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Flash Player 10.2 beta out now – Stage Video rocks !

Adobe is  happy to announce a beta release of Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is now available for download on Adobe Labs. Flash Player 10.2 beta introduces a number of enhancements , including Stage Video, a new API that delivers best-in-class, high performance video playback across platforms. The new beta also includes Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration support previewed earlier (in Flash Player “Square”), enhanced text rendering, and two popular requests from the community: a native custom mouse cursors API and support for full screen playback with multiple monitors.

stageVideo in Flash Player 10.2

stageVideo in Flash Player 10.2

The video about Stage Video during Adobe MAX a few weeks ago:

Just to let you understand why this update is really important…

Facts and Figures about the Flash Player for the web and mobile :

  • 75% of all video on the web is viewed with Flash Player.
  • Flash Player is on 99% of all connected PCs.
  • 85 % of 100 top websites use Flash
  • 95% of top 20 phone OEMs will deliver Flash

Stage Video

I saw it myself at Adobe MAX during the sneak peaks and it was really amazing to see such a performance update. Now it is already available for everybody to play with. To summarize stage Video stands for:

  • smoothest, highest quality, seamless video
  • lowest CPU usage, longest battery life
  • optimized for multi-screen: PC, smartphone, tablet, television
  • reaching also out to low-end PC devices
  • API compatible with Flash Player 10.X
  • no changes needed beyond updated SWF and wmode

Stage Video  is already used on AIR for TV and Google TV and is a new way to present video to users. I encourage everybody to use StageVideo from now on 🙂

Linking and liking:

Read the blog post about FP 10.2 by Thibault Imbert about it.

Get it here: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/

Tutorial: Getting started with StageVideo on Adobe Developer Connection

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Adobe Ideas – Sketching Software live

Quick post to spread the news  that the Adobe® Ideas v1.1 update went live this morning on the iTunes US store.

What is Adobe Ideas?

Adobe® Ideas is an iPad and iPhone app that allows creative professionals to leverage devices for their ideation process. Capture and explore your ideas with Adobe Ideas, then import them into Adobe® Illustrator®, Adobe® Photoshop® and other creative tools as starting points. Now with a new in-app purchase option, you can get up to 10 drawing layers plus a photo layer for each sketch and control opacity for each layer.

Who should try Adobe Ideas?

Anyone! Adobe Ideas is a fun way to capture ideas whether you are taking notes, doodling, or sketching. Also if you happen to use Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, you can take your work from Adobe Ideas to Illustrator or Photoshop and keep working.

What features come with the 1.1 update?

Free Features:

  • Redo
  • Sketches save much faster, avoiding loss of data when you close the app or you need to answer a phone call.
  • Save drawing to “saved photos” album on iPad and iPhone (no longer a need to create a screenshot)
  • Support for iPhone 4 retina display
  • Support for iOS4 Multi-tasking
  • Now available in French, German and Japanese

A look at  Adobe Ideas 1.1

Interesting links:

Download page: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-ideas-1-0-for-ipad/id364617858?mt=8
Web page on Adobe.com: www.adobe.com/products/adobeideas <http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeideas>
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/adobeideas
Flickr Gallery: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1408891@N21/
Blog: blogs.adobe.com/adobeideas

SMART TV – the TV of the future ?

I am the person that not watches a lot of  TV, mostly because I am always buzy with other interesting stuff but maybe it also has to do with the fact that I still have a very small oldschool TV in my house 🙂 . It looks more or less like in following picture:

Picture of my old television

Image 1 : Not so SMART TV

I still like my TV but there is finally a reason that I am more interested in TV ever than before. That is because Samsung is doing really great stuff the last year with the introduction of Samsung apps. And recently (at Adobe MAX) Samsung announced that application development with Adobe AIR 2.5 will be possible very very soon

Welcome to the world of SMART TV 🙂

Samsung Smart TV

Image 2: Samsung Smart TV

From TV to Internet Connected TV to  SMART TV

TVs are getting smarter and that is a good thing. I think TVs want to be a little bit like phones 😉

We saw it evolving with phones the last years and now it all is happening with TVs. Samsung is a great example in how they make their TVs smarter. Samsung has always been innovative (Touch of Color, LEDTV, 3D,…) Samsung apps is the latest innovation Samsung did to make the TV smarter.

In 2008 they started with Infolink which was the first internet connected TV made by Samsung. You could watch simple information like stock quotes, weather,… In 2009 they added Yahoo widgets and later in 2009 they added  full HD video streaming. This year in 2010 they introduced their full application model called Samsung Apps. This opens a lot of opportunities for consumers but also for us, the developers !

Samsung believes that to the end of 2010 17% of all TVs will be SMART TVs. And they go even further by forecasting 70% in 2014 ! This is really great if it all comes true :-).

The market is growing very fast because Samsung also build in Samsung Apps to all his blue- ray players, all his home theatre systems and 80% of 40″+ TVs.

Not yet in their fridges but maybe that is something they think about for the future 🙂 Yeah actually it would be cool to have an AIR enabled fridge🙂

Applications

If we look to the apps that we can see 5 different categories :

  • information : google maps ,…
  • gaming : Texas Holdem Poker,…
  • social media : facebook, twitter,…
  • video : hulu, netflix, skype,…
  • kids : lot of kids content…

If we make an app for Samsung then we need some support from Samsung also to get it distributed. Well , actually Samsung does a lot of effort in providing us a big audience, an open platform (as open as possible) and a simple process to develop apps.

One cool thing to know is that Samsung made a commitment to give some money to developers who make a TV application. They offer ….$500,000 in Prizes which is very nice !

The contest is called Free the TV and if you live in the USA it ends in 6 days so you will need to hurry if you want to catch some money :-).

More information on http://www.freethetvchallenge.com/:

FREE THE TV CHALLENCE

Image 3: Smart TV Challenge USA

If you live in Europe, there is still some time (+-1 month) for the same contest: More information on http://www.samsungsmarttvchallenge.eu :

SMART TV challenge

Image 4: SMART TV Challenge EU

To make sure we have a big audience,  Samsung also put a lot of effort  in promoting Samsung apps in TV ads like you can see in following video:

To develop applications for Samsung right now you can use JavaScript/XML (Ajax) or Flash Lite 3.1.

But Samsung announced at Adobe MAX that they will support  Adobe AIR 2.5 in their devices and that is fantastic news!  They will release more information on developing Samsung Apps in the next upcoming months.

Another cool thing to know about the Samsung app model is that you have the power to decide how much you charge for you app, where you want to launch (territories) and what devices you want to be on.

To start you have to register at the Samsung developer forum. Following picture shows the general workflow when building an application:

Samsung developer forum

Image 5: Samsung developer forum

The URL for the developer forum where you can download the Samsung Apps SDK is located at http://www.samsungdforum.com .

When you submit your application there will be a Samsung QA process. This is just to check if you followed eg  the UX guidelines etc… (which are available also at the Samsung developer forum). After your application is published you will be able to find reporting  and analytics in the Samsung Apps Seller Office which will be launched early 2011.

I actually can’t wait to start developing AIR applications for TV and when I start developing I know for sure that my old TV goes to the second hand store and a brand new Samsung will be standing in my living room.

I want watch my applications from my sofa and yes I think SMART TV is the way to go 😉