News Flash Weekly

News Flash Weekly # 1: The Flash Platform Becomes Yet That Much Better

News Flash Weekly is the beginning of an on going series rounding up the most recent Flash-related news.  With everything being so fast paced nowadays, this series is meant to slow it down a bit and allow you to catch up on the industry’s news. Enjoy and feedback is always welcomed!

This week’s roundup includes preview releases of 64 bit Flash Player, Adobe Flash Builder “Burrito”, and Adobe Flex SDK “Hero” along with the availability of Adobe AIR 2.5.

64-bit Flash Players out on Labs

After being deprived from a 64 bit version of the Flash Player, Adobe has finally released preview versions of full 64-bit Flash Players for Mac, Windows and Linux. Adobe Flash Player, codenamed “Square”, is a preview release that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta.

You can download the preview release from the Adobe Labs website for all platforms.

Adobe AIR 2.5 is Now Available!

With the excitement surrounding the preview release of 64-bit Flash Player, it was short lived due to Adobe’s announcement at the Adobe MAX 2010 conference surrounding the availability of Adobe AIR 2.5 for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems.

Adobe AIR 2.5 now supports:

  • Smartphones and tablets based on BlackBerry Tablet OS, Android and iOS
  • Desktops running on Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems
  • Televisions with Samsung as the first television manufacturer to ship Adobe AIR in its line of Samsung SmartTV devices

Also available on Adobe labs is the Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Extension for AIR 2.5 which allows you to publish content and applications to the latest AIR 2.5 release.

Adobe Flash Builder “Burrito”

Adobe announced the preview release of Flash Builder “Burrito” which includes support for developing mobile and multi-screen applications and accelerated coding for Flex and ActionScript projects.  On top of all of this, this version also intends to improve designer/developer workflow through supporting bi-directional workflows between designers and developers.  Can’t wait to get my hands on this!  Get your hands on a download now!

If you’ve got the time, I would definitely checkout the Adobe Max 2010 keynote on Flash Builder “Burrito”.

Adobe Flex SDK “Hero”

The Adobe Flex SDK “Hero” preview release shows off many exciting new components and capabilities along with integrated support in Flash Builder “Burrito” and Flash Catalyst “Panini”.  With the Adobe Flex SDK “Hero” release, the Adobe team focused on three major initiatives:

  • Allow developers to use Flex for multiscreen application development
  • Further mature the Spark architecture and component which was introduced in Flex 4
  • Make incremental improvements to core Flex infrastructure to ease large application development

Adobe Max 2010

Like all other years, Adobe Max looks to stun and awh the Adobe community and this year was no different.  If you weren’t one of the lucky one’s to check out the Adobe Max keynotes, be sure to check out all of the Adobe Max 2010 keynotes available on Adobe TV. There is some good stuff there!