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A Week of Announcements

Posted by Sravan | October 13, 2008 .

Adobe announced the launch of Flash Media Encoding Server to collide head-on with Microsoft’s Silverlight browser plug-in. The software can convert native Windows and other media formats into those which can be played using Flash runtime. The pre-processing filters in it can perform color space conversions, normalize audio, and sharpen video. It is to be shipped towards the end of this year, supposedly costing $6000. I hope this will not roll out with location-specific prices.

Kuneri announced the release of SWFPack beta last week. SWFPack is a mobile development tool for creating Flash Lite installers for mobile devices. According to the website, “Before SWFPack, creating Flash Lite installers was a hassle on Windows and impossible on other operating systems.” SWFPack functions across all platforms, doesn’t need an install, and all the basic features are free of cost.

Yahoo! acquired a software firm called IndexTools in April. The fruit of the acquisition has recently been announced as Yahoo Web Analytics, which is being marketed as an enterprise site analytics tool and seems superior to Google Analytics. Targeted on commercial websites, the private beta provides near real-time data aggregation and visualization. Work is also going on to release an API which will allow developers to analyze requirements like aggregating popular content, comparing with other data sets, exporting for backup, and migrating to other systems. Google must already be bouncing ideas to counter this new development.

This is not an announcement, but the rarity almost makes it one. Adobe AIR 1.0 supports XSLT.

Now, who all have attended the FlashCamp in SF? Did you register before or after the announcement about their employing a masseuse? :)

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