May 1st, 2008 - by Golgotha

The Open Screen Project is working to enable a consistent runtime environment – taking advantage of Adobe® Flash® Player and, in the future, Adobe AIRâ„¢ — that will remove barriers for developers and designers as they publish content and applications across desktops and consumer devices, including phones, mobile internet devices (MIDs), and set top boxes. The Open Screen Project will address potential technology fragmentation by allowing the runtime technology to be updated seamlessly over the air on mobile devices. The consistent runtime environment will provide optimal performance across a variety of operating systems and devices, and ultimately provide the best experience to consumers.

Specifically, this work will include:

  • Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
  • Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
  • Publishing the Adobe Flash® Castâ„¢ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
  • Removing licensing fees – making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free

WOW!!! That may be the best news I have heard about Flash in a long time! An open platform will not only help developers but should certainly bring more people to the Flash table.

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5 Responses to “Adobe Opens the FLV and SWF Formats!”

1 Jack @ The Tech Teapot

And about time too. Great what a bit of competition will do for you. 🙂

2 analytik

Great news indeed. But really, they had no other choice – Web Application (HTML5) will appear sooner or later, Microsoft is trying hard to push Silverlight everywhere (and Windows Mobile is pretty widespread), open standard fanatics rave about unusability and unindexability of closed standards and try to promote SWG and whatnot.

3 Jack @ The Tech Teapot

@analytik – agreed…the value and therefore the money will always be in the authoring tools so I don’t understand why its taken them til 2008 to get around to this.

4 Golgotha

@Jack – yep, looks like Silverlight was good for something 😉

5 Link Building Bible

Especially with the onset of more and more mobile phone browsers, they need to be able to support flash, and flash needs to be able to support them!

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