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There's been a lot of hubbub recently surrounding Adobe's newest software reveal, and how it related to iOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't add Flash "support" to the iPod touch, iPad or iPhone. Wouldn't that be nice? That said, we are still moving in a positive direction. Adobe Pass, Flash Access 3.0 and Flash Media Server 4.5 were the flagship products being revealed at the International Broadcasters Convention, and yes, they do tie-in to iOS in a few key ways. But those Flash websites? Still unavailable on the world's most popular tablet... With Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers can extend their already broad mobile reach via Flash-enabled devices, with the new ability to deliver video content... Read more...
Adobe is working to make it easier for designers to build their own Web sites. A new application from Adobe, codenamed Muse, lets designers create and publish functional Web sites in a similar way to how they would mock-up a site in InDesign or Illustrator. Muse offers users a familiar Adobe tool set in a WYSIWYG interface. Muse is not designed to interact with Dreamweaver, another web design software program from Adobe. With Muse, you can use chunks of HTML and Web widgets such as YouTube videos or Google Maps. You'll also be able to arrange pages using a sitemap and create design elements that are common across multiple pages. The current release does not offer templates. Although many of its... Read more...
With HTML5 grabbing a massive amount of support right out of the gate (and Flash still not being supported on the world's hottest selling tablet), there was speculation that Adobe would jump onto something new in time. Now, the company is unveiling an early preview of a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool. It's called Adobe Edge, and is described as a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool that allows web designers to bring animation, similar to that created in Flash Professional. Because of rapid changes around HTML5, the company is adopting an open development methodology for Adobe Edge and is releasing the software on the Adobe Labs site much earlier than normal in the... Read more...
One of the most annoying things for business travelers has to be the difficulty when it comes time to print something. The advent of e-mail has certainly helped this, but there are still too many occasions where a users simply have to print something, sign it, scan it, and send it back. It's a tedious process and usually is needed immediately. A few third-party apps have surfaced in recent years that allow people to apply a digital signature on their mobile and send something back, but those usually aren't cross-platform apps. So, what's the solution? Adobe aims to make things easier. The company responsible for Acrobat, PhotoShop and Flash has just acquired EchoSign, a web-based signature... Read more...
Ah, the Flash vs. Apple battle continues. Despite the fact that Adobe's CEO recently stated that the war between the two mega-companies is over, well, we just aren't sure. The iPad 2 still can't play back Flash videos, and Flash isn't exactly dying anytime soon. Today, appMobi is stepping up to bridge the gap somewhat. It's utilizing a new tool from Google (Swiffy), which is meant to transform Flash SWF files to HTML5. appMobi is called an HTML5 development house, and they're introducing a utility that allows developers to convert Flash assets to native iOS applications. Sounds like a dream come true, huh? Here’s how it works: input a flash product into SWIFFY and SWIFFY outputs HTML5.... Read more...
Not long ago, we learned of an issue that affects all systems running Flash. Although most users' minds automatically think of the vulnerabilities they could be exposed to on their PC, because the BlackBerry PlayBook supports flash, this tablet is also susceptible. For this reason, RIM is releasing a new version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS (version 1.0.5.2342) with an updated version of Adobe Flash Player that resolves the issue. Although there are no reports of BlackBerry PlayBook users being affected by the Adobe Flash issue, RIM is encouraging every PlayBook user to update to the latest version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Adobe rates the vulnerability as “important” rather than... Read more...
Guess what? HP's TouchPad seems to be darn good at Flash. Yes, Adobe's Flash. As in, the Flash that no iOS device is capable of handling, despite tons of public backlash. Apple's pretty much set on never supporting Flash, hoping to hold out until most web video is converted over to the more universally accepted HTML5. It's quite possible that HP plans on using this fact (the fact that the TouchPad can play Flash) to set itself apart from Apple's iPad. The TouchStone feature is also an impressive one, but it's one that will be harder to sell to the mainstream. The TouchPad Flash demo was shown at a Qualcomm demo earlier in the week, where the 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor powered through tons of... Read more...
Apple and Adobe have a strained past, at least in recent years. When the iPad first launched, one of the biggest arguments against it was its inability to play back Flash content of any kind. For years, and even now, Flash content was huge on the Web, and many suggested that Apple's refusal to support it would lead to tons of negativity surrounding iOS. Turns out, that hasn't really been the case. Things have been shifting over to HTML5 in a big way, which iOS supports. So now that it's not so necessary, how are things between Apple and Adobe? Let's listen to Adobe's CEO. The company's top executive, Shantanu Narayen, recently stated that the tiff between the two firms is over. His quote: "It’s... Read more...
A group of high-powered tech companies has been slapped with a class action suit for conspiring to artificially keep employee wages low. The companies being sued are Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar. Sound familiar? It should. These companies, with the exception of Lucasfilm, were investigated by the Department of Justice for the same reason, and in September each avoided litigation with the DOJ by agreeing to change their ways on the matter. Although the agreement with the U.S. government did not include an admission of guilt, that doesn't save the companies from fending off what could be an extremely expensive civil suit. In case you haven't heard the story yet, we'll... Read more...
If you're an Android user, try not to hit your head on the ceiling fan as you jump for joy. Why? Well, Adobe last night announced the release of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets and is available for download in the Android Market. Eventually, this could prove to be a big deal, but it looks as though a Honeycomb update is needed to take full advantage of the Flash Player 10.2's new features. "Today we are releasing Flash Player 10.2 for Android Honeycomb devices, available for download from the Android Market," Adobe said. "This final release will take advantage of Google's enhancements in an upcoming update to Honeycomb, including hardware accelerated playback of 720p high-definition... Read more...
Adobe's Photoshop has to be one of the most well recognized image retooling programs on the market, and we doubt the company will be giving up that crown anytime soon. This week, they've announced the Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium, described as a complete software solution for video and post-production that helps deliver content to virtually any screen. The new build improves performance and includes a number of workflow enhancements, not to mention new audio editing capabilities. New versions receiving major updates include Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, Adobe After Effects CS5.5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5, Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5.5, Adobe Story, Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5, and Adobe... Read more...
With the launch of the iPad 2, the roar for having Flash on mobile devices seems to be weakening. It was viewed as a major pitfall for the first iPad, but things are a bit different now. For one, there are a lot of Android devices already on the market that support Flash viewing, and also, a lot of websites have switched to HTML5 for video viewing, enabling even iOS devices to view web video. But there's no question about Adobe's reach, and there's no question that having Flash support is a deal-maker for some. At any rate, Adobe has today announced that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download via Android Market on March 18th. Flash Player 10.2 is a production GA (General Availability)... Read more...
Adobe showed off a prototype Flash-to-HTML5 converter last October, and now it's released an experimental Labs version for all to try. The tool, called Wallaby will enable developers to convert their Flash code in HTML5, which will get around that nasty "no Flash on iOS" issue. Released at Adobe Labs, not all Flash features are supported, but you would expect that, particularly with a tool that's not even called beta, but experiments. The Wallaby release notes outline the known issues. To use it, developers drag-and-drop their Flash code into Wallaby. Its output is a mix of HTML, CSS and JavaScript code, which can then be edited in an HTML editor like Dreamweaver or simply edited by hand. The... Read more...
After reports surfaced that Research In Motion's upcoming PlayBook tablet might suffer from poor battery performance, RIM was quick to downplay the issue. According to RIM, any testing done on existing units were performed on pre-beta versions of the PlayBook, all of which didn't have any power management schemes built in. When the final product ships, battery life will be comparable to other tablets, RIM said. Sounds plausible, but according to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, it's still unlikely the PlayBook will offer "anywhere near the battery life of the iPad at 10 hours unless it uses a larger battery." Wu gives three reasons why he believes this. First, and biggest among them, is Flash support.... Read more...
Most of the major television networks—CBS, ABC, and NBC, as well as Hulu.com—have blocked Google TV's from accessing their online offerings, on the grounds that allowing users to watch videos at CBS.com damages the website's ability to earn revenue. The networks' stance almost guarantees that the question of what is and isn't blockable will end up in court—but irate Google TV owners and hackers in general aren't waiting for a legal decision. According to a recent blog post on the subject, the Google TV block isn't based on a browser string or on the technical capabilities of the Google TV in question. Instead, the block apparently checks the Flash version ID. If it sees a version... Read more...
We know that Apple isn't a fan of Adobe Flash, and won't support it on its iOS products, pushing HTML 5 instead. Adobe, while definitely not agreeing with that stance, is nothing if not pragmatic. Thus, at Adobe's MAX 2010 event on Thursday, the company demo'ed a Flash-to-HTML5 converter.  The product is simply a tech demo for now, but we expect there will be a ton of requests for this to make it to production. Watch the demo.... Read more...
If you thought the showdown between Apple and Adobe was over, think again. The company's are bound to get at each other once more shortly, as Adobe has just introduced something that definitely encroaches into territory that Apple currently dominates: the app landscape. At Adobe MAX, Adobe’s worldwide developer conference, Adobe announced AIR 2.5. If you aren't familiar, AIR is a software platform which applications are built upon. The desktop version of TweetDeck is a good example. But AIR 2.5 is going beyond the desktop, a place where it has resided for quite some time. It's going to far, far beyond. It's going to places like smart televisions, tablets and smartphones. AIR is considered... Read more...
There's a critical bug in Adobe's Shockwave Player that affects both Windows and Macintosh PCs. The bug was publicly disclosed earlier this week. According to Adobe, the bug "could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system." In the security advisory, Adobe said that it considers the issue critical and is working on a patch. The company hasn't disclosed any details as to when the patch will be available. So far, there are no known reports of attacks that have taken advantage of the bug. "Hundreds of millions of computers with Internet connectivity have Shockwave installed, so, this will obviously be an attractive target for attackers," security vendor... Read more...
Wow, this is odd. According to a new report today from the United States Department of Justice, six very well recognized silicon valley companies are have their hands slapped by a very powerful entity. The DoJ has mandated that six companies stop entering into anti-competitive employee solicitation agreements, which they have apparently been doing for as many as 5 years. It sounds like the six companies have agreed to comply, as the DoJ filed a lawsuit but says that the accompanying agreement should cover that. You're probably dying to know who exactly has been named here, so here goes: Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp., Intuit Inc. and Pixar. We're pretty sure you have... Read more...
The latest zinger of an ad that clearly pokes at the iPhone comes in the form of a full-page Motorola Wall Street Journal ad. As shown above it's pretty obvious they are targeting the lack of Adobe Flash support on iOS. The image came via Ben Forta who posted it via Twitter. It sames simply, "Flash websites? There's a phone for that" showing the new Motorola Droid 2, which ships with Android 2.2 (Froyo), and has been given a recent update that allows downloading Flash 10.1 from the Android Market. Froyo is required to run Flash. Apple has made some highly criticized decisions, such as the exclusion of Flash on the iPhone, including the ban of cross-compiled Flash apps from the App Store. The... Read more...
Yep, it's finally here! Flash Player 10.1 has finally been made official for Google's Nexus One, enabling it to play back Flash content and display Flash websites in a way that the iPod touch, iPad and iPhone can only dream of doing. The N1 has had a beta version for a while now, one that we mentioned (and loved) in our Android 2.2 review. But there's nothing like a final build, clear of bugs, and that's what Google's making available now through the Android Market. The announcement was made a joint Android / Flash event in California, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Android is really picking up steam in the global smartphone market share race, and having a final Flash Player 10.1... Read more...
Oh, brother. Okay, we won't jump to conclusions and be immediately skeptical, but there's just something strange about how quickly the industry is latching onto 3D without any real proof that it'll work in more than just the cinema. Of course, when power house companies like Sony and NVIDIA get behind something, it leaves little choice for everyone else. They either follow suit or get left behind, in most cases. Now, Adobe is expected to introduce full 3D support in their next version of Flash. Yes, 3D Flash. One has to wonder if the Nexus One, which runs Flash fairly well, will ever be able to even support 3D Flash, though obviously you'd need it output to a 3D monitor to fully see the effect.... Read more...
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