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If you’re in a hurry, just read Ryan’s blog entry:
http://blog.digitalbackcountry.com/2011/09/flash-player-11-air-3-and-flexflash-builder-4-6/

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Flex 4.6 SDK
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/articles/whats-new-flex-flash-builder-46.html

Some example code that shows how Captive runtime can package external, device specific code:
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/air/native-extensions-for-air.html

Basically, Captive runtime means AIR apps on iOS or Android are now simple binaries with no need for AIR to be downloaded separately by the user first.

Starling Framework (2D GPU accelerated graphics API for AS3)
http://www.starling-framework.org/

Example of how Starling works:
http://www.bytearray.org/?p=3371

vs. using shaders and bytecode assemblers (which is awesome or horrible depending):
http://www.bytearray.org/?p=2555

Video on how Stage3D came to be:
https://vimeo.com/28435440

…and marketing hoopla all in one place:
http://blogs.adobe.com/flashplatform/2011/09/announcing-flash-player-11-and-air-3.html

Don’t forget, 11 comes with additional features too, like:

  • cubicCurveTo to do beziers more easily
  • finally can do H264 encoding via Cameras
  • Bitmaps are no longer limited to 16 megapixels
  • my favorites; DiplayObjectContainer.removeChildren and MovieClip.isPlaying (been asking for the later since 2001; #persistencePaysOff)
  • TLS secure sockets

One strange thing. Adobe put years of work into the new AVM and DisplayList model, and re-invented everything to support GPU (StageVideo, StageText, Stage3D, etc). Extremely disappointing. Others like Papaya and Moai and Corona have figured this out, but apparently Adobe had too much legacy code to support I guess… in a brand new AVM & DisplayList model… *face palm*. #grr

Blaarggg… Tinic explains why they didn’t use the existing DisplayList. Thanks for the heads up Veronique.

Either way, the mobile features + performance will ensure we won’t have to learn the HTML Dom or Objective C or Java for Android for another 5 years at least. *whew* Hot stuff, Adobe! Great job.

…………….. NOW GIVE US FOI$UROIUGJJJFSDLG THREADS!!!!!11oneoneone

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