Flash Player 10 features video

Here is a great presentation by Justin Everett-Church, the Flash Player Product Manager; covering all the new features of Flash Player 10. It was originally a presentation given at the 360Flex conference. It covers in detail topics like 3D, the new drawing API’s, Pixel Bender, Text and a lot more. Its treasure trove of information on the latest and greatest Flash Player, I hope you enjot it.


3D Video with Flash

Check out this very cool streaming 360 degree video by Immervise Media.

Once you play the video click and move your mouse to change the viewing angle. Then goo ahead and pause the video and move the zoom bar up or down. Its pretty impressive.

About Flash Components

Many users have been asking about components. They want to know if we are releasing more components or where they can go to get more of them. Many members of our community have also been wondering what is our vision for components going forward. Apologies for not responding sooner.

The Flash Authoring team does not have plans to release any new components in the CS3 timeframe.   Of course, the Flex team will continue to develop and release new components; components are an integral part off their model and core to the success of the Flex product.

When the Flash Authoring team went out and met with users to research what we should be developing for CS3 and beyond, additional components didn’t make the cut. When we focus on the needs of the community, this is what we hear loud and clear: focus on expressiveness, focus on ground breaking design and focus on enabling the community to meet the needs of other users through extensibility. Demand for components has been very fragmented – some users want x, other users want y – and no matter how many components we have built we were still not fully satisfying all the needs of the community. And, frankly, we realize that in many cases Flex is a better alternative for some of the customers that ask for components to assist in RIA development.

So, for you component lovers, we’re doing two things – 1) continuing to invest in the extensibility of Flash Pro so that you can build and share the components you need and 2) investing in integration with Flex Builder to make it even easier to take advantage of what Flex has to offer.

So what does that mean to our users today? Well, it means that we are looking to third party vendors and our community to help fill that gap.

We have started to provide documentation on how to build and extend the new AS3 components. Jeff Kamerer wrote a comprehensive article on the matter and you can find it at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/creating_as3_components.html

Some community members and third party vendors have already created some great components, for example:

1. The Adobe Exchange for Flash has a large selection of third party components.

2. Grant Skinner has been developing components for some time now. In fact as many of you already know he worked with Metaliq to develop the AS3 components for Flash CS3. <URL?>

3. Yahoo has a great set of components at http://developer.yahoo.com/flash/astra-flash/

4. Digicrafts has some visually rich components at http://www.digicrafts.com.hk/components/

5. There is a nice selection of components at http://www.afcomponents.com/components/

** If your site is not listed, please send me a post and I will add it to the list.

Of course, everything I write today is affected by what our community has to say. When it’s all said and done you really are the ones that determine what we do. So with that in mind there are some other ideas/questions we have that I would like to throw out there and see what the feedback is.

1. What could we do to help promote and encourage the community to start creating new components for Flash Pro?

2. In the future, how would supporting the Flex components help solve the problem?

AIR update Beta 2 for Flash CS3

AIR update Beta 2 for Flash CS3 is now availble at Adobe Labs. The new update now includes support for AIR Beta 2. One of the new feautres of the update is  signing using digital certificates.In fact you must sign the AIR app in order to be able to publish it. Dont forget that.

MSN Video is all Flash.

In case anyone hasn’t been to MSN Video lately I just wanted to point out that MSN Video is now all served up using Video for Flash (FLVideo). Considering all the hype around SilverLight and its supposedly killer video capabilities its interesting to see all the support we are getting from Microsoft :). I will not make any conclusions based on this, but you are free to make your own…

Flash Team and Flash Forward

The Flash Product Managemnet team will be at Flash Forward in Boston. So if you are attending please stop by the booth and sey hello. Also, if you like, drop me a comment if you are going to be there, I will make a note to look out for you.

We are looking forward to talking with as many Flash users as possible. Also, make sure not to miss the Keynote. Kevin Lynch will be presenting and it’s going to be a vey good session.

See you there.

Flash Player will support H.264

Yes! that’s right Flash Player 9 will now supports H.264 for video playback. The latest update to Flash player 9 which will be available on Adobe Labs will include support for H.264 and AAC in the form or .flv, .mp4 and .mov files. This will allow flash to continue to be the de facto standard of video players.

Here are a few other enhancements that were added to the new update:

Improved performance
• Multi-core support; full screen mode with hardware scaling; multi-threaded video decoding
Flash Player Cache
• Cross-domain Flex Framework caching; reduced application size and faster download times
Works better with Ajax
• Improved JavaScript integration; improved browser integration
Reaching parity on Linux
• Full screen mode now for Linux Flash Player

AIR update for Flash CS3 is Live!

I am happy to say that the new Air update for Flash CS3 is finally available and ready for download at our Labs site.

This is an early release and there are still changes that will be made. Please read the known issues section before using it.

If you create some cool AIR content please share.



Flash Player Archive

I have had many people ask me for older Flash players to test against. It seems that its not easy to find the archive on the Adobe we page. So here it is:

Flash Player archives


You will find Flash players from the current player all the way back to Flash Player 2.

Have fun testing.

Adobe® AIR extension for Flash CS3!

YES! its coming.

I should end my blog there, but since I don’t want to be lynched let me give you a peek at what to expect.

We are planning to release an extension for Flash CS3 that will allow you to author for
Adobe® AIR. We are planning to do a prerelease at the same time as the next public release of the runtime. It will be made available as a download on our Labs site.

No, I don’t have a date.

You will be able to select AIR as the version type under the Publishing settings.

Then you will have a new "AIR – Application Settings" option in the commands menu.

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This will allow anyone to quickly start authoring for Adobe AIR with Flash CS3. Looking forward to having it out to you soon.