Adobe Releases Flash Platform Media and Text Frameworks as Open Source
Adobe Systems Incorporated announced two new Adobe Flash Platform open source initiatives for developers, media companies and publishers. Open Source Media Framework (OSMF), part of the project previously code named Strobe, enables developers to quickly and easily build more robust, feature-rich media players optimized for the Adobe Flash Platform.
The Text Layout Framework (TLF) will help developers bring sophisticated typography capabilities to Web applications. Both OSMF and TLF are now freely available as open source software, helping content owners extend their online media efforts as they look to create new business opportunities and monetization strategies for publishing on the Web.
"Adobe is committed to providing core Flash Platform technologies to the community as open source," said Dave McAllister, director of standards and open source at Adobe. "By releasing OSMF and TLF as open source, we are helping facilitate the creation and sharing of best practices for media players and rich text-based Web application development. We believe these efforts will strengthen the industry and lead to the next generation of Web applications, content and video experiences."
OSMF was initially announced as part of the Strobe initiative and it is an open-source standard for developers building custom Flash-based media players, allowing them to use various plugins for ads or other content apart from the usual controls and functionality associated with a player. The framework also comes with a set of APIs and will be released under Mozilla Public License.
TLF is an extensible ActionScript library that can be integrated into apps running in Adobe's Flash Player 10 and Air 1.5. The framework provides some advanced options for dealing with text content like support for complex languages, bidirectional text and multiple columns. TLF is also released under the Mozilla Public License.