Now Available—One Mobile Development Platform with Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5

It’s here—Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5, along with Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, are shipping and ready for you to create expressive applications across leading device platforms!

We’ve really focused on mobile development for this release, offering developers one tool, one development framework and one codebase to build mobile applications on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS. Flash Builder 4.5 also helps developers make these applications ready to deploy for an app store/market. You can immediately develop applications for Android, and support for BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS will be available through free Flex and Flash Builder updates in June.

For you PHP developers out there creating RIAs across mobile, web and the desktop, Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP software is also now available from Adobe and Zend Technologies. The software features an integrated development environment (IDE) to create Flex and PHP applications, where developers can deliver Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS applications while sharing code from web apps. This helps reduce time and cost for development and maintenance.

But “seeing is believing!” If you happen to be at BlackBerry World this week, be sure to stop by Adobe’s booth to see some cool demos for Flash Builder 4.5-created applications. To get a sense of what you can do with Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5, check out what one of our evangelists, Greg Wilson, put together to track locations and arrival time predictions for San Francisco’s MUNI transit system.

We’re pretty excited about the response from developers so far. Here’s what a few of them had to say about these new releases:

Adobe vice president of developer tooling Ed Rowe also has a great example of how to build an online shopping cart, showing us how Flex 4.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 help developers use the same codebase across Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS devices:

Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 stand out as one of the great, new capabilities and features in Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection—also available today. Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 offers one suite for building expressive applications for mobile, web and the desktop.

Want more? Here are a few resources to get you going:

Build your First Mobile Application in Flash Builder 4.5

Build your First Flex 4.5 Application

Flex Developer Center

Mobile development using Adobe Flex 4.5 SDK and Flash Builder 4.5

As you get started with CS5.5, Flex Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5, be sure to keep us posted about some of the cool projects you’re working on to create great digital experiences across major smartphones and tablets!

Taking HD Video and Mobile Apps to a New Level on the BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook is now shipping with Adobe Flash Player, so users can experience the best of the web—including video, games, animations and more – anytime, anywhere. Some of the latest Flash Player features, like hardware accelerated video decoding and rendering, will give PlayBook users a great mobile video experience allowing them to watch their favorite TV shows, movies or sports games in up to 1080p HD video on the device’s own screen or, thanks to the PlayBook’s HDMI interface, on any HD TV. Check out the positive feedback around Flash performance from top reviewers at the Wall Street Journal, Engadget, CNET, GigaOM, BGR and others.

With RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS Software Development Kit (SDK) for Adobe AIR and the PlayBook’s support for AIR native extensions, developers can easily use the same Adobe Flash tooling to create rich mobile applications. With the recently announced mobile tooling and framework support in Flash Builder 4.5, developers can create, test, and deploy high performing mobile applications on BlackBerry Tablet OS. Flex 4.5 will include support for BlackBerry Tablet OS in June 2011.

Check out this demo of Adobe Flash technology and some AIR applications for the PlayBook:

Several AIR apps will be available for the PlayBook at launch and in the coming months from Adobe, Epix, Facebook,, Universal Mind and others. There has already been some buzz from developers and our partners around AIR applications running on the PlayBook:

  • “Building applications for the PlayBook was a natural extension of our AIR development capabilities. Everyone on our team was impressed by the device, and we are very excited to build great experiences for this new platform!” Grant Skinner, Chief Architect/CEO,
  • “We are excited to showcase Reader’s Digest–the largest paid-circulation magazine in the world–on the new BlackBerry PlayBook. We are reinventing our iconic brand for the digital age, adding interactivity, video, audio and brilliant photos to our storytelling and condensed insights, and the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is the key to getting it all done to our exacting standards.” Peggy Northrop, VP, Global Editor-in-Chief, Reader’s Digest
  • “I can’t keep my hands off iGIZMO on PlayBook. It’s interactive, entertaining and more impressive with every read. It’s a huge achievement and packed full of cutting-edge features that are enabling us to innovate on this exciting new platform. Now we can extend the reach of our brand to new audiences–and pursue new commerce opportunities–by using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to make our content avaialble on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Our readers can now engage with ground-breaking photography, video reviews and interactive content on the go–wherever they are and whenever they want to enoy it.” James Billington, Editor, iGIZMO
  • “With Adobe AIR, we were able to extend the superior quality and accessible delivery of our Epix video experiences to the BlackBerry Playbook with minimal development effort.  We continue to look to the Adobe Flash Platform to help us provide an immersive entertainment experience to our customers, across multiple platforms and devices.” Emil Rensing, Chief Digital Officer, Epix
  • “Aqualux is a perfect fit for the tablet form factor, and it’s exciting to have it running on such a capable device.  I’m impressed with how seamlessly the Flash Platform is integrated with the OS.  Adobe and RIM have made AIR a first-class citizen on the PlayBook; key features like multitasking, in-app purchases, and UI controls are directly accessible via the AIR SDK, and empowered Aqualux to run with native features and native performance. “Alex Liebert, Milkman Games, LLC,

Playbook users will also be able to enjoy more engaging, immersive digital publications created by media and business publishers using the new Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. With the new Adobe Content Viewer for PlayBook, media and business publishers, including Dennis Publishing and Reader’s Digest , can share their well-known titles and brands on the device. Content Viewer for the PlayBook is immediately available to content publishers through the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Prerelease program. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, along with the latest set of soon-to-be-released tablet authoring tools in Creative Suite 5.5, can be used to create content for BlackBerry Tablet OS. Lastly, Adobe is providing enterprise applications such as Adobe Connect Mobile for web conferencing and LiveCycle for business workflows for the PlayBook, and the device ships with an optimized version of Adobe Reader for seamless viewing of PDF content.

We can’t wait to see how these developments with Adobe Flash technology will change the way people work and play as they engage with digital experiences across desktops and devices. We’d love to hear your feedback and experiences, and stay tuned for more exciting announcements to come!

Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 Accelerate Mobile App Development, Adding Performance and Productivity

Today is a great day for developers who are building applications for mobile devices. We are extremely excited to announce the upcoming release of Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 along with Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 (CS5.5), offering unprecedented new capabilities for building mobile applications and content. These new products offer a new mobile development paradigm – allowing you to use one tool, one development framework, and one codebase to build mobile applications on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS platforms.

What this means is that you can use Flash Builder 4.5 to build great looking, high performing mobile applications, and then package them as ready-to-deploy mobile apps that you can submit to an app store/market. No more need to learn different languages and tools for different mobile platforms. In May, you will be able to package apps for Android, and shortly thereafter, you will be able to compile apps for BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS using free updates that we plan to ship for Flex and Flash Builder in June.

Check out this video with Platform Evangelist Serge Jespers to see this new development flow in action:

Also new with this release is the addition of Flash Builder 4.5 Premium to Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection. Now you can get all of the tools that you need to build the most expressive applications for mobile, web, and desktop platforms all in a single suite.

To learn what’s new in Flash Builder 4.5, read this article and watch this video for more details on mobile development using Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex SDK 4.5:

Additionally, updates in Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5.5 feature a new round-trip workflow with Flash Builder 4.5 allowing designers and developers to work in parallel. Now designers can open, make changes and save Flex projects that were created or previously edited in Flash Builder, leading to faster delivery of applications. Designers can rapidly prototype user interfaces for resizable Flex-based websites and applications with new components, craft more precise and expressive transitions and effects, and efficiently design developer-built custom components.

Take a peek at this video, Introduction to Flash Catalyst CS5.5:

Lastly, Adobe and Zend Technologies, the PHP company, today introduced Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP software, a brand new integrated product helping PHP developers create rich Internet applications (RIAs) for mobile, Web and desktop leveraging the Flash Platform. For the first time, developers now have the benefit of an integrated development environment (IDE), combining the capabilities of Flash Builder and Zend Studio for rapidly creating Flex and PHP applications. Now, with a single code base developers can deliver applications for Android, Blackberry Tablet OS and iOS while sharing code from Web applications, noticeably reducing the time and cost of application creation and maintenance. 

Check out these articles for the latest product features and capabilities:

Introducing Adobe Flex 4.5 SDK

Understanding the new workflows in Flash Builder 4.5 and Flash Catalyst CS5.5

Introducing Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP

We hope you’ll explore all that CS5.5 has to offer to create new digital experiences for major smartphones and tablets. Let us know what you think of the latest enhancements to Flash Builder 4.5, Flex 4.5 and Flash Catalyst CS5.5!

BlackBerry community very excited about the Flash Platform

Earlier this week (can you believe I really have no idea what day it is today? :)) I joined Adobe’s David Wadhwani and RIM’s Chris Smith on stage at the BlackBerry Developer Day Keynote. Afterwards I asked a couple of BlackBerry community members and application developers about how they feel about the Flash Platform coming […]

Flash Player 10.1 and AIR coming to BlackBerry devices

For me, day two of Mobile World Congress started with a demo on how to build Flash based applications for BlackBerry devices. Since RIM is one of our Open Screen Partners you will soon see Flash Player 10.1 and AIR on BlackBerry devices. As a Flash developer I am obviously very excited about that. Blackberry […]

Day 2 Highlights at Mobile World Congress

Hello again from MWC! As we are winding down on the second day of the conference, we’d like to share a couple of highlights of the show. The Flash Platform is clearly one of the hot topics at the conference this year.

Google Chairman & CEO Eric Schmidt’s keynote this afternoon at Mobile World Live made it clear that Android will provide consumers the full rich-media web browsing experience with Flash Player 10.1. He also stated, “This means you’ll get hardware-accelerated
compatibility with pretty much any Flash applet you encounter on the
interwebs.” As part of the keynote, Eric Tseng, Google’s senior product manager for Android did an amazing demo to show full-screen Flash videos on New York Times and Warner Bros. websites playing smoothly on Google Nexus One and fun casual games on Watch the keynote.



Also earlier in the day, David Wadhwani joined Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM on the keynote stage at BlackBerry Developer Day to talk about two undeniable trends in the mobile market: increased consumer demand for content and apps and device manufacturers rushing to meet that demand. Increased demand is a good thing, but it is not easy for content publishers and app developers to reach all the devices that are out there, and the cost of developing specialized implementations for each platform is prohibitive. Adobe, RIM and other partners in the Open Screen Project are addressing these challenges today. David talked about how the two companies are working closely to make Flash Player 10.1 and AIR available on the BlackBerry platform.

As part of David’s and Mike’s keynote, two evangelists — RIM’s Chris Smith and Adobe’s Serge Jespers — previewed what Adobe Creative Suite can enable in conjunction with RIM’s developer tools. Using the same tool chain, content publishers can build their app or content
once and deploy in the browser or through the app store with little or
no additional work

David also talked about the continuing partnering efforts of RIM and Omniture in mobile analytics and optimization, which will enable Blackberry developers to use Omniture products to measure the effectiveness of their content. Adobe is collaborating with RIM to help BlackBerry developers develop apps and content on all screens, deploy across all devices both inside and outside of the browser, and use advanced analytics to measure usage.

Also check Serge Jespers‘ blog for his experience in demoing the tools integration on the stage as well as talking to BlackBerry developers after the keynote.

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Mobile World Congress – App Planet Invites

Working with our Open Screen Project partners RIM, I have some special passes worth €599 for the upcoming 2010 Mobile World Congress on February 15-18.

These passes will give you access to the exhibit as well as the new App Planet, where you can learn all about developing for various platforms including Blackberry and of course Flash.

I’m looking in particular for advanced developers, and business owners that are keen to develop for Blackberry devices in the coming year. The lucky winners will merely have to cover your basic travel costs.

Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

Adobe and RIM Collaborating on Tool Support for Blackberry Devices

At the developer conference in San Francisco today, RIM and Adobe announced a collaboration around creating content for BlackBerry devices and Adobe’s Creative Suite tools. This builds off of the momentum we started with RIM when they announced they were joining the Open Screen Project and dedicated to bringing Flash Player to BlackBerry. There are some good links on Techmeme which cover the announcement pretty well.


Creating Content with Adobe Tools

Adobe is known for first class design and development tools and today’s announcement means that you’ll be able to use those tools to target RIM’s devices. There are going to be multiple points of integration. One of the critical pieces of creating mobile content is to make sure it is optimized for the smaller screens and often less bandwidth. In Creative Suite 5 we’re going to support optimized graphic and video content from Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Illustrator. We’re also supporting a seamless workflow between those design tools and Blackberry’s developer tools including the BlackBerry Web Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse.

More interestingly for developers, we’re going to be working closely with RIM to enable full support for BlackBerry devices in Creative Suite Design Central, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks. You’ll be able to use those three tools to test and create content for BlackBerry’s mobile browser as well as to create widgets directly on the BlackBerry device. Device Central is a fantastic way for testing both HTML and Flash content for specific mobile devices. It lets you tweak battery settings, screen sizes, and other phone-specific functionality. Now we’ll have support for most of the BlackBerry phones so you never have to leave Creative Suite to see exactly how something will look on the phone.

Lastly, on the application front, Adobe is to be working on applications for BlackBerry that will let users take rich media and image content from the phone and quickly and easily bring it into tools like Photoshop Elements and so it can be edited and modified.

BlackBerry Momentum

My colleague Mark Doherty has some great stats on what the BlackBerry market looks like and what this collaboration will mean for people who want to use their existing skills with Adobe’s tools to create mobile content for BlackBerry. Seeing the level of cooperation between Adobe and RIM is an exciting thing for designers and developers. Unlike some companies I think RIM sees the value in partnerships and with the breadth of Adobe tools it means they’re able to leverage our community for all kinds of different content- not just Flash.

Next year is going to be incredibly exciting for Adobe developers and designers. We’ve already talked a lot about Flash Player being available for smart phones next year, you’ll undoubtedly be hearing more about AIR, and hopefully we’ll continue to see deeper mobile integration across all of our tools just like you’re seeing with RIM here today. For more information you can check out the BlackBerry portal on Adobe’s site to get the scoop on the details and see some of the workflows in action.

RIM and Adobe to Simplify Delivery of Rich Content and Applications for BlackBerry Smartphones

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for rim_logo_blue.jpgToday, at RIM’s annual Blackberry Developer Conference in San Francisco, Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen were there to jointly announce the upcoming support in Creative Suite 5 for the BlackBerry platform.  As part of the announcement, Adobe and RIM will also be working together to optimize Adobe AIR for the BlackBerry platform, making RIM the first OEM to announce support for Adobe AIR. This alliance between two companies builds on the momentum we started in early October when RIM joined the Open Screen Project and committed to bringing Flash Player to BlackBerry.

You can read more about the tools support for the Blackberry platform on Ryan Stewart’s blog and see a preview of the tools’ workflows in action on Adobe Developer Center. In addition, Adobe platform evangelist, Mark Doherty posted some great insights to the latest stats on the BlackBerry market and what it means to Adobe designers and developers who are interested in taking advantage of this new opportunity. 

RIM joins the Open Screen Project

At Adobe MAX 2009 RIM has become the 19th of the top 20 OEMs to begin work on integrating the Flash Player on their mobile platform.  This is a landmark collaboration announcement in our drive to bring the full Internet to mobile phones and devices.

Over the past few years we have seen RIM devices expand out of the business user category to become a consumer platform.  Many of my friends now use the Curve for Facebook, messaging and surfing the web and they really love their phones.

That’s my guage on success:

  1. Do my friends own them?
  2. Does my mum know what a Blackberry is?

For developers the Blackberry platform currently provides a Java API and framework for easy application development.  There’s no arguing that the Java runtime has enabled some great applications, and as the App World expands we’ve seen some nice content start to come in.

Our OEM engagements seem much more rounded with RIM joining, a more complete story if you will.