Today, at at its annual Adobe MAX event, Adobe is showing off a couple of iPhone and iTouch flash based applications. In the appstore you can already find, a couple of flash based games for the iPhone and iTouch created by 3rd party developers.
The apps were made with Flash Professional CS5 of which a public beta with pre-release support for building applications for iPhone is planned for later this year. You can sign in here, if you want to know when the beta will be out….
Basically, Flash Pro CS5 allows developers to use Flash technologies to develop content for iPhone and iPod Touch devices that were previously closed to them. The Flash developer tool converts Flash apps into ones that can work on the iPhone, since the iPhone still does not support Flash. So this is a workaround. But developers can write new code or reuse existing web content to build applications for the devices, and because the source code and assets are reusable across the Flash Platform runtimes (Adobe AIR and Flash Player) it is aimed to also give developers a way to more easily target other mobile and desktop environments.
Even though this is very exciting, please not that this will not allow you to view flash based web content yet
The new support for iPhone applications in the Flash Platform tooling will not allow iPhone users to browse web content built with Flash technology on iPhone, but it may allow developers to repackage existing web content as applications for iPhone if they choose to do so.
Flash Player uses a just-in-time compiler and virtual machine within a browser plug-in to play back content on websites. Those technologies are not allowed on the iPhone at this time, so a Flash Player for iPhone is not being made available today.
Flash Professional CS5 will enable developers to build applications for iPhone that are installed as native applications. Users will be able to access the apps after downloading them from Apple’s App Store and installing them on iPhone or iPod Touch.
If you are interested in checking out the applications:
- Chroma Circuit
- Trading Stuff
- Just Letters
- South Park
- That Roach Game
- Red Hood
For more informations you can click here, here and here.