Three Things To Know About Adobe AIR and Flash Upgrades


1. The new Flash version offers advancements that bring it one step closer to full functionality for smart phones. Versions for mobile platforms have not yet been announced, although the company has indicated that all major mobile platforms except the Apple iPhone will have Flash players during the next 12 months. Palm webOS will incorporate it later this year, while Flash for the Android 2.0 OS will arrive next year. In addition, Adobe recently said it entered into a joint development agreement with Research in Motion to port the Flash player to its BlackBerry smartphones.

2. Flash Player 10.1 is the first browser run-time release of the Open Screen Project, an initiative intended to let developers write code once for use on many different devices.

"With the beta availability of Adobe AIR 2 and Flash Player 10.1 today, we are taking an important step toward realizing the Open Screen Project vision to enable rich Internet experiences across any device, anywhere," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe, in a statement.

"Content creators will provide multi-screen experiences with uncompromised Web browsing and standalone applications across desktops and netbooks, and in the near future across a wide range of mobile devices."

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3. Touch screen support is built-in. Designers and developers can use Adobe AIR 2 and Flash Player 10.1 to create new types of applications that use multi-touch points and gestures on touch-screen devices. Goodbye, mouse.

"Now that developers can optimize Flash Player and Adobe AIR content for touch screens with multi-touch, the HP TouchSmart will be an even more compelling platform for developers to build truly distinctive touch-interactive experiences," said Satjiv S. Chahil, senior vice president, Worldwide Marketing, Personal Systems Group at HP. "HP and its partners have created a number of touch-centric programs such as the Time 100 and U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges using Adobe AIR."