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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fig Leaf Software Sponsors Adobe MAX 2011: Day 2 Recap

The Adobe MAX 2011 day two keynote explored the best solutions for how Adobe Flash® technology and HTML work together to deliver highly expressive experiences in the browser and as apps. Among the highlights:

- PhoneGap: Adobe has entered into an agreement to acquire PhoneGap. PhoneGap allows developers to create native applications using familiar web technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery to build and deploy applications to all major mobile platforms.

- Adobe Edge Preview 3 is now available, adding new interactivity features like looping, hyperlinks, and animation control. It also has a new built-in code snippet library and the ability to add custom JavaScript. Expand the boundaries of motion and interaction design using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

- HTML contributions: Adobe has been contributing actively to HTML5 with the W3C and through contributions to Webkit to enable new expressiveness in HTML.
CSS Regions: CSS Regions give designers more control over the flow of text in HTML by letting them wrap text around graphics and custom shapes. CSS Regions are available in the latest versions of Chromium and Internet Explorer 10.

CSS Shaders: Adobe has proposed CSS Shaders to the W3C as a contribution to HTML, with the goal of enabling rich, animated effects for the HTML5 content elements through CSS. Find out more and see examples on the Adobe Developer Connection.

- The new releases of Adobe Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR® 3 enable the next generation of immersive application experiences for gaming, rich media, and data-driven apps.
Native extensions for Adobe AIR provide developers with easy access to device-specific libraries and features. Upcoming Flex 4.6 and Flash Builder® 4.6 releases will provide new components, access to the latest platform and device capabilities, and native install experiences.
Sign up for the Flex 4.6 and Flash Builder 4.6 prerelease program now to get early access to these new features.

- Experience 3D games with Flash Player. As the game console for the web, Flash Player 11, along with AIR 3, allows game publishers to instantly deliver console-quality, immersive 3D games with the broadest reach.

Stage3D APIs make it possible to deliver sophisticated, high-performance 3D experiences across almost every computer and device connected to the Internet with hardware accelerated GPU-spowered performance. See Stage3D in action on the Nissan Juke website.
The Starling framework extends this work by enabling developers to write fast GPU accelerated 2D applications without having to touch the low-level Stage3D APIs. If you’re interested in learning more about how Rovio is leveraging Starling in Angry Birds, please attend their MAX session, “Unleashing the Power of Stage3D” at 8 a.m., Wednesday.

Apps Quick links:
PhoneGap: www.phonegap.com/
Flex 4.6 prerelease: www.adobe.com/go/flexprerelease
AIR 3: www.adobe.com/products/air/
AIR Native Extensions: www.adobe.com/devnet/air/native-extensions-for-air.html

Browser Quick links:
Edge Preview 3 on Labs: labs.adobe.com/technologies/edge/
CSS Regions (Chromium/IE10): labs.adobe.com/technologies/cssregions/
CSS Shaders: www.adobe.com/devnet/html5/articles/css-shaders.html

Gaming Quick Links:
Nissan Juke: www.nissan-stagejuk3D.com
Stage3D examples on the ADC: www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/stage3d.html
Starling: www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/introducing_Starling.html
Flash Player 11: get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Note that Fig Leaf Software runs the FlashCoders list at http://chattyfig.figleaf.com for Flash Developers and Designers and individuals interested in ActionScript.

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