Results tagged “Flash Platform”

Adobe Stories: One-Man Game Studio

One of the greatest things about this future we live in is that with the right technology, just one person can create an impressive app that can be played, shared, bought and sold across the world on all sorts of devices.

Check out Dr. Mikey’s Conveyor game trailer below. Available for Android and PC now. Coming for iOS and other platforms soon. He also wrote an Adobe story about his efforts. “I’m a self employed one person game studio. There is no way I could accomplish this without the Adobe Creative Suite tools.”

Speaking of Adobe Stories – did you know you can write one too? In fact, today is the last day to be eligible for a new tablet. Go. Read. Write. Enter.

Introducing Adobe Pass for TV Everywhere: New Video Authentication Solution for Premium Content

Today we announced Adobe Pass, a new solution that creates a seamless way for pay TV subscribers to access premium content across the web with just one sign in and does not require additional downloads.  This solution makes it easy for pay TV subscribers to watch premium content on virtually any Internet connected device, including Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Blackberry and Google TV.

For TV providers and broadcasters, Adobe provides a secure, hosted solution, that has minimal integration work to perform as they pull together their many different online viewing options.
At the same time, these companies can offer their customers the anytime, anywhere content that they crave, eliminating a complicated validation process that requires many registrations and downloads.

Adobe Pass  leverages the Flash Platform for a seamless high-quality experience along with Adobe Flash Access® for enhanced security.  Adobe Pass also utilizes HTML 5 for devices where Adobe Flash technology is not yet available.

Industry leaders already working with Adobe Pass include Turner Broadcasting System Inc., MTV Networks, Comcast and Synacor (on behalf of DISH Network’s DISHOnline.com and others).

Read our announcement of Adobe Pass here and related news from our partners Brightcove and Limelight. To learn more about TV Everywhere go here and to read related blogs by the Adobe Pass product team go to the Flash Platform blog and Todd Greenbaum’s blog on Limelight.

Carnegie Mellon University Study Suggests Browser Cookie Respawning May be Waning

Today, Carnegie Mellon University published a research study titled “A Survey of the Use of Adobe Flash Local Shared Objects to Respawn HTTP Cookies.” I referenced this study in a blog post in December on the topic of the Federal Trade Commission’s preliminary privacy report released on December 1, 2010.

Some Background Behind the Study

Let me provide some background: Over the last 18 months, there have been a number of discussions around the alleged misuse of Adobe Flash Player local storage (or local shared objects, LSOs, in the public often referred to as “Flash cookies”) and the potential impact of this misuse on consumer privacy. The allegations have been that certain websites or ad networks use LSOs to restore browser cookies after users have chosen to clear their cookies (a process referred to as “browser cookie respawning”).

Adobe has actively participated in industry discussions on the topic and submitted an official comment to the Federal Trade Commission in preparation for the second FTC roundtable discussion on privacy last year, clearly stating our position on this misuse of local storage and the steps Adobe is taking to provide better privacy protection for consumers. In the comment to the FTC, we also confirmed our commitment to supporting research into the types and extent of the misuse of local storage. The Carnegie Mellon University study released today reflects that commitment.

About the Carnegie Mellon University Study

Adobe commissioned the Carnegie Mellon University research study in 2010 to follow up on the findings about misuses of Flash Player local storage detailed in a research paper released by the University of California at Berkeley in 2009. The Carnegie Mellon University study, performed by Aleecia M. McDonald and Lorrie Faith Cranor with assistance provided by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), was designed to determine the prevalence of the use of Flash Player local storage to respawn browser cookies. The study examined 600 websites based on Quantcast’s ranked list of the million most popular websites visited by United States Internet users—the 100 most popular sites and 500 randomly selected sites.

Study Results: Browser Cookie Respawning May be Waning

The study results suggest respawning is not increasing and may be waning. No instances of respawning were found in the randomly-selected group of 500 websites, and only two instances of respawning were found in the 100 most popular websites. The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) followed up with the two companies, whose websites showed HTTP cookie respawning using LSOs. Both companies have stopped the practice—one on their own and one as a result of this study.

This is good news! Adobe proactively encourages our customers to use all Adobe products in responsible, ethical ways. While the nature of providing tools for an open platform means that we cannot, in practice and on principle, control how developers and content producers use our products, these results demonstrate that the vast majority of websites, developers and content producers use local storage capabilities for their intended purpose—to provide a better user experience.

The study found LSOs with unique content and made the assumption that it could be storing user IDs; however, it notes that not all unique content is used for identifying computers. Unique content could be benign, for example, uniquely identifying where a user paused a specific animation or music clip. Tracking users is of concern from a privacy perspective, but further insight would be needed to understand the extent to which local storage is used for the purpose of uniquely identifying and tracking computers or individuals. The study does conclude that even assuming a pessimistic worst case scenario in which all websites showing LSOs with unique content were using it to track users, the absolute number of websites doing so would be small and the overall percentage of all sites studied using LSOs to track users would be low.

Stakeholder Recommendations

The Carnegie Mellon University study also examines which steps stakeholders—Adobe included—might be able to take to further reduce privacy-sensitive practices. Privacy has become an increasingly significant topic. It’s important to recognize that privacy is not a static concept. As technology and the way we engage with it evolve, the privacy discussion will evolve. Adobe is committed to the consumer’s right to privacy, and we have taken and will continue to take appropriate steps with regards to safeguarding user privacy in our tools and policies. Our goal is to put consumers in control by enabling informed choices. The recently introduced privacy-related enhancements in Adobe Flash Player demonstrate that commitment.

Adobe Initiatives to Improve Privacy Options for Users of Adobe Flash Flayer

In June 2010, we released Adobe Flash Player 10.1 with support for the private browsing feature found in many Web browsers. When users activate private browsing in their browser, Flash Player will not save any of their information from that session.

Adobe has also been working with major browser vendors to develop effective approaches that allow users to control local storage in Flash Player directly from their browser privacy settings. Today, Google Chrome already provides access to Flash Player local storage settings from within the browser’s privacy controls. Our collaboration with representatives from several key companies—including Mozilla and Google—to define a new browser API for clearing local data takes this effort a step further: A new API for clearing local data (NPAPI ClearSiteData) was approved for implementation on January 5, 2011. Any browser that implements the API will be able to clear local storage for any plugin that also implements the API. The capability to clear Adobe Flash Player local storage from within the Google Chrome browser should be available on the Google Chrome dev channel in the coming weeks. Similar controls for other browsers should be available in the coming months. Once the browsers have included this feature in their settings, users will be able to control the clearing of their HTTP cookies and their plugin local storage in one place. This should also discourage the use of LSOs to respawn or to track users.

Additionally, we are currently working on a redesign of the Flash Player Settings Manager, which is expected to be available in the first half of the year. This redesign will make it simpler for users to understand and manage their Flash Player settings and privacy preferences. In addition, we will enable users to more easily find the Flash Player Settings Manager by providing access to it directly from the computer’s Control Panels or System Preferences on Windows, Mac and Linux.

For details on these upcoming privacy enhancements in Adobe Flash Player, see a recent blog post by Emmy Huang, group product manager for Flash Player, titled “On Improving Privacy: Managing Local Storage in Flash Player.”

The Carnegie Mellon University study released today recognizes some of our initiatives and introduces additional suggestions, which we will carefully evaluate. Privacy is an important topic. We are dedicated to including privacy controls in our products and services. And we look forward to continuing to play an active role in the privacy discussion as it evolves.

MeMe Jacobs Rasmussen
Chief Privacy Officer
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Pioneering online trading firm delivers Xtend, a powerful desktop platform developed on Flash Platform

We recently spoke with Sairam Rangachari, senior vice president of products and innovation at optionsXpress and he told us about their goal to develop an entirely new type of trading platform.

With the Adobe Flash Platform, optionsXpress created Xtend, an all-inclusive trading console that employs the same award-winning, back-end technology as the optionsXpress web-based platform. Xtend—which investors can access easily from virtually any computer operating system and digital device—offers traders convenient access to active stock, options, and futures information for improved decision making and trading outcomes. Xtend is a dynamic, downloadable desktop app widget that offers a wide range of unique features and expert-quality research tools. Learn more here.

Department of Defense delivers mission-critical solutions with Flash Platform

In a recent conversation, Carl Houghton, the vice president of strategic initiatives at ISS told us that the Adobe Flash Platform is an essential component of his company’s ability to quickly develop powerful applications that help the U.S. military coordinate critical information on the battlefield, in war rooms, and in Congress.


Houghton says that the advanced development tools in the Adobe software helped cut RIA development time by six months. The RIAs help military leaders securely share information across a variety of platforms and devices, and the reliable online and offline access to information enhances agencies’ ability to collaborate efficiently and effectively. Most importantly, the applications bring a new level of engagement with information with advanced data visualization, which helps users better understand the information they’re viewing and make better, more strategic decisions. Click here for more.

Salesforce Chatter Desktop is Here

Salesforce.com today announced Chatter 2, the company’s next generation of enterprise social collaboration, with capabilities built on the Flash Platform. Powered by Adobe AIR, Chatter Desktop delivers a new way to experience and contribute to Chatter across multiple platforms without opening a web browser. With Chatter Desktop, employees can post updates, comments, files, links, and can even filter the feed by group. It also displays pop-up alerts at the bottom of the computer screen so employees are instantly notified of important updates within their Chatter network. This enterprise app was built with Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com, a developer tool created by the two companies to enable rich cross-platform desktop and browser based applications that run on Force.com. Check it out: http://bit.ly/a1UkhF

From Print to Web in a flash

Adobe and HOW Magazine collaborated on a project to challenge three designers and design agencies to take their print work and transform them into fully interactive projects for the web using Flash Catalyst CS5. The projects can be seen in HOW’s September/October issue or online here. We think the results are stunning!

Some More Perspective on the Recent Adobe Acquisition of Day Software

Adobe Expands Enterprise Software Portfolio with Web Content Management- Acquires Day Software

Today Adobe announced that we have signed a definitive agreement to launch a public tender offer to acquire all of the publicly held registered shares of Day Software, a market leader in next-generation Web Content Management (WCM), based in Basel, Switzerland.

This acquisition represents a significant market opportunity for Adobe to help organizations transform themselves by enabling them to create, manage, distribute and monetize content while optimizing the web experience for their customers. With the addition of Day to our enterprise portfolio, we will now be able to deliver on our vision of the web as the hub of customer interaction and help our customers create greater differentiation and brand loyalty.

The combination of Day’s next-generation WCM software with Adobe’s enterprise solutions for delivering rich experiences, establishes a platform for our customers to transform their online experiences. The addition of Day’s Web Content Management, Digital Asset Management and Social Collaboration solutions to our customer experience management portfolio (including LiveCycle, Adobe Connect and Flash Platform in the enterprise) will help customers realize the full potential of the web in acquiring, servicing and retaining their customers, without disrupting their existing IT infrastructures.

For more information see the press release and visit Adobe.com and Day.com.

Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com now available

Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com has shipped! The new offering unites the power of the Force.com platform with the richness and ubiquity of the Adobe Flash Platform to enable a new generation of cloud-based rich Internet applications (RIAs). Developers can use Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com to extend or enhance existing Salesforce CRM implementations and custom-built Force.com applications, or create exciting new kinds of business applications that run in the cloud and are as compelling and easy to use as the best of the consumer Web. Learn more here.

About this blog

Adobe

Welcome to Adobe Featured Blogs, a one-stop information and conversation destination for virtually anyone interested in what's going on at Adobe. Here you'll find the latest company and product news from Adobe's multiple lines of business. We value your perspective and encourage comments that are on-topic and add value but that do not spam, denigrate or offend. Read more