360|Stack 2013 : Slides

Apache Flex is great for application UI… but it isn’t GPU-accelerated :( New versions of Adobe AIR perform quite spectacularly on mobile and really blaze when tapping into the device GPU. If your mobile application requires this sort of performance – there is a solution to be found in the Starling framework along with Feathers (a fully-skinnable, open source component and layout framework)! This session will demonstrate how to use Feathers to create great, performant mobile interfaces for not only games but applications as well!

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LevelUp for Photoshop – Updated for CC

With the release of Photoshop CC as part of the Creative Cloud, Adobe has also updated the LevelUp for Photoshop extension with a ton of enhancements which focus on new Photoshop CC features! It’s a great way to get familiar with the product and teach others through an integrated learning experience. LevelUp for Photoshop is a game of missions — and points and rewards — that guide you along the way of learning basic Adobe® Photoshop® CC software skills. If you are a photographer and are just starting to use Photoshop, this is the game for you. New in LevelUp

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Adobe and the Flash Gaming Landscape

I had the opportunity this month to speak at the Rocky Mountain Adobe User Group about gaming, Flash, Adobe, et cetera alongside Jun Heider who talked about Apache Flex. Here are my slides: Adobe and the Flash Gaming Landscape from Joseph Labrecque There have been a lot of changes with the Flash Platform over the past year or two  plus a lot of changes in the web landscape in general. The role of Flash is shifting and Adobe is adapting to this shift by focusing engineering efforts, tooling, and community library support to the two areas in which Flash

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Congratulations to Apache Flex!

Please join me in welcoming Apache Flex as a top level Apache Software Foundation project with Alex Harui from Adobe as VP! Congratulations, all – what a wonderful way to close out the year :D The current release build of Apache Flex is 4.8 – a parity release with Adobe Flex 4.6. However, Apache Flex 4.9 is in release candidate status and could be finalized at any time – the release notes can be found here. The simplest way of getting a hold of the latest Apache Flex build is to grab it using the awesome installer utility. The best way of grabbing the

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Flash Builder 4.7 and Adobe Scout 1.0 Released

Two new major Flash Platform releases have occurred: a new version of the Flash Builder development tool and a brand new product: Adobe Scout! This is part of the larger Adobe Game Developer Tools initiative – part of the Creative Cloud. Flash Builder 4.7 After two beta releases on Adobe Labs, Flash Builder 4.7 has now been released! This release introduces new development features and enhancements to Flash Builder and provides support for the new Apache Flex SDK and the new ActionScript Compiler 2.0. So what are the new features in this version of Flash Builder? Flash Builder is now

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Apache Flex 4.8.0 is now live! Spoon needs feedback for future development!

With Apache Flex 4.8.0-incubating finally released, those who want an alternative to Adobe Flex 4.6 can download and install the compiled SDK or even grab the full framework source. There is also a really slick AIR-based framework installer that will do a lot of the tedious work for you :) While this is a parity release (essentially the same as Adobe Flex 4.6), it is an important first step for what is to come and what the community will make of what has been donated to ASF by Adobe. There is still a large amount of interest in Flex for

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Discussing Apache Flex + Logo Contest!

Discussing Apache Flex Last week, I took part in a recording of The Flex Show that centered around Apache Flex and the state of Flash in 2012. I thought it was a pretty interesting discussion – a lot of good points were brought up and you can listen to the entire recording from the show website: Flexing into 2012 w/ Joseph Labrecque and Mark Ehlert: The Flex Show Episode 159 Apache Flex Re-branding Initiative Submit your design to the Apache Flex Logo Contest! On the 31th of December, 2011, the Apache Software Foundation has accepted the Flex SDK into incubation.

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