Yesterday, I attended a webcast on Adobe’s Flash Technology with Anup Murarka, Global Director for Technology Strategy and Partner Development of Adobe’s Flash Platform. Some of the topics discussed were Adobe’s Flash Platform, The Open Screen Project, The New Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR for smartphones.
A complete system for web innovation
Adobe Flash Platform is an integrated set of application programming technologies composed of professional tools, framework, client and server applications and services that provide users and developers the ability to create applications, content and video on variety of browsers, operating systems and devices.
Tools to Design and Develop:
Adobe Flash Professional – authoring tool for web design, web application development and interactive and video projects
Adobe Flash Catalyst ““ new interaction tool design tool for creating fully interactive design, web and video projects without writing code.
Adobe Flash Builder ““ formerly Adobe Flex Builder, it is designed to help software developers develop Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and content that works on a wide variety of platforms.
Adobe Flex ““ is a free, open source framework for building web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops, and operating systems.
Adobe AIR ““ allows developers to develop and deploy Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) on the desktop, on multiple operating systems.
Adobe Flash Player – multiple-platform client runtime that displays content created with Flash Professional and other Adobe Flash authoring tools.
Adobe Flash Platform Services – helps businesses to enhance applications with real time collaboration features, i.e. chat, audio and video. It also enable applications to integrate with leading social networks like Facebook and Myspace and allow businesses to moneytize their application.
Adobe Flash Media Server Family ““ streaming video and communication software which enables efficient video encoding and rich interactive streaming right out of the box.
Adobe LiveCycle Data Services ““ allows organizations to extend the value of their existing back-end systems by enabling their developers to build and deploy easy-to-use, personalized, and interactive applications.
Despite the competition from other platforms, Flash continues to push its presence across devices- desktops, mobile phones, televisions, and other consumer electronic and also expanding its niche by positioning itself beyond video ““ towards data presentation and visualization, Rich Internet Applications, games and animations, marketing and commerce, music and audio.
Adobe also leads The Open Screen Project, an initiative focused towards a common vision of enabling consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere . Currently, it is supported by over 70 members including techhology partners Intel, HTC, RIM, LG, Google, Nokia, Samsung, Palm, etc. and content partners Paramount, ESPN, BBC, FOX, Disney, etc.
Recently, Adobe released Flash 10.1 for Android and desktop/netbooks. Currently the Flash Player 10.1 is only available on Android (Android 2.2 “œFroyo”) smartphones, although it is seen to work with other platforms, i.e. Windows Phone 7, Palm/HP webOS, Blackberry and Symbian. Adobe also picture Flash Player on 53% of total smartphones shipping in 2012.