Adobe MAX 2009 Awards

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It’s almost that time again for the Adobe MAX Awards and we’re already taking submissions and your suggestions for the winners this year.  As always there will be a mobile category and you can click on the button above to make your suggestion.

Mobile service providers today are challenged to deliver easy-to-use applications that provide expressive and complex capabilities. Tapping into features such as location, touch and motion detection, high-speed networks and others, service providers are looking to appeal to increasingly sophisticated customers who rely on their devices to access and share information, participate in social networks, be entertained, and for work. Winning entries in this category will demonstrate how Adobe solutions are being used to raise the standard of interactivity and quality for mobile services, bringing indispensible new services that improve the daily lives of consumers.

Category- Specific Judging Criterion: Value delivered by mobile device application to corporations or individual users.

Distributable Player Expansion – 45 Countries

This application is created by interactive maps. You can also have your visited countries map on your site. If you see this message, you need to upgrade your flash player.

// <![CDATA[
var so = new SWFObject("http://www.interactivemaps.org/visited_countries/visited_countries.swf", "visitedcountries", 650, 400, "7", "#000000");
addLocation('ZA', '', '', ''); //South Africa
addLocation('CN', '', '', ''); //China
addLocation('IN', '', '', ''); //India
addLocation('ID', '', '', ''); //Indonesia
addLocation('JP', '', '', ''); //Japan
addLocation('PH', '', '', ''); //Philippines
addLocation('SG', '', '', ''); //Singapore
addLocation('KR', '', '', ''); //South Korea
addLocation('TW', '', '', ''); //Taiwan
addLocation('AU', '', '', ''); //Australia
addLocation('AT', '', '', ''); //Austria
addLocation('BE', '', '', ''); //Belgium
addLocation('DK', '', '', ''); //Denmark
addLocation('FI', '', '', ''); //Finland
addLocation('FR', '', '', ''); //France
addLocation('DE', '', '', ''); //Germany
addLocation('GR', '', '', ''); //Greece
addLocation('IE', '', '', ''); //Ireland
addLocation('IT', '', '', ''); //Italy
addLocation('NL', '', '', ''); //Netherlands
addLocation('PT', '', '', ''); //Portugal
addLocation('RU', '', '', ''); //Russia
addLocation('ES', '', '', ''); //Spain
addLocation('SE', '', '', ''); //Sweden
addLocation('CH', '', '', ''); //Switzerland
addLocation('UK', '', '', ''); //United Kingdom
addLocation('TR', '', '', ''); //Turkey
addLocation('CA', '', '', ''); //Canada
addLocation('US', '', '', ''); //United States
addLocation('BR', '', '', ''); //Brazil
addLocation('MY', '', '', ''); //Malaysia
addLocation('CR', '', '', ''); //Costa Rica
addLocation('PA', '', '', ''); //Panama
addLocation('CZ', '', '', ''); //Czech republic
addLocation('NO', '', '', ''); //Norway
addLocation('PL', '', '', ''); //Poland
addLocation('RO', '', '', ''); //Romania
addLocation('IL', '', '', ''); //Israel
addLocation('KW', '', '', ''); //Kuwait
addLocation('SA', '', '', ''); //Saudi Arabia
addLocation('AE', '', '', ''); //United Arab Emirates
addLocation('MX', '', '', ''); //Mexico
addLocation('AR', '', '', ''); //Argentina
addLocation('CO', '', '', ''); //Colombia
addLocation('PE', '', '', ''); //Peru
addToFlash();
so.addVariable("stageWidth", 650);
so.addVariable("stageHeight", 450);
so.addVariable("infoOver", "enabled");
so.addVariable("zoomFunction", "checked");
so.addVariable("bgColor", "666666");
so.addVariable("visitedColor", "5EB7DE");
so.addVariable("notVisitedColor", "CDCDCD");
so.addVariable("countryBordersColor", "666666");
so.addVariable("helpTextColor", "000000");
so.addVariable("helpText", "");
so.addParam("scale", "noscale");
so.addParam("salign", "lt");
so.write("visitedcountries");
// ]]>

I’m happy to announce the further expansion of the Distributable Player to a further 15 countries bringing the total to 45 across the world. With the Distributable Player it’s possible to distribute your applications with the latest Flash player optimized for mobile devices, Flash Lite 3.1. This is the same player available on the HTC Hero and Nokia 5800 devices.

The countries are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA.

Using the Adobe Mobile Packager 1.1 you can package your SWF files and assets in native installer packages, then distribute them freely from your website or that of your customer. We’ve made it extremely easy to get started and begin to work with mobile devices in advance of Flash Player 10 availability. If you’re interested in developing for Flash Player 10 when it arrives I recommend that you get your feet wet with Flash Lite to build up your knowledge of mobile and devices interaction and optimizations.

You can see some great examples of Flash applications running on mobile devices from the Flash Lite Developer Challenge below!

Distributable Player Expansion – 45 Countries

This application is created by interactive maps. You can also have your visited countries map on your site. If you see this message, you need to upgrade your flash player.

// <![CDATA[
var so = new SWFObject("http://www.interactivemaps.org/visited_countries/visited_countries.swf", "visitedcountries", 650, 400, "7", "#000000");
addLocation('ZA', '', '', ''); //South Africa
addLocation('CN', '', '', ''); //China
addLocation('IN', '', '', ''); //India
addLocation('ID', '', '', ''); //Indonesia
addLocation('JP', '', '', ''); //Japan
addLocation('PH', '', '', ''); //Philippines
addLocation('SG', '', '', ''); //Singapore
addLocation('KR', '', '', ''); //South Korea
addLocation('TW', '', '', ''); //Taiwan
addLocation('AU', '', '', ''); //Australia
addLocation('AT', '', '', ''); //Austria
addLocation('BE', '', '', ''); //Belgium
addLocation('DK', '', '', ''); //Denmark
addLocation('FI', '', '', ''); //Finland
addLocation('FR', '', '', ''); //France
addLocation('DE', '', '', ''); //Germany
addLocation('GR', '', '', ''); //Greece
addLocation('IE', '', '', ''); //Ireland
addLocation('IT', '', '', ''); //Italy
addLocation('NL', '', '', ''); //Netherlands
addLocation('PT', '', '', ''); //Portugal
addLocation('RU', '', '', ''); //Russia
addLocation('ES', '', '', ''); //Spain
addLocation('SE', '', '', ''); //Sweden
addLocation('CH', '', '', ''); //Switzerland
addLocation('UK', '', '', ''); //United Kingdom
addLocation('TR', '', '', ''); //Turkey
addLocation('CA', '', '', ''); //Canada
addLocation('US', '', '', ''); //United States
addLocation('BR', '', '', ''); //Brazil
addLocation('MY', '', '', ''); //Malaysia
addLocation('CR', '', '', ''); //Costa Rica
addLocation('PA', '', '', ''); //Panama
addLocation('CZ', '', '', ''); //Czech republic
addLocation('NO', '', '', ''); //Norway
addLocation('PL', '', '', ''); //Poland
addLocation('RO', '', '', ''); //Romania
addLocation('IL', '', '', ''); //Israel
addLocation('KW', '', '', ''); //Kuwait
addLocation('SA', '', '', ''); //Saudi Arabia
addLocation('AE', '', '', ''); //United Arab Emirates
addLocation('MX', '', '', ''); //Mexico
addLocation('AR', '', '', ''); //Argentina
addLocation('CO', '', '', ''); //Colombia
addLocation('PE', '', '', ''); //Peru
addToFlash();
so.addVariable("stageWidth", 650);
so.addVariable("stageHeight", 450);
so.addVariable("infoOver", "enabled");
so.addVariable("zoomFunction", "checked");
so.addVariable("bgColor", "666666");
so.addVariable("visitedColor", "5EB7DE");
so.addVariable("notVisitedColor", "CDCDCD");
so.addVariable("countryBordersColor", "666666");
so.addVariable("helpTextColor", "000000");
so.addVariable("helpText", "");
so.addParam("scale", "noscale");
so.addParam("salign", "lt");
so.write("visitedcountries");
// ]]>

We’ve been hard at work enabling support for new countries with the Flash Lite 3.1 player, enabling you to use the most recent player with the Adobe Mobile Packager 1.1. I’m happy to announce that we’ve continued to accelerate the addition of new countries around the world adding 16 countries, and bringing the total to 29.

The countries are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and the USA.

Right now we’re looking at how to enable support for new devices on a platform level, so rather than certifying each device we can certify whole platforms.  It’s not an easy task but we’re very confident that the player won’t start breaking.

Google Chrome OS and Adobe

You will have noticed a lot of blogging and press around the announcement of the Google Chrome open operating system. Google have been working on Chrome for quite a long time now, creating one of the fastest and most stable browsers available.  I’d like see it on my mac sometime soon, and it looks like it’s not far off considering the beta quality.

There have been many indications of course that Chrome would ultimately be the resident Android browser, and so bringing it to ARM based netbooks looks to me like the first indication of mobile support.  So I’d guess that we’re about a year away from seeing it on Android for the first time.  The big question is why Android wasn’t confirmed as the OS, and I don’t have an answer for that.

As we all know many of Google’s key properties like Youtube, Google Video, Street View and platforms like Android all use Flash to deliver a richer web experience.  So it’s great to see Google updated their blog with an FAQ naming Adobe as a partner in this new venture.  Of course we’re pretty much good to go once these devices start to role out whatever the OS and device.

There’s no doubt that we’re seeing something pretty special here, netbooks have become a very common sight in the past year. I see people using them on trains, at the airport and on their holidays to keep up with emails and plan their trip on the go.  Though it could be that the developing world moves from Internet via their mobile phones straight to netbooks, which are of course less expensive, demand less power and are built on free and open software stacks.

Very interesting times, and of course a whole new raft of opportunities for web developers and the Flash Platform.

Device Central CS3 – Update 9 Now Available

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Device Profile Update #9 is now available on Adobe Device Central Online, and this is the final update of profiles for the CS3 version.  It includes the following profiles including some Sony Ericsson Capuchin enabled devices.

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Updates to profiles will of course continue via the online library in Device Central CS4, and so if you haven’t upgraded now is a good time.  In Device Central CS4 there are numerous new features to make your working life easier:

  • High-quality video for communicating ideas
  • Improved video support and integration
  • Organization of work for mobile projects
  • Performance simulation and testing automation
  • Easy upload of content to multiple locations
  • Integration with Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Photoshop® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Dreamweaver® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Adobe Captivate 4 and After Effects CS4

You can look at the full feature set and watch the videos here