Adobe Has a Flash Platform Product For All Form Factors

Adobe recently announced the launch of Adobe Connect for Mobile Devices. This is a very significant announcement for a few reasons:

  1. Adobe Connect runs on multiple Form Factors using all ‘existing’ parts of the Flash Platform. On a laptop or desktop, Adobe is allowing users running Desktop Flash Player access to the product built on top of the Flex Platform. On mobile devices, Adobe is providing access via AIR 2.7+.
  2. Mobile Device Support includes Blackberry, iOS, and Android, suggesting the product is cross-compiled from a single source-code.
  3. Adobe has a long history of not using their own products or technologies in a public arena. With the recent developments of Muse and Edge, Adobe has pursued AIR built products with a high-probability of being used in Enterprise Settings using their own technologies.
  4. Connect Mobile is a monetized product built on AIR, capable of being used on Mobile Form Factors.
  5. Connect Mobile is the first high-visibility AIR-based product Adobe has released for mobile.

I took a short preview of Adobe Connect Mobile 1.7 today, and it’s more than a little rough-around-the-edges. For example, the background flickers from black to white when the user makes transitions. The width and height resize in front of the user when navigating to new views, the Android Market description is grammatically incorrect (Adobe uses the word “Chose” when they clearly meant to use “Choose”, suggesting their copy-writers aren’t quite paying attention), and the Connect URL Input on my HTC Evo is impossibly small.

Adobe is competing for the hearts-and-minds of corporate decision makers with their other offerings on Mobile. They are competing with applications I believe are built on a Native OS, including:

  • Adobe Collage
  • Adobe Debut
  • Adobe Ideas
  • Adobe Kuler
  • Adobe Proto
  • Adobe Carousel

The latter is the most significant. Adobe Carousel is available on both a Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile Form Factor. I have not used Adobe Carousel, but AIR on Mobile, and the Desktop version of the Flash Player will need to provide a User-Experience which parallels that of a Native OS offering to showcase the capabilities of the Flash and AIR platform. Adobe needs to show a product built on top of the Flash Platform, running so well on multiple Form Factors, users and developers alike are smitten.

Posted by David F. Buhler on November 14, 2011