Lee Brimelow has a little teaser up of an interview he did with Dave August, senior developer at OOOii (a company previously known as BlackBox Digital) who worked on the graphics and animations you can see in the latest Star Trek movie. They actually used Flash Platform products like AIR and their own ActionScript 3.0 framework to accomplish this which must have been a great project to work on.

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Kevin Lynch did a great keynote featuring Flash Catalyst at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. I particularly like presentations like this -- no nonsense, just a quick overview of interesting product features applied to a real world application.

Of course there were some "here's one I made earlier" moments but still quite impressive how quickly you can go from a design to a functioning prototype. I've been a bit ambivalent about Flash Catalyst (previously known as Thermo) in the past but its shaping up to be a great product.

I'm not quite convinced Flash Catalyst should become a separate tool, if I'm not mistaken its also built on an Eclipse code base (not that you could easily tell) and at the moment it looks more like a Flex Builder design view on steroids. In any case, good to have a tool like this to move away from the default component look and feel and bring some creative expression to the Flex framework.

 

 

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I must have seen Joshua Davis present at least half a dozen times over the last few years but there's something about his work that keeps inspiring -- pushing Flash beyond its limitations to create some beautiful artwork. Definitely one to watch!
 

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If you've followed the announcements at MIX09 its hard to deny Microsoft is making some good progress with Silverlight. I was just browsing the session recordings and thought this one was interesting to post up on my blog: "Silverlight and the Adobe Creative Suite". I'm happy to see Microsoft realizing that Adobe's creative suite software is where designers live and don't make the mistake of trying to force them into a different workflow, so particularly Photoshop and Illustrator import are great features to see implemented.

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I was assured by Microsoft employees any resemblance with Adobe product features is purely coincidental, as I'm sure is the case at 10:30" where she converts some imported graphics into a working horizontal slider.

When I have the time over the next week or two I'll do some testing of Silverlight 3, unfortunately the tools shown here only run on Windows but the third party Eclipse Silverlight plugin should come to my rescue (if I can finally get it installed on my Mac that is).

At this time I don't see any compelling reasons to use Silverlight over the Flash Platform but things are definitely getting closer. If Microsoft ends up with a good development story on Mac I can see myself potentially starting to use it. Long term though, when it comes to enabling creative expression and their commitment to cross platform Adobe still has the edge.

Now with a third party Visual Studio plugin for Flex also out in the wild, I think we're seeing the beginning of a consolidated effort towards bridging various RIA technologies for the web and the desktop in the different tool sets.
 

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This is a truly inspiring speech to the United Nations in 1992 by a then 12 year old girl -- we're 17 years later and what has been accomplished, who has listened?

It is never too late to become what you might have been. - George Elliot


 

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For the last two editions of Adobe MAX, one of the sessions I most look forward to is "Flash Player Internals" with Jim Corbett and Lee Thomason. Its not a polished marketing talk but some really in depth technical information about what makes the Flash Player tick by the people that work on it. Just noticed this presentation got posted on Adobe TV so wanted to make sure I share it here. For those interested, there is a call for sessions for MAX 2009 -- if you'd like to present on a particular topic you can submit it here to get considered.

 

 

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We've sure come a long way since Steve Jobs did this demo of the Macintosh computer on January 24th 1984. I was two years old at the time and the closest thing I can remember is programming some BASIC on my dad's Apple IIGS when I was six or seven. Just imagine another 25 years from now and how we'll be interacting with computers -- things evolve at such a rate its hard to make any sort of reliable prediction.

It really is a triumph of technology and inspired creativity that pushes innovation, with Apple in many ways still leading the pack.


 

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There's quite a bit of interesting info in this video recording on Adobe's Rich Internet Applications Roadmap. Particularly note the focus areas for 2009 with Flash Player "Argo" and "Stratos", the plans for mobile and devices and ideas for AIR extensibility.
  

  

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Jim Corbett, Flash Player Engineer at Adobe, did a talk at MAX San Francisco with some good information on how the Flash Search Player works and what Google (and hopefully more search engines in the near future) can get out of your SWF files for indexing.

Nice to see more information available, we've had a need for this ever since searchable SWF was announced on July 1st. This presentation cleared up most - if not all - of my questions about the current state of Flash SEO, definitely worth watching!
 

 

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I continue to be impressed with all the amazing research projects being worked on at Adobe, this one is called "Interactive Video Object Manipulation" and it does well... video object manipulation. Can't wait to see this project mature and hopefully make it into one of the software tools as a feature. Congratulations to the team working on this!
 


 
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The sneak peeks session is always one of the most popular ones of the Adobe MAX conference and this year was no different. There were some real gems presented that "might or might not make it into final products" as the traditional legal disclaimer says. If you remember last years "content-aware scaling" demo by Shai Avidan (a feature that incidentally made it into Photoshop CS4), stay tuned until the end of the video to see some of the amazing things he's working on at the moment.
 

 
A few of the technologies presented are already available as very early builds on labs.adobe.com so be sure to check that out!

The video above was made as part of our MAX Europe coverage for actionscripthero.org.
 

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Congratulations to Thomas Joos and Boulevart for winning in the develop category of the European Adobe MAX awards. There was some serious competition but they pulled it off with their "Rock Werchter Mobile Guide" Flash Lite mobile application, ported to the iPhone. In case you weren't there, here's a recording of the develop section of the award show.
 


 

The full MAX awards recording will soon be available on www.actionscripthero.org.
 

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If you paid close attention during some of the Adobe sessions at Flash on the Beach you'll have heard about a project called FlaCC, basically a way to compile C and C++ libraries to ActionScript bytecode. I haven't seen a whole lot of people talking about it as of yet even though - if this works out - it is in my opinion one of the most exciting developments in the last few years!

From what I can tell this project goes back to what we saw presented by Scott Petersen during the sneak peek sessions at MAX Chicago 2007, the most impressive of his demo's was without a doubt running a cross-compiled version of Quake in the Flash Player (or an AIR app as it turns out).

Here's the video I recorded back then:

There was a huge amount of interest in this project and shortly after Ryan Stewart had the opportunity to interview Scott Petersen to find out more:

http://blog.digitalbackcountry.com/?p=1095
 

The first mention of FlaCC during Flash on the Beach was at the Adobe Town Hall meeting, where Paul Betlem answered a question about possible support for a Dynamic Language Runtime.

I don't have a direct quote but in effect he said that FlaCC was in development, it allows for C/C++ code to be compiled to ActionScript bytecode, and will be made available to developers in the not too distant future.

On Wednesday during the "The Yin and Yang of Flash" session we were given a little more background information.

One of the major use cases for FlaCC seems to be to allow a form of native extensibility for the Adobe Integrated Runtime. Since it would compile C/C++ down to ActionScript bytecode this would ensure cross-platform compatibility, which is a key concern for AIR.

Paul Betlem mentioned that the C code compiled down to ActionScript bytecode runs up to 10 times faster than ActionScript 3.0 (and about twice as slow as native C code) making it a good candidate for complex math and other operations.

Since FlaCC was brought up as a reply to a question on Dynamic Language Runtime support, this could conceivably mean work is being done on having an interpreter for a language like Python ported to the Flash Player. This is in line with what Scott Petersen presented at MAX 2007 and I believe that same point came up in the Adobe Town Hall meeting as well.
 

In any case, exciting times ahead and can't wait to see this in action!
 

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Another year, another great Flash on the Beach keynote. This year Richard Galvan, Serge Jespers and Mark Doherty took the stage to talk about Flash CS4, AIR and Flash Lite.

At some point during the keynote Richard mistakenly says that Flash Player 10 beta has reached 60% adoption, I've been told by Adobe that there have been 6.5 million Flash Player 10 beta downloads at this time.
 

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