One of the best articles on web development I have read lately is an interview with Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch at eWeek. Since merging with Macromedia, Adobe has continued to release new software and innovations at a rate that is difficult for most designers to keep up with. The interview covers subjects ranging from Adobe’s main product line, competition with Google & Microsoft, and Open Source development related to the company’s services. Lynch speaks at length about Adobe Air and the advances it is enabling in cloud computing, as well as a new product named Thermo, which looks to make user interface design more creative and simple. The full text of the interview can be found on eWeek.
Adobe Creative Suite – CS4:
Lynch calls CS4 “the biggest software release we’ve done in our history of 25 years in business.” The package brings together all of Adobe’s core software packages: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, Premier, Illustrator, Fireworks, AfterEffects, Acrobat, Encore, SoundBooth, and many others, packaging them in various suites for office, development, and production studios. They have also included more tools designed to assist those who are working collaboratively in distributed offices on the web, as well as for the development and testing of mobile applications. Adobe CS4 is scheduled to be released next month to the public.
Adobe CS4 is priced in distribution packages ranging from $999 to $2499. Full details on the release can be found on the Adobe website.
The beta version of Flash Player 10, code-named “Astro,” has been released, and with CS4 you can now combine integrated filter effects from AfterEffects, 3-D design that is synched with new features in Photoshop, and advanced text editing that comes from InDesign. The new version routes more processing to the PC’s video card to increase performance and provide better display of graphics, 3-D, and video. There are also features which allow for sound mixing in ActionScript applications and audio filtering.
Examples of Sites Built with Adobe Air:
The Flex SDK is one of Adobe’s main Open Source offerings, “a highly productive, open source framework for building and maintaining expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and operating systems. It provides a modern, standards-based language and programming model that supports common design patterns suitable for developers from many backgrounds. Flex applications run in the ubiquitous Adobe® Flash® Player and Adobe® AIR™.1”
Download the Flex SDK: http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/flexsdk/Downloads
From the Interview with Kevin Lynch, Adobe CTO:
“We’re also working on a new project that’s code-named Thermo. And Thermo is a way to enable designers to build rich Internet applications… So with Thermo we’re enabling you to take your visual assets that you’ve drawn in a creative tool like Photoshop and you can actually select the items that you drew in Photoshop and you can turn them into interactive items just by clicking on an item and saying ‘make this a button’ or ‘make this a scroll bar.’ And it will take the illustration and turn it into a working component. That’s really incredible. And it’s a huge innovation to enable designers to create the interactivity and the logic of the application by converting their artwork into components and then wiring them together. And you’re able to connect those components through drag-and-drop. So without writing any code, you’re able to create the interactivity of your application.”
More Information about adobe Thermo + Screenshots at Adobe Labs:
Read the Full Interview at:
- http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/flexsdk/About [↩]
- http://www.mozilla.org/projects/tamarin/ [↩]