New Flash Runtimes Goodies on Labs

Adobe rolled out a bunch of new Flash goodies on the Labs site this evening; a new version of SWF Investigator, a Configurator release candidate, and the first betas of Flash Player 11.5 and AIR 3.5! We also have a new updater for Flash Professional CS6 and the announcement of the Adobe Game Jams… phew!


SWF Investigator
It’s amazing how much is packed into this little AIR application! Have a look through one of your own SWF files and check out the about option to see some of the integrated libraries involved. Complex stuff!

Adobe SWF Investigator is the only comprehensive, cross-platform, GUI-based set of tools, which enables quality engineers, developers and security researchers to quickly analyze SWF files to improve the quality and security of their applications. With SWF Investigator, you can perform both static and dynamic analysis of SWF applications with just one toolset. SWF Investigator lets you quickly inspect every aspect of a SWF file from viewing the individual bits all the way through to dynamically interacting with a running SWF.

Admittedly though… the app could use a bit of love from a designer :)


Flash Professional CS6 Updater
This was actually released earlier today: an updater for Flash Professional CS6 which includes the following new features:

  • Support for AIR 3.4 and Flash Player 11.4
  • Direct Deployment to iOS Devices
  • Native iOS Simulator Support 
  • High Resolution Retina Display Support
  • Toolkit for CreateJS 1.1

Here is a video overview:


AIR 3.5 beta

Adobe AIR allows developers to package their Flash-enabled content into apps that reach over 1 billion personal computers and 500 million mobile devices.

The primary goals of this release are bug fixing, adding Jellybean support, and iOS app enhancements. These features are not insignificant:

  • Debug stack trace in release builds of Flash Player — This feature enables developers to display stack trace info in release and debug builds.
  • Packaging Multiple Binaries — This feature enables developers to include third party static libraries and frameworks and package these with ANE.
  • Shared ByteArray support for ActionScript Workers — This feature enables developers to share memory between multiple workers.
  • Packaging and loading multiple SWFs on iOS — This feature will allow developers to load multiple swfs, that contain ActionScript bytecode on iOS .

Flash Player 11.5 beta

Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.

The primary goal of this release is bug fixing… but there are a few neat features to note:

  • Shared ByteArray support for ActionScript Workers — This feature enables developers to share memory between multiple workers.
  • Debug stack trace in release builds of Flash Player — This feature enables developers to display stack trace info in release and debug builds.

With the Flash Player betas, we can now subscribe to automatic updates similar to the release version of the Flash Player. Also of note is a new Twitter account, @FlashPlayerBeta, for getting notice of important runtimes updates.

 


A lot of activity… and I expect to see more very soon once Adobe releases project “Monocle”.

Flash is dead“, right? LOL!

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