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Macromedia Flash Lite 1.1, the Flash Player profile for mobile phones, is now available for service providers and handset manufacturers around the world. Flash Lite 1.1 is a significant update to 1.0, first used in the NTT DoCoMo 505i handsets introduced last year. The new version has support for the W3C standard SVG Tiny (SVG-T), network connectivity, improved audio support, and APIs to integrate Flash content with phone functionality. Early adopters and partners including Bellwave, NTT DoCoMo, Sony Ericsson, Symbian, Texas Instruments, and T-Mobile are already enthusiastic about the promise of this technology. "Flash Lite uses industry standards to light up today's mass market mobile phones with even more interactive multimedia functionality," said Juha Christensen, president of mobile and devices, Macromedia. "This rich experience is possible because of the perva... (more)

"Streaming Video Should Be Seamless," Says Macromedia

View Chris Hock & Jim Guerard Discussing Flash Video (Live on SYS-CON.TV)Macromedia's Executive Vice President and Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch was able in his FlashForward 2005 keynote to point to the shining example set by New York Times, which this week chose to create an entire experience around the story of death of Pope John Paul II. "It's very fun to watch people experimenting with Flash and continue to push that envelope," Lynch said. Lynch reminded the San Francisco audience that no other technology has the kind of adoption levels that Flash player reaches with e... (more)

Studio 8: The Early Response

Designers and developers worldwide couldn't wait to take the Studio 8 beta version for a spin. We look at a selection of what's been written so far in the UK about the Beta of the historic release.  "For most designers, Dreamweaver 8 is the core product in the Studio 8 suite. Flash may have all the fancy moves but, if you were a shipwrecked web designer, marooned on a desert island with access to only one program, Dreamweaver's the one you'd choose." "If Dreamweaver forms the foundations of Studio 8, then Flash Professional 8 is the gravity-defying edifice above it. ... there are... (more)

Sun and Macromedia Bring Flash Content and Applications to Java Desktop System

At the SunNetwork 2003 Conference and Pavilion in Berlin this week, Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Macromedia have announced an agreement to integrate and ship Macromedia Flash Player 7 with the Java Desktop System. As part of the agreement, Macromedia Flash Player will be pre-installed into the open source browser Mozilla, a key component of the Java Desktop System, allowing users to conveniently view Flash content "out of the box," without having to download and install the player separately. Flash Player offers Java Desktop System users the same experience of viewing rich, interac... (more)

Adobe Q2 Profits Rise 37%

Adobe Chief Executive Bruce Chizen (pictured) said last week that Acrobat Version 7, which went on sale in January, helped generate record sales for the company, and led to second-quarter profits increasing 37% compared to the second quarter a year ago. Although a lawsuit has been filed in a California court claiming Adobe management and directors breached their duties in agreeing to acquire Macromedia for $3.4 billion, sales gained 21% to $496 million in the quarter. "We’re excited about the growth in our business. This is the eighth-consecutive quarter we’ve seen dou... (more)