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FLV and SWF and the Open Screen Project….

Full Press Release

The Open Screen Project

the hows and whys video….. this is worth watching for a quick how and why.

The Open Screen Project is working to enable a consistent runtime environment — taking advantage of Adobe® Flash® Player and, in the future, Adobe AIR™ — that will remove barriers for developers and designers as they publish content and applications across desktops and devices, including phones, mobile Internet devices (MIDs), and set top boxes. The Open Screen Project will address potential technology fragmentation by enabling the runtime technology to be updated seamlessly over the air on mobile devices. The consistent runtime environment is intended to provide optimal performance across a variety of operating systems and devices, and ultimately provide the best experience to consumers.

To support this mission, and as part of Adobe’s ongoing commitment to enable Web innovation, Adobe will continue to open access to Adobe Flash technology, accelerating the deployment of content and rich Internet applications (RIAs). This work will include:

– Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
– Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
– Publishing the Adobe Flash® Cast™ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
– Removing licensing fees – making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free

“Adobe is spearheading the Open Screen Project with support from industry leaders who share a common vision to provide rich, interactive experiences across computers, devices and consumer electronics,” said Shantanu Narayen, chief executive officer at Adobe. “A consistent, more open platform for developers will drive rapid innovation, vastly improving the user experience.”

…. this I think is the biggest part….

“Additionally, Adobe intends to make Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free, starting with the next major releases for devices, along with publishing the device porting layer APIs. As a result of these moves, OEMs, software developers, and content owners will be able to deliver content and applications built with Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR technologies without concerns about device restrictions. By removing the licensing cost and restrictions, as well as opening up the protocols and porting layer, Adobe is making it easier for developers and partners to deliver more engaging experiences to more of their customers, and ensuring that audiences can engage with content no matter what device or medium they use.”

Short version, most phones will get a good swf player very shortly… possibly even the Iphone!

Stargate Joy….

Having watched every episode of Stargate and waiting till the box set comes down in price a little more before I watch it all over again, there is still this to look forward to.

The new Stargate movie, Stargate: Continuum:
Out July in the states and about the same here in Australia I would say.

Thanks to the people over at Gateworld for this.

Just how thin is the Apple Air anyway…

I like this add for a Lenovo thin note book, which I do think really shows up the Apple Air. My Asus R2h only really becomes useful when I plug in the keyboard, the mouse, the power, the dvd drive and the external HD which makes it a lot less portable that is for sure.

Now Mobile Friendly.

Finally got around to installing a new Mobile plugin for Word Press to make this site mobile friendly as well.  Seeing as a I spend a large amount of time on the phone and alot of the discussion is about the mobile space and mobile development I thought it made sense.

The design is not really in place yet and it does still need some refining, but out of the box so to speak it is up and running.

So all you have to do is just visit this site via your mobile browser and you are in business.