My phone is not supported by Flash Lite distributable player :(

dohI was so curious to do some tests that I thought all windows mobile and symbian devices was supported… however, as I can see, only a small number of mobile phones are compatible with Flash Lite distributable player (23), the full list is here:

I was able to compile a .cab file for my Samsung Omnia and then install and launch my test application, however an error message said me “Flash Lite is not available for this device”…. arrrggh!!! I’m going to buy a second hand Nokia N95 on Ebay, I’m too curious! :))

Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player for Windows Mobile and Symbian!


Today Adobe has announced its last creature: Flash Lite distributable player for Windows Mobile and Symbian (the platforms I predicted). We can now use Adobe Mobile Packager to create standalone player for applications, without affecting the Flash Lite browser plug-in or pre-installed standalone player, if present into the device… so we can distribute executable swf files that user can open and use on their phone. Flash lite 3.1 now supports Flash player 9 features and security has been improved… however the bad and sad part is that it still doesn’t support Actionscript 3 :(

The software can be download from Adobe labs:

The official announce from Adobe is here:

Furthermore a big context has been launched today: the Flash Lite Developer Challenge
with 100.000 $ in prizes!

I’m quite excited although my disappoint about the missing AS3 support and I’m going to learn more about this news and experimenting with my device… and maybe participate to the challenge :)

Adobe Flex 3 – Training from the Source… a new book to read :)

Adobe Flex 3 - Training from the sourceDirectly from Adobe’s Canadian headquarter and with the amazing efficiency of FedEx shipping (2 days only from Canada to Italy!), this morning I’ve received a new interesting and fresh book to read: “Adobe Flex 3 – Training from the source”… yes it talks about Flex 3, Actionscript and RIA and is part of an official books series from Adobe.

I would like to thanks Mike Potter, for the gift. I’ve appreciated it very much, and I hope to enter in the active Actionscript/Flex community as soon as possible.

I’m learning Actionscript 3… and I like it!

Essential Actionscript 3.0After some tests with the Adobe AIR SDK, I’ve discovered the huge limits of developing in HTML + Javascript (of course I’m speaking about a desktop application perspective). So I’ve took a look around and I’ve realized that what I need for AIR (and not only) is Actionscript! It is infinitely stronger, flexible and better structured than Javascript, and with the 3.0 version is a true object oriented programming language. From my point of view it can be considered a middle way between Java and Javascript. In fact it has the OOP benefits as polymorphism, hineritance, interfaces, typed parameters and so on like Java, plus the flexibility of the coding style like Javascript, ie I can use JSON sintax and I’m free to code in “strongly tiped” way or not.

At the moment I’m studing the excellent book “Essential Actionscript 3.0” and I’m already quite comfortable with the new language. The next book I’m going to buy are:

  • Actionscript 3 design patterns
  • Actionscript 3 game programming university
  • Foundation Actionscript 3 animations: Making Things Move!
  • Programming Flex 3 – The Comprehensive Guide to Creating Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex

So… like AC/DC say: “It’s a long way to the top if you want rock N roll” :-)