So I'm enjoying some of the comments on his "pot calling the kettle black" tirade like this one, and this from icrontic. ha. And it's good to see some of the comments like the ones on this article... lolz.. some people do understand that while HTML5 is a great improvement, it's a very different tool from Flash.
I figure it might be Christmas before I slow down enough to go through the hassle of switching files and everything over to a new system, but when I do get that time I'll probably be getting a nice high end gaming system. One that can play Crysis.
The only thing in the press release that set off my BS detector was this.. "“The Open Screen Project will make it simple for Verizon and our partners to deliver rich mobile experiences to more devices,”" .. yeah, and how big of a fee will they charge developers before they can develop for the Verizon network?
I also noticed that there was no mention of Apple in that press release.
- the ability to have the apps show up in the Start menu, shortcuts on the desktop, etc like a real app
- the ability to totally skin the app window (remove the Central chrome)
- a lightweight, built in database for handling large amounts of data, extra bonus if it handled SQL
- a way to securely store data on the system on a per user basis
- better performance both in video and in ActionScript
- free (as in beer) like the Flash Player instead of buying licenses for Central
and others.. I can think of these easily though because these are some of the requests that the folks at Macromedia sat down with us and listened to. The result is AIR, and most of those features I listed above are pretty well known features of AIR already. Here Christian Cantrell gives some info on the "how to securely store data" part in AIR. It might seem like a small feature, but it's a big win for some folks. It's certainly possible to roll your own solution, but it's nice to have a standard, built in method.
There’s a (somewhat) new Flash Player in beta. I saw all the buzz about it last week (it even hit front page of digg..). I was just looking at the post Tinic put on his blog to see what people had to say about it since quite a few people went there.
Wow. There’s a lot of noise there from the Linux folks wanting a 64-bit version of the Flash Player and other “special interests”, but also lots of opinions on the pros and cons of H.264 and Flash. It’s worth perusing to see other perspectives on this new and rather huge development in Flash/Flex/Air.