Tag Archives: Flash Lite

Tutorial: Rotate Gesture in Flash Using AS3

We previously published tutorials for the swipe gesture and the pinch to zoom gesture, now we are adding another one to our collection: the Rotate Gesture. This one is probably the most simple one to use of all the gestures available in ActionScript 3.0, but surely not the least in importance. Learn how to use by reading our tutorial here.

Flash Platform Services Announced

Flash Platform Services - Distribute Adobe recently announced a new set of services to support developers of the Flash Platform and help them distribute and monetize any Flash widgets and applications.

Using the new distribution service, developers of Flash widgets can use Adobe technologies to make it easy to share these widgets online across popular social networks such as Facebook and MySpace. Widgets could also be used to link to alternative editions of the widgets like a Flash Lite version, an Adobe AIR version, or an iPhone app version of the widget.

The whole system would be managed through Gigya that offers an online portal that will allow users to track the number of downloads and performance of the widget. Gigya also offers a number of paid distribution methods which developers can use to promote their widgets and applications on the web.

The services will also include in the future a number of features for helping developers easily integrate social features from Facebook and MySpace in their actual widgets.

You can learn more about Flash Platform Services from Adobe’s website.

[via TechCrunch]

Adobe Mobile Packager Reaches a 100,000 Downloads

Flash Mobile Packager According the Flash Mobile Blog, the number of downloads of the Adobe Mobile Packager has finally reached a 100,000 successful downloads. While a significant milestone for Adobe, this number doesn’t mean that there are a 100,000 active developers or that there are a 100,000 applications that were made through the packager.

The Adobe Mobile Packager is a Windows-only tool used by developers to wrap up their Flash Lite files in a format that allows the end user to check for and download the latest version of the Flash Lite player before running the file, therefore avoiding version incompatibility issues.

However, Flash Lite continues to be irrelevant in today’s market for a various number of reasons, including the unfriendliness of the user experience on most Symbian and Windows phones, the wide disparity in capabilities of supported phones, the failure of the Nokia Ovi Store, and  many others. Until the full Flash Player 10 is supported on Android, Adobe might as well just suspend all its mobile operations.

First Flash Supported Android Device Announced

Flash on Android Adobe announced today that the first Android device to be shipped with the Flash plug-in is the HTC Hero. Though not clearly expressed anywhere in the announcement, this device supports Flash Lite 3.1 and not the previously announced full Flash Player 10. This means that ActionScript 3.0 is not supported, and only up to Flash Player 9 movies made in AS2 will be playable. Adobe claims that this means that up to 85% of Flash on the Internet will be supported.

As seen from the announcement video, the integration of Flash in the player is excellent, the user could double click any Flash object to have that object displayed in full screen landscape mode. This makes viewing Flash video nice and makes playing games comparable to standalone applications.

There is no doubt that this is a great development for Flash, however, the fact that Flash Lite 3.1 does not support AS3 will be a barrier for entry for many developers.

There are no updates on whether Flash will ever be seen on the iPhone, but the other recent competitor, the Palm Pre, is expected to have the full Flash Player 10 sometime next year.

You can learn more about Flash on Android at the Flash Mobile Blog and Adobe.

Nokia Ovi Store

Ovi Store Flash Lite developers might have heard about the launch of Nokia’s new Ovi App Store for selling mobile content, applications, and games. The store is thought to be one of the competitors for iTunes AppStore for the iPhone.

The Ovi Store was launched last week for a number of jurisdictions such as Australia and Europe, but not the US (probably because it is not one of Nokia’s biggest markets).

Using the Ovi Store Flash Lite and J2ME developers should be able to distribute their content to an international audience for free or for any cost they specify.

I tried using the App Store with my Nokia e65. I couldn’t (or didn’t know how) to download the Ovi Store mobile application, so I decided to use the desktop web based store instead of using the mobile web based store. Getting an application to the phone is not a difficult process, you select an application, put your phone number, and then you will receive an SMS with the link to download it.

For some reason none of the Flash Lite games or application showed up after I set my phone model to e65. I do not know if there are no Flash Lite 1.1 packed as SIS applications for this model or what.

The number of applications currently available on the store is very small and relatively expensive, especially in comparison to the iTunes App Store. For example, there is only one Twitter client and its costs GBP 8 (around USD 13).

The experience of the store is not perfect, I had to re-submit my phone number for each application I wanted to download. External links from other websites leading to an incompatible application simply showed an error message and did not actually tell me that this applications exists and that I can’t see it because my device is not compatible. Also, the listing of the application highlight the category of the application instead of its name making it quite hard to skim through applications.

TechCrunch wrote a negative review of the store, mainly due to the sluggishness of the website and the unexplained disappearance of many of the applications.

It is not fair to make a final judgement on the store, but there is no doubt that Nokia will have to fix a lot in the Ovi App Store for it to complete with other mobile application stores.

Nokia Ovi Store For Mobile Applications

Nokia Ovi Store The Ovi Store is Nokia’s response to Apple’s App Store. It is hoped to help developers reach out for Nokia phone users by having the application store integrated in Nokia devices. Nokia recently launched the Publisher section of the Ovi Store to allow developers to register for free as Ovi Publishers. Publishers can sell their applications for a specified amount or offer them for free. If any applications are sold, Nokia will share the profit with the developer on a 30-70 basis (the same percentage used by Apple).

Java and Flash developers should check this out if they are interested in publishing mobile content on Nokia devices.

You can check out the video below to learn more about Ovi.

Twittle – Flash Lite Application

twittle Twittle is a nice example of what could possibly be a popular Flash Lite application. Twittle is basically a Twitter client that has all the essential featurse for running updating your status on twitter and reading the latest updates posted by people you follow. It is created using the Twitter API to exchange data between the phone and Twitter. The program is probably written in AS2.

The most popular Twitter  desktop clients (TweetDeck and Twirl) are written in ActionScript on AIR. An untitled proof of concept Flash Lite 2.0 application was developed by Abdul Qabiz from India in 2007, but it was never properly launched or updated. Twittle would be the first proper mobile Twitter client to be made in Flash Lite.

Twittle was developed for Adobe’s Flash Lite Developer Challenge and will be demoed at CITA Wireless 2009 in April.

[via Biskero]

Adobe Full Power on Mobile

Adobe Flash Lite This past month has been a crazy one for Flash Lite. There is no doubt that Adobe is taking mobile as serious as ever as it launched the beta of the new Flash Lite Distributable Player, a US $100,000 Flash Lite developer competition, and a mobile application download portal at m.adobe.com.

Adobe hopes that Flash Lite can be a viable solution for developing mobile application in the era of the iPhone where the expectation is much higher than what it used to be three years ago. Flash Lite has been around for years, but it never really took off outside Japan. The majority of people do not even know that their phones have a Flash player.

Adobe hopes to solve the problem of Flash Lite version segmentation by the new distributable player that will work in a manner similar to the way the full desktop version works and gets updated. Adobe’s online store will also make it easier for end users to find and experience Flash Lite applications. Handset manufacturers, such as Nokia, have also announce their own online store for distributing applications (including Flash Lite applications).

Flash Lite became really insubstantial as the popularity of the iPhone and Android soared, and it will be very difficult for the platform to have any momentum without the release of a single handset that has an impact in the phone market.

Chumby Still Exists

Chumby Not sure how many of you guys remember Chumby, the Flash Lite powered Wifi Internet gadget. It was commercially released in February 2008, though it has been showing around the Internet for almost a year before that. Some think of it as a fancy digital-clock toy, but Chumby web gadgets can do all sorts of things from RSS, to Facebook, to Flickr, to Gmail and even YouTube.

The coolest thing about Chumby is that it runs on Flash Lite 3.0, though obviously not as nice as running on ActionScript 3.0, Flash Lite 3.0 is equivalent to ActionScript 2.0 and offers all the capabilities of Flash Player 8 along with additional features of Chumby such as touch screen and “squeeze” features. 

I would personally love to have a Chumby, not for any specific purpose other than just having fun with the gadget and trying out new things on it, however, I’m one of those people who are not willing to shell out $200 for a bedside toy. Chumby is also only available for sale in the US, Japan, and Australia.

Recent press releases on Chumby’s official website say that the Chumby technology might soon be introduced to digital frames by manufacturers such as Samsung and Marvell. This is great news if it means that we will be able to see cheaper consumer products that make use of the Chumby platform.

Boston.com has recently published an article and an a video review of Chumby and they seem to like it. Check out the video below to see Chumby in action.

Flash Demo on Google Android

Flash on Android Earlier this week at the MAX conference Adobe previewed a functional demo of Flash Player 10 running on Android. As an open source operating system, it was expected that Flash would appear sooner or later on it, and while we were expecting to see a new version of Flash Lite released on Android, Adobe surprised us with a fully functional Flash Player 10 capable of delivering the same Flash content you see on PC browsers.

Adobe has announced that the new mobile version of the Flash Player will be released for various other mobile platforms such as Windows Mobile and probably Symbian. However, a release on the iPhone is very unlikely as Apple refuses to allow the deployment of applications such as Flash which may be used to run indepedent applications without having to go through iTunes.

A snipped of Flash Player 10 running on Android can be see in the video below:

 The release of a new fully fledged Flash Player for mobile devices is great news for Flash developers, but they still have to wait as there is no word yet on the release date of this new player in the market.