Posts Tagged ‘Adobe’

Vizio Will Have It’s Own Widget Platform

August 10th, 2009

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Serving as a extra from what it was known about Vizio new connected HDTV’s that will have Yahoo Widget Engine and OnDemand Video Services is that Vizio decided to not depend on Whatever Stream Widgets come via Yahoo TV Widgets or being forced to collaborate with Yahoo to get new widgets, like Verizon FIOS’s does (so far) with the Widget Bazaar. Vizio will have its own Widget Platform and will provide a SDK for developers interested in the new “Stream Widgets” space that comes with Widgets made for TV’s. This is thanks to the fact that the HDTV’s supports Adobe Flash. So it is only about Vizio showing developers the guidelines and toolkit to developers so widgets can be developed in the style Vizio wants them to be done. This way they will be swiftly included for use in the Vizio Connected HDTV’s.

CNET got a nice First Look video that touches on that and show the Two vizio models for release starting next month.

From the very same CNET, Erica Ogg makes her case on how Vizio offering is going to stand out with these Connected HDTV’s and it makes for good read too:

How Vizio will stand out among the sea of Web TVs

On The Revamped Adobe Flash Platform

December 1st, 2008

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Adobe moves in RIA are the most straightforward ones because they are the company that it is more publicly invested into transform itself and to be fully running on the RIA Web as soon as 5 years from now.

They got Flash, Flex, Shockwave, AIR and Reader as their main guns on the Mainstream. all but one are pretty much ubiquitous. but the thing that connect all of them is Flash. Flash 10 is where they truly begin with this transition to being a RIA company and RIA Web run company.

Why not say their in for the cloud computing mantra as you say when talking about Google?. because being fully into RIA`s got a clear cloud computing base that do not need to be recalled upon. but unlike Google. Adobe is also in a Software + Services Strategy just like Microsoft. but as competitors they cannot use neither Mantras and they will stay focus on spreading the notion that Adobe is about RIA`s. because RIA evocates Media, Powerful Browser Based Apps or Powerful Desktop Based Apps that are seamlessly connected to the internet. that means they only need that.

Flash is a mature platform and it reached up that state since 2004-2005 where it became clear it would became more and more widespread. Today flash is in everything in some form or another and Flash 10 is what Adobe is going to use to push progress to Flash from Flex and Shockwave and it is Flash what will be pushed into Reader and AIR as base for the same tech to be used more effectively.

But Adobe weakness with its RIA Tech is that they got  mediocre Development Tools. they are now trying to change that around with:

• Alchemy, that lets programs written in the C or C++ languages, run within Flash Player.

• "Gumbo," a new version of Adobe Flex Builder, that is designed to make programming easier for those familiar with scripting languages such as PHP.

• "Thermo," formally called Adobe Flash Catalyst, is designed to let people quickly create an application’s interface in another application–by Adobe Illustrator CS4 for example–then add the interactive instructions to the interface elements.

These are obvious responses to Microsoft Silverlight. the only real competitor to Adobe RIA tech.

Alchemy is the response to Silverlight 2.0 CLR

Gumbo is the other part of Responding to Silverlight 2.0 easy use and integration of .NET Tech.

Catalyst Responds to Microsoft Expression Studio “Devigner” Mantra.

I see that there is still nothing really good for AIR development as the rumored AIRbase. that was supposed to be a AIR app development software a la iphone xcode sdk. it may not exist and it is a shame because it sounded like a great concept.

Adobe new development Tools  and Development Paths sound like a great progress but this is a area where they are nowhere near the sophistication and maturity of Microsoft offerings with Expression Studio that actually lets designer use assets from Adobe own designing software programs too just like thermo and much less the unbeatable and untouchable status Visual Studio got against Anything Adobe can come up with.

Then. there is the Development Paths where it is also very doubtful Alchemy and Gumbo can top Silverlight .Net Tech Integrations and CLR

Many still claim that Adobe real war is with Google. but they are wrong. Google is late on RIA initiatives because they have not pronounced themselves toward anything yet and are still betting everything on Google Ajax and Google JS so cannot be considered to be in the RIA web fight up to now.

But seeing Adobe moves assure one thing. Competition in RIA`s  will be fierce and it will be something nice to watch as it unfolds.

The good thing is that whatever Adobe does. means better things to come in terms of Widgets as they are the most basic beneficiaries as everything is getting Widgetized.

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Flash Player 10 Is Out

October 16th, 2008

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Adobe decided to rain in Microsoft Silverlight 2 parade and got Flash Player 10 out just a day after Silverlight 2 launched. The new Flash Plugin looks great and aims to resolve the problems Flash has been plagued with from quite sometime with enhancements while looking up to level up with Silverlight 2.

The Spotlighted Features by Adobe are:

3D effects

Create more intuitive, engaging interfaces using built-in support for 3D effects. Get started quickly without being a 3D master by designing in 2D and easily transforming and animating in 3D. Fast, extremely lightweight, and simple-to-use APIs, along with 3D tools in Adobe® Flash® CS4 Professional software, make motion that was previously accessible only to expert users via ActionScript® language or custom third-party libraries available to everyone.

Custom filters and effects

Create high-performance, real-time effects for cinematic experiences that quickly engage users. With new Adobe Pixel Bender™, the same technology behind many filters and effects in Adobe After Effects® software, these dynamic and interactive effects can be used both in production with After Effects CS4 and live with Flash Player 10. The Pixel Bender just-in- time (JIT) compiler can also be used to process other types of data, such as sound or mathematical functions, asynchronously in a separate thread.

Advanced text support

Take advantage of a new, flexible text layout engine that brings print-quality publishing to the web, building on more than 25 years of Adobe expertise in typography. Gain more control over text layout using an extensible library of ActionScript 3.0 text components to flow text and sophisticated typographic elements such as ligatures across multiple columns, around inline images, bidirectionally, vertically, or chained together. Create multilingual rich Internet applications (RIAs) using device fonts that can now be anti-aliased, rotated, and styled, or build your own unique text components.

Dynamic sound generation

Use enhanced sound APIs to dynamically generate audio and create new types of audio applications such as music mixers and sequencers, real-time audio for games, and even audio visualizers. Work with loaded MP3 audio at a lower level by extracting audio data and supplying it to the sound buffer. Process, filter, and mix audio in real time through the Pixel Bender JIT compiler to extend creative freedom beyond the visual experience.

Enhanced Drawing API

Perform runtime drawing more easily with restyleable properties, 3D APIs, and a new way of drawing sophisticated shapes without having to code them line by line. Developers can tweak parts of curves, change styling, replace parts, and use custom filters and effects, delivering improved throughput, creative control, and greater productivity. Enhancements to the Drawing API add the z dimension, real perspective, textured meshes in 3D space, a retained graphics model, read/write rendering, and triangle drawing with UV coordinates, while adding memory and improving performance.

Enhanced Hardware acceleration

Use the hardware processing power of the graphics card to paint SWF files into the browser and accelerate compositing calculations of bitmaps, filters, blend modes, and video overlays faster than would be performed in software.

Vector data type

Use the new typed array class for better performance, efficiency, and error checking of data.

Dynamic Streaming

Show exceptional video with streams that automatically adjust to changing network conditions. Leverage new quality-of-service metrics to provide a better streaming experience.

Speex audio codec

Take advantage of the new, high-fidelity and open source Speex voice codec, which offers a low-latency alternative for voice encoding. Flash Player also supports ADPCM, HE-AAC, MP3, and Nellymoser audio.

File upload and download APIs

Bring users into the experience by letting them load and save files from your web application. New file reference runtime access allows local processing of data without roundtripping to the server.

Those are some huge changes. changes that are bigger than what was previously thought of what Flash Player 10 would be. many of the changes reproduce Silverlight 2 features and other advance previous Flash Player features to new grounds. some of the are not possible by Silverlight out of the box and some advance over present Silverlight 2 features.  i will do a post on both very soon in order to explain myself on this. right now it is just time to download Flash Player 10. this release solves many of the problems the Player has in Non IE browsers. the most notable examples are Firefox, Opera and Chrome. it also tries o fix the stigma of being too resource intensive (memory/cpu). it don`t but it shows good progress on this regard. Does it trumps Silverlight 2?. no. but implemented as Flex 3.0 it sure reached its level.

The new features and the enhanced features Flash 10 brings to the table are elemental to the web to come. i truly believe that while we are still waiting for JavaFX, the RIA web finally started this week with the release of Flash 10 and Silverlight 2. this means i will be covering RIA Web Widgets more and more often.

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Adobe: “There will be Flash in the iPhone if Apple Allows it”

October 1st, 2008

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No, it is not a exact quote from Adobe. that is just what they basically said recently. Adobe had already managed to get Flash running in a JailBroken iPhone months ago. Flash has always been a thorn for the iPhone given it is Resource Intensive and because it is something that Apple cannot get over the fact they would not be able to control it. Apple shunned Java for the same reasons. but unlike Java. Flash is not dying away slowly. it is a integral part of a full web experience. something Apple has advertised and have got criticized for because that phrase is of course a complete lie just as the iPhone interface demo Commercial that got banned in the U.K for the same reasons. there is no full web experience without Flash. there is no chance for having a full RIA web experience without it either. this don`t comes only to flash but also Silverlight as it ramps up as the other option to counter Adobe.

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Apple reticent attitude toward flash and silverlight is because they are proposing their own ideas and standards of what multimedia and RIA web could be. Adobe just assured that Windows Mobile support will get as best as possible. there is no doubt that the same will happen with Symbian and Android. so has Microsoft with silverlight assuring it will work with Symbian besides Windows Mobile. will they follow to android?. yes. because they don`t have to ask for permission and because they will be forced to do so if Adobe puts flash into Android.

So can Apple allow to say no to Flash for the iPhone?. i don`t think so . not if they want to live up to the promise of a full web experience that all of its competitors will have. they must know it. but they also know that if they cave in for Flash. how will the be able to say no to Silverlight  (that is less resource intensive than flash no less) and JavaFX?.

Exactly.

The iPhone getting flash support is important for a full web experience and to force apple to accept other option beyond flash too. so RIA web can grow faster too.  if this happens. it will assure every Mobile OS makes sure there is support for these plugins.

That will also mean that you would not need to sacrifice off any of your widgets while using a mobile.

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