Cnet on Apollo

CNet has posted a “High Impact” article about Apollo. It is based on an interview with Kevin Lynch, and discusses our goals around Apollo.

From the article:

Apollo is designed to give developers a way to create applications that can render Flash animations as well as HTML and Acrobat files (PDF). That approach preserves the benefits of the Web but allows room for programs that can’t be included now, Lynch said.

You can read the entire article here.

5 Responses to Cnet on Apollo

  1. The descriptions I’ve read of Apollo sound extremely similar to the ones given years ago for Central. What’s the difference?

  2. Ben says:

    The part that concerns me is that it sounds like Apollo will, like Central, require a separate run-time be installed to run apps created with it. Wasn’t this the big problem with Central? Other than the fact that Acrobat is a pretty beefy download, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t just have Apollo create OS native apps, a la Zinc. Can you clarify and/or justify this aspect?

  3. david doull says:

    I agree with Ben, this just wont work if people have to download a seperate run-time. It’s all good and well to say, ‘people will download it if the applications are good enough’ but if that was really true central would have worked.I would love Adobe to develop a tool that let you create OS native apps – but I’m guessing this won’t happen – sigh

  4. Rich Paul says:

    This is my thought. Get rid of Director and bring all of its functionality to this Apollo thing. I’m not saying bring Lingo or the aging shockwave plugin, but the entire file i/o, video capabilities, runtime speed and extensibility of Director. Give developers the ability to produce standalone apps with hooks into the OS while still developing with the AS/OOP model. You can even keep the requirement that these apps have the “made with Adobe” somewhere on the quit screen or somesuch. Millions of flash developers are really looking for a solution like this and it sticks in my craw that I’m still pointed towards Director which is increasingly not a solution.Anyway, here’s to hoping…

  5. Phillip Kerman says:

    Considering that there hasn’t been much shown yet, I’m just speculating… but, first, if you want to make 100% immersive and all-controlling apps, you can do it with any one of the swf-to-exe makers. But Apollo could offer you (the developer) a way to build an app that leverages off what the user already has installed (Apollo and all it’s capabilities/components etc.). For the user, it could offer a trust-controlled environment where you grant certain capabilities to certain apps. I can see a centralized place where you manage your installed Apollo apps. The big key is that it’s easy and you have control over what the apps can do.Who knows how Adobe will deploy it–but the inline “express install” and breeze installers are pretty nice.Thanks…