Adobe Flash Lite To Support Video for Mobile Handsets

Flash Lite 3 is expected to be available in the first half of 2007.

Sir Isaac Newton wasn't thinking about video when he coined his Third Law of Motion, which states that "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." But we can thank Adobe's recent announcement of video support by the upcoming Flash Lite 3 for cementing a trend that is seeing video displayed not only on ever-larger screens but now on incredibly small ones. The only real question is just how small a video screen can be and still receive acceptance in the marketplace.

Adobe has already established supremacy for its Web-delivered video solution, with Flash video common not only on tiny boutique sites but lumbering giants such as YouTube and MySpace. Now Flash Lite will support the same video formats as those of the Adobe Flash Player, as well as directly supporting video streams delivered by the Adobe Flash Media Server, with videos viewable as downloadable video clips, streaming videos, applications with user interfaces based on Flash or content such as wallpapers or screensavers. Flash Lite runs on multiple platforms as well as embedded operating systems, providing a consistent content delivery across device types dear to the hearts of developers.

While Flash Lite 3 is expected to be released to manufacturers in the first half of 2007, mobile handsets and consumer electronics devices supporting it likely won't be available until the end of the year. More information is available on the Adobe site.

Designing for the Mobile User Webcast

Those interested in designing for the fast-growing mobile world might find an upcoming free webcast hosted by Dynamic Graphics magazine of interest. Designing for the Mobile User is scheduled for February 21, 2007, 1 pm CST. The session will be lead by Jared Benson, executive creative director and co-founder of Punchcut, a leading mobile user interface design and development company, with Jared providing insights into how design can improve mobile user experiences and better integrate them into our lives. Later webcasts are dedicated to such topics as OpenType, visual makeovers, color management workflows and project management basics for designers. More information and registration for the webcasts is available on the Dynamic Graphics magazine site.