Flash in the pan: Adobe to dump mobile Flash efforts

By on November 9, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

Flash in the pan: Adobe to dump mobile Flash efforts

Adobe will soon discontinue development of Flash Player for mobile devices according to a recent report. Citing sources with knowledge of Adobe’s future plans, ZDNet’s Tech Broiler blog claims that Adobe will no longer develop Flash Player for mobile browsers, instead focusing on mobile apps, “expressive” desktop content and increasing the company’s investment in HTML5. “Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores,” Adobe reportedly wrote in a memo. “We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations.” The purported memo adds that Adobe will continue to support mobile Flash on Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook, supplying critical bug fixes and security updates as required.

UPDATE: Adobe confirmed that it will cease development of Flash Player for mobile.

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Adobe finally brings Flash to iPhone and iPad

By on September 9, 2011 at 12:46 PM.

Adobe finally brings Flash to iPhone and iPad

Adobe brings Flash to iPhone, iPad

During the IBC trade show in Amsterdam on Friday, Adobe officially took the wraps off of its new Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 which will allow iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to access Adobe Flash content. Apple, which has long rejected Adobe’s Flash technology, doesn’t need to approve the tech for it to work, either. “With Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers now have a single, simple workflow for delivering content using the same stream to Flash-enabled devices or to the Apple iPhone and iPad,” Adobe said in a statement. Flash Media Server 4.5 allows publishers to create HTTP content and push the same content to iOS devices that it does to Flash-enabled devices in a single stream. Instead of relying on a device’s processor to render the stream, which often degrades battery life and slows a device down, Adobe’s Flash Media Server 4.5 does all the legwork. Adobe Flash Media Server is available immediately to publishers for $4,500. Read on for the full press release. More →

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Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to support Apple’s iOS Newsstand

By on September 7, 2011 at 10:40 PM.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to support Apple’s iOS Newsstand

Adobe announced on Wednesday that its Digital Publishing Suite will offer support for Apple’s Newsstand feature in iOS. Newsstand will allow users to purchase popular newspapers and magazines directly from their iOS device. “With more than 600 titles created to date, the industry-leading Adobe Digital Publishing Suite includes full support for Newsstand subscriptions, which can significantly boost sales and advertising revenue by combining greater content discoverability with flexible payment options required by readers,” Adobe said in a statement. The company noted that publishers will be able to use Digital Publishing Suite to build Newsstand applications as soon as Apple releases iOS 5 and launches its Newsstand application. Read on for the full press release from Adobe. More →

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Adobe launches CreatePDF for iOS

By on August 30, 2011 at 5:34 AM.

Adobe launches CreatePDF for iOS

Adobe launched CreatePDF for iOS on Monday, a new application that allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to create and open PDF files directly from their iOS devices. Adobe says CreatePDF offers “consistent, high-fidelity PDF conversion independent of device or software” and explains that it uses Adobe’s online services to ensure quality and performance. Supported file formats include:

  • MS Word (docx, doc), Excel(xlsx, xls), PowerPoint (pptx, ppt)
  • Adobe Illustrator (ai), Photoshop (psd) and InDeisng (indd)
  • Images – JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
  • RTF, Text and WordPerfect
  • OpenOffice and StarOffice documents

CreatePDF is available in the iTunes App store now for $9.99. Read on for a link to the download. More →

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New Adobe Flash Builder lets devs make iOS, Android, PlayBook apps

By on June 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM.

New Adobe Flash Builder lets devs make iOS, Android, PlayBook apps

Adobe on Monday announced the availability of Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex. 4.5, a pair of tools that let developers easily code applications for iOS, Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook. Adobe’s tools now provide developers with a single platform for building apps across each of the three popular mobile operating systems. “The reaction from developers to the new mobile capabilities in Flash Builder 4.5 and the Flex 4.5 framework has been absolutely fantastic,” said Adobe’s VP of developer tooling, Ed Rowe, said in a statement. “They are amazed by how easy it is to create great mobile apps for Android devices, BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone and iPad. Companies can now effectively reach their customers no matter what type of device they have.” Adobe’s new Flash Builder 4.5 Standard is available immediately for $249 and a premium version is available for $699. Flex 4.5 is a free open source framework. Both tools are also included in Adobe’s Creative Suite 5.5. The full press release follows after the break. More →

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‘Critical vulnerability’ fixed in Adobe Flash Player update for Android

By on June 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM.

‘Critical vulnerability’ fixed in Adobe Flash Player update for Android

Adobe has issued an update for its Adobe Flash Player application on Android smartphones. “A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Flash Player 10.3.181.23 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.3.185.23 and earlier versions for Android,” the company said. “This memory corruption vulnerability (CVE-2011-2110) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via malicious Web pages.” The latest version, 10.3.185.24, is available in the Android Market for free now. More →

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Adobe CEO says Flash feud with Apple is finished

By on June 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM.

Adobe CEO says Flash feud with Apple is finished

Speaking during the D9 conference in California on Thursday, Adobe’s CEO, Shantanu Narayen said that his company’s feud with Apple, which was a result of Cupertino’s decision to omit support for Flash in its products, has come to an end. “Yes, the argument is over from our point of view,” Narayen said. “We are so excited about opportunities we have. We’re focused on that.” He added that Adobe welcomes, and is contributing to, the new HTML5 standard. Apple’s argument, which has been backed by many developers, is that HTML5 is more efficient than Flash — particularly when it comes to battery consumption — for presenting and viewing streaming video and other multimedia content. “At the end of the day, where Adobe makes its money is through our application tools, as well as our solutions, (and) being able to make that content and measure that content and manage that content,” Narayen told The Wall Street Journal. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ship with Android 3.1 Honeycomb

By on May 24, 2011 at 9:27 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ship with Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, originally announced with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) on board, will now ship with the updated Android 3.1 operating system. Samsung has updated its Galaxy Tab 10.1 product page to reflect the update, and a representative for Samsung Mobile confirmed in a comment on the firm’s official Facebook page that “the original had 3.0 but now it will [ship] with Android 3.1.” The new operating system should include support for Google’s Android movie rental service, Adobe Flash Player 10.2 support, USB-connected peripherals, resizable home screen widgets, and more. More →

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Samsung and Acer to intro Google ‘Chromebooks’ on June 15th

By on May 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM.

Samsung and Acer to intro Google ‘Chromebooks’ on June 15th

During the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today, Google discussed the future of its “Chrome OS” platform, as well as some future products that will soon hit the market. Google has improved the performance of Adobe Flash playback within the browser, and the OS will now recognize I/O devices — such as cameras — when they’re plugged into the computer. Other new features include Google Music integration, a new photo manager that allows you to send directly to Picasa, and an option to upload files directly to Box.net. Google’s bread and butter, Gmail, Calendar, and Docs are all now accessible while offline. Hackers will also appreciate a new built-in jailbreaking feature. Samsung and Acer will both introduce “Chromebooks” on June 15th for $429 and $399, respectively. Samsung will also sell a 3G version of its Chromebook for $499. Those prices sound a bit high to us considering that you can get a full-fledged Windows 7 netbook for that price, but we’ll see if the market agrees.

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Adobe’s iPad Photoshop apps now available [video]

By on May 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

Adobe’s iPad Photoshop apps now available [video]

In early April, Adobe took the wraps off of three new applications for the iPad — Color Lava, Eazel, and Nav — and they are all now available in the iTunes App Store. Adobe Eazel is priced at $4.99 and allows you to finger paint and then sync your artwork via Wi-Fi to Photoshop CS5. Nav is $1.99 and allows users to move and view some Photoshop windows, including works in progress or toolbars, on an iPad display. Color Lava is available for $2.99 and it turns your iPad into a palette for creating new colors and custom swatches that can be ported back into CS5. Hit the jump for videos of each app in action. More →

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Apple, Google, others hit with antitrust class action lawsuit over ‘no solicitation’ agreements

By on May 4, 2011 at 7:09 PM.

Apple, Google, others hit with antitrust class action lawsuit over ‘no solicitation’ agreements

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe are among the companies named in a new class actions lawsuit filed on Wednesday in the state of California. The suit, filed by former Lucasfilm software engineer Siddharth Hariharan, alleges that Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar violated antitrust laws by conspiring to fix employee pay.” Hariharan claims that these companies have colluded to limit career opportunities and impose artificial salary caps for employees by entering into agreements that prevented the companies named in the suit from hiring employees away from each other. “My colleagues at Lucasfilm and I applied our skills, knowledge, and creativity to make the company an industry leader,” Hariharan said in a statement.  “It’s disappointing that, while we were working hard to make terrific products that resulted in enormous profits for Lucasfilm, senior executives of the company cut deals with other premiere high tech companies to eliminate competition and cap pay for skilled employees.” Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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Adobe Flash Player 10.2 spills beans on Android 3.1 video acceleration

By on April 29, 2011 at 11:59 PM.

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 spills beans on Android 3.1 video acceleration

A recent Adobe Flash Player 10.2 update has spilled the beans on Android 3.1. The update says that Flash Player 10.2 supports “hardware accelerated video,” provided that a user is running the unannounced Android 3.1 operating system. This should drastically increase video playback performance, specifically with HD video, on Honeycomb tablets. Google hasn’t yet announced Android 3.1, but we expect to hear more it during Google’s I/O developer conference on May 10th and 11th in San Francisco. More →

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Adobe finds gaping security hole in latest version of Flash Player for PC, Android

By on April 12, 2011 at 1:58 PM.

Adobe finds gaping security hole in latest version of Flash Player for PC, Android

Adobe has identified a zero-day exploit in the latest version of Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Using the the security hole, an attacker can potentially run malicious code and even take control of an affected system. While the vulnerability and potential damage to a system are significant, common sense will help users avoid the issue in most cases. The malicious code that takes advantage of this exploit is typically delivered as a Flash file embedded in a Microsoft Word document attached to an email. Most users in this day and age know to avoid such files. Adobe is currently working on a fix for the security hole, though the company has not stated when the fix might become available. More →

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