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Adobe’s Moving Fast with Flash & Air Technologies for Publishers on iOS & Android-Based Apps

Since Apple backed down on it’s ban of  Adobe’s Flash tech last September (due primarily to the FTC investigated complaint filed by Adobe against Apple for banning competition to it’s own tech), Adobe has moved fast to bring their very creative and imaginative tech apps to, not only the Apple iPad and iPhone, but to other rapidly developing tablet computers and devices as well.

These details from Kasper Jade , publisher and owner of the AppleInsider:

Adobe prepping “Creative Suite 5.5 Digital Publishing” for iOS, Android development

 Adobe appears poised to rush to market a new bundle of Creative Suite applications ahead of CS6 that it hopes will solidify its Flash and Air technology as an alternative platform for developers looking to capitalize on the booming market for iOS and Android-based cell phone and tablet applications.

The new suite, which will reportedly be marketed as “Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Digital Publishing” suite, will showcase a new version of its “Packager for iPhone” application that will include support for not only Apple’s iPhone, but also the iPad and the new crop of Android tablets, incorporating popular touch gestures like “Pinch.”

As it stands, Packager for iPhone is a feature of Adobe Flash Professional CS5 software and the Adobe AIR SDK 2.0.1, which offers Flash developers a fast and efficient method to port existing code from ActionScript 3 projects to deliver native applications on iOS devices.

AppleInsider can independently corroborate claims that Adobe is feverishly working on a high profile CS 5.5 bundle that will land ahead of CS 6.0. While researching the features of Adobe Creative Suite 6.0 (1, 2) that were published last week, people familiar with Adobe’s plans provided evidence of the aforementioned “Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Digital Publishing” suite by noting that the software maker had recently begun beta testing Adobe Flash Professional 5.5.

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Adobe’s New iPad Publishing Tool is RICH!

Filed under: Adobe app for iPad,Adobe's iPad publishing tool,iPad — gator1965 @ 12:20 pm

Imagine getting custom designed, fully interactive, colorful, magazine-like web pages over your iPad rather than the same old blah template web pages…Well, it’s coming gratis Adobe’s InDesign software.

The Motley Fool’s Gregory Robleto reports:

Adobe product manager Dave Dickson recently revealed on his blog that a forthcoming set of tools can act as the blueprint for publishing digital magazines when paired with Adobe’s InDesign software.

I believe this will be one of the year’s biggest success stories in digital publishing: the Wired magazine digital edition for the Apple iPad. Critics were awestruck by the elegant interactive layout of the digital edition, built using Adobe InDesign and a set of publishing tools. The results were hugely successful for Wired; the digital edition outsold the print edition while not cannibalizing the offline readership.

Why magazines look so much nicer than web pages
What made Wired’s digital edition so successful is they provided a magazine-quality spread on the Apple iPad. Most digital publishers use content management systems that are resource-intensive to set up and maintain. Since it’s cost-prohibitive to custom layout each article, many sites use the same template across all articles.

But in the print world, the process is simpler and designers do create custom layouts for each article. What Adobe revealed yesterday is that this new toolkit will make that same level of simplicity available for digital publication, while still maintaining online features such as interactive links and panning and zooming. The result is an interactive media experience that isn’t so aesthetically blah.

Adobe out in front
Adobe must be very bullish on the iPad if it’s setting up tools and a process for publication to a device that’s only four months old. Adobe also plans to roll out similar technology across other upcoming tablet devices such as the HP Slate, Dell Streakn or the ever-rumored Google / HTC tablet.

Contrast that to when Adobe lagged in page layout software in the 1990s. Adobe was still peddling antiquated Aldus Pagemaker, while competitor Quark, was dominating the market space. So much so that they announced their intentions to buy out Adobe.

Adobe rejected that offer, continuing to churn away at their own PageMaker replacement, and in 1999, Adobe InDesign launched and began Adobe’s displacement of Quark as the leader in the desktop publishing.

Now 11 years later, they are aggressively out in front announcing how to use their tools to publish to the next big thing in digital media and stealing all the spotlight from Quark, who two weeks ago announced pretty much the very same thing.

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