Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Adobe CS4 Makes Mobile Programming Easier

Everyone who loves Adobe for Web development and desktop content but laments the tough entry and limitations brought on by mobile phone development can despair no longer. Adobe’s Creative Suite 4 (CS4) is available for pre-order (shipping to begin in October).

While this Adobe launch is integrating some cool features overall, it’s the integration of new mobile features that have got all of us excited. Device Central CS4 will simplify testing content, coding programs and releasing designs/applications on the mobile market. The really cool part is that you can now test how your creation works on almost any mobile device via an online device library built into the software! While this has been offered by Mobile Complete, we’re really excited to see it integrated with the design and development tools from Adobe.

The creation process has been simplified and more integrated with mobile design and development as well. Adobe’s really pushing PC developers to move into the mobile space and with CS4 they might have just done the trick. Simplifying the transition
from design to developers, as well as between different programs within the Adobe software, are just a few of the steps Adobe is taking to make the switch a little more bearable.

With recent open-source developments such as Android and the Instinct, I think we can expect to see universal adoption of many Adobe CS4-created applications and designs in the future. If you want to check out a few of CS4’s design and development examples, take a look at Bacardi’s Mobile Cocktail application, Disney’s animated SpongeBob Wallpaper, Cell’s interactive Sport Games, Avarto’s Flash technology-based music channel and Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion wallpapers.

Make sure to keep an eye out for some of the other results. With CS4 configurations shipping in October, I don’t think it will be long before developers, and consumers, see a lot of great, innovative content.

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