Macromedia Flash in Mobiles and Devices - 4. Macromedia at CTIA Wireless 2005
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Macromedia is sponsoring CTIA Wireless 2005, a conference to showcase mobile entertainment, which will take place atNew Orleansfrom March 14 - 16.
CTIA Wireless is one of the mobile industry’s key events, representing all technologies and platforms. Macromedia is participating in a series of events at CTIA where you can learn about new developments in the company's mobile technologies and see how Macromedia Flash delivers exceptional mobile experiences.
Technologies available from Macromedia for Mobile Devices
There are currently four products available from Macromedia for mobile devices:
- Flash Lite 1.1
- Flash Player for Pocket PC
- Flash Player SDK
Let's examine the above technologies in detail.
Flash Lite 1.1
Macromedia Flash Lite 1.1 for mobile phones lets Flash designers, developers, and content providers quickly create engaging content for mobile phones using the ActionScript scripting language, drawing tools, and templates.
The Macromedia Flash Player application is approximately 500 KB, depending on the CPU. This and its runtime memory requirements make it too large for most mobile phones. Therefore, Macromedia created a new version of Flash Player called Macromedia Flash Lite, designed for consumer devices, including mobile phones. The latest version is 1.1 for new generation mobile phones.
The features of Flash Lite 1.1 include:
These extensions can be used to directly access the phone specific features and capabilities with ActionScript.
Network Access and Connectivity
This feature lets you easily create dynamic, connected applications and user interfaces using LoadMovie and LoadVariable commands of ActionScript.
Additional Audio Support
New support for MP3, PCM, ADPCM, and SMAF audio formats are available in Flash Lite 1.1 apart from theMIDI
support already available in earlier versions.
Scaleable Rendering Engine
Flash Lite's core rendering engine has a small footprint, deployable across multiple handsets and platforms. It is the de facto standard for rich interactive content and supports vectors, gradients, bitmaps, user input, audio, and scripting.
Apart from the above core features it also has support for static and dynamic text with user inputs, SVG-T Playback, support for navigation and key events, support for both device and embedded fonts, and support for event and streaming sounds.
You can download Content Development Kit for Flash Lite 1.1 from the following link: http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=flashcdk
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