Adobe Opens SWF and FLV Flash Formats


Adobe has finally announced that it will move Flash into full open source domain.
The OpenScreen Project is Adobe’s attempt to secure the runtime environment on a range of devices – essentially anything with a screen (hence the name). This strategy will likely help consolidate cross-platform development and deployment. We can write one application that can be used on web, mobile, broadcast – here are the bullets from the announcement:

* Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
* Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
* Publishing the Adobe Flash® Cast™ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
* Removing licensing fees – making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free

Translated into English:
* More devices will play flash content and high quality flash video
* more operating system software will be able to talk with Flash movies directly – this allows OS’s with a Flash front end to be feasible
* more community tools will become available to integrate Flash into Rich Internet Apps and other web services
* device makers will be encouraged (do to freeness) to support Flash on new devices and firmware updates

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