Congratulations to Josh Tynjala and the Feathers open source project for the release of Feathers 2.2.0 this week. Feathers offers a large collection of ActionScript UI components and layouts for mobile and desktop. It is powered by Starling framework and Adobe AIR.
What’s new in this release?
In version 2.2.0, Feathers UI includes a new media player framework, new layouts, and new animated transitions to visually enhance your games and apps.
Independent game development company Overdose Caffeine creates cross-platform, real-time multiplayer games with fast and intense environments. Pocket Fleet, the company’s first cross-platform, free-to-play, multiplayer game, invites players from around the world to create or join a space dogfight and test their pilot skills against real people or CPU-controlled enemies.
With a small development team and the goal of making Pocket Fleet available quickly to a wide audience of casual and hardcore gamers, Overdose Caffeine sought a solution that offered cross-platform compilation—Android, iOS, and any computer with a browser—and rapid development.
Developers chose Adobe Game Developer Tools including Adobe Flash Professional, Adobe AIR, and Adobe Scout. “We had our own multiplayer gaming framework called Coffee Pack coded with ActionScript, and it was ideal for building a game like Pocket Fleet—so using Flash Professional and Adobe AIR was the best technology solution for our new game. We also knew the game had to be cross platform, and with the Adobe solution, we have a single code base to easily publish the game to multiple platforms,” said Tolga Ozuygur, Overdose Caffeine’s co-founder and lead programmer.
Benefits of Adobe Gaming Solution components for Ozuygur include:
Rapid authoring and remote debugging with Flash Professional was essential for mobile development;
Adobe AIR allowed developers to push the game to mobile, while offering smooth interfacing with underlying mobile device APIs through Adobe Native Extensions;
Adobe Scout for optimizing the game, which is essential because some mobile devices have limited hardware and the game needed to perform fully on a large variety of devices.
Ozuygur notes that “Adobe Flash has created a market for browser-based games, and Adobe AIR is doing the same for cross-platform gaming. The great thing is that developers can carry over their experience with Flash to other platforms,” he says
The pre-alpha version of Pocket Fleet took just two weeks to build from scratch, with the game officially launching three months later. Pocket Fleet was recently featured and passed the 500,000 downloads mark on Google Play with almost 320,000 monthly active users on all platforms. Overdose Caffeine is now working to add more social features to the game including a friend list, private messaging, and teams. A large galactic map is also planned that will let players see the big picture on how their race is doing in the war.
More than 200 developers packed Town Hall in the Adobe San Francisco office on Monday night for our Game Developer Tools launch event. Fun and excitement poured from every part of the room with remote-controlled Angry Birds, vintage arcade games and new iPad AIR apps. It was a great time with great partners – Zynga, Rumble, KIXEYE, Kabam, GREE, EA and Milkman Games – and really amazing responses from the game developer community. All of the announcement information can be found in the blog post from Adobe Gaming director Emmy Huang, but we also wanted to share the recap video below for those who couldn’t make it in person.
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We are thrilled to announce the release of our first Game Developer Tools in the Adobe Creative Cloud, giving developers and publishers access to a powerful set of resources in one central location. Adobe’s Game Developer Tools are designed to streamline the game development process from creation to deployment, and help game publishers and developers reach the broadest possible audience worldwide – over 1.3 billion connected Windows and Mac PCs and over 500 million smartphones and tablets – 20 times the reach of the bestselling Xbox 360 gaming console.
The gaming community is already buzzing about Adobe Scout, an advanced next-generation profiling tool that uncovers granular internal information in ActionScript-based mobile and browser content to unlock significant performance optimization opportunities. We’ve received rave reviews from developers who have been using pre-release versions of Scout to gain powerful insights and who are already enhancing their development processes with our Game Developer Tools.
As a special promotion, we’re including this first release of Scout in a free membership to Creative Cloud, along with the rest of our Game Developer Tools, including the Adobe Gaming SDK, Adobe Flash C++ Compiler, and trial versions of Flash Professional CS6 and Flash Builder 4.7 Premium:
– The Adobe Gaming SDK provides the essential building blocks developers need to create and monetize amazing ActionScript games across browsers and mobile devices, including open source 2D and 3D frameworks (Starling, Feathers, and Away3D), and is a simple starting point for both new and experienced game developers.
– The Adobe Flash C++ Compiler is a new tool chain that allows game developers to take native games and game engines for PCs, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and iOS and compile them to run directly on the web across browsers on over 1.3 billion connected PCs using Adobe Flash Player.
– Adobe Flash Professional CS6 is an authoring tool to create engaging animation and games, including support for delivering animated assets ready for use with Starling and many other popular frameworks, and Adobe Flash Builder 4.7 Premium is an advanced ActionScript development environment that can be used to develop high-performance mobile and browser-based games. Flash Builder 4.7 Premium also improves productivity and time to market with support for the new ASC 2.0 compiler and the ability to test and debug apps directly on Apple iOS devices through USB or on the iOS simulator.
Creative Cloud paid membership includes full versions of Flash Professional and Flash Builder and will also include future versions of Scout following the introductory promotion. Of course, paid members also get access to all of the Creative Suite 6 apps, including other popular tools for game design, such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
The Adobe Flash Player has been at the forefront of online gaming for years and is used to power the 10 most popular games on Facebook including SongPop, FarmVille2, and Diamond Dash. Adobe’s latest Gaming technologies are the leading choice for social game studios like Zynga, Wooga and KIXEYE and are used by AAA game developers like Ubisoft as well as indie developers like Northway and Damp Gnat to help minimize the cost of targeting multiple platforms and mobile devices – including games for iPhones and iPads. Today’s release of Game Developer Tools makes it much easier for developers to maximize productivity, game quality and reach across PCs and mobile devices.