The mall isn’t fun anymore. Unless you’re going to Sephora to try out new nail polish. Or heading next door to Godiva for some free samples. Or going to the Apple Store and doing the cliche Facebook post on a forgetful person’s account (log off when you’re done, please!). But when it comes to real shopping, smartphones seem to be the way to do it these days.
And we really mean these two days, Black Friday and Thanksgiving. Adobe has stacked up online sales stats over the 48 hour period and have tallied an estimated $4.45 billion in spending — 39 percent [...]
One is a tablet version of Apple’s hallmark photo-manipulation software. The other is a mobile version of Adobe’s category-defining Photoshop, the program so ubiquitous its name became a verb. They’re both recent additions to the App Store, and I wondered what it was like to use both. So I installed them both to a 2012-edition iPad and gave them a quick test run.
Magical virtual brushes, fun with layers, and ridiculous mistakes that only great tutorials can fix. It’s all there. Also included: me in a pirate hat. Join me as I put these apps through their [...]
With PDFs as ubiquitous as they are, it’s almost hard to imagine a time where sending a document to someone was an absolute chore, and dealing with multiple file formats made universal compatibility hard to come by. In that sense, we’re a bit spoiled by how easy things have become, but there’s still been room for improvement. Smartphones, for example, have long been able to view PDF files, but lacked some of the features that get regular use in the desktop versions of Adobe Reader. Today, Adobe begins bringing a whole of bunch of them to iOS and Android, announcing a [...]
In early November, Adobe decided that, despite its efforts, Flash just wasn’t working out on smartphones. It had given things the old college try, but complaints about performance and competition from other standards ultimately doomed Flash. According to Adobe, the only support we’d continue to see would be in the form of updates addressing security issues and fixing bugs. That sounded fine until people realized that Flash wasn’t going to work on Ice Cream Sandwich. Luckily for us, Adobe decided not to let Flash fade from our memories along with Gingerbread, and got [...]
Just a few days ago, Adobe cranked-out an update to Flash Player for Android, bringing the app up to version 188.8.131.52. Ever since Adobe decided to back-off from efforts to deliver the Flash experience to smartphones, we’ve been paying close attention to just what releases warrant continued app updates. 184.108.40.206 mainly dealt with stability improvements and bugfixes, but we’ve also been on the lookout for the promised update that would make Flash Player compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich. Just in time for the US release of the Galaxy Nexus, today Adobe released a Flash [...]
It was just about one month ago when Adobe finally rendered the whole Flash-on-smartphones debate a moot point with the announcement that it was ceasing development of Flash Player for mobile devices. While we wouldn’t be able to look forward to the same level of support from Adobe, the company did promise to continue with security-related and bugfix updates. Then, after we learned that the current build of Flash Player didn’t support Ice Cream Sandwich, Adobe relented and committed to one last release to add Android 4.0 compatibility, promised for this month. We’re [...]
After killing Flash Player Mobile on November 9, Adobe has released probably the last feature update for the software yesterday. Even though security updates will be delivered for the existing user base, there will be no more future feature versions.
On his personal blog, Mike Chambers, Principal Product Manager for developer relations for the Flash Platform at Adobe, wrote about Flash Player Mobile, among other things. He blames Apple for the death of the software. “This one should be pretty apparent, but given the fragmentation of the mobile market, and the fact that one [...]
Adobe prepared a little surprise for the world on November 9 when it announced that the company will no longer develop mobile Flash Player. The recent update will probably be the last feature update for the software.
As with any Adobe Flash update, the new version brings bugfixes, security as well as performance enhancements. Adobe exec Danny Winokur blogged about future support versions to arrive as Adobe will “continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations”. How long will these be supported is a good question not to [...]
Here comes an interesting bit of information which we’d like you to treat with the appropriate dose of salt, at least until official wording is out (should be later on today, if rumors turn out to be true). According to “sources familiar with the matter” Adobe is planning on halting development of its mobile Flash Player.
ZDnet claims the following announcement should be out soon: “Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer [...]
Though not as noteworthy as Steve Jobs, Dennis Ritchie has passed away at age 70.
Most of you don’t know who Dennis Ritchie is, which isn’t surprising. Dennis wasn’t as glitzy or glamorous as Steve Jobs. He didn’t make pretty products. Instead, Dennis made the stuff that makes our stuff work. He was a nuts and bolts guy.
Specifically, Dennis was responsible for the C programming language. iOS apps are written in Objective-C, a descendant of the original C. Java, which Android apps are written in, is closely related to C as well.
Dennis is [...]
Adobe’s Flash has a bit of an uncertain future on mobile devices. Ever since Apple snubbed it with the iPhone, what was once a mainstay of the PC-based web experience is seeing new technologies like HTML5 arrive to muscle-in on its turf. In order to stay relevant, Adobe needs to keep content providers churning out Flash; one of the ways it can keep developers focused is through the introduction of stand-out features, and that’s what it hopes to achieve with the release of Flash Player 11, announced today for an October release.
Flash Player 11 will be arriving on [...]
Apple’s as stubborn as ever when it comes to Adobe Flash on iOS, but a new software release from Adobe targets Apple’s mobile platform with the aim of bringing at least part of the Flash experience to its users.
Adobe recently announced its Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0, tools used by producers and distributors of Flash content to serve them out to end-users. Among the new features is built-in support for converting Flash video to a format viewable on the iPhone (HTTP Live Streaming).
The problem is, this feels less like a step towards real [...]