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Foster Grant
May 2nd, 2008, 10:41 PM
http://www.osnews.com/story/19703/Adobe_Launches_Open_Screen_Project
http://www.adobe.com/openscreenproject/
http://www.adobe.com/go/pr_openscreenproject

According to Adobe's flacks, the Open Screen Project is "dedicated to driving rich Internet experiences across televisions, personal computers, mobile devices, and consumer electronics," "remove barriers for developers and designers as they publish content and applications across desktops and devices, including phones, mobile Internet devices (MIDs), and set top boxes" and "is intended to provide optimal performance across a variety of operating systems and devices."

Specifically, Adobe will do the following:


Remove restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
Publish the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
Publish the Adobe Flash® Cast™ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
Remove licensing fees - making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free


Here's some specifics regarding Flash from the project FAQ (http://www.adobe.com/openscreenproject/faq/index.html):


Publication of an unrestricted SWF file format has long been requested by the Adobe Flash developer community. The longstanding publication of the SWF specification has fostered a vibrant ecosystem of companies and developers who create experiences with Adobe Flash technology and by removing the SWF licensing restrictions we are allowing that growing ecosystem to use the file format for any purpose, including the ability to playback SWF content.

Additionally, Adobe intends to make Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free, starting with the next major releases for devices, along with publishing the device porting layer APIs. As a result of these moves, OEMs, software developers, and content owners will be able to deliver content and applications built with Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR technologies without concerns about device restrictions. By removing the licensing cost and restrictions, as well as opening up the protocols and porting layer, Adobe is making it easier for developers and partners to deliver more engaging experiences to more of their customers, and ensuring that audiences can engage with content no matter what device or medium they use.

So is this it? Is this what we have been looking for in terms of fixing Flash's bugs? Did the mountain finally come to us? At first sniff, it smells like it.

(And for those of you who think that Adobe is responding to Silverlight, I agree.)

Daveski
May 2nd, 2008, 11:47 PM
So is this it? Is this what we have been looking for in terms of fixing Flash's bugs? Did the mountain finally come to us? At first sniff, it smells like it.

(And for those of you who think that Adobe is responding to Silverlight, I agree.)

+1. Adobe have had this market cornered for so long. Silverlight is definately the catalyst for this. This is why competition is so good as it drives each industry.

SuperSon!c
May 2nd, 2008, 11:53 PM
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=776862&highlight=screen