Archive for June, 2009

HTC Hero: The first Android device with Flash

Adrian Ludwig from Adobe shared some very exciting news when he recently demoed Flash Player running inside of the new HTC Hero web browser. This makes the HTC Hero the first Android smartphone with Flash. There is a press release that provides some additional information on the announcement. You may be thinking — will Adobe AIR run on Android in the future? We are not making any announcements, but if this is something you would like to see, please drop us a comment below or through our feedback form.

Easy Task Management With Colabolo

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Colabolo is a powerful new task management application powered by Adobe AIR that allows team members to easily track their tasks. The tool is designed with collaboration in mind. Tasks can be easily delegated to team members using an email client-like interface.

Some of the features include:

  • A dashboard that allows you to quickly view status and analyze data using charts and project statistics
  • Push notifications that provide real-time updates to team members
  • Real-time commenting between team members
  • Drag and drop files to share assets within the team
  • Support for custom workflows to match an organization’s business process or work style

For more information on Colabolo’s features, check out the product feature tour or download the application yourself. The application is currently free while in beta, but will, according to the website, cost $9.99/user/month once it is officially released. Congratulations to the Colabolo team for getting their beta release out the door!

Adobe AIR now installed over 200 million times

During the Flash Camp Keynote in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch mentioned that AIR reached over 200 million installs. We’ve gotten some questions from developers about that number, so this is a quick post to confirm that as of June 1, 2009, AIR has been installed on over 200 million desktop computers worldwide.

With 100 million installs in the first 10 months of availability, and 200 million in just 16 months the rate of adoption continues to accelerate as more applications are developed and come to market.

The Acrobat.com application built by Adobe and provided with Adobe Reader continues to be one of the most popular applications. Many of the early adopters like TweetDeck and eBay Desktop continue to be broadly used and we’re seeing many new applications that are gaining popularity including:

In addition to those large brands, we’re excited by the smaller companies that are achieving incredible reach with their applications. Seesmic Desktop now says they are getting about 10,000 downloads a day driven by their integration with Facebook and Twitter.

It’s also exciting to see enterprises widely adopting Adobe AIR. So far, these applications aren’t driving as many installs of the runtime as the media and social applications, but they are helping to confirm the reach the Flash Platform has established in the enterprise. We’ve recently talked about the improved integration with Salesforce, seen Oracle using Adobe AIR to deliver CRM widgets , and discovered that SAP xCelsius provides support for AIR. We’re also starting to see ISVs deliver applications to the enterprise on Adobe AIR:

And finally, for folks who have asked how AIR is gaining traction in the government, I want to share one of my favorite apps. The Finance Ministry in Poland built an AIR application to assist their citizens in filing their income taxes.

HP Green Initiative Powered by Adobe AIR

hppower2.jpgHP launched a new, global green initiative called Power to Change that is powered by Adobe AIR. The campaign encourages users to download a new desktop widget that records the cumulative energy savings associated with participants turning off idle PCs when not in use. From the Power to Change website:

"With Power To Change, you can help make the world a greener place. The simple act of turning off your computer can help reduce energy waste, curb carbon emissions and save money."

The cumulative savings is then shared in a number of ways including a widget (see below). This is a very creative approach to not only promoting a green message, but also to encourage participation from users of the application. My favorite feature: the application can remind you when it is time to leave work so that you remember to turn of your computer.

Be sure to check out the HP PowertoChange blog for more details including an excellent post titled 9 Tips to ‘Green’ Your Office.