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Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder 4 have gone into public beta!
Here are the download links:
There is a ton of new content on the ADC about these products. Here's a few links to get started:
Flash Catalyst and Flex 4: Parts 1 & 2 by Lee Brimelow:
Flash gets a foot in the door: "Apple loosens restrictions on iPhone apps, ads"
Keywords: Flash Apple
"We are looking for talented authors who would be able to review some interesting flash tools. As a reward we will provide you the full versions of given (and often pricey) software..."
More info at FlashFlex.com.
To All Flash Developers,
Damion Donaldson is a recent member of OCCMA and has an opportunity via another orange county professional organization called the (ASTD) American Society of Training and Develop - Orange County Chapter. A member of ASTD-OC working for Corinthian Colleges contacted Damion in search of Flash Developers. Naturally, Damion thought of OCCMA’s Flash Developer group about this opportunity.
Message from ASTD contact...
We spoke briefly at the ASTD learning event on December 15th.
Take care and hope to hear from you soon.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
Keywords: Developer, Contract Work, Flash
ZDNet: "Flash Player 10.1: definitely improved, but how much?"
ZDNet's Ed Bott finds FP10.1 significantly improved:
Personally, I'm checking my Droid every day to see when the update will become available.
"Steve Jobs: People Are Voting Against Flash By Buying An iPad Every 3 Seconds"
TechCrunch, in a piece titled Steve Jobs: People Are Voting Against Flash By Buying An iPad Every 3 Seconds, reports that Steve Jobs said that he believes Flash is a dying technology. Despite his detailed comments in his famous/infamous blog post Thoughts on Flash I'm not sure why he believes this. In that post he outlined six arguments against Flash but I don't see a particular relevance vis-a-vis the future of Flash. Three of his arguments are about Flash on mobile devices. Regardless of the merits of those arguments with respect to mobile devices, they're not really relevant to the future of Flash on the desktop. And, regardless of the merits of the other three arguments, those factors haven't stopped Flash from enjoying enormous popularity today. And I don't see why that should change.
Of course, when looking to the future the importance of mobile devices cannot be ignored. So, the question of how well Flash will play on mobile devices is important. With regard to Flash on mobile devices TechCrunch says:
"Jobs then reiterated that no mobile phones are yet shipping with Flash. When Walt Mossberg said that soon they would be, Jobs quipped that they’ve been hearing that same thing for two or three years."
I think that's a weak argument. If we're looking to the future, it's clear that mobile devices will only continue to get more powerful. So, Jobs' "poor performance" arguments don't carry a lot of weight with me. And Flash Player 10.1, built specifically to address mobile device concerns, has recently been released. The early reports I've read of Flash on the Android platform are promising.
And Jobs' argument that an iPad purchase is a vote against Flash is another weak argument. I doubt that most iPad purchasers are aware that it doesn't support Flash. And, even among those who are aware, I doubt that most would consider that a feature. This is speculation, of course, but it seems to me that the hype around the iPad has little to do with whether it supports Flash or not.
I was intrigued by one line in the TechCrunch piece:
"Jobs did say that if the market tells them they’re making bad choices, they’ll change."
Here, he seems to be saying that he'd actually be willing to reconsider the Apple ban on Flash on iDevices. That's an encouraging change from the stridency of much of the discussion around this topic. Let's help the market tell him they're making bad choices. Let's create lots of killer content in Flash & Flex!
For more of my thoughts on this and related topics, see my blog posts CSS Guru Eric Meyer Weighs in on HTML5/CSS3, Flash, and The Web: Content or Applications?
Open Source Media Framework (OSMF) 1.0 Launch presentation by Lisa Larson-Kelley
Lisa will go over all of the great features that have been integrated into the final 1.0 version of OSMF, including a description of the new Strobe Media Playback product (a fully functional, open source OSMF based media player). The webinar will take placeon Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. PST For more info or to sign up for this free webinar visit the webinar page.
See this post by Serge Jespers, Adobe Flash Platform Evangelist.
Here's a Flash Catalyst tutorial titled From Concept to Working Prototype with Flash Catalyst on SitePoint.
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