Abobe Announces Open Screen Project 2008
Today Adobe announced the Adobe Open Screen Project, which is dedicated to ensuring a consistent rich Internet experience across a broad range of digital screens and form factors including mobile phones, consumer electronics, televisions and personal computers. This experience will be driven by the Adobe Flash Player and AIR (in the future) and is meant to ensure that designers and developers can focus on the consumer experience and know their efforts will scale across different platforms and screens. The Open Screen Project is meant to enable a consistent runtime environment for designers and developers across desktops and devices.
There are lots of companies involved in this project, all of them believing in this unified vision of the future. You can find all the members of the Open Screen Project here
What exactly are they up to there at adobe? Well to give a quick summary, these are the most importants things they are going to change:
- Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
- Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
- Publishing the Adobe Flash® Cast™ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
- Removing licensing fees – making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free
Go and check Ryan Stewart’s blog to get more detailed info about what these topics actually means for the community and desktop-developers. Adobe has released a video and further information for developers also, definately worth checking!
And last but not least: let’s quote Aral Balkan:
What does that mean for us? It means Flash _everywhere_. It means you picked the right platform to develop your skills on. It means Flash will be around for a long, long time!