Adobe Cookbook recipe challenge begins!

Got a tasty tip or technique to offer to the Flash Platform developer community? Want a shot at winning a Samsung 10.1 tablet? If so, head on over to the Adobe Developer Center and learn more about the Adobe Cookbook recipe request challenge: http://adobe.ly/ot8Eoy. Everyone who responds to the challenge by contributing a cookbook recipe gets an Adobe Developer Connection T-shirt, plus a chance to win the tablet. Good luck!

Flash and AIR for Android

You’ve probably heard the exciting news that Adobe has announced the immediate availability of a public beta for Flash Player 10.1 for Android. Application developers can also sign up to join the AIR for Android prerelease program.

The Adobe Developer Connection has published some great resources about optimizing web content for mobile delivery. Check out the following site to find information about developing and optimizing applications for mobile devices, including playing video on devices. You’ll also find some great code samples:

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/fpmobile/tools.html

Download the Flash Player 10.1 beta here:

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/

Join the AIR for Android pre-release program here:

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/air2/android/

New videos show Flash and AIR mobile apps

AIR mobile apps
Adobe today 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, and Android, BlackBerry and other platforms in the coming months. 
Check out two videos for more details at:  http://www.flashmobileblog.com/2010/04/01/adobe-air-packager-for-iphone-os-demos/  and  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hkfOk8P79s

Flash Mobile apps
Also 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u8ynaCPIoY  

Optimizing Mobile Content

We are pleased to announce that we’ve posted a beta draft of “Optimizing Mobile Content for the Adobe Flash Platform.”

We’ve worked with Adobe ActionScript expert Thibault Imbert to create this content. He’s provided dozens of tips and tricks for improving the performance of ActionScript applications running on mobile devices.

Check it out, and let us know what you think!

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/as3/mobile/index.html

Vizio TVs using Flash Lite for the digital home

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If  you were watching the Super Bowl (well, I mean, of course,
the Super Bowl commercials), you might have seen this ad for a Flash-enabled
device:

http://vizio.com/via/

 

“Hey! ” I hear you cry. “This  blog is named ‘Flash
Mobile Docs’ —  a VIZIO TV isn’t exactly a mobile device”.
 Caught me. But this VIZIO TV IS running Adobe Flash Lite for the digital
home. That’s what allows it to provide all those cool Internet apps and
streaming 1080p HD web  videos. All viewed from the comfort of your couch
on your big screen TV.

 

Flash
Lite for the digital home supports ActionScript 2.0 and Flash Player 8 content.
It also supports Flash 10 media with hardware accelerated playback of
high-definition H.264 video.  You can read more about Flash Lite for the
digital home at:

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/digital_home.html.

 

And some nice FAQs are here: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashlite/faq/

 

Just don’t try to put this “mobile” device in your pocket.

 

Photoshop.com Mobile comes to the iPhone

Want to doctor that iPhone self-photo you just took before you attach it to a text message? In despair because your iPhone camera won’t let you control exposure settings or color saturation? Now you can use world-class Adobe photo editing software to touch up your snapshots without ever leaving your touchscreen: Download Photoshop.com Mobile from the iPhone App Store.

Photoshop.com Mobile is a free iPhone app that lets you crop, rotate, and flip; adjust color sats, exposure, and tint; change a color photo to B&W; and use special effects such as sketch. You can even apply a soft-focus to remove those incipient worry lines from your cameo shot.

Photoshop.com Mobile also provides a fun set of macros that let you apply styles such as vibrant, Andy Warhol “pop” tiling, rainbow, and other interesting effects. If you don’t like the changes, just click the undo button. When you finish, you can either save your enhancements to the iPhone or upload them directly to photoshop.com (registration and internet connection required).

Best of all–did I mention that it’s free?

http://mobile.photoshop.com/

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 an 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.

Contribute to Adobe Cookbooks and see your name in lights (or at least in Adobe documentation)

Have you checked out the re-designed Adobe Cookbooks? They’re a great place to find sample code to jump start a project you’re working on, or to share something fun and interesting you’ve developed.

For Flash Player 10.1, we’re using the new recipe request feature to get as many code examples as possible into the documentation. Now that the beta is available on Labs, you can start experimenting with some of the new ActionScript APIs.

Windows, Macintosh, and Linux are posted, and a beta for Palm webOS is expected later this year. You can sign up on Labs to be notified when the Palm Pre beta is available.

A recipe request is just a short idea for a code example; your solution can be as concise and creative as you like. We’ve posted a few so far and we’ll be adding more in the coming weeks. For the full list of 10.1 beta recipes and requests, filter on the tag “Flash Player 10.1 Beta.”

When you respond with useful examples for Flash Player 10.1, we’ll include your name and code in the official Adobe documentation. (OK, it’s not quite rock star status, but should at least count for guru points with your fellow developers.) Contributors are recognized on Adobe Cookbooks, and your answer might be featured in the Adobe Developer Connection.

You can also influence the documentation by voting up the beta recipe requests you most want to see, or by entering recipe requests of your own and tagging them “Flash Player 10.1 Beta.”

But why not go for the glory? Grab a recipe request and start coding today.

Welcome to our blog!

Flash Player 10.1 is going mobile! And we’re working on a great (if we do say so ourselves) new guide full of advice for mobile developers.

As we’re writing it, we’ll blog about some of the best tips and tricks as well as alerting you to interesting content written by the mobile development community. (You can subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking the link at the right.)

We’re working with Adobe ActionScript expert Thibault Imbert. He’s sharing optimizations and performance considerations he encounters as he develops mobile games, RIAs, and other applications for Flash Player 10.1. In the meantime, check out Thibault’s popular presentation at MAX 2009, “Designing and Developing for the Multiscreen Web”:

http://2009.max.adobe.com/online/session/362.