Everyone's favorite developer-tool company Adobe is looking firmly forward with its latest version of Flash, packing in high-quality communications, multimedia and 3D gaming-focused features for all devices.
Hot on the heels of its recent iOS-friendly new Flash Player, Adobe has announced AIR 3 and Flash 11, both due out in October. They combine to offer a focus on accelerated 3D video content that developers can use anywhere, on any device.
Stage 3D is the big new framework feature, providing power on a level that PC gamers are used to in a browser or on other devices. Stage 3D will let creators build games, animations, interfaces and other content with millions of objects on screen, smoothly rendered at 60 frames per second.
Adobe AIR 3 will be able to bring those features to phones, tablets and other devices including Windows 8, whose Metro interface does not support Flash natively. Adobe claims it will offer dynamic audio, full screen, native support for mouse/multitouch/camera input, with low-latency peer-to-peer multiplayer, full HD 1080p video and high-quality voice chat.
There are several examples of the video you can expect from Flash products on the company blog, here's one example:
Communication is Key
That lot will open up high-quality communications services, fun gaming and impressive media in the browser or as apps across the spectrum of devices from iOS to Android and beyond. Adobe cites Machinarium, a top-selling iPad app, as demonstrating the flexibility of its creation system. The app is built using Flash tools and deployed using Flash Player for browsers and through app stores as a standalone app, said Adobe’s Danny Winokur in a blog post.
Adobe also says it is working with Microsoft, Google, Apple and others in the HTML community to innovate HTML5, to ensure that non-Flash-supporting devices will still get the best experiences when exposed to Flash content. Quite how much work that will mean for developers remains to be seen.
The company claims that Flash 11 is effectively a next-generation games console, which could open the way to better games in set-top boxes and other TV-connected devices, possibly making Flash a competitive games design platform in the future.