Saturday, March 12, 2011

Adobe Labs: The 10 Hottest Projects in the Works

Adobe Labs is the home for experimental and early-stage projects where developers and designers can experience and evaluate new and emerging innovations, technologies and products from Adobe engineers. Adobe Labs fosters a collaborative software development process, allowing users to become productive with new products and technologies faster and allowing the Adobe development teams to respond and react to early feedback to shape the software to meet the needs and expectations of the community. At Adobe Labs, visitors get access to resources such as pre release software and technologies; code samples and best practices to accelerate the users' learning curve; early versions of product and technical documentation; and forums, wiki-based content and other collaborative resources to help them interact with other developers and Adobe. Recently Adobe came up with a new Flash-to-HTML5 tool, known as "Wallaby," that enables Flash developers to build apps with greater reach. Adobe introduced Wallaby in a demo at the Adobe MAX 2010 conference in October and released it on the Adobe Labs site March 8 as an experimental technology for developers to try out. Adobe customers called for a closer look at the technology following that MAX demo. Wallaby is an Adobe AIR application that allows designers and developers to convert Adobe Flash Professional files into HTML5 with a simple drag and drop of the mouse, quickly expanding the distribution of creative content across platforms.

Adobe AIR Launchpad

Adobe AIR Launchpad beta is a new desktop tool that helps Adobe Flex developers get started building desktop and mobile applications deployed on Adobe AIR.

Packager for iPhone

The Packager for iPhone, a feature of Adobe Flash Professional CS5 software and the Adobe AIR SDK 2.0.1, offers Flash developers a fast and efficient method to reuse existing code from ActionScript 3 projects to deliver iOS applications for devices, including the iPhone.

ColdFusion Builder 2

ColdFusion Builder 2 is the second generation of the Eclipse-based IDE for ColdFusion application development. This public beta release provides developers with the opportunity to test-drive new code editing and customization features, try out or create community extensions, or support existing applications.

Flash Builder 'Burrito'

The Adobe Flash Builder preview release is code-named "Burrito." The preview release introduces new cross-platform development features and enhancements to Flash Builder and provides support for the preview release of the Adobe Flex SDK, code-named "Hero."

Flash Catalyst 'Panini'

The next version of Adobe Flash Catalyst is code-named "Panini." With Panini, software designers can leverage their skills with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Fireworks to rapidly prototype user interfaces for Flex-based Websites and applications, and collaborate intelligently with developers who use Adobe Flash Builder software. In addition, static artwork can be transformed into interactive projects for the Web or for Websites and applications, all without writing code.

Flex SDK 'Hero'

The Adobe Flex SDK preview release is code-named "Hero." The preview release introduces new support for mobile Flex application development, expands and refines Spark components, and includes some great improvements for large Web application development. The easiest way to explore the new features included in Hero is to use the Adobe Flash Builder "Burrito" preview release.

Flash Player 10.3

Flash Player 10.3 for Windows, Mac and Linux introduces new developer features and enhanced user privacy protection, such as media measurement, acoustic echo cancellation, integration with browser privacy control for local storage, native control panel and auto-update notification for Mac OS.

Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player Incubator

The Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player Incubator is a technology preview program for more adventurous developers who are willing to experiment with Flash Platform run-time features that are in early development stages.


"Wallaby" is the code name for an experimental technology that converts the artwork and animation contained in Adobe Flash Professional files into HTML. This allows developers to reuse and extend the reach of their content to devices that do not support the Flash run-times.

LiveCycle Mosaic ES2 Plug-in for Flash Builder 4

The pre release of the Adobe LiveCycle Mosaic ES2 plug-in for Adobe Flash Builder 4 enables developers to quickly and easily build and debug Mosaic tiles. The plug-in provides tooling support that extends the Flash Builder 4 development environment to support creation and debugging of Mosaic Tiles. The plug-in is part of an overall RIA tooling vision, to enable engineers to rapidly design and develop solutions/applications for their enterprise.


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