Adobe Systems has launched Flash 11 and AIR 3 to deliver rich user experiences across an array of devices.
Adobe Systems announced Adobe Flash
Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3 software to enable the next generation of immersive
application experiences across devices and platforms, including Android, Apple
iOS (via AIR), BlackBerry Tablet OS, Mac OS, Windows, connected TVs and other
As the game console for the Web, Flash
Player 11 and AIR 3 allow game publishers to instantly deliver console-quality
2D and 3D games over the Internet to nearly all PCs and many other devices.
In an interview with eWEEK, Anup Murarka, Adobe's director of
product marketing, said user expectations have changed in a few areas,
including general-purpose applications, gaming apps and premium video apps.
"What's relevant is the role of
Flash vis-a-vis HTML," Murarka said. "There are three categories
where Flash will continue to differentiate itself: in gaming, in video and
media rich apps, and in data-driven apps. In HTML5 there are exciting
opportunities. We see this as a business opportunity. We're doing a lot with
Dreamweaver and new products like Adobe Edge in this regard. And you'll see us
produce and create more products for that area as well."
Adobe officials said media companies
can take advantage of new features to seamlessly deliver protected
feature-length, cinema-quality HD video through the Web, in mobile apps and
even with surround sound for connected TVs. Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 provide a
cross-device entertainment platform, enabling the best in online gaming and
premium video while helping content publishers reach the broadest possible
audience with highly leveraged development investments.
Moreover, Adobe officials said dozens
of new features in Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 allow developers to deliver a new
class of gaming and premium video experiences, as well as sophisticated,
data-driven applications with back-end systems integration across devices,
including the iPhone and iPad via AIR. AIR native extensions add support for
unique device features and native code libraries, empowering developers to
freely choose the right mix of Flash, HTML5 and native code to provide powerful
user experiences across PCs and devices.
Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will be
publicly available in early October. Flash Builder and Flex, Adobe's open-source
framework for building mobile, Web and desktop apps, will offer support for the
new features in an upcoming release before the end of the year, Adobe said.
"With this milestone release Adobe
pushes the envelope of what is possible on the Web with a typical PC and opens
up a new world of immersive, high-performance gaming experiences," Danny
Winokur, vice president and general manager of Platform at Adobe, said in a
statement. "Flash offers the best way for content owners to deliver their
most demanding experiences, including games, premium video and sophisticated
data-driven apps, to all of their users, while HTML5 tools such as Adobe Edge
and Dreamweaver are ideal for building interactive Web pages, rich ads, branded
microsites and general-purpose mobile applications."
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