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FutuRIA- Helping define the future of RIA

FutuRIA is an Adobe community focused on connecting like-minded enterprise technology professionals to share their experience and bring the future of Rich Internet Applications directly to you.

Welcome to FutuRIA

Welcome to FutuRIA

By registering as a community member you will have access to the following:

  • Win a Samsung Galaxy tablet: By registering at the launch at QCon you are automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of 3 Samsung Galaxy Tablets.
  • News: The pick of the latest industry events curated on your behalf so you need look no further for the hot tickets across Europe.
  • Inspiration: Bringing a showcase of talent, inspiration and success stories from web to desktop and mobile.
  • Tutorials: Unique and specialist training brought together for you.
  • Jobs: The latest industry opportunities across Europe in one place.
  • Profile: Create your own profile and express your individuality and very own inspirations.
  • Portfolio: Showcase your talents and promote your skills.
  • Message Center: Network with fellow community members.

Come join FutuRIA and be a part of the best.

Win a Samsung Galaxy tablet: By registering at the launch at QCon you are automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of 3 Samsung Galaxy Tablets.
News: The pick of the latest industry events curated on your behalf so you need look no further for the hot tickets across Europe.
Inspiration: Bringing a showcase of talent, inspiration and success stories from web to desktop and mobile.
Tutorials: Unique and specialist training brought together for you.
Jobs: The latest industry opportunities across Europe in one place.
Profile: Create your own profile and express your individuality and very own inspirations.
Portfolio: Showcase your talents and promote your skills.
Message Center: Network with fellow community members.

Flash platform in the Hall of Fame of Front Line Awards

Front Line Awards is the annual ranking of the best tools enabling game development for professional video game creators. These are given by the Game Developer Magazine. Besides the annual awards, one inductee to the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame is also chosen for its outstanding contribution to the game development industry for five years or more. This year Adobe’s Flash platform is included in the Hall of Fame!

GameSutra article says, “The Front Line Awards Hall of Fame is reserved for those landmark tools that have served developers mightily over multiple iterations and multiple years, including past winners such as Microsoft’s DirectX, Adobe Photoshop, Epic’s Unreal Engine series, and Rad Game Tools’ Bink Video.”

The Hall of Fame description goes further praising the Flash platform thus: “The Flash platform’s speed, graphical prowess, and easy development language make it simple to start building games quickly. Because the Flash Professional IDE is also very extensible, it’s entirely possible to write custom panels, controls, and scripts to automate repetitive tasks during development. Combined with Adobe AIR, Flash can access most points of interest on the desktop, such as the file system.”

Also Photoshop CS5 won the Front Line Award in the Art tool category. Other finalists are mentioned on this page.

To know more about the awards and the criteria for selection visit this page.

Congratulations to the users and the development team at Adobe of Flash platform and Photoshop CS5. And of course Adobe AIR goes hand in hand with the Flash platform.

If you have got ideas for RIA-related technologies

… we, at Adobe, are listening!

Ideas Home is a portal run by Adobe Labs. You can suggest ideas around existing Adobe technologies or new technologies. Besides other Adobe technologies you can submit ideas for AIR, Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, and Flex SDK. All you need is a free login on Adobe.com. This is another great way to interact with the community including the Adobe team, power-users, and innovators.

You can we well,

  • view submitted ideas.
  • search to see if an idea is already submitted or not.
  • promote (or demote) submitted ideas.
  • engage in a discussion on a particular idea.
  • review only the most popular of the ideas, based on votes by other users.
  • access ideas falling in a particular category, via the tag cloud.

Needless to say any and all ideas are welcome.

So just signup/signin at Adobe.com and play a role in defining the future! Please note that the portal is not for collecting bugs in existing products/technologies.

Flash Player 10.2 Beta

We hope you did not miss the Flash player 10.2 beta release, for Windows, Mac, and Linux, last week. In case you did, get quickly started here.

What’s the big deal?

Flash player reaches almost every device being used in the world. You can deliver or consume high quality videos smoothly, and across all devices like never before.

A new API (Stage Video) allows for playback of high-resolution video across all platforms, with stunningly high performance. Before you think twice, watch this video of a demo at Adobe MAX 2010. For you this means, your video plays smoothly across browsers, platforms, and devices. The user-experience will be great because of low CPU consumption.

Flash player comes with support for full screen playback with multiple monitors. For you this means, across two different displays you can play full-screen video and work, simultaneously.

Support for custom mouse cursors means that developers can get creative and design their own cursors. Needless to mention how it helps in customizations and enhancing the user experience.

Quick Links

So what’s holding you back? Just follow these quick links and get developing!

  • Download it from Adobe labs here.
  • Discuss the release in the forum here.
  • Submit bugs here. If you encounter one, you belong to the rare class of users :—)

AIR 2.5 SDK updated

The AIR 2.5 SDK has recently been updated.

It comes with a fix, which is mentioned thus, in the release note: “Fixed issue in previous AIR 2.5 SDK that prevented Flex-mojos plugins from working properly.”

There are a couple of new things in this SDK about which you can read here. The security improvements are mentioned here. There are some known issues for Desktop and Android too. You can read about them in the release notes here.

The SDK itself can be downloaded from the SDK download page.

Do share your feedback, in the comments section below.

AIR 2.5.1 now available

Adobe has released AIR 2.5.1, for desktop and mobile operating systems. The version for Windows, Linux, and Mac can be found on Adobe’s Download Center and that for Android, on Android market.

This AIR release provides you with bug fixes, optimization for Gingerbread (latest Android version by Google), addresses compatibility issues, and other minor changes. Also AIR 2.5.1 is backward compatible. So apps which ask for AIR 2.5.1 to run, will work fine on Android 2.2. Developers are requested to update their apps to use 2.5.1, instead of 2.5.

If users upgrade to Gingerbread without upgrading to 2.5.1, the app will not load.

Find more details on Adobe AIR Team’s blog here. Please do leave your comments to let us know how you find it.

InMarket-Android App Store

At the MAX conference, Adobe announced an online store for Android applications! InMarket as it is called will help developers expand the reach of their apps to a wider crowd and multiple Android app markets. Be it eBooks, tablets, smartphones, and special carrier Market apps, or stores across different device types from Acer, Intel, etc., the developers can now distribute and sell their applications far easily.

Upon publishing, Adobe and store partners will validate your application within ten days. Of course, Adobe manages the credit card processing, hosting, and marketing. For providing the backbone and services Adobe will split the sales revenue in 30/70 ratio with developers getting 70% of the money.

Get started with InMarket at Adobe Developer Connection here. Also right now Adobe is offering a coupon for a free code-signing certificate.

AIR 2.5 is here

The much awaited, game-changing release is here. AIR 2.5 was released today and is available for download from adobe.com!

Just to share the primary links with you all: You can grab AIR 2.5 runtime and SDK from the download page. The documentation available on this page, includes core documentation, ActionScript resources, quick starts, HTML developers guide, etc. AIR 2.5 for Android is already available via Android Market. AIR 2.5 supports desktop OSes, smart phone OSes, tablets, and televisions!

If you wish to follow more resources in the social media space, AIR team blogs here and tweets here.

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