At the 2009 BlackBerry Developer Conference, Research In Motion (RIM) and Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced that application developers will be able to use the Adobe Flash Platform technology and Adobe Creative Suite tools to create rich content and application experiences for BlackBerry smartphones.
Future versions of Adobe Creative Suite starting with Adobe Creative Suite 5 will provide the ability for designers to create optimized graphic assets, such as image and video content, from tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects, for the BlackBerry platform. These graphics assets can then be imported into BlackBerry application development tools, including the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse (www.blackberry.com/developers/java) and the BlackBerry Web Plug-in for Eclipse (www.blackberry.com/developers/web), for use in applications and user interfaces. Backgrounds, icons and images created with Adobe tools such as Adobe Photoshop will also be able to be used in the new BlackBerry Theme Studio (www.blackberry.com/developers/themes) to create compelling BlackBerry themes.
Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Device Central software will also be enabled to support the creation and testing of BlackBerryWidgets and web content optimized for the BlackBerry Browser. Additionally, users will be able to directly import photos and video captured on their BlackBerry smartphones and edit them using Adobe?s consumer offerings including Photoshop Elements and Photoshop.com.
The two companies are working together as part of the Open Screen Project to bring the Adobe Flash Player browser runtime to BlackBerry smartphones. The two companies will also be collaborating to adapt other key components of the Flash Platform including Adobe AIR.