Adob Wallaby and Flash Updates

Adobe Wallaby“Compete leads to innovation”– It,s a fact when the clash between technologies such as Adobe’s Flash , Microsoft’s Silverlight , HTML5 (as Apple supports HTML5 and against Flash)continues to gain steam, it leads to tools such as Wallaby that helps developers in creating applications for a wider variety of devices. Yet both Adobe and Microsoft have ongoing efforts to continue to support both their proprietary technology in Flash and Silverlight as well as to strongly support HTML5.Adobe introduced the technology codenamed Wallaby in a demo at the Adobe MAX 2010 conference last October and released it on the Adobe Labs site on March 8 as an experimental technology for developers to try out.Mean while this might be a good trend as in case of iPad2 where there is one solution, as if you use the Skyfire web browser Flash content is automatically transcoded into HTML on Skyfire’s servers

“Wallaby” is the codename for an experimental technology that converts the artwork and animation contained in Adobe® Flash® Professional (FLA/FLV) files into HTML. This allows you to reuse and extend the reach of your content to devices that do not support the Flash run-times(ie ,No adobe plugin required). Once these files are converted to HTML, you can edit them with an HTML editing tool, such as Adobe Dreamweaver®, or by hand if desired. You can view the output in one of the supported browsers or on an iOS device.

As Wallaby works now, you select your FLA-formatted file and hit convert, and Wallaby changes the Flash file into HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. said Adobe Flash Professional Senior Product Manager Tom Barclay says “Most of your Flash file will get converted including most drawing elements, fills, shape tween, motion tween, symbol names and instance names. Since it’s built on Adobe’s Air platform, both Windows and Mac based developers will be able to use it.Developers can add interactivity after the conversion using JQuery and JavaScript. The initial goal of the tool, is to support banner ad development on iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches since Apple has no plans to allow its iOS to support Flash”.

Adobe Flash 10.3 beta Released:

Meanwhile Adobe continues the Flash  with 10.3 beta  release.Flash Player 10.3 for Windows, Mac, and Linux introduces new developer features and enhanced user privacy protection, such as:

  • Media Measurement
  • Acoustic Echo Cancellation-canceling noise and echoes, detecting when a person has started or stopped speaking, and correcting microphone volume levels to even out speech loudness.
  • Integration with browser privacy control for local storage-Users will have a simpler way to clear local storage from the browser settings interface – similar to how users clear their browser cookies today. Flash Player 10.3 integrates control of local storage with the browser’s privacy settings in Mozilla Firefox 4, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and higher, and future releases of Apple Safari and Google Chrome.
  • Native Control Panel-The Global Settings Manager is currently a SWF residing on macromedia.com, Flash Player 10.3 provides users with streamlined controls for managing their Flash Player privacy, security and storage settings. Windows, Mac, and Linux users can access the Flash Player Settings Manager directly from the Control Panels or System Preferences on their computers.
  • Auto-Update Notification for Mac OS

Upcoming Flash 11: 3D and 64-bit

Meanwhile, for Flash programmers , Adobe last week issued preview version of Flash 11 with 3D graphics called Molehill(GPU-accelerated 3D APIs). The Molehill interface is a big deal for Flash, which has a stronghold in online gaming but which faces competition from an emerging Web standard called WebGL.Also coming with Flash Player 11 will be 64-bit support.64-bit software can handle vastly larger tracts of memory than 32-bit software, which is limited to 4GB, and 64-bit operating systems have become ordinary when it comes to Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. The large memory address space isn’t terribly important for browsers today, though, so 64-bit Flash isn’t at the top of Adobe’s priority list.Visit Molehill Demos

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