'Enterprise' Flash Player penetration statistics published

I’m not sure when this data was published on Adobe.com, but as part of the revamped “Flash Platform for enterprise applications” page, there is a link to a set of statistics that relate specifically to the availability of Flash Player within enterprise organizations.

We’ve published statistics about the general availability of Flash Player for some time (based on results from a survey undertaken by Millward Brown), which as of June 2009 shows that 98.8% of internet-connected computers can display Flash Player 9 content, whilst 86.7% can already display Flash Player 10 content.

The enterprise-specific results have been compiled by Forrester Research, based on data from over 50,000 of its corporate clients. The headline results are as follows:

  • 96.8% of corporate users can view Flash Player 9 content (this is the version of Flash Player required to access applications built using Flex 3 SDK)
  • Within 3 months of release (the survey data comes from December 2008), Flash Player 10 was already available to 36% of customers within enterprise organisations

The quick adoption of Flash Player 10 within the enterprise is encouraging for those considering the deployment of Flex 4-based applications once the final SDK is released – I’d recommend that you keep an eye out for updates to this survey data to see how adoption of the latest player continues over time.

For those considering deployment of Flash Player within an enterprise environment, check out the resources here for IT and administrative professionals.

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Morgan Stanley raises the bar for rich Internet applications using Adobe Flash Platform technologies

ms_matrix_2.jpgMorgan Stanley have launched a comprehensive online trading tool called “Matrix” which allows their customers to get closer to the trading floor than ever before; the application enables them to view live pricing, get informed opinions for market professionals, review historical market data and make derivatives and foreign exchange trades in real-time, directly from their browser.

This impressive rich Internet application (RIA), which has a strong focus on the quality of the user experience, was built using Adobe’s Flash Platform technologies, and integrates real-time data, with the delivery of audio, video, reports and rich interactive charts to provide a next-generation trading platform for Morgan Stanley’s customers.

The sheer quantity of data presented within the application, combined with the performance and responsiveness of the user interface, is impressive and really demonstrates the potential that rich Internet applications offer. This certainly has to be one of the most ambitious and successfully executed applications built using Flex and raises the bar as to what can be achieved within the browser.

For more information on the project and a virtual walkthrough of the application visit Morgan Stanley’s website: http://www.morganstanley.com/matrixinfo/

More pictures below:

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Flash Platform Tools presentation – videos from UK launch

Last Friday I delivered a pre-launch briefing to UK journalists on today’s announcements around new Flash Platform tooling, specifically the beta release of Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder. In addition, we invited web design and development agency howard/baines to talk about their experiences using the pre-beta version of the tools to create a rich Internet application. Both these sessions were recorded, so I thought I’d post them here.

The first video provides a high level overview of Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder, followed by a demonstration of building the Employee Directory application – this might be useful if you’re looking to get up to speed on the announcements and want to see the designer/developer workflow between the tools in action:

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In the second video, Clive Howard and Jeremy Baines talk about the communication challenges normally faced when working on a project and how, using Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder, they were able to rapidly prototype and build a rich Internet application deployed to Flash Player.

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Tutorial: Building a data-centric app using Catalyst and Builder betas

As part of my learning process with the beta releases of Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder I created a simple version of the Employee Directory application that we use inside Adobe to find information about employees.

I’ve written up the process of building this application and it’s now available on the Adobe Developer Connection site as a tutorial. If you’re interested in walking through the process of importing a design into Flash Catalyst, converting graphics to components, creating states and transitions, adding interactivity and then moving to Flash Builder, to connect to a ColdFusion or PHP back-end to retrieve and display data using the new DCD (Data Centric Development) features then I’d recommend it to you.

This is the application that you will build by following the tutorial:


You can access the tutorial and download the sample files here.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for future tutorials then please let me know.

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Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst betas now on Labs

builder_catalyst.pngToday, we announced that the first public beta releases of Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder (previously known as Flex Builder) are available on Adobe Labs.

“Design in Mind” was one of the core themes for this release, and these tools, together with the updated Flex 4 SDK, deliver on that to make it easier than ever create high fidelity, rich Internet applications that target the Flash Platform.

We’ve published a lot of information to help you get started with these beta releases and hope that you’ll have an opportunity to give us your feedback in the forums, so that the final releases of Flash Builder and Flex 4 SDK, due later this year, are ready for prime time.

For information on what’s new, check out the following articles:

For more articles, tutorials and videos head to the Adobe Developer Connection site.

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London, Manchester, Edinburgh – don't miss SOTR events next week

The organisers of Scotch on the Rocks are taking the annual conference on tour next week, setting up in London on Monday (1st), Manchester on Wednesday (3rd) and ending up in Edinburgh on Friday (5th).


There is lots happening in relation to the Flash Platform this year – new releases of the Flex framework, Flash Builder and ColdFusion and completely new tools in the shape of Bolt (the code-name for the new ColdFusion IDE) and Flash Catalyst.

Scotch on the Rocks is going to be THE place to be next week if you want the latest news on all these releases… Terry Ryan, Adam Lehman and Serge Jespers will be at each of the events from Adobe, together with a host of additional speakers including Mike Jones, Peter Elst and Tom Chiverton.

Registration is still open, and it only costs £49 + VAT to attend one of these events – with the current economic climate, the organisers even created a “Manager’s information pack” that you can pass along to your manager to help get approval for a day out of the office 🙂

What are you waiting for? Register now…

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Register for Flash Camp UK, June 16th

flashcamp.jpgFollowing on from the success of the previous Flash and Flex Camp events held in London, it’s great to see that the forthcoming event, to be held on the 16th June, is happening outside of the capital, in Birmingham.

Flash Camp is a community run event, supported by Adobe and a number of other sponsors. It is a great opportunity to hear talks from respected designers and developers, get up to speed on the latest developments around the Flash Platform and network with fellow Flash/Flex professionals – and the best thing is that Flash Camp is totally FREE!

The agenda is shaping up nicely; there will be plenty of coverage on Flex 4, Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst, as well as sessions on component development, skinning components, Pure MVC and Away 3D, plus a panel discussion on contracting/freelancing.

The event starts at 1pm, so you don’t have to take a full day off work, and runs into the evening – the full schedule is on the Flash Camp website here and you can register for a place on the Eventbrite site.

Note that whilst the event is outside London, Virgin Trains are offering tickets from London -> Birmingham from £7, so Londoners are most definitely welcome 🙂

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