Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 Books

Adobe today announced that Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will be shipping fairly soon. This is great news for the community because the runtimes are LOADED with great new features. How do I know the features are great? Because I’ve been working with them for the past couple of months while writing a set of companion books for O’Reilly about them both! In fact – the drafts are complete as of last night and are currently in tech review.


What’s New in Flash Player 11

Comprehensive Quickstarts for Browser-Based Experiences

Author: Joseph Labrecque
Publisher: O’Reilly Media (October, 2011)
ISBN-13: 9781449311094
Pages: 60 (estimated)

This book will detail the various enhancements, new functionalities, and general improvements available in this new version of Adobe Flash Player. Each item is explained in detail and when possible, a series of screen captures and a full code examples will be provided, enabling you to both grasp the new feature in a visual way, and integrate the feature into your own code quickly, based upon example.


What’s New in Adobe AIR 3

Comprehensive Quickstarts for Desktop and Mobile

Author: Joseph Labrecque
Publisher: O’Reilly Media (October, 2011)
ISBN-13: 9781449311070
Pages: 80 (estimated)

This book will detail the various enhancements, new functionalities, and general improvements available in this new version of Adobe AIR. Each item is explained in detail and when possible, a series of screen captures and a full code examples will be provided, enabling you to both grasp the new feature in a visual way, and integrate the feature into your own code quickly, based upon example.


More information will be provided once these books are in the hands of the editor!

Mobile Development with Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5: Learn by Video

This publication is a set of DVDs (7 hours, 20 minutes) along with a 48 page book covering mobile application development using Flash Builder 4.5 and Flash Professional CS5.5 targeting both Apple iOS and Google Android. I had the opportunity to co-author this title along with the excellent Peter Elst earlier this year. Happy that it is finally available!


Mobile Development with Flash Professional CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5: Learn by Video
Create Android and iOS Applications with the Flash Platform

Authors: video2brain, Peter Elst, Joseph Labrecque
Publisher: Peachpit / Adobe Press (September, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0321788109
ISBN-13: 978-0321788108
Pages: 48
Hours: 7.20

In this in-depth course you’ll learn everything you need to know to start developing for mobile and devices on Android and iOS using Flash Platform technology. Top Flash Platform experts Peter Elst and Joseph Labrecque will walk you through the entire workflow from application setup to development and deployment, covering best practices for mobile development and how to debug the applications you create on the desktop or on a device. Along the way you’ll learn how to work with gestures, touch events, hardware APIs, data, multimedia features, and much more. After completing this course you’ll be well on your way to making your mobile projects a reality.


The following videos are FREE:

As always, you can get to all of my major publications through http://josephlabrecque.com/books/.

Adobe Flash Builder and Flex 4.5: New Features Workshop

In this workshop, top Flash expert Joseph Labrecque is your guide to Flash Builder 4.5. After a quick introduction to Flash Builder for those who may be unfamiliar, he covers the many new features in the latest version, including new coding features and Spark components. The course includes a chapter on mobile development where you’ll learn how to create a variety of mobile project types and how to effectively simulate iOS, Android, and Tablet OS devices before packaging and signing an application for mobile distribution. Finally, you’ll learn about Flash Builder´s integration with other Flash tools, including how to perform round-trip authoring between Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder and how to author a Flash Professional project in Flash Builder.

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The following three sample movies are public: