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We’ve got a pocketguide for people who want to build AIR applications with JavaScript available now for download over at Ajaxian. We had a previous version available for the beta but this one has been updated with all of the 1.0 features and changes.

The book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License so you can tweak it and use it pretty much however you want. It should be a great resource for anyone getting started with JavaScript in AIR. For those that like paper, you can order a copy from Amazon and I assume we’ll have a bunch to give away at various events where Adobe has a booth.

By Eric Auchard

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Adobe Systems Inc said on Monday it was putting under one roof businesses selling software for computers, phones and consumer electronics to make them run on a single technology platform.

The announcement is part of a series of management restructuring moves Adobe is making following the planned retirement of two long-time executives, effective May 1. A spokeswoman said no employee job losses would result.

The move represents the further consolidation of its 2005 Macromedia acquisition with the broader Adobe organization while also recognizing the growing convergence of once-distinct software and the need for it to run across a range of devices.

The merging of the different business units may appear on its face to be simply an organizational restructuring, where the Mobile and Devices Business Unit will be folded under Adobe's Experience and Technology group.

But the changes also are part of Adobe's effort to create a unified technical underpinning for software that serves everyone from Japanese phone users to YouTube watchers.

Adobe said its mobile and devices business unit is joining the experience and technology group led by Adobe Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch, a former Macromedia executive.

Gary Kovacs, vice president of product management and marketing for the mobile and devices unit, has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the business unit and will report to Lynch from May 1.

Kovacs takes over for Senior Vice President Al Ramadan, who is leaving Adobe effective April 30, after nearly 10 years with Adobe and, before that, Macromedia. Kovacs was previously vice president of product marketing at Macromedia.

Adobe Systems on Wednesday plans to release Adobe Media Player (AMP), a free download for playing Flash-based Web videos on Macs or PCs.

Written with Adobe's AIR, AMP is a hybrid online/offline application that lets people subscribe to different video Webcasts. Adobe has signed on some initial partners including CBS, PBS, MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, CondeNet, and Scripps Networks. 

The videos are either streamed from the content producer's Web site or they can be downloaded. Adobe will host a catalog, called Adobe TV, on its site where people can find videos. Because it's written with AIR, people can be offline or online when they watch.

Initially, many of the videos available will have advertising attached to them. Using Adobe's digital rights management server, content producers are able to put controls on their media.

Later, Adobe intends to enhance the client software so that different business models can be used, such as paying to download a video or renting videos, said Ashley Still, a senior product manager at Adobe.

There are already a number of existing media players, like iTunes. But Adobe thinks that having its own player will be strategic for a number of reasons, Still said.

PBS is one of the content partners to use the Adobe Media Player.

Adobe is trying to garner more revenue from online services; the company will be sharing revenue from advertising with content producers.

The player complements Adobe's multimedia content-creation multimedia products and Adobe wants to make sure there is a high-quality way to deliver that video to consumers, Still said.

"This is the first time Adobe is participating directly in the playback of Internet video content," she said.

With the 1.0 version, the player will only display Flash content, but Adobe could add support for other formats, Still said.

San Francisco - Adobe Systems is announcing availability Wednesday of Adobe Flash Media Rights Management Server software, a content protection product to help safeguard video content created for Adobe Flash technology.

Intended for broadcasters and media companies looking to protect video that can be delivered offline and online, Flash Media Rights Management Server integrates with Adobe Media Player and applications running Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) software.

Enterprises also can use the product. "Corporations can protect their video so that it doesn't end up on YouTube," said Laurel Reitman, senior product manager for Flash Media Server services.

"This new technology protects videos when they're downloaded and played back on the desktop as opposed to in the browser, and this is the first time that's available," Reitman said.

Content owners can use Flash Media Rights Management Server to encrypt FLV and F4V audio and video files downloaded and played locally and set policies for their access. Usage controls allow service providers to specify parameters for access. Dynamic rights management lets users change usage rights. Protection capabilities in Adobe Media Player help ensure content is not reused or remixed without consent, Adobe said.

The product can communicate with authentication systems like an LDAP directory.

Flash Media Rights Management Server is available for Windows Server 2003 and Red Hat Linux for $40,000 per CPU.
Company Achieves 37 Percent Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth

In the first quarter of fiscal 2008, Adobe achieved revenue of $890.4 million, compared to $649.4 million reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2007 and $911.2 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. This represents 37 percent year-over-year revenue growth. Adobes first quarter revenue target range was $855 to $885 million.

Driving our strong performance in Q1 was continued demand for our Creative Suite 3 family of products, as well as another record quarter for our Acrobat product family, said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe. As the proliferation of digital content accelerates, customers worldwide are looking to Adobe for solutions that enable the creation of rich, engaging experiences across a variety of media and devices. This trend will continue to drive our diverse business, and we are reaffirming our fiscal year financial targets.

During the first quarter, Adobe repurchased 33.3 million shares of its outstanding common stock, at a cost of $1.25 billion.

First Quarter GAAP Results

Adobes GAAP diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2008 were $0.38, based on 571.3 million weighted average shares. This compares with GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.24 reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 based on 604.2 million weighted average shares, and GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.38 reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 based on 587.9 million weighted average shares. Adobes first quarter GAAP earnings per share target range was $0.34 to $0.36.

GAAP operating income was $275.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to $146.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 and $275.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. As a percent of revenue, GAAP operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 was 30.9 percent, compared to 22.5 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 and 30.3 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007.

GAAP net income was $219.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to $143.9 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2007, and $222.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007.

First Quarter Non-GAAP Results

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2008 were $0.48. This compares with non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.30 reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2007, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.49 reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. Adobes first quarter non-GAAP earnings per share target range was $0.44 to $0.46.

Adobes non-GAAP operating income was $359.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to $223.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 and $362.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. As a percent of revenue, non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 was 40.3 percent, compared to 34.5 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 and 39.7 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007.

Non-GAAP net income was $273.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to $183.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007, and $289.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007.

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release.

Adobe Provides Second Quarter Financial Targets and Reaffirms Fiscal Year 2008 Targets

For the second quarter of fiscal 2008, Adobe announced it is targeting revenue of $855 million to $885 million. The Company is targeting a GAAP operating margin of 29 to 30 percent in the second quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, the Company is targeting a second quarter operating margin of approximately 39 percent.

In addition, Adobe is targeting its share count to be between 546 million and 550 million shares in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. The Company also is targeting GAAP non-operating income to be $14 million to $16 million, and non-GAAP non-operating income to be $5 million to $7 million. Adobes GAAP and non-GAAP tax rate is expected to be approximately 27 percent.

These targets lead to a second quarter earnings per share target range of $0.35 to $0.37 on a GAAP basis, and a earnings per share target range of $0.45 to $0.47 on a non-GAAP basis.

For fiscal year 2008, Adobe reaffirmed it is targeting annual revenue growth of approximately 13 percent. The Company also reaffirmed it is targeting an annual GAAP operating margin of approximately 30 percent, and a non-GAAP operating margin of approximately 39 percent.

In addition, Adobe provided fiscal year 2008 earnings targets. On a GAAP basis, the Company is targeting earnings per share of $1.45 to $1.51. On a non-GAAP basis, the Company is targeting earnings per share of $1.86 to $1.92.

A reconciliation between these GAAP and non-GAAP financial targets is provided at the end of this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to revenue, operating margin, other income, tax rate, share count, earnings per share, and business momentum which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: delays in development or shipment of Adobes new products or major new versions of existing products, introduction of new products and business models by existing and new competitors, failure to successfully manage transitions to new business models and markets, failure to anticipate and develop new products and services in response to changes in demand for application software and software delivery, computers, printers, or other non PC-devices, adverse changes in general economic or political conditions in any of the major countries in which Adobe does business, difficulty in predicting revenue from new businesses, costs related to intellectual property acquisitions, disputes and litigation, inability to protect Adobes intellectual property from unauthorized copying, use, disclosure or malicious attack, failure to realize the anticipated benefits of past or future acquisitions and difficulty in integrating such acquisitions, changes to Adobes distribution channel, disruption of Adobes business due to catastrophic events, risks associated with international operations, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, changes in, or interpretations of, accounting principles, impairment of Adobes goodwill or intangible assets, unanticipated changes in, or interpretations of, tax rules and regulations, Adobes inability to attract and retain key personnel, market risks associated with Adobes equity investments, and interruptions or terminations in Adobes relationships with turnkey assemblers. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobes SEC filings.

The financial information set forth in this press release reflects estimates based on information available at this time. These amounts could differ from actual reported amounts stated in Adobes Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter ended Feb. 29, 2008, which the Company expects to file in April 2008. Adobe does not undertake an obligation to update forward-looking statements.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

© 2008 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and Creative Suite are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share data; unaudited)


 

Three Months Ended


February 29,

2008

 

March 2,
2007




 
Revenue:


Products $ 851,962

$ 620,298
Services and support   38,483  
  29,109  
Total revenue   890,445  
  649,407  




Total cost of revenue:


Products
59,805


53,815
Services and support   22,670  
  18,448  
Total cost of revenue   82,475  
  72,263  



 
Gross profit
807,970


577,144



 
Operating expenses:


Research and development
168,485


137,129
Sales and marketing
262,595


214,678
General and administrative
82,929


61,275
Restructuring and other charges
1,431



Amortization of purchased intangibles   17,099  
  17,725  
Total operating expenses   532,539  
  430,807  



 
Operating income
275,431


146,337



 
Non-operating income:


Interest and other income, net
13,290


22,515
Interest expense
(1,809 )

(51 )
Investment gain   8,732  
  5,601  
Total non-operating income   20,213  
  28,065  
Income before income taxes
295,644


174,402
Provision for income taxes   76,265  
  30,551  
Net income $ 219,379  
$ 143,851  
Basic net income per share $ 0.39  
$ 0.24  

Shares used in computing basic net income per share

 

561,113

 
 

587,969

 
Diluted net income per share $ 0.38  
$ 0.24  
Shares used in computing diluted net income per share  

571,259

 
 

604,249

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share data; unaudited)



 

February 29,
November 30,

  2008  
  2007  
 
ASSETS





 
Current assets:


Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,032,733

$ 946,422
Short-term investments
682,511


1,047,432
Trade receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $4,271 and $4,398, respectively
293,266


318,145
Other receivables
38,839


44,666
Deferred income taxes
132,892


171,472
Prepaid expenses and other assets   46,031  
  44,840  
Total current assets
2,226,272


2,572,977



 
Property and equipment, net
297,522


289,758
Goodwill
2,144,368


2,148,102
Purchased and other intangibles, net
357,221


402,619
Investment in lease receivable
207,239


207,239
Other assets   108,279  
  92,984  

$ 5,340,901  
$ 5,713,679  



 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS EQUITY





 
Current liabilities:


Trade and other payables $ 62,019

$ 66,867
Accrued expenses
368,978


383,436
Accrued restructuring
5,956


3,731
Income taxes payable
40,931


215,058
Deferred revenue   191,662  
  183,318  
Total current liabilities
669,546


852,410



 
Long-term liabilities:


Deferred revenue
22,956


25,950
Deferred income taxes
146,344


148,943
Income taxes payable
197,741



Debt
450,000



Accrued restructuring
12,069


13,987
Other liabilities   28,095  
  22,407  
Total liabilities
1,526,751


1,063,697



 
Stockholders equity:


Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 2,000 shares authorized




Common stock, $0.0001 par value
61


61
Additional paid-in-capital
2,317,582


2,340,969
Retained earnings
4,260,970


4,041,592
Accumulated other comprehensive income
26,215


27,948
Treasury stock, at cost (59,963 and 29,425 shares, respectively), net of reissuances   (2,790,678 )
  (1,760,588 )
Total stockholders equity   3,814,150  
  4,649,982  

$ 5,340,901  
$ 5,713,679  

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands; unaudited)


 

Three Months Ended

February 29,
2008

  March 2,

2007

Cash flows from operating activities:


Net income $ 219,379

$ 143,851

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 


 

Depreciation, amortization, and accretion
69,202


68,498
Stock-based compensation expense, net of tax
43,034


46,285
Net investment (gains)
(9,493 )

(5,835 )
Changes in deferred revenue
5,350


7,585
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   71,828  
  10,736  



 
Net cash provided by operating activities   399,300  
  271,120  



 
Cash flows from investing activities:


Sales and maturities of short-term investments, net of purchases
362,592


(249,540 )
Purchases of property and equipment
(26,268 )

(48,300 )
Purchases of long term investments and other assets, net of sales
(8,038 )

(9,517 )
Cash paid for acquisitions   485  
  (3,094 )



 
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities   328,771  
  (310,451 )



 
Cash flows from financing activities:


Purchases of treasury stock
(1,150,022 )

(301,468 )
Reissuances of treasury stock
53,510


94,033
Proceeds from borrowings under credit facility
450,000



Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation    
  1,556  



 
Net cash used for financing activities   (646,512 )
  (205,879 )



 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   4,752  
  (1,260 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
86,311


(246,470 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   946,422  
  772,500  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 1,032,733  
$ 526,030  

Non-GAAP Results

(In thousands, except per share data)

The following table shows the Companys non-GAAP results reconciled to GAAP results included in this release for the quarters ended February 29, 2008, March 2, 2007 and November 30, 2007.


 

Three Months Ended

February 29,
2008

  March 2,

2007

 

November 30,
2007






 

GAAP operating income

$ 275,431

$ 146,337

$ 275,832
Stock-based compensation
43,034


31,852


39,791
Restructuring and other charges
1,431





Amortization of purchased intangibles   39,071  
  45,644  
  46,570

Non-GAAP operating income

$ 358,967  
$ 223,833  
$ 362,193





 

GAAP net income

$ 219,379

$ 143,851

$ 222,208
Stock-based compensation, net of tax
30,859


23,089


30,401
Restructuring and other charges, net of tax
1,026





Amortization of purchased intangibles, net of tax


28,018


32,606


35,524
R&D tax benefit, net of tax



(12,330 )

Investment (gain) loss, net of tax   (6,262 )
  (3,592 )
  1,478

Non-GAAP net income

$ 273,020  
$ 183,624  
$ 289,611





 
Diluted net income per share:









 

GAAP net income

$ 0.38

$ 0.24

$ 0.38
Stock-based compensation, net of tax
0.06


0.04


0.05
Restructuring and other charges, net of tax






Amortization of purchased intangibles, net of tax


0.05


0.05


0.06
R&D tax benefit, net of tax



(0.02 )

Investment gain, net of tax   (0.01 )
  (0.01 )
 

Non-GAAP net income

$ 0.48  
$ 0.30  
$ 0.49





 
Shares used computing diluted net income per share   571,259  
  604,249  
  587,865

The following tables show the Companys reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP operating expense and operating margin for the quarters ended February 29, 2008, March 2, 2007 and November 30, 2007.


Three Months Ended

February 29,

2008

March 2,

2007

November 30,
2007




 
GAAP operating expenses $ 532,539
$ 430,807
$ 536,783
Stock-based compensation
(42,190 )
(30,648 )
(38,577 )
Restructuring and other charges
(1,431 )



Amortization of purchased intangibles   (17,099 )   (17,725 )   (17,893 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 471,819   $ 382,434   $ 480,313  

Three Months Ended

February 29,
2008

March 2,
2007

November 30,
2007




 
GAAP operating margin 30.9 % 22.5 % 30.3 %
Stock-based compensation 4.8
4.9
4.4
Restructuring and other charges 0.2


Amortization of purchased intangibles 4.4   7.1   5.0  
Non-GAAP operating margin 40.3 % 34.5 % 39.7 %

The following table shows the Companys reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP effective tax rate for the quarter ended February 29, 2008.


February 29,
2008


 
GAAP effective income tax rate 25.8 %
Stock-based compensation 0.3
Amortization of purchased intangibles 0.3
Investment gain (0.1 )
Non-GAAP effective income tax rate 26.3 %

Second Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 Non-GAAP Financial Targets

(In millions, except per share data)

The following tables show the Companys second quarter and fiscal year 2008 non-GAAP financial targets reconciled to GAAP financial targets included in this release.


Second Quarter

Fiscal 2008

 

 


Low   High
Fiscal 2008





 
GAAP operating margin 29.0 %
30.0 %
30.0 %
Stock-based compensation 5.3

4.7

4.7
Amortization of purchased intangibles 4.7  
4.3  
4.3  
Non-GAAP operating margin 39.0 %
39.0 %
39.0 %

Second Quarter

Fiscal 2008


Low   High
Non-operating income:





 
GAAP non-operating income $ 14.0

$ 16.0
Investment gain   (9.0 )
  (9.0 )
Non-GAAP non-operating income $ 5.0  
$ 7.0  

Second Quarter

Fiscal 2008

Fiscal 2008


Low   High Low   High
Diluted net income per share:
 









 
GAAP net income per share $ 0.35

$ 0.37
$ 1.45

$ 1.51
Stock-based compensation, net of tax
0.06


0.06

0.22


0.22

Amortization of purchased intangibles, net of tax


0.05


0.05

0.20


0.20
Investment gain, net of tax   (0.01 )     (0.01 )   (0.01 )
  (0.01 )
Non-GAAP net income per share $ 0.45     $ 0.47   $ 1.86  
$ 1.92  






 
Shares used in computing diluted net income per share   550.0       546.0     555.0  
  551.0  

Adobe continues to provide all information required in accordance with GAAP, but believes evaluating its ongoing operating results may not be as useful if an investor is limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, Adobe uses non-GAAP financial information to evaluate its ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. Adobes management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adobe presents such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate Adobes operating results in a manner that focuses on what Adobe believes to be its ongoing business operations. Adobes management believes it is useful for itself and investors to review, as applicable, both GAAP information that includes the stock-based compensation impact of SFAS 123R, restructuring and other charges, amortization of purchased intangibles and incomplete technology, investment gains and losses and the related tax impact of these items, the net tax impact of the R&D tax benefit, the income tax effect of the non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments from the provision for income taxes, and the non-GAAP measures that exclude such information in order to assess the performance of Adobes business and for planning and forecasting in subsequent periods. Whenever Adobe uses such a non-GAAP financial measure, it provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure as detailed above.


Contact:
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Mike Saviage, 408-536-4416 (Investor Relations)
ir@adobe.com
Holly Campbell, 408-536-6401 (Public Relations)
campbell@adobe.com

Source: Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen said the company intends to bring its Flash Player to Apple's iPhone.

During a conference call to announce Adobe's first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, Narayen said Adobe "will work with Apple" to make sure that Flash applications can run on the iPhone.

Seeking Alpha has a transcript of a conference call. Narayen's comment on the iPhone was in response to a question about getting Flash ported to other devices. (Microsoft announced earlier this week that it has licensed Flash Lite so that Flash applications can run on Windows Mobile devices.)

According to Seeking Alpha, here's what Narayen had to say:

Well, you really believe that Flash is synonymous with the Internet, and frankly, anybody who wants to browse the Web and experience the Web's glory really needs Flash support.

    We were very excited about the announcement from Windows Mobile--adoption of Flash on their devices--and the fact that we've shipped 0.5 billion devices now, non-PC devices. So we are also committed to bringing the Flash experience to the iPhone, and we will work with Apple.

    We've evaluated the SDK. We can now start to develop the Flash player ourselves, and we think it benefits our joint customers. So we want to work with Apple to bring that capability to the device.

Whether and how Flash applications would run on Apple's iPhone has been an open question since the device's launch. Narayen's comments indicate that Adobe will be able to create a version of Flash Lite for the iPhone by using the iPhone software developers kit (SDK) which was released earlier this month.

Adobe executives have made clear their desire to have Web applications written with Flash, which run on a range of the mobile phones, to make their way to the iPhone.

But Apple has thus far not allowed it, apparently over concerns that Flash applications run too slowly.

During Apple's shareholder meeting in March, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that full-blown Flash applications are "too slow to be useful" on the iPhone. He went on to say the mobile version of the Flash, called Flash Lite, is "not capable of being used with the Web."

Even after Jobs' comments about Flash and Flash Lite, Adobe touted the success of Flash Lite on other devices but still did not commit to bringing Flash applications to the iPhone.

Author: Martin LaMonica
Source: News.com

February 25, 2008 (Computerworld) Adobe today announced the availability of its Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) cross-operating system for taking rich Internet applications (RIA) to the desktop.

Adobe also released Flex 3, an open-source development tool set aimed at helping developers build RIAs.

AIR is a runtime environment for building RIAs in Adobe Flash, HTML and AJAX. The product includes the Safari WebKit browser engine, SQLite local database functionality, and APIs that support desktop features such as native drag and drop and network awareness.

Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. and the American Cancer Society are among several organizations running beta versions of AIR to bridge the gap between the Web and the desktop. Both said they turned to the technology because it doesn't require that developers learn new skills.

"AIR takes the capabilities of Flex and Flash and extends that to the desktop," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president of Adobe's platform business unit. "With the release of AIR, we've expanded our developer base to the millions of AJAX and HTML developers of the world."

Wadhwani added that FedEx Corp. has developed an AIR application to track packages in real time on the desktop, and Deutsche Bank AG is using AIR to provide alerts about financial transactions.

In addition, business intelligence software vendor Business Objects SA has been working with Adobe to develop reports on transactional data that run in AIR and can be e-mailed to multiple users who can then access live feeds from those reports to do an analysis, he said.

Adobe also released Flex Builder 3, its commercial Eclipse-based plug-in for developing RIAs. Flex Builder 3 integrates with Adobe's Creative Suite 3 set of tools to make it easier for designers and developers to work together, Adobe said. It will be available in two versions: The standard edition is $249, while the professional version costs $699.

Finally, Adobe also made available its BlazeDS open-source tool that promises to help developers boost the data transfer capabilities and performance of RIAs. BlazeDS is made up of components from Adobe's LiveCycle Data Services suite.

Adobe CS4 : RIA Premium?

This post is a consequence of a number of things I have been thinking about since Adobe Refresh last week. It came together while I was posting about using Illustrator to create Flex symbols. I was thinking about how little use I have for the Flash IDE at the moment. I had been using it to create an assets.swf with static skin elements. But I realise now that it is easier to use Illustrator for this.

At the moment Flex developers are disadvantaged by Adobe's packaging options. If we buy CS3 Web Premium we still need to go out and buy Flex Builder. What would be better is if one of the collections contained Flex Builder. In fact, what if there was a collection focussed on RIA development.

I had been thinking about this a little since seeing some demos of Thermo. Thermo is essentially a Flex for Designers that will integrate with Flex Builder (Flex for Developers). So lets imagine a studio with a designer and developer working on Flex based projects. Ideally we could have a CS4 RIA Designer Collection and a CS4 RIA Developer Collection and they could look a little like this:

CS4 RIA Designer Collection

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Thermo
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
CS4 RIA Developer Collection
  • Adobe Flex Builder
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Fireworks
Finally, for the developer/designer we have the Premium collection:

CS4 RIA Premium Collection
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Flex Builder
  • Adobe Thermo
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
Source: http://geekglue.blogspot.com/2007/11/adobe-cs4-ria-premium.html

Why ColdFusion?

More than 300,000 developers at over 10,000 companies worldwide rely on ColdFusion® software to quickly build and deploy powerful web applications. And with more than 125,000 ColdFusion servers deployed, ColdFusion is one of the most widely adopted web technologies in the industry.

Who’s using ColdFusion?

ColdFusion is in use at 75 of the Fortune 100 companies. Here's a partial list of customers (with links to case studies) that rely on ColdFusion today.

  • New York State Office for Technology
  • One World Alliance
  • Peace Corps
  • Pepsi
  • PGA of America
  • Pottery Barn
  • Prometheus
  • Quaker Oats
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Schlumberger
  • Scott's Corporation
  • Seattle Times
  • United States Senate
  • Siemens
  • Simon & Schuster
  • SmartMoney.com
  • Sprint
  • State of New York
  • Symantec
  • Travelers
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • US Bank
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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  • Award-winning software like Photoshop® and Acrobat® that spans all industries, serving customers of every size
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