mPresenter, flash platform presentation tool

mPresenter is a new tool that my company develop in last few months, finally is available to download.
Going in deep about this new solution, what is it mPresenter?

mPresenter is a cross-platform software composed by 2 different tools: a mobile manager and a desktop viewer.
It helps you during own presentation to your boss or clients, during a public talk or only when you want to show your holidays photos to your friends.
With mPresenter you can manage your presentation directly from your mobile device, you can draw or highlight on a slide, photo or flash file, change with next or previous content, receive comments that you add in content and so on.

You can download AIR version on mPresenter official website and Android controller directly on Android Marketplace.In next few days (I hope) you can find mPresenter mobile on Apple store too, so stay tuned for news about it!

Do you want watch mPresenter in action? Take a look at youtube video.

Do you want to have a free copy?! It’s easy, go to official website, add mPresenter banner to your blog or website and the first 10 people that add a comments to this post with a link at own website with mPresenter banner automatically win a free mPresenter copy!
Remember to leave in the comment your name, email and link to the site where I can find mPresenter banner.

Finally, if you are going to MAX in L.A. and you want to know more about mPresenter, you can find me there, so feel free to drop me a line to meet there.

I’m waiting for feedbacks and have fun guys with mPresenter!

Android development with Flash Platform

First of all I’d like to say thank you to JUG Padova that give me opportunity to talk about Flash Platform in own Java User Group.
Saturday morning I got a talk about Android development with Flash Platform in a school in Padova.
There were 40/50 people more or less, students, Flash Platform devs and Java devs, so I’m glad about the final result.

I talked about my experience on working with Flash Platform on Android, suggested some tips & tricks to improve own applications made with AIR or web site for Flash Player on Android and finally I reported latest news from Flash on the Beach general session.

Adobe has just released Adobe AIR for Android so from last weekend you can download it and start to develop your own Flash Platform contents for Android devices.

You can download my presentation slides with some samples directly here, for now slides are in Italian but if someone is interesting in an English translation feel free to add a comment here.

UPDATE
Here you can watch the seminar: http://www.archive.org/details/AndroidDevelopmentWithFlashPlatform

mPresenter: new tool for speakers

I become speaker 4/5 years ago, after 30/40 talks in Italy and around the globe and tons of lessons like instructor, after study how to prepare slides for presentations, after a couple of courses about public speaking and so on, finally this January I started to think about how can I help speakers during own presentation?

When I answered to this question I started to think about mPresenter.

mPresenter is composed by 2 different applications: a mobile application and a desktop one.
Obviously everything is build with Flash Platform: AIR 2, Flex 4 and AIR for Android.
The mobile one allow you to manage your presentation, pointing or drawing on slide, changing them.
Also, it allows you to read notes added in each slide during preso composition.

AIR application allows speakers to make own presentation: moving slides in right position, adding notes to a slides and zooming on it.
You can easily drag and drop images from your OS to mPresenter and create the perfect presentation.
We are working to add new features on this software but for now you can see a preview video on youtube.
I really love if you can give us your feedbacks and suggestions to improve this software and become a really useful utility for all speakers.
We believe in you!

Android development with Flash Platform (FREE SEMINAR)

First of all a big thank you to Padova Java User Group that give me an opportunity to speak in the end of September in a JUG meeting.
My speech will cover Android development with Flash Platform, so I share my mobile experience and I’ll talk about those main topics:

  1. UI design for mobile device
  2. Working with Flash Platform to create mobile content
  3. Actionscript 3 overview
  4. tips & tricks on mobile development
  5. testing on device

Seminar will take part in Padova in the end of September, you can take a look at the program directly from JUG event site.
It will be totally FREE but I suggest to register yourself very soon because venue isn’t so big.

For any questions feel free to contact me directly or leave a comment here.

Finally, in November I’ll be speaker at WebTechCon in Milan, I’ll talk about AS3 design patterns and Multiscreen development with Flash Platform so if you want to know more about this event take a look at WebTechCon official site.

Flash Platform on Android

Sorry if I don’t post anything until now but I study a lot during last months and finally I’ve time to write a new post about Flash Platform on Android.

I’m glad to talk about this argument because after Flash Lite experience I was not so excited to work with these technologies on mobile, but finally I can say that we can forget Flash Lite experience in this new way to think mobile.
First of all I’d like to share with you a thought about Adobe mobile direction.
Adobe is releasing 3 cool mobile technologies Flash, Flex and obviously AIR; the most interesting for me is Flex 4.1 (codename HERO) that allow to create contents for RIAs, Dekstop Apps, Mobile RIAs and Mobile Apps.
In fact with HERO, Adobe gives us opportunity to develop better and faster with the same framework! Yes, you read well, 1 framework for everything!
They add some cool components dedicated for mobile development like ActionBar or ViewNavigator. It’s really impressive!
If you have an Android FroYo device, try to download some .apk file made with Flex on Coenraets blog.

I think Adobe is going to the right direction and new technologies that will be released in next months give us a new opportunity to bring our contents and deliver them to mobile! So THANK YOU ADOBE!

After these considerations, I’d like to talk about few experiments that I tried during last weeks.
Flash Platform on Android works very well, cool performance and with a good coding you can create great stuff.
I’m working on a mobile library with some useful components like grid, list, image and so on; I think that work with Flash Platform on mobile is so easy if you have an idea on how to work for mobile.
Obviously, if you are a Flash developer you are not a Flash mobile developer automatically! But you can become a mobile developer in few easy steps:

1. Optimize your code: remember to remove all listeners, put variables to null, using object pooling instead of create and destroy variables, use design patterns and so on.
2. System.gc() finally works! On Flash Player 10.1 if you run this command it works very well and save lots of memory for your porjects!
3. Don’t insert tons of stuff on your screen: when you design UI of your application remember that you have a small screen so remember to work with 14px fonts (minimum size), big hit button area (50px minimum), optimized images, avoid vector strokes.
Remember also to test if an asset is better in pixels instead of vectors or viceversa, because sometimes trying on device is the best way to find an answer!
4. Test on device anytime you add a consistent feature.
Don’t test your application only when you finish it, but test anytime you add a new feature because what you see on your computer could not be the same on your Android device!

Those are only few suggestions to start to work with Flash Platform on Android; on Amazon I saw that many people will release some cool books about Flash Platform development on mobile device so please take a look!

Finally, I give you a couple of videos about a runtime image manipulation on Android with Convolution filter made in less then 50 lines of code and a new component that I develop for our library called Skeleton component that simulate navigation of iPad Wired app but made for Android with Flash Platform.
I’m finishing it but for now I’m glad for final result; it’s totally XML driven and you can add swf, videos or images, send data to swf files and so on.
A cool test that I made is to port it on an AIR app for desktop and without changing a line of code I have the same result!
So if you plan your development well you can have one core and different deploy, thank you again Adobe!
Now I want to try it on an Android tablet and then I’ll post some results about that.
For now I can say that Flash on Android will revolutionize Android mobile development experience and if Adobe goes in this direction I can say that they will revolutionize mobile developer life (not for all, isn’t it Steve?!).

Scotch on the Rocks 2010

It’s finished!!! DAMN!

SOTR 2010 is end, I hope to come again next year, but now I want to share with you my experience here in London.

SOTR was organized at TigerTiger club near Piccadilly circus in the heart of London and believe me, It’s my first time that I take part in a conference where stop for a couple of days a club! That’s totally crazy, but this is SOTR and I love it! (Obviously free drink inside ;P)

Location a part, sessions were pretty cool, I really appreciate Aral and Serge one, the first was an inspire session based on clients UX and I grabbed very cool suggestions; Serge’s session was about AIR 2 and Flash Player 10.1 on Android devices… I really love those stuff!
It was impressive a performance benchmark where the same animation created with HTML and JS (7fps), another made with HTML 5 and canvas (9fps) and one made with Flash Player 10.1 (25fps !!! I really love Flash Platform) obtains different results on Android… and what results!!!

I was at SOTR also to speak about AIR 2 printing API, AlivePDF and PurePDF, I made an inspire session that allow you to have the right solution when someone (your boss maybe?!) ask you to create data reports or paper documents in a Flex RIA or AIR application.
My English a part, I think that people enjoy case history part and first twitter messages are agree with me, so believe me guys at SOTR, thank you so much for your time.
Finally in my session I shared my “thoughts” about HTML 5, Apple and so on (many photos on this slide, I was sure that you appreciate it! :D).

You can download all the stuff made for AIR & Printing session directly from this blog and if you weren’t in London and you want ask me more details about this cool shit, feel free to contact me or leave a comment at this post!

Ok, it’s time to come back to reality but before that I must say a big THANK YOU to Andy Allan that organize this amazing event, Cyril and Guust (and his girlfriend) for the great time spent together in London talking about Coldfusion and our beautiful countries.

Think different?! NO… but maybe…

I want broken my silence about Apple vs Adobe “war” and share with you my thoughts.

It’s an hot topic and probably not all people will be agree with me but I feel to tell you my point of view.
First of all, today we are sure that Adobe will not invest anymore on iPhone packager for Flash CS5, so from a developer point of view I’m totally agree with Mike Chambers and Adobe too.
Android is a really amazing mobile OS not only for smartphone but also for MID, I saw on a Nvidia Tegra 2 and performance were really impressive.
I had an iPhone a year ago and now I’ve a HTC Hero with Android, guys believe me, it totally changes my life, everytime I say: “Android takes best features of Blackberry, iPhone and Nokia in one OS! Oh yes… phone calls work on Android :P”.

I saw AIR 2 and Flash Player 10.1 on Android in action during 3GSM in Barcelona and … WOW, Adobe is working very hard on that technologies and I test a Flash website not optimize for mobile on FP 10.1 and it works very well.
Future on Android will be very cool for every Flash Platform developers… but…

I’m also owner of a company and I know a little bit my customers or potential ones and if you talk about iPhone or Android they feel an app or game in different way.
I think the big problem is that few people known the powerful of Android OS and Google is not advertising so much it.
People that use Android after iPhone they don’t come back again, they are so happy about OS but if you take a look at carrier’s advertising they prepare great iPhone campaign but I didn’t see any Android campaign or carrier’s advertising dedicated to Android phones.
Adobe made a good job with iPhone packager and Apple close doors to it, if I see from point of view of both I could think that Adobe didn’t develop anything for iPhone and will not do that in the next future, Apple lose tons of possible applications in own store but they preserve their ecosystem, and freelances or IT companies?! Did you ever think to them?!

We are in a particular market moment where everybody is seeking a new way to make business or to invert the trend, those strategies could be useful in 80’s or 90’s not in 2010! Customers are not so happy to bring a company that make an iPhone app, another one for a RIA on web, another for a desktop apps and so on, or maybe one big company that make all but ask tons of money that there aren’t in this historical moment!
Lots of companies and developers were waiting for this new marketing possibility and probably, this possibility could create a win-win situation for everybody.
Companies and developers work more and have new possibilities to make business in a particular market moment, Adobe would be the first company that introduce in the market a technology that is real cross-platform, with AS3 I can develop on web, mobile, desktop apps and so on; probably many people upgrade to Flash CS5 only for iPhone packagers so they have a high ROI; finally Apple would have tons of new developers that will buy their products, probably approach Objective C maybe only to take a look but they will approach it, and they gain more revenue from the store… so everybody win nobody lose.
Probably it’s a poor point of view from a little man, but a win win situation could help in this moment…

I spent a couple of days to understand what is happening between Adobe and Apple but I think that nobody could know and nobody tell us the truth.
For now we can only wait and change our marketing strategy focusing on Android devices, maybe a day we could count more in big companies decisions… or maybe not…

I’m just come back from 3GSM World Congress

Here we are!
Yesterday I came back from Barcelona (what a wonderful city!), I was there for 3GSM World Congress invited from Adobe to show our latest Flash Lite contents made in collaboration with Mutado, an Italian creative and interactive company.
It was amazing for us and I’d like to thank you Adobe people to give us this opportunity, thank you guys!

Adobe stand was amazing I love it so much and also Adobe announced lots of new stuff from new Flash Lite player delivery to new challenge that allow developers to win $30.000!

Flash Lite challengers is a contest that will finish at the end of May and we’ll know winners in the middle of June.
Main prize is $30.000 for the best Flash Lite application, but there are also categories prizes from games to applications, it’s a great opportunity to show your mobile content and win!
More information about this challenge on Adobe site

Another great news is that now, we have a new way to distribute our Flash Lite contents, in fact if a device goes trough a Flash Lite content on the web browser or download a Flash Lite application, if this device doesn’t have installed Flash Lite 3.1, it will be downloaded from web and installed on the device.
More information about this new way to deliver your content on Labs site.  

Also Adobe and Nokia give us a new opportunity to invest in mobile projects with Open Screen Project fund ($10 million), in fact this fund is created to help companies and developers to join in mobile Flash world!
More information about it in open screen project site

Finally I put a review on mobile.actionscript.it about new Flash Lite devices like Palm Pre or Nokia N97, so feel free to comment it (and take a look about our new mobile website).

 If you want to see a quick tour about 3GSM feel free to take a look on my Flickr account.

Adobe MAX: day 1

Here we are, it has just started Adobe MAX 2008, I’m very excited and in this day I see a lot of cool and interesting things!

In General Session this morning we see new name of Thermo project, now we must start to call it Flash Catalyst, too long but not bad.
There are new interesting things on mobile side, Adobe is working in a new product that package Flash Lite contents in .sis or .cab file and delivery it over-the-air, maybe an important step trough a new Adobe mobile era.

Another interesting project that is in BETA now, it’s also my favorite one, is CoCoMo, I meet Nigel Pegg, amazing guy, that coordinate the project with Dr. Fang (:D).
Now CoCoMo is in Labs, you can download it and start to work with those components that allow you to implement your Flex applications with Connect Now features, so you can share your desktop, make a conference call with video, chat and so on.

There are other 2 minor project that Adobe releases today: Wave and Tour de Flex.

The first one is a social networking aggregator made with AIR that allow you to manage your social networking like twitter, flickr and so on in a all in one application.
Tour de Flex is another AIR application that is focused for developers and designers that approach Flex for the first time, I copy the purpose of the application from own site:

  • Provide non-Flex developers with a good overview of what is possible in Flex in a “look and see” environment
  • Provide Flex developers with an illustrated reference tool
  • Provide commercial and non-commercial Flex developers a place to showcase their work

You can find those projects directly from Labs too.
I meet also a lot of developers and designers that are involved in very cool projects, but I’ve also the honor to meet Simone Legno aka Tokidoki! It’s one of my favorite designers! Max respect for him.

But I must write also that there is ONLY 1 WI-FI CONNECTION here for more then 5.000 people… it’s unbelievable… 

See you tomorrow for resume of second day.

How to win a lot of prizes at MAX Milan

Tomas Joos, a great friend of mine, has just released a cool Flash Lite application that allow you to win great prizes at MAX Milan.
You must only shoot, shoot and shoot again to Adobe icons softwares that fall down in the screen, you can find all informations about prizes and how to start to play at boulevart labs site.
I played with it and believe me, it’s very funny spent time with this game.