorite baseball teams including news, recent comments on Twitter, scores, schedule information and more. You can also configure the application to display desktop notifications when news is posted about your favorite teams (be the first to know!). You can post directly to your Twitter account from the application as well. Congratulations to the team that at MLB that created MLB.com OnBase!

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FlashCamp San Francisco Announced

Update: Apologies, but this event has already sold out.

Mike Chambers just posted information on FlashCamp in San Francisco taking place on May 29th. If you are planning on being in the San Francisco area, be sure to register while space is available!

From the event page:

FlashCamp San Francisco is a free one night event hosted by Adobe covering everything you need to know about getting started with building and designing rich Internet applications (RIAs) with Flex 4, Flex Builder 4 and Flash Catalyst.