Posts Tagged flash lite
Posted by Mark Doherty in on November 6, 2009
I spotted this today on engadgetmobile.com, featuring the guys from QNX, Alcatel Lucent and Eric Snowden from Atlantic Records.
The LTE Connected Car is a platform for in-car entertainment, navigation, management and services. At MAX 2009 QNX won the mobile and devices award because of their excellence in working with the Flash Platform. Working with the geniuses at Alcatel Lucent QNX have enabled LTE connectivity (read: 4G) into the car to prep for a future of wireless networking at 100x the bandwith of 3G (100Mbps in theory).
It is by definition “mobile” but at the same time it’s much more, the platform interface is based on Flash Lite 3.1 running on the RTOS QNX platform with all manner of extensions for GPS, Bluetooth, video playback and even integration into the dashboard. I even spotted Chumby and Kabillion content built-in and QNX are looking for partners here.
* on-demand movies, streamed or downloaded
* access to personally recorded TV programs via cloud storage
* in-vehicle Internet radio and on-demand music stores
* multi-player online gaming
* social networking
* dynamically updateable navigation and location-based services
* GPS augmented by Google Maps’ point-of-interest indicators
Although no-one was brave enough to create the actual dashboard in Flash for safety reasons
Check out the video, and the extremely chirpy and fantastically named QNX CEO Dan Dodge.
Each of the controls are fully customizable use the Component inspector, enabling you to change the look and feel for your applications. Everything from background colors to text values and icons are supported across the components, it’s ridiculously easy to make them fit with your apps look and feel.
The beta set includes 8 new components ready for you to use:
- List – Single Row with Icon
- List – Two Rows with Icon
- Progress Indicator
- Push Button
- Radio Button
- Softkey Bar
- Wait Indicator
How to Get Started
Once you’ve downloaded the MXP file here, you can install the components by simply double clicking on the file. The Adobe Extension Manager will install the files and add them to the Components Panel in Flash Professional, you can open it using the Window Menu within the tool.
As you see it’s then possible to start dragging the UI components onto the Stage here on the left, which in my case is set for a Sony Ericsson C905 device at 240×320. By default the components come with a nice Sony Ericsson look and feel, and if you’re like me then a little help in the UI department always helps (as you’ll see later).
Using the component inspector (shown here in the middle) you can then start to customize the look and feel of the list. Check out just how much you can configure the components simply by clicking a few options, it’s really very nice indeed.
Ok, so I said about that my design talents need some work but I’ve played around with the various options and come out all blue. Additionally, since the list component is using live preview, you can see your items directly and the active scrollbar on the stage.
Of course you can configure these options with Actionscript too, which is pretty much required for anything other than static lists. Yet for colors and sizes there’s a real value in having live preview components, particularly for the designers among you.
In the image above I’ve added a softkey menu to enable me to buy some Star Fruit, which is shown selected at the top. Using the component inspector I can set each of the items too, and so disable items that may be unavailable. I can also change their color for highlighted, selected and disabled items directly in the tool.
Now that I’ve completed my list I can add a simple shadow fill and the Wait Indicator component (in circle mode) to animate when the purchase is taking place. Again it’s configurable so that I can make it fit in with my application, and of course control the spinning of the circle in Actionscript.
Then I’m ready to test in Device Central CS4 to ensure that everything looks great, before a bit of testing on the Sony Ericsson C905
Remember that it’s possible to begin using these components along with the extensive list of MXP files for Project Capuchin. Targeting Capuchin devices enables you to deliver standalone applications that have full access to JavaME apis on the JP8 platform, there are seventeen devices already.
Dale Rankine is one of the foremost experts in Adobe Flash technology for devices and owner of a successful mobile development company, Moket Pty. As a certified training partner and long standing community evangelist, I’ve asked him to help produce a video tutorial series on Flash Lite technology. Our goal is to help new and existing developers to work with our optimized Flash player for mobile phones and devices.
From the series I expect that viewers will learn how to use Adobe Device Central, discover how to construct a mobile interface and to work with multimedia including FLV. We’ve tried to build out a set of topics that we get most questions on, things like video optimization, performance and the ‘basics’ such as object orientated programming and memory management. The focus will remain on Flash Lite 3.x, although many of the APIs and features work everywhere.
The great news is that Dale has already begun publishing the videos over at our Vimeo channel, and soon we’ll push these up to Adobe TV too. We might be able to take a couple of requests, so if you get asked the same question over and over again, then let’s hear about it!
Remember also to spread the word, embed the videos in your own blogs and drive the viewers to new content with the following banner…
- URL: http://vimeo.com/adobeflashlite
- RSS: http://vimeo.com/adobeflashlite/videos/rss
- Twitter: flashmobile
It’s almost that time again for the Adobe MAX Awards and we’re already taking submissions and your suggestions for the winners this year. As always there will be a mobile category and you can click on the button above to make your suggestion.
Mobile service providers today are challenged to deliver easy-to-use applications that provide expressive and complex capabilities. Tapping into features such as location, touch and motion detection, high-speed networks and others, service providers are looking to appeal to increasingly sophisticated customers who rely on their devices to access and share information, participate in social networks, be entertained, and for work. Winning entries in this category will demonstrate how Adobe solutions are being used to raise the standard of interactivity and quality for mobile services, bringing indispensible new services that improve the daily lives of consumers.
Category- Specific Judging Criterion: Value delivered by mobile device application to corporations or individual users.
Device Profile Update #9 is now available on Adobe Device Central Online, and this is the final update of profiles for the CS3 version. It includes the following profiles including some Sony Ericsson Capuchin enabled devices.
Updates to profiles will of course continue via the online library in Device Central CS4, and so if you haven’t upgraded now is a good time. In Device Central CS4 there are numerous new features to make your working life easier:
- High-quality video for communicating ideas
- Improved video support and integration
- Organization of work for mobile projects
- Performance simulation and testing automation
- Easy upload of content to multiple locations
- Integration with Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Photoshop® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Dreamweaver® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Adobe Captivate 4 and After Effects CS4
You can look at the full feature set and watch the videos here