1 November 2011
Content is king, and in 2011, that means that apps are king. What drives users to a specific platform, service, or device? In many cases, they are swayed by how certain applications empower or entertain them. In this article, I look at applications that do both.
Technology: Adobe AIR
Platforms: Android, BlackBerry PlayBook, and iOS
PolitiFact is a resource dedicated to finding the truth in American politics. To further this mission, the team at PolitiFact has built an application with Flash technology that brings many online experiences right into the palm of your hand. If you want to see the latest “truth trend” in politics or the record of one of your state senators, just consult the PolitiFact mobile application.
PolitiFact truly embodies what is possible with AIR. It is available on millions of devices across multiple ecosystems and three app stores. It was developed using Adobe Flash Builder, Flex, and the AIR packager for mobile as well as the AIR SDK for BlackBerry PlayBook.
PolitiFact is currently available from Apple’s App Store, Android Market, and BlackBerry App World.
Technology: AIR (packaged for iOS)
Pocket Penguins is a simple yet extremely fun application recently released in the App Store by the California Academy of Sciences. In short, you get to view the penguins at the aquarium in real-time from multiple camera angles. Within the application, you can view penguins from the point of view of aquarium visitors or the on-staff biologist, or even underwater. This application certainly gives you the feeling of having a virtual pet on your phone.
The California Academy of Sciences is also using the application as a means of highlighting the experience of the aquarium. Users can buy tickets and even donate money directly through the application. By using the Flash Platform, this great institution is able to increase public visibility into the exciting things that are happening there.
Pocket Penguins is available for free today from Apple’s App Store.
The Dream Machine
Technology: Adobe Flash Player
Last month, I looked at Machinarium, a game that has been around for a while but has found new fame on Apple’s App Store. This month, I show you a similar application that has some unique characteristics: The Dream Machine. The Dream Machine offers an in-browser point-and-click adventure game experience that is quite addicting. This app illustrates the ability of Flash Player to truly be the console in the browser.
The developers at Cockroach have also used the Flash Platform to push the limits of gaming from an artistic perspective. They used stop-motion animation with clay to create all the characters within the experience. This gives the game a unique and gritty feel that complements the somewhat dark world in which they live. Add a compelling and complex story, and you instantly have an experience that will keep you busy for hours.
The first chapter of The Dream Machine is available to play online today for free.
It is clear that entertainment is on the rise with Adobe mobile technologies — both in the browser and on mobile devices. With the amazing game examples that were shown at Adobe MAX 2011, we are truly on the cusp of seeing Flash Player be the console in the browser. In addition, applications like PolitiFact empower you by making the information available at the tip of your fingers. With Adobe mobile technologies, you can expand your organization’s reach across almost every platform your users are engaging on to both empower and entertain them.