Text Layout Framework beta available on Adobe Labs

The Text Layout Framework beta, an extensible library built on the new text engine in Adobe Flash Player 10, is available on Adobe Labs today! The Text Layout Framework (TLF) delivers advanced, easy-to-integrate typographic and text layout features for your Flash and Flex-based content and we have a lot of information and examples to help get you started.

In addition to the cool feature demo created for us by the guys at Bluefire Productions (Thanks Micah and Patrick!), we have an online version of the Text Layout Editor component for Flash CS4 Professional, so you can check out the new typographic and text layout capabilities right away. You can download the source code for the feature demo, and we have also provided the source for the Flash MXP for the component. TLF is also already integrated into Flex Gumbo in the Gumbo components.

The Text Layout Framework and the new text engine in Flash Player 10 and Adobe AIR 1.5 bring some amazing new capabilities to the Flash Platform, including:
* Bidirectional text, vertical text and over 30 writing scripts including Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, and others.
* Selection, editing and flowing text across multiple columns and linked containers, and around inline images
* Vertical text, Tate-Chu-Yoko (horizontal within vertical text) and justifier for East Asian typography
* Rich typographical controls, including kerning, ligatures, typographic case, digit case, digit width and discretionary hyphens * Cut, copy, paste, undo and standard keyboard and mouse gestures for editing
* Rich developer APIs to manipulate text content, layout, markup and create custom text components.

Check out the release notes for a full list of the new features.

The Text Layout Framework team has started their own blog, so be sure to check it out as you start to work with TLF. Give it a whirl and give us feedback on the Labs forums.

SWF 10 spec available AND Flash Player alpha for 64-bit Linux on Labs

This week is the Adobe MAX conference in San Francisco, and along with that we have a few special treats for you.

First, the updated SWF and FLV specs are now available! I think this is the fastest we’ve gotten updates out post release, and special thanks to Mike who worked on the spec update. He has more details on the changes on his blog.

Also available today…64-bit Flash Player alpha for Linux on Adobe Labs. It’s one of the most popular player requests, and we’re happy to deliver a preview to the Linux community. More details on Tinic’s blog. Why Linux first? Because they were the loudest…mostly kidding. 64-bit Linux doesn’t ship with a 32-bit browser and trying to do 32-bit emulation for the player isn’t that simple or a great experience. So, this time, Linux gets to be first!

Win and Mac will be in a future prerelease, and when we ship 64-bit it will be for Win, Mac and Linux at the same time.

I think I’m going to miss all those comments requesting 64-bit for Linux (ha!), but you can fill the void by filing and voting on feature requests at bugs.adobe.com/flashplayer.