Interviewed at OdinJobs.com

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I recently got interviewed at OdinJobs by Carl Williams for the careers blogs section of the site.

I found out that  Anand Vardhan who is a fellow  developer specialized in Rich Internet Application development. got interviewed there as well.

The interview was called Right Brain, Left Brain Approach to Adobe FLASH, and guess who’s got the right brain approach.

There we talk a little of  how the creative side and technical side of the Flash Platform get mashed together.

Check it Here

A little about OdinJobs:

Odin collects jobs from job boards, corporate websites, groups etc. At last count Odin is collecting over million jobs from 50,000 companies.

To fulfill the key part of our mission – get the “Right” It job, Odin features a matching technology that sifts through all the jobs and selects the right ones based on your qualification, experience and preference.

Instead of using keywords and displaying 1000’s of weak to irrelevant jobs, Odin employs language processing and artificial intelligence to determine the fitness of a job for you and shows you only the right ones.

We want you to find the right IT job. We want to make your search easier and faster and more relevant.

Flash Media Server 3.5 is Out

Flash Media Server Flash Media Server 3.5 is out, and is  available on Adobe’s website.

This release adds new features such as the new Dynamic Streaming, DVR functionality, HTTP delivery support, and H.264 enhancements. And  Flash Media Interactive Server (FMIS) provides more complex features such as recording capabilities and Origin-Edge setups, as well as full support for server side scripting.

For development purposes you can try the free Flash Media Development Server 3.5 and use all the features of FMIS up to a limit of 10 connections.

Flash Media Live Encoder, Adobe’s free live encoding tool for broadcasting live streams has also seen an update today, bringing it up to version 3.0.

Adobe Labs releases the beta of Text Layout Framework

Adobe Labs has released the beta of Text Layout Framework for Adobe® Flash® Player 10 and Adobe AIR® 1.5.   The Text Layout Framework is an extensible library, built on the new text engine in Adobe Flash Player 10, 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 Flash or Flex.

Together with the new text engine in Flash Player 10 and AIR 1.5, the Text Layout Framework delivers multi-lingual, print-quality typography for the web, including support for:

  • Bidirectional text, vertical text and over 30 writing systems including Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Lao, the major writing systems of India, and others.
  • Selection, editing and flowing text across multiple columns and linked containers, and around inline images
  • Vertical text, Tate-Chu-Yoko (horizontal within vertical text) and justifier for East Asian typography
  • Rich typographical controls, including kerning, ligatures, typographic case, digit case, digit width and discretionary hyphens
  • Cut, copy, paste, undo and standard keyboard and mouse gestures for editing
  • Rich developer APIs to manipulate text content, layout, markup and create custom text components.
It appears that the new version of Flex “GUMBO” will already include the Layout Framework
For more info and examples visit Adobe Labs

Cocomo new social app technology at Adobe Labs

There is a new Technology  available at Adobe Labs Codename “Cocomo” is a Platform as a Service that allows Flex developers to easily add real-time social capabilities into their RIA (rich Internet applications). Comprised of both Flex-based client components and a hosted services infrastructure, Cocomo allows you to build real-time, multi-user applications with Flex in less time than ever before. And because Acrobat.com hosts the service, issues like deployment, maintenance, and scalability are taken care of for you.

Add social features to your existing Flex apps or build totally new ones, such as real-time productivity/collaboration apps, multiplayer games, and audio/video chat.

Features of the Cocomo beta include the following:

  • VoIP Audio
  • Webcam Video
  • Chat
  • Multi-User Whiteboards
  • Real-Time File Sharing
  • User Management
  • Roles and Permissions
  • Robust Data Messaging

The Cocomo Adobe labs page

Sign up for Cocomo

Adobe AIR 1.5

Adobe also announced today the availability of Adobe AIR 1.5, a key component of the Adobe Flash Platform, which enables Web developers to deliver rich Internet applications outside the browser. Offering new features and performance improvements to create more expressive AIR applications, Adobe AIR 1.5 incorporates the open source WebKit HTML engine and now accelerates application performance with “SquirrelFish,” the new WebKit JavaScript interpreter. Adobe AIR 1.5 also includes a new, encrypted database that meets enterprise security compliance requirements while storing data securely on customers’ computers. Additionally, AIR 1.5 includes functionality introduced in Adobe Flash Player 10, such as support for custom filters and effects, native 3D transformation and animation, and extensible rich text layout.

Adobe AIR 1.5 developer release notes
Adobe AIR 1.5 user release notes

Download Adobe AIR version 1.5

UPDATE:

A more detailed  explanation by Robert Christensen in the Adobe AIR Team Blog on  the post Introducing Adobe AIR 1.5

Adobe announces Flash Platform at MAX 2008

Adobe announced yesterday at Adobe MAX the advancements to the Adobe Flash Platform, a complete system of integrated tools, frameworks, clients and servers to develop Web apps, content and video that runs across various OS  and devices.

Some of the highlights of this announce are the preview of Flash Catalyst( formely code named Thermo in Adobe Labs), a professional interaction design tool for rapidly creating application interfaces and interactive content without coding. Flash Catalyst enables artwork created in Adobe Creative Suite 4 to be imported with full fidelity and quickly converted into dynamic components such as buttons, scrollbars, input fields and more. Finished projects can be published directly to Flash Player or AIR. When combined with the next version of Flex Builder, Adobe Flash Catalyst enables design and development to be done in parallel. This workflow supports iterative development and delivers higher quality results with faster time to market. A preview release of Adobe Flash Catalyst will be available for MAX 2008 attendees. A public beta version is expected to be available on Adobe Labs in early 2009. For more information, please visit www.adobe.com/go/flashcatalyst.

The Flex Builder “Gumbo” preview release, also available yesterday for MAX 2008 attendees, expands the use of Flex to a wider audience of developers, offering new data-centric development capabilities to create rich Internet applications. Gumbo also enhances project productivity through the improved design and development workflow with Adobe Flash Catalyst and improvements to core development capabilities such as the debugger, profiler and code editor. For more information, please visit http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flex/. A new preview release of the open source Flex framework is also available on www.opensource.adobe.com.

Adobe AIR 1.5 is available immediately as a free download for Windows and Mac, and AIR 1.5 for Linux is expected to be available before the end of the year. For more information on Adobe AIR, please visit www.adobe.com/products/air/.

Furthering Adobe’s commitment to the Linux community and as part of ensuring the cross-platform compatibility of Flash Player, a pre-release 64-bit Linux version of Adobe Flash Player 10 is now available on Adobe Labs at www.adobe.com/go/linux64player.This offers easier, native installation on 64-bit Linux systems and removes the need for 32-bit emulation.

UPDATE:

Here’s a link to Adobes Page for The Flash Platform

http://www.adobe.com/flashplatform/

And an image shameless ripped form Keith Peters post on the subject 😛

Adobe Flash Platform

Adobe Flash CS4 Professional is Out

Flash CS4
Flash CS4

The new version of Flash has arrived along with the rest of the creative suite applications, this version of Flash comes with many  enhancements and it seems that Flash designers and Animators are going to love this version, for developers it’s not fresh news because they been able to download and test the new capabilities of the Flash Player 10 Beta from Adobe Labs.

To give a more detailed review I will have to test it first but here are some of the new features:

Object-based animation

Object-based animation

Gain complete control over individual animation attributes with object-based animation, which applies tweens directly to objects instead of to keyframes. Easily make changes to motion with Bezier handles.


3D transformation

3D transformation

Animate 2D objects through 3D space with exciting new 3D translation and rotation tools, which allow you to animate along the x, y, and z axes. Apply local or global transformation to any object.

Procedural modeling with Deco and Spray Brush

Procedural modeling with Deco and Spray Brush

Turn symbols into instant design tools. Apply symbols in a variety of ways: Quickly create kaleidoscope-like effects and apply fills using the Deco tool, or randomly spray symbols across any defined area using the Spray Brush.

Metadata (XMP) support

Metadata (XMP) support

Add metadata to SWF files using the new XMP panel. Quickly assign tags for enhanced collaboration and better mobile experiences.

Authoring for Adobe AIR

Deliver interactive experiences to the desktop with new integrated capability to publish to the Adobe® AIR™ runtime. Reach even more audiences across more devices — web, mobile, and now the desktop.

XFL support

Open content from Adobe InDesign® or After Effects® software and retain file integrity. With the cross-application XFL format, easily import content for further development in Adobe Flash®.

Inverse kinematics with the Bones tool

Inverse kinematics with the Bones tool

Create chain-like animation effects with a series of linked objects, or quickly distort a single shape using the new Bones tool.

Motion editor

Motion editor

Experience detailed control over keyframe parameters, including rotation, size, scale, position, filters, and more, using the new motion editor. Refine easing control with graphical displays similar to those in After Effects.

Motion presets

Motion presets

Jump-start your project with prebuilt animations that can be applied to any object. Select from dozens of presets or create and save your own. Share presets with others to save animation time.

H.264 support

Encode to any format recognized by the Adobe Flash Player runtime with Adobe Media Encoder, the same tool found in other Adobe video products and now with support for H.264.

Flash Player 10 Beta 2 released

Flash Player  SWF

The new Adobe Flash Player 10 Beta 2 has been released yesterday on Adobe Labs, with some improved and new features, like some enhancement of the Audio API, new Loader.unloadAndStop for easier garbage collecting, Linux WMODE, and some changes in the FullScreen keyboard access. for more info and download check Adobe Labs Flash Player 10.

SWF Searchability a dream about to come true ?

Flash Player  SWF SEO

According to Adobe a long time headache for the developers of Flash Content its about to reach its end as Adobe is joining efforts with the major search industry leaders (A.K.A. Google & Yahoo), to optimize the way they index the Flash file format (SWF) , they claim that Google has already begun using their search spiders on live SWF Applications as if they where users, this thanks to Flash Player technology that Adobe has provide them. In the F.A.Q. that Adobe released today, they also say that as Developer you need to do nothing that all RIAS and content published under the SWF format will benefit from this although they’re beginning with the search of dynamic text and links in rich content created with Adobe Flash technology, and that it’s happening right now at least on Google.
To good to be true ? Let’s wait and see.

The Adobe SWF searchability FAQ

Flash Player 10 Beta on Adobe Labs

Adobe Labs has released the beta version of the Flash Player 10 codenamed Astro, the new version includes new expressive features and visual performance improvements that allow interactive designers and developers to build the richest and most immersive Web experiences.

Some of the new stuff that Astro is capable of are:
3D Effects – Easily transform and animate any display object through 3D space while retaining full interactivity. Fast, lightweight, and native 3D effects make motion that was previously reserved for expert users available to everyone. Complex effects are simple with APIs that extend what you already know.
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