Kevin Lynch Sneaks New Features in CS5

We are just three days from the Creative Suite 5 public debut. This afternoon, Kevin Lynch, Adobe CTO shared a few insights to this new release on the Adobe blog. He also shared his views on Apple’s revised SDK license and what it means to millions of Flash developers.

Highlights on the new features of CS5:

- Social Computing Innovation: Allowing closer team collaboration within the Creative Suite tools

- Cloud and client Innovation: New cloud-based services such as Omniture for optimizing content and apps to drive greater revenue

- Multiscreen features: Enabling authoring for upcoming releases of Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2 and making it easier for developers to target multiple devices and form factors

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Kevin also pointed out that despite Apple’s tightening restrictions on what technologies developers can use for creating apps for iPhone/iPad OS, multiscreen is spreading beyond Apple’s devices. We will see a wide range of excellent smartphones, tablets, smartbooks, televisions and more coming to market. Developers can leverage the Flash Platform to create and deliver rich content and applications across a variety of these devices.

Also, the Packager for iPhone/iPad is just one of 250 amazing new features in CS5. Be sure to tune into the global webcast on Monday 8am PDT at http://cs5launch.adobe.com/ and find out all the details.

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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.

TuneVision is using Flash Player 10.1 to bring its music video jukebox to Nexus One

Created by SonicSwap.com, TuneVision is a new music video site that builds personalized music video playlists of your favorite artists using Flash Player in your browser. And now, there’s a mobile version on the way for the Google Nexus One, which supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

In a recent posting by Janko Roettgers at NewTeeVee, he has a video (embedded below) of SonicSwap CEO Dan Skilken demoing a sneak peak of the app optimized for Flash Player 10.1 on the Android-powered Nexus One.

He also included this quote from Skilken: “There is no question in my mind that the performance of Flash on Nexus is so good, that Steve Job’s ranting is motivated by the fear of this unlocking the walled garden.”

There’s an AIR version on the way in the next couple of months so watch some tunes and stay tuned.

Previewing Flash Experiences on HP's Slate Device

Not only are we seeing more and more cool tablets come to market this year, but the features on the tablets are getting more compelling as well. Alan Tam from the Adobe Flash Player team got a sneak peak of the new HP Slate device last week. Check out his report on what you can do with it. Slate users will soon be able to enjoy their favorite websites, online games, and videos inside of a browser with Flash Player, as well as standalone applications with AIR. Stay tuned for more Flash-enabled mobile devices, smartbooks, and tablets in 2010.

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Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR on NVIDIA Tegra-powered tablets

At Mobile World Congress, Adobe’s Julie Campagna caught up with Neil Trevett, vice president of mobile content at NVIDIA.  In this video on Adobe TV, she asks him about Flash Player 10.1, AIR, and the new tablet devices that are powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra family of mobile processors. Trevett had some good things to say about the Flash Platform, “Flash Player 10.1 is awesome—it’s enabling technology.”  And what about AIR on devices?  “It’s the most exciting thing at MWC,” he added.

The video includes demonstrations of HD video (hardware acceleration enables up to 1080p resolution) on tablet devices running Android as well as a very slick new interactive magazine experience based on WIRED magazine and powered by AIR 2.0. Watch the whole video below.

Flash Player 10.1 on Dell Mini 5

Given all the attention on tablets right now, we’d like to share with you a preview by Alan Tam on Dell Mini 5 to demonstrate content developed for Flash Player running on the Dell’s upcoming Mini 5 touch-based tablet. He shows the BBC news site delivering streaming video, and bowls a couple of frames in a game from miniclip.com. The cool part is that the content provider and app developers didn’t have to do anything to enable their products for the Mini 5, and as an user, Alan didn’t have to do anything differently either—he just surfed the web as normal and accessed the video and game as part of a full web browsing experience with Flash Player 10.1. Stay tuned for more news on the tablets.

Getting in touch

Want to build Flash Platform applications for mobile devices, phones, and touch pads? If you have access to a tablet running Windows 7 (like a Wacom Bamboo or HP TouchSmart) or a MacBook with multi-touch trackpad, you can start building multi-touch applications NOW (mobile runtimes are coming soon!). You can build interactive, touch-sensitive applications for users who need to rotate, swipe, touch, tap, or otherwise interact with their devices by touching them. New ActionScript 3.0 API are available in Beta release for touch event handling and multi-touch gesturing. Gestures include interaction such as a multi-finger swipe across the screen, or two finger rotation, or pinch.

Get started here:
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/multitouch_gestures.html

And view these great demos here:
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/air2/samples/

The ActionScript 3.0 Reference including the new API (start with the flash.ui.Multitouch class) is here:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FlashPlatform/beta/reference/actionscript/3/frames.html?index.html&all-classes.html

Participate in our effort to publicize great demo apps and learn from the community of ActionScript developers by providing cookbook recipes here:
http://cookbooks.adobe.com/post_Responding_to_multi_touch_gesture_phases-16569.html

http://cookbooks.adobe.com/post_Using_a_related_object_when_responding_to_touch_ev-16570.html

Or make up one of your own and add it to the cookbook! When you do, come back to this blog and let us know and we’ll help publicize it.

When runtimes for testing these applications on phones and mobile devices are available, we’ll let you know right here in this blog.