Oct 5, 2009

Good News for Creative Techies: Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Adds Support for Multitouch!

I sort of knew something was going on at Adobe when I posted the following video clip on this blog a few months ago. Rumors can transform into realities, right?

If you want to cut to the chase, sign up NOW to be notified about the BETA release of Flash Professional CS5 BETA:  Adobe Labs:  Adobe Flash Professional CS5 BETA

Here are the new features as described from the CS5 BETA website:

  •  Applications for iPhone — Publish ActionScript 3® projects in Adobe Flash Professional to run as applications for iPhone. Learn more.
  • New text capabilities via the Text Layout Framework (TLF) — Get unprecedented text control and creativity with projects created in Flash. Advanced styling and layout, including right to left text, columns, and threaded text blocks, let you work with text in Flash like never before.
  • XML based FLA files — Manage and modify project assets using source control systems and enable teams to easily collaborate on files.
  • Code Snippets panel — Choose prebuilt code that can be injected into projects to increase interactivity and also reduce the ActionScript 3 learning curve.
  • Flash Builder™ integration — Use Adobe Flash Builder software as your ActionScript editor within projects in Flash.
  • Improved ActionScript editor — Improve productivity with custom class code hinting and completion.
This will give me a reason to brush up on ActionScript.    I'm a code-snippet queen, so I anticipate that I'll love the Code Snippets panel!

Adobe tries keeping Flash in Web vanguard
Stephen Shankland, CNET news 10/4/09

"Flash Player 10.1 also adds support for multitouch user interfaces, which are all the rage for good reason right now because they can enable an intuitive, direct interaction with computing equipment. There have been experiments with multitouch in Firefox, but it's a complicated issue in general since there's some contention about whether the operating system, a browser, or a browser plug-in is in charge of interpreting multitouch commands" 


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