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Adobe ships mobile Flash development options

Adobe Systems is shipping Macromedia Flash Lite 2 and Macromedia Flash Player SDK 7 to support better interactive Flash applications on mobile devices.

Flash Lite 2 is a major new release in Adobe’s Flash Player range, designed for non-PC devices, including mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices.

Flash Player SDK 7 is the Flash Player solution optimised for consumer electronic devices, to enable electronics manufacturers, system integrators and browser companies to create highly interactive products and services that take full advantage of internet sites featuring Flash content.

"Consumers worldwide demand engaging content and services on their devices – from mobile phones to cameras, televisions and more,” said Al Ramadan, Adobe senior vice president of mobile and device solutions.

"Flash Lite 2 and Flash Player SDK 7 can unlock the potential for mobile handset and consumer electronics manufacturers to successfully deploy truly compelling digital experiences," he said.

Both Flash Lite 2 and Flash Player SDK 7 are built on the Flash Player 7 platform, and include ActionScript 2 support, Unicode support for international markets, tighter device integration, persistent data management, reduced memory consumption and improved XML data handling.

John Jackson, an analyst at Yankee Group, said, "Flash Lite 2 and Flash Player SDK 7 expand vendors' and operators' options and open the mobile market to a broader base of content and prolific developers.

"This application layer offers enhanced potential for competitive differentiation, compelling branding and personalisation options for operators, content providers and device manufacturers alike," he said.

Also available for preview is an update to Flash Professional 8, that allows mobile designers and developers to take advantage of the new capabilities of Flash Lite 2 (available for download at http://labs.macromedia.co.uk).

Adobe completed the acquisition of Macromedia at the end of last year.


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