As far as I heard from Lee Brimelow while taking a “What’s new in Flash CS4?” course at FITC last April, the help for the CS4 suites were left much to be desired because it required a connected environment to the web. There is a work around for this since the help files are actually installed on the users’ computer. (I will update this once I find my notes on this.)
I tweeted RJ Jacquez, senior product evangelist for the E-learning and Tech Comm suites, and asked him since Adobe produces Robohelp, why wasn’t a Robohelp used for the help for the CS4 suites? It turns out that they did not have enough time, but the Captivate 4 team managed to include it. (See screen shot below.) This is a taste that you will find when CS5 is released. (I hope not too soon, I am just getting used to CS4.)
Adobe version 2 is based off Adobe AIR. It has a much improved interface and using AIR’s internet detection features, a user is permitted the user to toggle between “online” and “offline” help modes via the circle icon at the bottom right corner of the interface. I really like the comment pod (see the caption icon on the menu bar on top) where you can insert private notes or upload your comments to the Adobe community.
While looking over some source code that I had downloaded from Adobe, I tested my movie and was wondering, “Where did my bandwidth profiler go?” It turns out that my publish settings had been set to “AIR 1.0”. Just a recommendation that if you publish something, it might default to AIR. So if things don’t seem right, just check your publish settings.
Mike Potter from Adobe will be coming February 7th,2008 at Lasalle College to give us details with the upcoming new release of Flex 3. Details at: http://www.montrealadobeusergroup.com!
Unfortunately, Mike could not make it because his wife has pregnancy troubles. We’re still having the meeting and LordAlex will give the presentation. There will still be pizza, and free give aways including a copy of Flex 3.
Update: I forgot to mention that I added the flickr badge below.
I meant to write up something, but I’ll get down to it sooner or later. I placed a flicker badge with some photos. I noticed that there are a lot of them are too dark. I’ll get down to that too.
In sum, it really rocked! It was a good intro to AIR. But I think the big story was at Chicago MAX when AIR Beta 2 came out with a Flex 3 update.
Currently, a lot of Adobe people are in Barcelona on MAX. I haven’t heard much from that conference yet. Perhaps an update on Flash Lite 3, but that’s it.
Next Tuesday (Sept. 25th), I will be attending Grant Skinner’s course at the rich media institute in Toronto. The following day, I will be attending the Adobe Integrated Runtime (formerly Apollo) Tour (Sept. 26th). In the meantime, I have to check out Flex, and the Dreamweaver extension to develop AIR apps.
The Montreal Adobe User Group Meeting was held last night and I broke the ice with “How to use a Wiimote for Flash games on a PC”. I just gave an overview about the requirements of accessing a Wiimote with a bluetooth adapter, and about the things we have to look out for while running the Wiiserver. I also presented the game we did. (I can’t post it for company reasons.) However, I’ll post a powerpoint on later. Maybe I can do a simple game with it and some coding. I wished Simon Harvey was there, he was the guy who programmed it in AS3.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Lee and Martin couldn’t make it. (At least we have something to talk about for the next August meeting. [That’s August 23rd folks.])
Zee Yang from Adobe came to talk about the Livecycle Enterprise Suite. He’s a graduate of Ottawa U, and loves to give presentations on Adobe technologies. He’s working with the Livecycle team. It was an interesting talk. Of course, I myself can’t afford such a thing (’cause it’s an enterprise suite), but it opens up a slew of possibilities of dynamically generating and customizing pdfs from the serverside of things. It’s really powerful and you can add policies so that it can be restricted to a particular user. (Check it out here.)
Since we had free time, and there were a lot of new people around, LordAlex and Zee talked about the Flex 3 beta on Adobe labs (Click here) and Adobe AIR (Click here) and about the possibilities for developers to work on it. (They commented that the code name “Apollo” really is a cooler name than “AIR”. LordAlex and Zee kept on using “Apollo” anyway. My friend Lucas agrees, “Apollo” sounds far out whereas “AIR” sounds as if it has no substance to it. Maybe call it the “Adobe Integrated Runtime” anyway.) I learned also that LordAlex is collaborating with Tom Green (click here for his blog) on a Flex book for designers — just in time when Flex 3 comes out.
We also had books, t-shirts, pens, and trial software of Acrobat 8 to give away.
So next time, I will post about when and where the next meeting will take place. (Aug 23rd) Also positively tell others about upcoming Adobe user group activities.
A whole slew of things that you can find at http://labs.adobe.com.
Flash Player 9 update – this includes full screen movie rendering that uses DirectX on windows and OpenGL on Mac
Flex 3 beta – These guys do not waste time to get this off the ground. I was kind of surprised that this came out especially when the Flex 2 book at O’Reilly.com came out.
Apollo is now AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime); The Apollo codename is now transformed into AIR
All of these are available for free for your geeky pleasure.
Ted Patrick set up a site which documents all the hidden gems relating to Flash, Flex and Apollo.
Here’s the link: http://api.onflex.org
Thx to Lord Alex for the post!
CNET news gave an update on Flex 3.
Here are some notes.
- The Flex 3 beta comes out in June of which will be released by the end of this year. (November?)
- Open sourcing Flex follows Adobe’s initiative of pushing more developers to code RIA apps for Apollo. Last year, Adobe donated its Actionscript engine to the Mozilla foundation who make Firefox.
If anyone has any comments as to what this really means, please let me know.
I think it was about time that Adobe created a flash media player for the desktops. In a sense, Adobe has the advantage of releasing the Apollo runtime player in different platforms. Also, they will not force people to place any proprietary logos onto their players. This gives me more incentive to learn Apollo and create applications with it. (Our usergroup is looking into creating a workshop dedicated on Apollo.) Very interesting!
In my opinion, Microsoft’s player is still Windows dependent, with a heavier download into our systems. I doubt they will attract any Apple or Linux users out there. (Okay, so I am biased! I might have a peek at it. This is my message to Microsoft, “How can you convince me when there is a big push for Flash developers out there?”)