Wednesday, 24 October 2007

What Next in Adobe

Adobe's 2008 roadmap includes full releases of its newly acquired Buzzword online word processor and its just released Adobe Media Player application. The company also plans to take AIR to 1.0 and release the final third versions of its Flex Builder and Flash Media Server software. Adobe will also be debuting the next generation of its Flash software, code named "Astro."

One of the coolest features of Flash Astro is the planned integration of Adobe's new image processing programming language, Hydra. Though currently only existing for the public as a specification included in the Adobe Image Foundation Toolkit Technology Preview, Hydra is already at use in After Effects CS3 and will be utilized in other Adobe products in the future. Flash Astro will use Hydra to allow developers to create their own custom image filters and effects. The AIF Toolkit preview lets users compile Hydra tech demos, which are rather impressive and quite fast.

Beyond 2008, Adobe has plans for Pacifica, a service that will help developers to integrate high quality voice, presence, and eventually video into Flex and AIR apps that should hit beta in the next few months; CoCoMo, the next version of their Acrobat Connect web meeting software that has been broken down into modules and will be offered to developers as an easy way to add video, chat, presence, whiteboarding, etc. functionality into web apps; and Centaur, the codename for the next version of Cold Fusion.

Last, but certainly not least, Adobe demoed a very impressive bit of software called Thermo. We have an in depth look at Thermo, so I won't go into it here, but the demo at Tuesday's keynote received more than one round of applause and had some conference goers on their feet.

Note: Josh Catone was at the Adobe MAX 2007 conference in Chicago, September 30 - October 3, courtesy of Adobe.

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