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Adobe Flash Lite Exchange – Updated With New Content

Adobe’s Flash Lite Exchange has been updated. It has been quite a while since they have added anything new. So this is a welcome sight. Plus, I am proud to say they included my MinuteBio on Julius Caesar.

If you have a Flash Lite enabled device or just want to browse what is available, here is the Flash Lite Exchange link. FYI: They do have an education category.

Adobe Flash on TV

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It has been announced that Flash will be available on TVs! This news from Broadcom and Adobe certainly caught my attention. This is not only a great opportunity for Adobe Flash, but opens up many, many opportunities for Flash developers and hopefully e-learning designers.

This will now place rich Internet applications (RIA) on TVs, using Flash Lite Player 3. For now I am going to assume a content developer’s kit (CDK) will be provided by Adobe and the TV remote will act in the same manner as a Flash enabled phone’s key pad, recognizing key presses, etc. If this is the case, it opens the door for very accessible, interactive e-learning….on your TV. And if it talks to an LMS, even better.

Plus, if I am correct, this will expose people to e-learning beyond academia and the corporate world, who are the majority of our e-learning audience.

As this is rolled out we should learn more about its capabilities and at what level it is applicable to e-learning, but until then I will stay very optimistic.

Here is a link to the press release.

Adobe Groups

 

Adobe has just released Adobe Groups. Adobe Groups is an online community of Adobe User Groups around the world. My Adobe User Group Manager is attending Adobe Max and just sent out the news and link (below). Plus, he already set up our group up in the community, thank you. I just set up my profile (JeffGoldman) and browsed around a little bit. It appears it will be a great resource for collaborating within and between groups. Besides being able to join user groups and share resources and information, one can also set up a network of friends, similar to Facebook and Linked In.

I am looking forward to exploring it further.

http://groups.adobe.com/pages/home

What if iPhone and Blackberry Supported Flash Lite?

I was looking over the e-Learning Guild’s 360 report on mobile learning, released several months back. What really jumped out for me was the survey regarding targeted devices. Granted the results are anecdotal and not from a scientific survey, but none the less it does reflect answers from 240 m-learning designers from numerous regions around the world.

Of the devices m-learning targets:

  • 34% support Flash Lite (21% in the USA) – e.g. Symbian and Windows Mobile
  • 62% target iPhone and Blackberry (76% in the USA).

After adding these numbers up, one could conclude that IF/WHEN Flash Lite is on the iPhone and Blackberry Flash Lite can potentially be used as the m-learning development tool for 96% of the devices currently targeted (97% in the USA).

Yes, this is all hypothetical, but I and many others are of the opinion that the iPhone and Blackberry will eventually support Flash Lite. Let’s just hope sooner than later.

The e-Learning Guild did provide the following links regarding the possibility of Flash Lite on iPhones:

http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/6/adobe_flash_apple_iphone_maybe_someday

http://www.flashdevices.net/2008/03/adobe-flash-player-coming-to-iphone.html

Ben Franklin m-Learning Course

My Ben Franklin MinuteBio is finally complete and now available at MinuteBio.com. As with the others, this is made in Flash Lite (FL 1.1). It is a quick intro to Franklin. This one uses quite a few imported graphics making the file size quite a bit larger than prior courses (533kb), but still a very manageable size even for my Nokia S40. Please take a look. Any comments/feedback will be helpful and very much appreciated.

Ben Franklin m-Learning Course

Tracing Bitmaps in Flash

With Flash you easily convert your imported graphics into vector graphics. Once converted, you can manipulate the vector graphic from within Flash. For example, remove colors, add colors, distort shapes, etc.  This has been extremely helpful while working on a Ben Franklin course I am currently developing. I have been importing graphics of historical illustrations and artifacts (none with copyrights). In order to keep the same “cartoon” feel of the Minutebio courses, I used this method. Giving the graphics a more uniform, cartoon look, plus vector graphics scale up better.

Here’s how it works:

Highlight the imported graphic. In the menu, use Modify>Bitmap>Trace Bitmap.

The Trace Bitmap dialog box will appear. Color threshold and other parameters can be adjusted and previewed. Click OK and it becomes a vector graphic.

 

Tracing Bitmap
Tracing Bitmap

It can now be easily manipulated. In the example below, background colors have been removed, the shape of the arm has been changed and numerous colors have been added.

This example is from the Ben Franklin wallpaper and will also be used in the MinuteBio m-learning course (available soon).