Archive for September 2008
Peter Elst just posted a very interested blogpost about an article he read this week in “inside digital media”, talking about Flash and Silverlight 2.0.
“After reading the latest edition of the Dutch “inside digital media” magazine on Flash versus Silverlight I felt compelled to clear up some misconceptions. This is a very interesting topic and it is a must to provide correct information. In this article the information is not really the case.” – Peter Elst
Definately worth reading!
Wim Vanhenden, one of my dear colleagues at Boulevart, is presenting his Internet Artwork at the Actionfield Gallery in Brussels from 10/10 till 30/10. Actionfields was launched in 2007. The Temporary Art Gallery Started in 2008 and is an initiative of Vincent Verbist. Actionfields encourages artists in their art practices, explorations and experimentation by offering them an alternative place to show their work in the famous Marollen in the heart of Brussels. Each month Actionfields will show work of a different artists.
In Oktober it’s up to Wim presenting Internet Artwork he developed. 3 works presenting what’s behind the world wide web and its invisible activities.
In We are the world ,Wim is displaying hundreds of words every minute, projected on a black background. They are coming directly from internet users using search engines all across the world, thinking they are safe behind their computer screen at home.
The Interpreter uses text from novels or songs and translates it to an image gallery based on Google Images results.
In The Participator you get to know the erotic side of the internet, the world of online pornography with the shocking conclusion you find you’re self right in the middle of it!
(source: Elle Magazine)
The last couple of weeks there has been a nice evolution going on in the flash lite scene. Flash Lite developers are capable of using tools to package their content now more than ever. If you are not familiar with packaging, according to Bill Perry it comes down to this:
Packaging is a term used in mobile development to describe the process for gathering and compressing files together into a specific file format that’s then interpreted by a device. Once on the device the package can be installed and/or launched. In the mobile space there are several packaging formats for different mobile platforms:
* Symbian = .SIS
* Windows Mobile = .CAB
* Java applications = .JAR
* Nokia Series 40 = .NFL
I made a little overview of tools you can use to easily get started packaging your content:
SWF2Go Professional enables you to create rich, powerful and engaging Flash Lite applications rapidly by combining the power of Python for S60 and Net60.
Making professional class deployment packages is now one-click operation with new redesigned and friendlier user interface.
2) KUNERI LITE
KuneriLite is an innovative Rapid Application Development toolkit to extend Flash Lite capabilities and create great-looking S60 applications without any Symbian knowledge. KuneriLite helps you to create great-looking S60 applications faster, easier and cheaper. KuneriLite provides a common, reusable and user friendly platform for you. They have also released an online packaging tool called Kuneri SWF Pack which you can use, cross platform which is great for mac users, to create signed sis file online in 3 seconds! A very cool initiative!
The Swf2Jar 1.0 tool automatically packages together a jar containing a Java MIDlet class and a Flash file (.swf). The simplest Project Capuchin application is to package existing Flash Lite content in a MIDlet jar file which applies Java security, distribution methods and installation. Check out Mark’s blog for more detailed information.
Recently, a new generation of mobile phones with support for Java ME and Flash Lite has been taking widespread acceptance by the market opening the door for hybrid applications. Looking for this business potential Jarpa was created allowing Flash Lite Developers deliver their content as Java ME applications. I created a getting started tutorial a while ago, feel free to check it out.
4) Nokia NFL Packaging
Forum Nokia released their “NFL” spec for packaging Flash Lite content for supported Nokia Series 40 devices. The easiest way to think of the .NFL file format is it’s a .ZIP file that’s renamed to .NFL and contains at least one .SWF file, a bitmap file for the icon and a descriptor file (.INF). If the Flash Lite content also requires additional .SWF or other media files they can be included in the package as long as the information is listed in the descriptor file. Go and check out Bill’s blog fore a more detailed look on this type of packaging
That’s all Folks! Feel free to leave a comment telling me what’s your experience on this topic and which tools you use prefer!
Flash on Mobile Devices surpassed Flash on Desktop according to Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen:
“We are shipping Flash on more mobile devices than on PCs. We ship more than 800 million on devices. We expect that to hit 1 billion. We hope we can create the next generation of innovation. We hope that you will join us. If we do that together as an industry, everyone wins. The carriers, the handset manufacturers and creative professionals all win, and so do the consumers.”
Earlier this year, Adobe had stated they were estimated to make 1 billion devices by 2009. My guess is that they will reach this amount of devices without a doubt. According to Alessandro’s post a while ago, saying 90% of these non-pc devices are smartphones, this means that in few months there will be more Flash Lite enabled phones then Flash on computers! Quite an amazing conclusion in my honest opinion.
Today Faisal Iqbal released SWF2GO Professional 2.0, the latest version of its installation authoring solution for Adobe Flash Lite. The new version of SWF2Go is designed specifically to help developers easily package and deliver professional class Flash Lite-based games and applications, helping customers a smooth and familiar installation experience. SWF2Go Professional has been recognized by many Flash Lite experts as a standard for making professional class Symbian SIS installers for Adobe Flash Lite based applications.
Interesting detail: the new version is released with a new website with dedicated discussion forums and wiki for developers to collaborate and share thier experiences. Website: www.swf2go.com. Definately worth checking out!
About Orison Technologies
Orison Technologies specializes in Web Design, RIAs and Mobile Application Development. Visit www.orison.biz to find out more about the products and services offered by Orison Technologies.
Find more info in the official press release.
Faisal Iqbal, Lead Application Developer Orison Technologies announced the new release of SWF2GO on his blog. There is a link to the user guide available, telling us all about new features this tool has to offer. When I created the mobile guides for FITC Toronto and Amsterdam, I have already used swf2go to simply create sis files and I must say the wizard did a hell of a good and most important, quick job!
“I strongly believe this version will open Flash Lite developers to explore new possibilities, that even Nokia / Adobe didn’t know.” – Faisal Iqbal
Stay tuned for more news, big thumbs up for Faisal and his team!