Adobe & Facebook: Flash support for the Facebook Platform Library
Facebook and Adobe have announced a new partnership to give developers a new set of tools to create application. Since the Facebook Platform launched, many top Facebook app and game developers have built their products in Flash.
The applications will use Adobe's Flash platform and the new ActionScript 3 Client Library for Facebook the two companies developed together. The client library is a free open source programming language that supports Facebook application programming interfaces (APIs) including Facebook Connect. "The new ActionScript 3.0 Client Library for Facebook Platform API, fully supported by Facebook and Adobe, makes it easy to build applications that combine the strengths of the Flash Platform and Facebook Platform", said Adrian Ludwig, Adobe's group manager for platforms.
The company will release the library and then gather feedback from developers. The libraries will be updated. adding functionality based on developer's feedback. The number and types of developers using Flash is increasing all the time. Some of the developers are focused on Flash, while others are coming from more traditional segments of the market.
The new libraries are going to be officially supported by Facebook and Adobe, who have been collaborating for a long time to create a comprehensive and optimized set of APIs.
Adobe said that Flash Player 9 has 98 percent penetration, meaning that 98 percent of all Internet connected computers have the application installed. The company did a study two months after the release of Flash Player 10 and found 55 percent penetration. While not released yet, Ludwig said he expects the latest adoption rate for Flash Player 10 to top 80 percent.