Adobe Flash CS5 Review pt 1: The XFL file format

Ok this will be the first of  a series of post of some of the new features of Adobe Flash CS5, and I say some because the new Flash comes with tons of new and improved features that said lest move on.

Flash CS5 Features 01 XML-Based-Flas (XFL) from David Gamez on Vimeo.

In Flash CS5 there’s a new file format in the house that it’s called .XFL  that is a new  XML based  format that allows You to exchange and work on files more easy, how to use it ?  just save your file  as .xfl in this way all your assets and properties are not packaged in a .fla file instead they will be saved in a folder structure that you can open and modify without the Flash ide, the properties of the document and graphic elements of the library are exported in XML files and  can be edited from any text editor and modify its properties. Even Actionscript code of the frames is exported.

I see this feature as a very neat one that will let us have more control over our Flash work and expands the possibilities for new types of workflow.

Until the next feature,  See You around.

Adobe announces Flash Player and AIR for Android

Adobe officially announced at Mobile World Congress the Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR for Android. Kevin Hoyt recorded a video overview of some demos on the Motorola Droid. The demo shows some of the capabilities of Flash on mobile devices.  It looks  pretty good so far the way The Flash Technology is moving into other devices so far. Check the video

Pixel Bender Technology Center now live on Adobe

Pixel Bender just got it’s Technology Center at Adobe Site, with tutorials, presentations and various resources here’s an excerpt of the site:

Adobe Pixel Bender technology delivers a common image and video processing infrastructure which provides automatic runtime optimization on heterogeneous hardware. You can use the Pixel Bender kernel language to implement image processing algorithms (filters or effects) in a hardware-independent manner. The Pixel Bender graph language is an XML-based language for combining individual pixel-processing operations (kernels) into more complex Pixel Bender filters.

The Pixel Bender Toolkit includes the Pixel Bender kernel language and graph language, the Pixel Bender Toolkit IDE (an integrated development environment for Pixel Bender), sample filters, and documentation.

For more info check: Adobe Pixel Bender Technology Center

Adobe Flash Player 10.0.42.34 and Adobe AIR 1.5.3 are out

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta and AIR 2.0

Adobe has updated the Flash Player version to 10.0.42.34 and AIR to 1.5.3 these runtimes are ready to go and include several bug  fixes including FP-503 ( Mousewheel on Mac OS X  wich has been needed a long time ago and forced developers to hack their way around this bug to use the mousewheel on Mac OS X).

Adobe Flash Player 10.0.42.34:

Adobe Flash Player Devnet  Overview on this security update.

Adobe AIR 1.5.3:

Highlights of some of the important changes in this release taken from the post of Adobe Air Team Blog:

  • If you have deployed an existing Adobe AIR application using AIR 1.5.2 or earlier and you want to update your application to use the 1.5.3 namespace, you will need to specify the old publisher ID of your application in your descriptor. Instructions on how to find your publisher ID and specify it in your descriptor are described in the release notes.
  • The process for changing certificates in an update to a deployed application has changed. Beginning with AIR 1.5.3, certificate renewals will no longer be handled automatically and you will need to use the migrate feature of ADT. Please learn more about this topic by reading the release notes.

Critical issues fixed in this release:

  • When an intermediate certificate expires, it is no longer possible to sign an application with a renewed certificate (fixed by removing the publisher ID).
  • The AIR application installer crashes on Linux systems using AMD Phenom processors.

Important links:

Upgrade here:

Download Adobe Flash Player 10.0.42.34

Download AdobeAIR 1.5.3

Adobe Flash Platform ActionScript 3.0 Reference

Flash Platform ActionScript 3.0 Reference

This is a short post but a helpful one in case You haven’t noticed it The ActionScript 3.0 reference for the Adobe  Flash Platform it’s out of beta and works great letting You select and filter out your results by APIs, frameworks, platform and more, and its information it’s not only of ActionScript 3.0 but also for Flex, TLF,  AIR, LiveCycle, ColdFusion and more. So if you need help in finding some information and see the inner works of those API’s be sure to check it out, it’s a must have in any Developer library.

Flash Catalyst Workshop at Adobe Influxis Latin Flash Tour

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Adobe Influxis Latin Flash Tour is an event targeting all enthusiasts of the Flash Platform in Latin America. It will discuss the latest news of Flash for iPhone, Flash CS5, Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst and more.

As you might know the Adobe Influxis Latin Flash Tour has already started and has gone through the cities of  Santiago – Chile, Buenos Aires –  Argentina,  Lima – Peru and will continue on Nov 13th in Bogotá – Colombia , Nov 16th in San Jose -Costa Rica  and will be closing on  Nov 18th in Mexico City  – Mexico.

FLAT Latin Flash Tour

I was invited by the organizers (RIAHispano, RIActive and FlashMC) of the event in Mexico( .FLAT  Latin Flash Tour ) to participate giving a  Flash Catalyst Workshop where I will be talking about what is and how to use Adobe Flash Catalyst in a production environment. The workshops will be held in Nov. 17 a day before the conference From the folks of Adobe.

Registration for my workshop has finished but there are still space in some of the other workshops and conferences that are equally interesting and taught by very talented people of the Latin Flash Community, both the conferences and workshops that will be given that day are completely free so all you will need is to register and bring your Laptop to be part of them. Click here to  see the workshops schedule and availability.

The conferences by Lee Brimelow (United States), Evangelist at Adobe focusing on the Flash Platform and Flex developer communities and AIR , Mike Chambers (United States), Principal Product Manager for developer relations for the Flash Platform at Adobe, Enrique Duvos (Spain), Group Manager of the Flash Platform evangelists in Europe will be held in Nov 18 .

I thank the organizers of this event for their invitation and for being  the people that will make the Latin Flash Tour Mexico happen,  in particular Edgar Parada ( @edgarparada ) who has been my contact all this days.

The official site for the event in Mexico is: www.latinflashtour.com.mx be sure to check it for more info and details on the event.

See you there.

Keep updated on Twitter: Use #latinflashtour hashtag and follow the account @latinflashtour

Adobe Labs Ideas

Adobe Labs Ideas

Adobe has just made available Adobe Labs Ideas a place to share and discuss the new tools and features of  the Adobe technologies that are currently on development, and this will let us post our own ideas or requests  that we want to see in the final version of the products. Anyone can comment and vote on the submissions, and then they will be reviewed by Adobe Development Team.

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Adobe  Labs Ideas currently  is open for Flash Catalyst. so if  You tested the beta of Catalyst, you’ll probably want to go there and submit some ideas before the final version of Flash Catalyst is released.

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Flash News Roundup

Last week I had a trip to Mexico D.F. ,  and was very disconected from the Flash Community and the Blogs, so in an attemp to catching up with the Flash World here’s a news roundup of some of the things that I missed on the last week, in case you miss them too here’s a list :

1.- Adobe Wave

Adobe Wave

Adobe Wave it’s a new tool built in AIR that just got released as a beta in Adobe Labs, this tool let’s you stay updated on your favorite sites and it’s right at your desktop to stay update with some of the sites already working with Adobe you just click on the Get alerts with Adobe wave badges on those sites and you’ll start receiving updates from that site.

It’s seems a great way to get updated on your social network without even opening your browser nor navigating to various sites to get those updates will try it ant tell you how it went.

Some of the feature partners of Adobe are:

MySpace
Digg
AOL
Atlantic
Lastminute.com
Venture Beat
Variety
LiveStation
1000 Mikes
Evite
Qik
UstreamTv
Revision3
TheFind.com

Download here  by clicking in the Adobe Wave  Badge and try it yourself

2.- Adobe AIR 1.5.2

Adobe AIR 1.5

Adobe just released an update to AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime ) to the version 1.5.2

You can download it here and read the release notes here.

This update includes  improved reliability, compatibility, and security. Listed below are various of this improvements:

3.- Adobe Flash Platform Blog  launched.

Flash Platform Blog

The official Adobe Flash Platform blog launched last week  if you’re a Flash Platform developer this will be a very helpful resource  you can read it here or grab the RSS feed.

If you still prefer the E-Mail Flash News Newsletter you can subscribe here.

4.- Open Source Media Framework.

Open Source Media Framework (OSMF), currently in public prerelease, enables developers to easily assemble pluggable components to create high-quality, full-featured playback experiences. The open aspect of the framework enables collaborative development for web video monetization, with lower costs and faster turnaround.

Open Source Media Framework complements and solidifies Akamai’s Open Video Player initiative,” said Tim Napoleon, chief strategist, of digital media at Akamai. “OSMF leverages code from Akamai’s Open Video Player and Adobe’s expertise and resources to assist media companies and publishers in redefining the benchmarks for online video experiences that are powered by standards based workflows.

  • OSMF is the open source part of the Strobe project that enables easy-to-build media players optimized for the Adobe Flash Platform
  • The flexible OSMF architecture enables developers to easily create unique playback experiences that can leverage plug-ins for advertising, reporting metrics and content delivery along with standard video player features such as playback controls, video navigation, buffering and Dynamic Streaming. OSMF provides standard functionality along with plug-ins from third parties so content providers have the flexibility to adapt monetization strategies to specific content and the needs of their audiences.
  • OSMF includes an API for partners to build plug-ins for value-add services. OSMF will enable more innovation around media experiences on the Web by allowing partners to easily experiment with new services for content providers, which spans content delivery, presentation and monetization.
  • OSMF source code and pluggable software components are available immediately under the Mozilla Public License and available at www.OpenSourceMediaFramework.com.

4.- Open Source Text Layout Framework

The Text Layout Framework is an extensible ActionScript library, built on the new text engine in Adobe® Flash® Player 10 and Adobe AIR 1.5, which delivers advanced, easy-to-integrate typographic and text layout features for rich, sophisticated and innovative typography on the web. The framework is designed to be used with Adobe Flex® or Adobe Flash Professional and is included in Flex 4, code named “Gumbo”. Developers can use or extend existing components, or use the framework to create their own text components.

See the feature tour and the online rich text editor demo on Adobe Labs.

5.- Adobe Flash Player 10.0.32.18 Update

This Update contains fixes for critical vulnerabilities identified in Security Bulletin APSB09-10 Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities. The update replaces the Debug and Release versions of Flash Player 10 browser plugins and standalone players that are included in the initial release of Flash CS4 Professional (player version 10.0.2.54). All users are encouraged to apply this update. These new players are version 10.0.32.18.

The Flash Player 10 updates are included in the ZIP file below. For instructions on how to update Flash CS4 Professional, please go to this technote.

I’m  sure I missed a lot more news but this post would be too long so until next Flash News Roundup, Thanks for reading.



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Adobe Strobe Video Media Framework

Adobe Strobe Media Framework

Adobe Strobe it’s a new media video player framework from Adobe  that intends to set an standard for media players.

If this work out it wold be really helpful, nowadays every developer and company has it’s own way of building a player not following standars for a simple reason, there are not any standars, so hopefully  Strobe will help to solve that problem.

Strobe framework will work as a plug-in model if you need some specific behavior of the player you would build  the necesary  classes on top of the framework. This would be a relief  for those developers  who need a video player but for one reason or another end uo rewriting the entire player.

Quoted fro Adobe’s

Strobe provides new delivery and monetization options for video distribution. Anyone can develop modules that plug into Strobe media players and enable things like advertising insertion, content delivery and syndication, micropayments, viewer authentication, transaction handling, and business model controls. With an open framework, the future of web video monetization can be developed collaboratively with lower costs and faster turnaround.

So let’s wait and see once Adobe Strobe is released.