Flash Player: 2020

Adobe has announced that they plan, in cooperation with browser vendors, to end-of-life Flash Player in 2020. It is important to note a few things here… this is only in regard to Flash Player not AIR! The AIR team have some very cool stuff on the roadmap and AIR will continue on, regardless. Additionally, we now have a number of ways to convert content which requires such conversion through Animate CC and other tools. I’ve gathered a number of important resources around this topic… below! Flash & the Future of Interactive Content “Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we

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Pluralsight: Animate CC Building AIR Desktop Applications

I have a new course with Pluralsight focusing on using Adobe Animate CC to write cross-platform desktop applications with Adobe AIR! Animate CC Building AIR Desktop Applications Have you ever wanted to design and develop fully installable, cross-platform desktop applications within a single, fun to use environment? In this course, Animate CC Building AIR Desktop Applications, you’ll learn just what you need to get started writing desktop applications with Adobe AIR and Animate CC. First, you’ll begin with an overview of the Adobe AIR runtime and how it relates to Animate CC. You’ll then proceed in designing your application layout

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Pluralsight – Animate CC Mobile App Development

Following the release of Animate CC Game Development on Pluralsight a few weeks back… comes the re-publication of another Train Simple course – Animate CC Mobile App Development! In this course, you will see how to take advantage of mobile device hardware using new API’s in ActionScript 3.0. You’ll see how you can produce apps and publish them for mobile devices. Software required: Animate CC. By the way… with Adobe AIR 24 in beta… we can now target AppleTV – and many things in this course do apply!!! Check it out!

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Learn Adobe Animate CC for Interactive Media

My new book with Peachpit and Adobe Press, Learn Adobe Animate CC for Interactive Media, is now available from the publisher and also retailers like Amazon.com and physical bookstores. I received author copies the other day and am so pleased with how it came out. The materials and layout just scream quality! The book itself provides a solid overview on Animate CC with the focus on preparing the reader for the Adobe Certified Associate certification exam for interactive media. We cover everything across 6 main projects while using the new features of Animate CC like Vector Art Brushes, fully scaleable video output,

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Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary and Adobe AIR

Earlier this year, I became involved in a project for Adobe and the Computer History Museum for the purpose of creating and interactive exhibit for the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop. For this interactive, we used Adobe AIR to communicate with Photoshop over the local server, and respond to messages being returned by Photoshop to perform some action. Commands needed to be sent to Photoshop to open selected images and composite them properly, perform actions such as green screen removal, watermark overlays, rendering, final processing for email, and so on. The interactive needs to listen to Photoshop to know when

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Making the Case for Flash as a Creative Platform: Part II

This is the second part of a two-part series regarding correspondence with Adobe around Flash Professional over the past few years. I encourage you to read the first part as well. The following comes about based upon some emails previous to the “Create Now 2014 World Tour” Adobe launched that year, which I did participate in as a speaker. I discovered that despite the enhancements Flash Professional received, there was zero acknowledgement from Adobe during the tour. The following correspondence demonstrates just how difficult communication around Flash Professional was during this time. I have many other examples, but this one does well to

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Making the Case for Flash as a Creative Platform: Part I

Over the past few years, I’ve argued – passionately discussed – with Adobe as to why they should be paying much more attention to Flash Professional (soon to be Animate CC) as a creative tool.  I spoke with many people about the value of Flash Professional and the wider Flash Platform… across many segments of the company… and after a number of face to face, telephone, and email conversations; I prepared and sent out this letter to a few of the people who I thought might be able to make a difference. Now that Adobe has come out in full support of Flash

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