I’m still seeing lots of activity around the Flash Platform both within Adobe and through the work of the community – so will find time to note down everything that catches my eye over the week and create a simple digest like this every Monday. For more frequent Flash happenings – I recommend you check out Flash Daily. There is a hole which needs to be filled so let’s go!
AIR on Google Glass
Both Tom Krcha and Colin Holgate have reportedly gotten Flash to run on Google Glass via AIR and captive runtime. This is just another example of how versatile AIR is in relation to a platform like Android – which is used across all manner of devices… automatically extending the reach of AIR.
I mean I had to give it a shot. Running Flash on my Google Glass :)
— Tom Krcha (@tomkrcha) October 18, 2013
Adobe Bugbase and Windows Phone 8
There is much community activity in terms of feature requests for things like AIR on Windows Phone 8 (127 votes, 69 comments) and even Windows 8 “ModernUI” (117 votes, 36 comments). Both of these are currently set by the engineering team with a status of “ToTrack” – so there is hope that AIR may possibly come to these platforms!
Apache Flex 4.11 RC
Apache Flex 4.11 has entered the release candidate phase and should be out very soon. This release will include a new mobile datagrid component, 120 and 640 dpi skins, and OSMF 2.0 support among other improvements!
A maintenance release for the excellent Starling 1.4 of two weeks back. From Daniel: “The main reason for the new version is that the 1.4 release contained a nasty bug in its ‘clipRect’ implementation. Feathers makes heavy use of this feature, so this bug was extremely annoying for its users. Thus, Josh and I decided an update would be helpful.”
Lynda.com recently published a great little piece featuring Erik Natzke (now working at Adobe) which shows him working with AS3 in Flash Builder to create cutting edge apps for Adobe. Be sure to check out Lee Brimelow’s course on making games with Starling as well!
There was a study published just this past week which features AIR prominently as a solid cross-platform tool among a number of other solutions including PhoneGap. AIR seems to be spoken of rather favorably in the paper.
Bill Howard made mention of Adobe’s work on AGAL2 (Stage3D) on Twitter:
— Bill Howard (@BillAtAdobe) October 18, 2013
From a glance at the comments for this article on Shumway it really does seem that much of the hatred for Flash has calmed down to a sort of apathetic impotence at this point.
“Despite early hopes that HTML5 would gracefully and efficiently replace Flash for video handling and more, too many hurdles remain.” I still have yet to get any of my daily work to run on Shumway.
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