May 01, 2008

Adobe Open Screen Project

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Adobe announced the Open Screen Project today. The project will allow access to key Flash specifications (AMF, SWF, FLV etc.) and remove licencing restrictions on Flash and AIR for devices. The stated aims are:

-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

Fantastic news – actually something that may have been lost in the noise here is that it seems like AIR is definitely coming to devices. Allowing access to the SWF specifications is a major step for Adobe. Kevin Lynch of Adobe describes the rationale behind OSP in this video.

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  1. Chris May

    TL,DR :-)
    Does this mean that an open-source flash plugin is now a) available, b) easier to write than previously, or c) just the same as always? Would be nice to see a linux flash client supporting V4L2 webcams…

    01 May 2008, 13:01

  2. Steven Carpenter

    Tsk – there’s no pleasing some people. Better late than never I always say ;-)

    a) Not yet, but the Gnash guys responded positively to the news today. Watch Microsoft nick it now for Silverlight
    b) Yes, although note this isn’t full open-sourcing as such
    c) I suspect that for a while not much will occur, then Flash will rightfully take over the world :-)

    01 May 2008, 14:58

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