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Adobe Plans to Offer Flex to Apache Software Foundation

After a long battle with HTML5, Adobe has finally given it up. The company has planned to “donate” the code for its Flash-based Flex framework along with BlazeDS to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

We are actively working on the proposal for incubating Flex SDK and BlazeDS at the Apache Software Foundation. Once the proposals have been accepted, both Adobe and community contributors can begin committing contributions. We will share an update when the incubator proposal has been posted we expect this to happen over the course of the next few weeks.

According to Adobe, this move to ASF is not intended to abandon Flex SDK, or let it die. The company says that they will continue to provide significant improvements for many years to come. It also plans to steadily contribute to the projects which are currently working under the Flex community. It is also said that that Adobe is finalizing the development on Flex 4.6 SDK and it will be released on November 29th 2011.Adobe Flex

The Flex SDK includes a compiler and a number of library files which are used to build cross-platform Rich Internet Applications (RIA) that run on Adobe Flash. Earlier in 2008, the company announced and place the SDK under an open source license.

Adobe’s announcement of their plans to donate:

  • Flex SDK – a framework used to create Flash applications
  • BlazeDS, – a component used to push data in real-time to Flex and AIR applications
  • Several more minor development components like Falcon, an ActionScript and MXML compiler

Falcon is currently under development, which is supposedly the “next-generation” MXML and ActionScript compiler, and will be contributing it to the ASF when completed in 2012.

Along with these tools, Adobe will also have a team of Flex SDK developers contributing to those new Apache projects as their full-time responsibility.

Also Read:  Chief Engineer, Mike Chambers Explains Why Adobe Had to Kill Flash for Mobile

The ASF now will gather votes on whether to accept Adobe Flex or not. ASF has not provided any statement as of now, but we can expect a quick response from them very shortly.  Last year, Apache announced that the foundation adopted Google’s online real-time collaborative editing tool, Google Wave, which is now called as Apache Wave.

Is this an “End of Flex”?

Well, sort of. Adobe states that “HTML5 will be the best technology for enterprise application development.” This clearly indicates that Adobe has not just been forced to concentrate on HTML5, but also shows signs that they are now very much interested in the latest web standards.

Although the company has made it clear that it believes in HTML5 as the future, it still is being very diplomatic about Flex. In a blog post, the company mentions that even though HTML5 is widely accepted, Flex has some advantages over HTML5 for enterprise application development –

  • Flex offers complete feature-level consistency across multiple platforms
  • The Flex component set and programming model makes it extremely productive when building complex application user interfaces
  • ActionScript is a mature language, suitable for large application development
  • Supporting tools (both Adobe’s and third-party) offer a productive environment with respect to code editing, debugging and profiling

Earlier this month, the company had to oust 750 full-time employees in North America and Europe as a part of its efforts to focus more on Digital Media and Marketing. Adobe’s President and CEO, Shantanu Narayen stated –

“Our mission is to produce the world’s content and maximize the impact of that content. Adobe is doubling down in the Digital Media and Digital Marketing categories, markets rich with opportunities for innovation and growth.

Chief Engineer, Mike Chambers Explains Why Adobe Had to Kill Flash for Mobile

Adobe announced that the company has finally decided to bid adieu to its once-upon-a-time popular tool – Flash for mobile platforms. The news came in as good newsfor Apple, since the tool falls short in the area where the mobile era is bound to – Less battery usage, touch interface and open web standards.

Adobe’s chief of developer relations Mike Chambers explains us clearly why Adobe decided to end Flash for mobile platforms

The decision to stop development of the Flash Player plugin for mobile browsers was part of a larger strategic shift at Adobe, one which includes a greater shift in focus toward HTML5, as well as the Adobe Creative Cloud and the services that it provides.

Flash Lacks in Universality

Mike states that “the Flash Player was not going to achieve the same ubiquity on mobile as it has on the desktop.” He also added that (and mainly points out), since HTML5 is widely accepted across all platforms, and the fact being that Apple’s iOS is not going to allow Flash in the browser, it is very much understood and observed that the tool will never achieve the same universality on mobile as how it achieved on the desktop.

Adobe Kills Flash on Mobile Platform

He stresses on the point that even if Adobe continued with Flash, there was no way that Apple would adapt the tool on their iOS anytime in the future. This clearly indicates that the move to kill Flash comes after an intolerable pressure from Apple for excluding Flash on iOS.

HTML5 vs. Flash – HTML5 it is

It’s a known fact that HTML5 is universally accepted and supported by most mobile browsers, and having a strong base with strong
HTML5 - Flash
support on smartphones and tablets, this enlightened Adobe that Flash would never be able to compete with the latest standards of HTML. This is one of the main reasons why Adobe decided to kill Flash, and as Mike stated – Adobe is now more focused toward HTML5.

Scalability

Making Flash work on mobile platforms effectively, requires Adobe to have resources more than what is expected. This means that the Adobe had to work with multiple hardware manufacturers like Motorola and Samsung, Mobile OS vendors like Google and Apple along with component manufacturers (like Nvidia). That would take considerably much time. “This is something that we realized is simply not scalable or sustainable.”

However, Mike does not mention about how Apple’s users were affected and what led the company to exclude Flash from iOS, which in fact is the reliability and battery drain life.

Although Adobe suffers with the death of Flash for mobile platforms, they still have a ray of hope since Flash for desktop platforms are very much alive and kicking. Having said that, it’s uncertain what the future of Flash (for desktop platforms) would be, since the widespread acceptance of HTML5 may perhaps lead the way for Adobe to ultimately kill Flash on all platforms.

And to what Steve Jobs said  and expressed his thoughts on  Flash  way back in April, 2010, is pretty much true –

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

Adobe Slashes 750 Jobs, Cuts off Flash on Mobile

In aggressive pursuit of a Digital Media and Digital Marketing strategy, Adobe made a layoff of 750 people from North America and Europe. According to official statements, this will help  Adobe restructure  itself.

In order to better align resources around Digital Media and Digital Marketing, Adobe is restructuring its business. This will result in the elimination of approximately 750 full-time positions primarily in North America and Europe. We expect to record in the aggregate approximately $87 million to $94 million in pre-tax restructuring charges.

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The last layoff at Adobe was around two years back, which affected nearly 9% of the workforce. This time too, the layoff affects 9% of the standing workforce. However, the employee strength is not the only thing that went down at Adobe. Apparently, they are also killing the Adobe Flash plugin across all mobile browsers. Going further, Adobe plans to work with Adobe Air and HTML5, instead of Flash. It has also expressed plans to work with digital content, now that Air allows Adobe to work outside the browser as well.

Adobe will continue providing security updates to Flash on Android, for source code licensees. However, it will not develop Flash for mobile, anymore.

This might come as welcome news to Apple, which hates Adobe flash and almost went to cold war with Adobe over it. However, a number of web-services and websites still use adobe Flash, in spite of people speculating about its death over the last few years. Finally, this withdrawal might be the first indicator; towards a wipeout of Adobe Flash from the web.

Adobe Enters 3D gaming with Flash Player 11 and AIR 3

Adobe Systems has announced Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3 software to enable the next generation of immersive application experiences across devices and platforms. Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will allow game publishers to instantly deliver console-quality 2D and 3D games over the Internet to anyone with a PC, tablet, smartphone or connected TV.

By the end of 2011, Adobe expects more than 200 million smartphones and tablets including Apple iOS devices to support Flash based applications via Adobe AIR. Adobe AIR, a superset of Flash Player, enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms.

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 HTML 5 tools such as Adobe Edge and Dreamweaver are ideal to build interactive web pages, rich ads, branded microsites and general-purpose mobile applications.

– Danny Winokur, Vice President and General manager, Platform at Adobe.

Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 offer full hardware-accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics that enables 1000x faster rendering performance over Flash Player 10 and AIR 2. Also, Flash-based applications on Apple iOS devices can now display full frame rate videos using H.264 hardware decoding. Rich applications on televisions will also be  able to deliver HD video with 7.1 channel surround sound.

Adobe Flash Player 11 + Adobe AIR 3

Although facing tough competition from HTML5 capabilities and the non-availability of Flash in browsers on most smartphone platforms, Flash Player is supported on more than 98 percent of Internet connected PCs today. More than 70 percent of casual games on the Web are based on Flash, although mobile-gaming has seen exponential rise in last few years. According to an IDC report from May 2011, total market revenue of casual gaming should rise to $3.5 billion  by 2015 and the number of gamers should rise to 138.2 million.

DigiNotar Hack: Adobe set to patch Acrobat and Reader tomorrow

Adobe logo  Tomorrow,  Adobe will be releasing an  Adobe Reader and Acrobat  security update which will remove DigiNotar certificates from its trusted list. The update will be available for both Windows and Mac. Once installed,it will remove DigiNotar certificates from the Adobe Approved Trust List program’ or AATL. AATL basically is a program that allows users to create digital signatures so that a PDF signed with it is trusted whenever it is opened using Acrobat or Reader of version 9 and above.

This update is a result of the DigiNotar security breach in which a hacker supposedly generated hundreds of rogue SSL certificates. These certificates were used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks and more notably in man-in-the-middle attacks. All of the major browser vendors have now removed DigiNotar certificates from their trusted lists. Both Microsoft (Security Advisory 2607712) and Apple (Security Update 2011-005) have also released updates revoking trust of the DigiNotar certificates.

The Adobe update is rated as critical  and it is recommended that all users of the aforementioned software install this update as soon as possible. The update can be downloaded from here once it is released. Adobe has also indicated that they will be enabling dynamic updates of AATL with a future update so that a user doesn’t have to manually install a patch to update the trusted list in scenarios like this.

In case you want to manually remove the DigiNotar certificates from AATL, instructions for both Adobe Reader and Acrobat can be found here.

Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 Brings Flash Video Streaming to iOS Devices

Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5

Yesterday, Adobe announced the release of Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0, tools to allow publishers to host streaming Flash video content. Computerworld has discovered that the new release includes a new solution to allow Flash content to be repackaged and streamed to iOS, which currently does not support Flash Player directly.

“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.”

In other words, Adobe’s solution repackages content in real-time, changing the protocol to suit the target device, HTTP Dynamic Streaming or HLS, for example. This should mean that iOS devices will get much of the advantages of Flash video support, without the processor degradation and battery life cost of the format in use on other devices.

As a result, as media publishers begin to adopt the Adobe’s new software, they will be able to believe HTML5-compatible content to mobile devices alongside the traditional Flash Player content. This new feature uses video streaming technology rather than running the Flash directly on the device, but it does yet support  interactive Flash content such as games and banner ads. Media publishers will be able to stream Flash video on iOS devices.

Lately, many media providers have started to provide their video content in HTML5 to bring compatibility to iOS devices,  but direct integration of the functionality into Flash Media Server should simplify the process for those content providers who have invested in the platform.

So much for those commercials advertising Flash on Android as an advantage over iOS.

Adobe Unveils PDF Creation App for iOS

Today, MacStories has discovered that Adobe  released a new iOS app called “CreatePDF”. “CreatePDF” is a $9.99  universal app allowing users to easily create PDFs on their iPhones or iPads. Adobe claims that  CreatePDF  brings the same high-quality PDF creation as Adobe Acrobatto iOS devices. In addition, the app uses Adobe’s  online services for performance and quality, creating PDFs that offer quality and accessibility standards.

CreatePDF

CreatePDF

Upon installing, CreatePDF registers as a default app to open Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, Adobe Illustrator drawings, Photoshop images and InDesign  files, in addition to Open Office and StarOffice documents and JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF and TIFF images.

The app currently supports the following file formats:

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

The app works through iOS’s built in “Open in” menu, which allows third party apps to communicate with each other by sending documents to other applications that support specific file types, such as PDF, .doc, or plain text.

You can purchase CreatePDF for $9.99 in the App Store.

[image credit: MacStories]

Microsoft Products Steer Clear of Vulnerability Leaderboard

In its latest quarterly malware report, Kaspersky Labs has released key trends after analysing vast numbers of IT threats during the second quarter of 2011.

Software Makers

The top 10 rating of vulnerabilities includes products from just two companies: Adobe and Oracle (by virtue of Java vulnerabilities). With great improvements in the Windows updates mechanism and several Windows XP users moving to a more secure Windows 7 experience, Microsoft is no more featured in the list. Incidentally, seven of the top 10 vulnerabilities were found in Adobe Flash Player alone!

Web-surfing

Navigating the web remains the riskiest activity on the Internet. 87 per cent of the websites used to spread malicious programs were concentrated in just 10 countries, with the US based websites leading the pack.

Local infection

The number of fake antivirus programs detected globally by Kaspersky Lab has increased and also the number of users whose computers blocked attempts to install counterfeit software increased 300 per cent in just three months of the last quarter.

India was among the top 10 countries with highest risk of local infection on computers. Every second computer in the country was at risk of local infection at least once in the past three months.

Botnet controllers see India as a place with millions of unprotected and un-patched computers which can remain active on zombie networks for extended periods of time.

– Yury Namestnikov, Senior Virus Analyst at Kaspersky Lab

Hacking

Interestingly, 2011 can go down in the technology history as the year of hacking  since  services from several major organizations like Sony, Honda, Fox News, Epsilon, and Citibank were hacked and disrupted

Mobile

The number of mobile threats targeting different mobile platforms has increased exponentially. In the second quarter of 2011, the detected threats running on J2ME doubled while those on Android nearly tripled. Malicious programs continue to be detected in the official Android Market.

Adobe Drops Support for AIR on Linux Desktop

Today Adobe has announced that they will no longer support AIR on the Linux desktop. They will now focus their resource on developing AIR for iOS and Linux on mobile devices particularly Android.

According to Netmarketshare, the growth of Linux on the desktop has stagnated at around 1% and Adobe says that the download share for AIR on the Linux desktop hovers around at just 0.5%. So, it no longer make sense for Adobe to devote their resource for developing AIR on the Linux desktop.

Recently, Adobe released AIR 2.7 but they did not update their Linux client and SDK. Today’s announcement from Adobe means that AIR 2.7 for Linux will never arrive.

So, with the 2.7 release of AIR, we made a decision to prioritize our resources towards a Linux porting kit for AIR, which our Open Screen Project partners can use to complete implementations of AIR for Linux-based platforms. As such, we will be focusing on supporting partner implementations and will no longer be releasing our own versions of Adobe AIR and the AIR SDK for desktop Linux.

During the same time that growth on desktop Linux has been stagnating, the growth of Linux on mobile device has exploded mostly because of Android. According to the IDC report from March 2011, the Android market share for mobile OS is expected to reach 46% by 2015. Another mobile platform, iOS has also growing rapidly and by 2015, it is expected to have a market share of 15%.

So, it no longer is in Adobe’s interest to focus on the Linux desktop. Instead, they want to focus their development effort on the rapidly expanding mobile platforms like Android and iOS.

Do you use AIR on your Linux desktop? I do not use it and I sure will not miss it.

[via Phoronix]

 

Adobe Updates Flash Player 10.3 For Android

Adobe has recently released a new update to the Flash Player in the Android Market. The current build number for the Flash Player 10.3 for Android 2.2 and above is 10.3.185.23. The latest update brings the code to correct a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which had the potential to be used to interact with websites on your behalf, but without your permission. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

adobe flash 10.3

Changelog:

  • Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices.
  • Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidMainfest.xml.
  • Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video.
  • Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices.
  • Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games.
  • Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.

You can update the Adobe Flash Player 10.3 from the Android Market in your smartphone or you can just head over to this page.

Flash 10.2 Adds Stage Video and Dual Monitor Support

One of the most used video software in the world just got a major update today. Adobe has released the new version of Flash; Flash 10.2 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Adobe Flash

Flash 10.2 has been in development for a while now and addresses several issues in the software. Flash has traditionally been one of the major reasons for browser crashes in and , and hopefully this new version should tackle many of the issues.

Flash 10.2 has also added support for full hardware acceleration through a new feature called Stage Video. Hardware acceleration will allow Flash to play high quality videos while using less processing power thus enhancing user experience providing users with longer battery life. According to Adobe, Flash 10.2 is 34 time more efficient than the previous versions.

Flash Player using Stage Video can effortlessly play beautiful 1080p HD video with just 1-15% CPU usage on a common Mac or Windows computer* working across platforms and browsers, it will enable the best video experience for the most people. Many millions of additional PCs, from netbooks to desktops, can now become slick HD home theaters on the web.

One of the biggest problems I have faced while using Flash on a dual-monitor setup is the inability to play full screen videos on one screen while you work on another screen. Flash 10.2 addresses this issue and allows users to play full-screen videos on one screen while you continue working on another.

For the entire list of new features in Flash 10.2 visit the official blog post. You can also download Flash 10.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux from here. Google Chrome already seems to be using some variant of Flash 10.2, the next update would include the newer version.

Adobe Releases Flash 10.2 Beta For Windows, Mac and Linux

Adobe has released a new Flash 10.2 beta for Windows, Mac and Linux which introduces a number of enhancements and new APIs. Flash 10.2 beta also support Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration.

Flash 10.2 beta includes a new feature called Stage Video, which helps websites deliver smooth videos across devices and browsers by enabling access to hardware acceleration. Flash 10.2 also claims to deliver HD videos while using very little processing power.

Overall, Flash 10.2 Beta looks like a worthwhile upgrade if you do not have any issues with using beta software. You can learn about all the new enhancements in Flash 10.2 at the official blog or download it from here.

Adobe Takes Air to the Next Level, Launches Air 2.5 for the TV, Cellphone and Tablet Devices

Adobe clearly sees the profit and the rising trend in the app market currently and is rightfully investing in development of its Air platform. With that in mind, Adobe has taken Air to the next level with its Air 2.5, which releases for cellphones, tablet devices and even for the TV.

Adobe Air 2.5 has a host of new functionalities that can make it the next big thing. It has camera, accelerometer, multi-touch and hardware acceleration support but that is not all. It also has a new market called  InMarket that is described as:

Adobe InMarket is a distribution service that lets you bring your applications to market, reach consumers, and make money.

  • Adobe is working with several store partners to provide the widest distribution possible for your applications across devices.
  • You receive 70% of the sales revenue; Adobe and its partners take care of credit card processing, hosting, and marketing.

InMarket makes it easy to publish and manage your applications across stores through a centralized portal.

From what it sounds like, the InMarket services allows you to let Adobe handle promotion and publishing of your app and keeps 30% of the revenue generated as cost for this. As obvious by now, an SDK is also available for Air 2.5.

Samsung already has a TV in plan for release early next year that will sport the new Adobe Air 2.5. Until then, we can make do with speculation.

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Adobe AIR For Android Released

Adobe has released the Adobe AIR application on the Android market. Adobe AIR allows developers to create applications that can be easily ran on various platforms with minimal changes in their code. AIR will allow Android users to enjoy web applications right on their handsets without opening their Internet browser. Adobe AIR

However, at the moment there is not even a single quality AIR based application available for Android that I know of. To use some Adobe AIR based applications, search for Adobe AIR and all the apps listed will be based on it. Hopefully, developers will soon start creating applications using AIR and thus take full advantage of its multi-platform feature’.

The Adobe AIR application, like Adobe Flash 10.1, is only for phones running on Android 2.2.

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SIIA Files 8 Piracy Lawsuit On Behalf of Adobe Systems for Illegal eBay Sales

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for software and digital content industries filed eight new software piracy lawsuits on behalf of SIIA member Adobe Systems Incorporated.

The lawsuits were filed against online sellers who sold Adobe software on eBay and other websites. According to the lawsuits, the sellers illegally sold Adobe software, including counterfeit, and/or academic or OEM software without proper authorization.

In order to defend our members’ businesses and protect innocent consumers, SIIA operates the industry’s most aggressive anti-piracy program,said Scott Bain, Chief Litigation Counsel and Director of Internet Anti-Piracy for SIIA. We continually monitor online auctions and websites so we can identify unauthorized sellers, shut them down and bring them to justice. We expect these lawsuits to result in significant penalties for the sellers.

The lawsuit which was filed in the District Court for the Northern District of California charged 8 individual defendants with engaging in copyright and trademark infringement through the unauthorized sale of Adobe Software.

Most of the defendants were eBay users along with several others who sold illegal Adobe products on other sites. eBay is known to be a haven for sellers to sell counterfeit software without any problems because of the lack of monitoring on items sold through the website.

However, eBay does periodically run checks and delists sellers who they deem to be selling illegal software or products. So will this lawsuits set a precedent for others who take up to eBay to sell counterfeit or illegal software? Only time will tell.