Adobe’s Mobile Packager: Flash on your mobile
Those of you who know me know that I’ve been excited about Flash for mobile devices for a long time. Ever since the first announcements of Flash Lite in 2005/2006, I’ve been studying and working on ways to port the most ubiquitous rich web technology to the mobile space. My expiriments with Mode2Tech lead to my first mobile application, called Burst, which is currently in version 2 and I think it has some valuable applications. But there have always been some real limitations to using Flash for mobiles. First, Flash is only available as a player on two platforms, Windows Mobile and Symbian (Nokia and Sony Ericsson). Another problem has been the significant level of effort involved in creating packages for each platform.
Well, good news! Adobe recently made the decision to build a mobile packager and an app store for Flash Lite applications. Flash Lite content can now be easily packaged using the mobile packager and then published to the app store and other content aggragators such as Handango and most likely the soon to come Windows Mobile app store. I hope this will help to increase the penetration of Flash Lite in the mobile learning market, since it can be relatively easy to create content or transition content to Flash Lite. Of course, there’s still the issue of a fragmented mobile market with a variety of screen sizes, operating systems and delivery platforms. But each time we make it easier for mobile content developers to reach their mobile learners, we gain a victory. To see more about the Adobe Distributable Player and the Adobe Mobile Pakager, click here.
Oh, and if you want to get Flash on the iPhone, I know Adobe and Apple are “working together”…. I hope that means that it will happen. But in the mean time, join the Flash for the iPhone cause on Facebook.