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Is It End Of Flash Lite?

This below article from online version of Wall Street Journal talks about a single version of Flash for both (Smart) phones and PC from Adobe:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124407409276583289.html#mod=rss_whats_news_technology.  Anyone here knows more about this?

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How To Protect Flash Lite Content With OMA DRM 1.0 When Content Is Packaged Into A Symbian Installer .sis

Readers,

Alessandro Pace has written an article on How to protect Flash Lite content with OMA DRM 1.0 when content is packaged into a Symbian installer .sis here in Forum Nokia.

UG News–New Books & New Video on CS4

Via Alessandro Pace

Deke McClelland Reviews Photoshop CS4 on dekePod! New Books & New Videos on CS4, Too!

September 23 marks the announcement of Adobe’s Creative Suite 4. And that means a new version of the company’s flagship image editor, Photoshop. Coming just 18 months after its predecessor, is Photoshop CS4 any good? Enter dekePod, Deke McClelland’s irreverent and uncensored video series. Day and date with Adobe’s announcement, Deke provides a third-party, impartial, and highly opinionated review of the new
software. Titled “Photoshop CS4: Buy or Die,” this episode promises to show you all facets of the program–complete with commentary–without interrupting your busy day. In just five minutes, you’ll know whether
you want to upgrade or not. So watch the video, then read the transcript.
http://fyi.oreilly.com/2008/09/new-dekepod-deke-mcclelland-on.html

Here’s the list of upcoming O’Reilly titles and remember you get 35% off on books you purchase directly from O’Reilly. Just use code DSUG when ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938.

***October CS4 Titles:

Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
Pioneering computer graphics author Deke McClelland updates his bestselling tutorial.
ISBN 9780596521899, $49.99
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596521899

The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers
by Derrick Story
Photoshop books are hugely successful, but none of those aimed at digital photographers are concentrated or portable enough to take on the road. This one is.
ISBN 9780596521936, $24.99
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596521936

***November CS4 Titles:

Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
With Deke McClelland’s popular teaching method, students “read, watch, and do” in order to master Adobe InDesign.
ISBN 9780596521912, $49.99
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596521912

Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual
by David Sawyer McFarland
Adobe’s Dreamweaver covers a rich environment for building professional websites with drag-and-drop simplicity.
ISBN 9780596522926, $44.99
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522926

Flash CS4: The Missing Manual
by Chris Grover
The step-by-step tutorials in this book teach readers how to bring gorgeous animations to life onscreen.
ISBN 9780596522940, $39.99
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522940

Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One
by Deke McClelland with Tim Grey
The book guides readers step-by-step through key aspects of using channels and masks in Photoshop (a must for any Photoshop power user), backed by contextual video on DVD.
ISBN 9780596516154, $49.99
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596516154
December CS4 Title

Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual
by Lesa Snider King
Written with humor, authority, and advice, this Missing Manual teaches readers of all levels how to use the most popular—and confounding—photo editing and graphics program.
ISBN 9780596522964, $49.99
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522964

***March 2009 CS4 Title

Adobe Illustrator CS4 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
Adobe Illustrator CS4 is the most popular and viable vector-drawing program for a simple reason: It’s the best. And once they read about a particular technique, they can see how it’s done first-hand in the
video. Another great CS4 title!
ISBN 9780596515928, $49.99
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515928

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Now Adobe® Releases Creative Suite® 4……

Now Adobe has released Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 which delivers tightly integrated software and services that measurably improve productivity and enable you to produce richly expressive work in print, web, interactive, video, audio, and mobile.  You can be first one to get notified when New Creative Suite 4 is available.   Well, those who have missed watching Adobe CS4 Launch Broadcast, you can watch recording here.

Book Release: The Essential Guide To Open Source Flash Development

The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development

The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development

I am very happy top announce that the Opens Source Flash community has finally decided to put together a book. I know many people find it difficult to learn from examples, tutorials, etc, online. This book will definitely come in handy for rookies and pros alike.

The authors of, “The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development”, include heavy weights such as Chris Allen, John Grden, and Andy Zupko, all of which are first time authors. I guess the three of them now join the prestigious group of authors here such as Keith Peters, Todd Anderson, etc…

Overview:

  • Explore the world of open source Flash and discover which tools are available.
  • Learn how to identify which tool you need and how to best fit it into your workflow.
  • Step-by-step walk-throughs guide you through development with the most popular open source Flash tools.
  • Written by the project leads and open source Flash aficionados.

Summary of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introducing the World of Open Source Flash
  • Chapter 2 Exploring Open Source Flash: What’s Available
  • Chapter 3 Preparing an Open Source Workflow
  • Chapter 4 Using an Open Source Workflow
  • Chapter 5 Testing and Debugging
  • Chapter 6 Deploying Your Application
  • Chapter 7 Using AMFPHP
  • Chapter 8 Working with SWX: The Native Data Format for the Flash Platform
  • Chapter 9 Using haXe
  • Chapter 10 Fuse and GoASAP: Open Source Animation Tools
  • Chapter 11 Using Papervision3D
  • Chapter 12 Introducing Red5
  • Chapter 13 Building Some Red5 Apps

Buy here as an Ebook. You can also view and download sample chapter

Nokia launches Calling All Innovators App Contest Including Flash Lite Apps

Nokia is “Calling All Innovators” for mobile application contest“ for the chance to showcase and distribute your most innovative ideas to the largest audience of mobile device owners around the world. Winning developers will:

  • Showcase their applications at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain
  • Participate in “meet and greets” with Industry leaders, VC’s, Mobile Operators and distributors
  • Win CASH up to $25,000 (USD).

The Forum Nokia Calling All Innovators Competition is open to all mobile application developers, and features three distinct categories for submissions:

You can submit your application here.

Silverlight Dropped By NBC, Runs Back To Adobe For Flash

NBC in USA seems to wash off its hands this weekend after their network recently wrapped up their streaming of the Olympics using Microsoft’s Silverlight technology.  However if you tuned in for this week’s NFL season opener, all these years NBC was using Adobe’s Flash technology instead of Silverlight. Making some do a double take, here’s a look at why NBC left Silverlight in a flash (pun intended).

NBC took a chance on Silverlight to stream the Olympic ceremonies for online and mobile viewers. While this was a great opportunity for Microsoft to promote its Silverlight platform, it wasn’t enough for NBC. According to SAI,

“Microsoft, meanwhile, said that during the Olympics, 40 million US to visitors NBCOlympics.com didn’t yet have Silverlight installed.”

NBC has already begun switching back to Adobe Flash for the start of the NFL season. Yet their efforts don’t seem to be paying off at the moment with reports of video playback for the NFL season starter game being too became non-starter.

Not A Good Sign Any More

We all know that not less than 98% of computer users have Adobe Flash installed. It’s easy to see why NBC would want to switch back. The partnership between Microsoft and NBC was likely more beneficial to Microsoft in the end.  Now I feel like Microsoft instead of competing with Adobe, it should join forces furthering Adobe Flash Player to next level.  One of the downsides for NBC was that users tend to become either wary or lazy about downloading new extensions for a website. This is especially true if the website was working just fine with previous extensions only days before. However, with a rocky start to switching back, NBC online sports fans are probably pondering if it’s even worth the effort anymore.

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