Adobe and Nokia pledge $10m for Flash and AIR apps
Mobile PDF rewritten
The companies today unveil a $10m fund to assist development and marketing of applications that further the Open Screen Project. They are making the announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Adobe and Nokia will determine the allocation of grants and expect fellow members of the Open Screen Project to add funds in time. Details of who qualifies for a grant will be announced today at the show.
Created last May and led by Adobe, the alliance is as a way to deploy Flash and AIR on a broad range of devices. Other members include LG Electronics and Sony Ericsson, Intel and ARM, Verizon, the BBC, and NBC Universal.
As such, Adobe will also today demonstrate Flash Player 10 running on the Symbian-powered Nokia 360, Android, and Windows Mobile smart phones featuring WebKit, Chrome, and Internet Explorer respectively.
Anup Murarka, Adobe’s director of technology strategy and partner development, told The Reg that Adobe expects the Flash 10 plug-in for the three browsers to be ready by the end of this year. He added there are also "a number of other players who are anxious to see it and do the engineering on their platforms as well".
It’s not clear if this includes Apple, which has rejected Flash on the iPhone and in the iPhone’s Safari browser. Adobe has said that it is collaborating with Apple on this.
Adobe also today plans to release a reworked version of PDF for mobile devices to make it more suited to reading books and online content on readers and smart phones. Adobe Reader Mobile will let you zoom in and pan around pages, and pages will dynamically re-size to fit the size of the screen - making it more like AIR as used by the New York Times' reader.
Adobe Reader Mobile also supports emerging publishing formats and replaces Adobe Reader LE. ®
Apparently, BBC iPlayer on Linux is impossible without Flash
Tedious anti-flash troll by MS drone, yawn
I think Steve Fosters drab and miserable world would be enlightened to a visit to thefwa.com, though I doubt such a whinger would find the artistry and innovation on show in the featured sites to his flat-earth taste. The popularisation of video on the web is directly down to Flash having made it easily consumable cross-browser, but I guess his own site is so successful that Youtube's billions in worth don't register. As an MS drone, he's probably not aware of how market leading products like Photoshop could hardly be described as worthless. Certainly worth more than MS paint. What's worthless is his predictable and tedious 'anti-flash' troll post.
Flash is worthless
As is Adobe in general.
Can anyone point to a _single_ useful website that would be impossible without flash?
Thank goodness I have a browser like Opera that lets me disable that crap.