‘Wallaby’ Prerelease Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

‘Wallaby’ Prerelease Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Mar 09

Last October (see my Adobe Shows Off Flash-to-HTML5 Converter post), Adobe demoed new conversion software that could allow Flash developers to port their content to a combination of HTML5 and related non-Flash technologies, making it considerably easier for developers to make their content available for platforms such as iOS that do not support Flash.

Adobe has now published a prerelease version of the technology known as “Wallaby”.

“Wallaby” is the codename for an experimental technology that converts the artwork and animation contained in Adobe Flash Professional (FLA) files into HTML. This allows you to reuse and extend the reach of your content to devices that do not support the Flash runtimes. Once these files are converted to HTML, you can edit them with an HTML editing tool, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, or by hand if desired. You can view the output in one of the supported browsers or on an iOS device.

As detailed in the release notes, not all features are currently supported, but Adobe has clearly made significant progress in moving many basic Flash features such as buttons, fills, layers, and text to HTML. The current focus of Wallaby is on converting Flash-based banner ads to non-Flash, as that is one of the most-requested features with a rather straightforward implementation generally requiring only a subset of supported features.

Wallaby is currently available as a free download as Adobe seeks to gain feedback on its performance and utility. As refinements continue, the company will consider whether or not to include the functionality in future versions of Flash Professional.

iOS 4.2: ‘Find My iPhone’ is Now Free

iOS 4.2: ‘Find My iPhone’ is Now Free

Nov 23

Apple released the iOS 4.2 yesterday for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, bringing iOS 4 features to the iPad for the first time.

iOS 4.2

iOS 4.2 mobile system

Apple announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint.

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

Apple also announced that its Find My iPhone feature designed to assist users with locating lost iOS devices is now available to all users of Apple’s current-generation iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch free of charge. The feature had previously required a paid MobileMe subscription.

Macworld also reportsthat an update for the new Apple TV arrived yesterday as iOS 4.1, enabling AirPlay functionality and VoiceOver.

To know more details of this new mobile operating system, go to MacRumors.com.