So the big news yesterday was that Flash CS5 (or Flash 11 for those like me still waiting for a strictly numbered comeback) will export to a native iPhone app. I heard that word “native” a few times in Adobe’s demo video, so I’ll use it too. What’s implied is that this export from swf to App won’t be like some floral pattern knee-patch job on your coolest pair of jeans. Apparently you’ll actually get a real iPhone app not a self-executing swf that launches like an app. Which if true, would be fantastic. Of course us animators all know how well Flash’s export frame-skippy-record to Quicktime can behave at times, but honestly I have a better feeling about this. Code converting to other code seems possible. Although I’ll admit when I read this announcement today my mind-pants exploded a little. If Adobe can really make this happen, they can do anything.
So what about this pile of Objective C and iPhone books on my desk? Are they headed to the shelf? Which in my world is akin to putting Woody’s Roundup Gang back in storage. A lot of sad unplayed-with training books are looking at the back of my head right now. A Guide to Flash MX never even got the binding cracked . Well the answer is no, these iPhone books are still on the desk. In fact I just got done with another chapter. It’ll be interesting to see how this Actionscript-export handles things like the accelerometer, multi-touch swipes, location tracking, and other functions that are somewhat unique to the iPhone. But I did read some rumors today that Adobe is planning some workarounds for things like the swipes. What will be nice though is creating quick & easy apps that a lot of us Flash folks already know how to do, like galleries, micro-sites, music players, and games.
And a little side-announcement is that Flash CS5 is still using Actionscript 3. Hooray for everyone busting hump to learn As3! Double-hooray for slackers like me that still have hours and hours of AS3 training to sell for another 18 months or more!! Actionscript does not equal Actionscrapped, for at least one more upgrade. One love, people. One love.
No definite word yet on when Flash CS5 will be released though (another reason those books aren’t shelved yet) But for those looking for Flash and Actionscript 3 training right now, like TODAY, (here’s my chance to pounce >) go to CartoonSmart’s Actionscript 3 section
Click here for more on Flash CS5’s new features (like an improved Actionscript editor!)
Or click the pic below to watch a demo of some Flash-made apps ALREADY in the App Store….