Keynote: Ready for the Revolution

There were a lot of cool announcements and updates on current products as well as a few surprises.  Firstly, you can watch the keynote in it’s entirety on the Adobe MAX website.  Here’s a quick recap of what was covered in no particular order:

  • Flash Player 10.1 has over 2 million installations on mobile devices.  Adobe expects 10 million by the end of the year.
  • If you aren’t using the new multi-screen features in Dreamweaver CS5 for testing your websites, you really should.  Check it out here.
  • Kevin Lynch teased a new product called Adobe Edge which is used for creating HTML5/JavaScript based animations.  It looks like Flash Catalyst…but for HTML 5.  It’s based on JQuery.
  • Lots of information on digital publishing feature I mentioned in my last post.  To help talk about the process, Martha Stewart stopped by to discuss her 20th anniversary addition magazine that will be available digitally

  • Conde Nast (publisher of the New York Times, Wired Magazine, and more) announced they will be producing digital versions of all their magazines using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.  This is big news.

  • Flash Player 10.1 is up to 70% adoption across personal computers in just three months!
  • 120 PB (Petabytes) worth of Flash video was streamed last month.  For those of you not familiar with petabyte conversion, 120 PB is the equivalent of 120 billion megabytes.  Yeah, in one month.  Who says Flash is a dying technology?
  • Adobe has a project codenamed “Mole Hill” that allows the Flash Player to use 100% GPU rendering.  This is for you 3D people out there.  This allows for 1 Million triangles rendering at 60 hertz (as opposed to thousands of triangles at 30 hertz).  In other words, it’s wicked fast.  They demonstrated a 3D driving game that was using 0 CPU processor.  Wow!
  • Adobe demonstrated controller support in the Flash Player (i.e. X Box 360 remote).
  • AIR for Android SDK is now release.  AIR for TV is going to be a very cool medium for building applications.
  • They are experimenting with wireless communication between devices and personal computers.  For example, they had a paint mixing application running on a tablet that was controlling the colors being used in Photoshop.

Lastly, Christy Wyatt from Motorola stopped by to get everyone excited about Android application development.  To help get people started, she gave everyone at Adobe MAX a free Motorola Droid 2!

Droid definitely Does! Stay tuned for more updates!

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