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Apple takes on Adobe Flash with free iAd Producer tool

Apple takes on Adobe Flash with free iAd Producer tool

Apple is continuing its assault on Adobe, with the launch of iAd Producer, a tool for online advertizers to create interactive iAd content in a manner that would previously have likely required Adobe's Flash developer tools. Described as "a powerful visual editing canvas" that can make "creating beautiful, motion-rich iAd content as easy as point and click", the new software further chips away at what Adobe apps might be considered necessary for users.

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Adobe Posts First Billion-Dollar Quarter

Adobe Posts First Billion-Dollar Quarter

So, you thought maybe Adobe would go away now that the digital world is moving toward the tablet, yes? That's crazy talk! Adobe Systems and their massively popular software are being used more than ever, as evidenced by the earnings they've posted in this fourth quarter of the fiscal year. This year Adobe notes that their revenue blasted forth 33% over last year, from $757 million in revenue last year to $1.01 billion this year.

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Pen Stylus Computing to Return on Android, Adobe Might Ride the Wave

Pen Stylus Computing to Return on Android, Adobe Might Ride the Wave

In these days of tablets rising like a wave of oncoming ocean, it's difficult to remember the days when the Koala pad reigned supreme and I was drawing 3D boxes with a pen stylus. N-Trig, a company known mainly for Windows based touch laptops, hopes to soon change that with a big announcement to come as soon as Tuesday that'll include words of a new Android slate. This new tablet will make use of N-Trig's DuoSense technology, will allow for both pen and multitouch input, and will be shipping in the first half of next year.

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Advent pull Flash Player 10.1 from Vega tablet until “early 2011″

Advent pull Flash Player 10.1 from Vega tablet until “early 2011″

Advent is pulling Flash Player 10.1 support from its Vega Android tablet, after it was discovered that the plugin had not passed Adobe's certification. According to the Advent statement [pdf link], Vega slates bought until now may "not exhibit the optimal performance that the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor is capable of running with certain Flash website content"; the company is working with Adobe on a correctly certified version of Flash Player 10.1, but that isn't expected to be ready until "the early part of 2011."

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Google Rolls Out Sandbox for Adobe Flash Player in Chrome Browser

Google Rolls Out Sandbox for Adobe Flash Player in Chrome Browser

If you were following along today with the live feed (and or our coverage of the Google event) you're aware that one of the big improvements Google hopes to make with both Chromes (the OS and the browser) is increased security for users. One of the immediate implementations of this secure future is a "sandbox" of security, employed immediately on Adobe Flash Player. They've apparently been working since this past March with Adobe on this new functionality, and this week they'll be releasing their initial Flash Player sandbox for their dev channel users on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Everyone else will just have to wait for their turn.

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Flash Player 10.2 Beta Announced by Adobe

Flash Player 10.2 Beta Announced by Adobe

New update! Plugins for those who love plugin updates so much they sit at the edge of their seat craving the update more than the movies and such they watch with the player! Today they (and you) get a 10.2 Beta release update for Flash Player just so long as they're on a Mac, Windows, or Linux machine. The biggest upgrade in this build is preliminary support of none other than Stage Video.

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Galaxy Tab Flash: an Embarrassment of Riches

Galaxy Tab Flash: an Embarrassment of Riches

With the first stages of the US launch this past week, and European model reviews in the weeks before, the Samsung Galaxy Tab's Flash performance has been well raked over. Flash support has taken center stage as one of the key differentiators between Apple's iPad and Android-based tablets, with Steve Jobs making no disguise of his dislike of the technology and several reviewers flagging up its spotty performance in their coverage of the new Samsung slate. It's enough for Silicon Alley Insider (without actually having used the Galaxy Tab) to describe Flash as "an embarrassing disaster" for Google slates. Problem is, it's a naive stance when an integral part of the Android proposition is flexibility.

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Adobe tweak Webkit for interactive digital publishing [Video]

Adobe tweak Webkit for interactive digital publishing [Video]

It's been tempting for many to write Adobe off, as HTML5 gathers pace and criticisms of Flash grow louder; still, having seen what the company is doing with the Webkit engine and tweaking it for digital publishing purposes, we wouldn't speak too soon.  The company has been demonstrating a prototype text-wrapping, dynamic page layout for digital text, where words automatically reflow around call-outs and images that can be dragged about the page with a fingertip.

Video demo after the cut.

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Skyfire for iPhone makes Flash video iOS-friendly [Video]

Skyfire for iPhone makes Flash video iOS-friendly [Video]

Skyfire's browser is coming to the iPhone, and it's bringing its rendition of Flash playback with it.  As you might remember from the Android version launch, Skyfire converts Flash video in realtime on itsown servers, and replaces it with an iOS friendly HTML5 version.  That's apparently been enough to convince Apple's App Store guardians to approve the app, according to CNNMoney, with Skyfire expected to show up in the download store for $2.99 on Thursday at 9am EST.

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Adobe Demos Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion Tool at MAX2010

Adobe Demos Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion Tool at MAX2010

Today Adobe either stunned the world! Or proved many of its citizens right in thinking they'd eventually make a move on HTML5 in the following way - a simple conversion tool. The announcement of such a tool took place at Adobe MAX 2010 which took place October 23-27, 2010, in Los Angeles California. This is a big convention where speakers speak and creators talk to each other and everyone learns about all the fabulous stuff Adobe has up their sleeves. Take a peek at the video of the announcement by engineer Rik Cabanier below.

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