Flash Platform Rundown – Week of October 20th, 2013

Feathers 1.2 BETA
This beta release includes a few new components, including Alert, Drawers, and LayoutGroup as well as many new minor features and a number of bug fixes. Read up on the details over at the Feathers discussion forum.

360|Flex 2014
After 360|Stack this past Summer, it seems there was enough interest in Flex voiced to warrent the return of 360|Flex… 360|Flex LIVES!!! Check out the website at http://360flex.com/ to see what has been scheduled so far. Great to see 360|Flex back!

360|Stack Web Session: FlexJS
On Wednesday, October 23 – Alex Harui of Adobe and Apache Flex gave a great overview of the FlexJS project. Watch the entire recording and see this unique approach to building cross-platform Flex applications targeting both SWF and JS!

Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) Technology Center
Adobe has published a number of resources around HDS streaming at the new Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) Technology Center. Some of the resources include open HDS specification documents and open F4M specification documents. A great resource for those involved in streaming HTTP video with Flash Player and AIR.

10 Reasons why Flash Cannot Die
This recent article by Rob Ford over at FWA has caused a lot of discussion in the community. He details the loss of creative expression on the web today due to technology choices and a lack of courage in choosing the best technology platform when expressing creative ideas.

Some of the stronger statements include:

What is interesting is how we have dropped a technology that could pretty much do anything the mind could imagine, and this could be, and still is, deployed across desktops, and almost any browser, with ease and smoothness.

Creativity has been stifled and the lack of courage has become apparent.

I absolutely agree… and hope to see others become more vocal about the current situation.

Apache Flex Tour de Flex Mobile DEMO
George Yabra has built a Tour de Flex Mobile proof of concept app that features the new UI components and layouts from 4.10 and the upcoming 4.11. This is similar to the old app which was built by Adobe to showcase Adobe Flex – but has since been quite dormant. A great showcase piece for using Apache Flex on mobile!

RedTamarin needs your input
From Zwetan Kjukov: Even if you don’t subscribe to the RedTamarin community but could be even remotely interested by a project like RedTamarin – answering the following form could help a lot. Check out the form here!

Adobe and Apple and Flash Player
Adobe explains how they have worked with Apple to protect Safari users on OS X. With this week’s release of Safari in OS X Mavericks, Flash Player will now be protected by an OS X App Sandbox similar to Firefox, IE, and Chrome.

ActionScript Workers Tutorial
Jackson Dunstan has written an extensive tutorial on the use of one of the newer features of Flash Player and AIR: ActionScript Workers.

Modify the Windows Registry with AIR
Here is an example of modifying Windows Registry in Adobe Air using NativeProcess and Python.

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