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Adobe Open Sources 2 Flash Frameworks

Open Source Media Framework and Text Layout Framework

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Adobe has announced two new Flash Platform open source initiatives: Open Source Media Framework (OSMF) and the Text Layout Framework (TLF). The former is part of the project previously known as Strobe.

David McAllister "Adobe is committed to providing core Flash Platform technologies to the community as open source," says 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 lets developers "assemble pluggable components to create high-quality, full-featured playback experiences," and enables "collaborative development for web video monetization." It has a three-tiered architecture: user interface, monetization workflows, and media delivery.

OSMF User interface

TLF can be used for world languages, linked containers, formatting, columns, figures, ligatures, inline images, and expressive effects. Adobe offers a tour of TFL here:

TLF Tour

TLF supports: 

- Bidirectional text, vertical text and over 30 writing systems including Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Lao, the major writing systems of India, and others

 - Selection, editing and flowing text across multiple columns and linked containers, and around inline images

- Vertical text, Tate-Chu-Yoko (horizontal within vertical text) and justifier for East Asian typography

- Rich typographical controls, including kerning, ligatures, typographic case, digit case, digit width and discretionary hyphens

- Cut, copy, paste, undo and standard keyboard and mouse gestures for editing

- Rich developer APIs to manipulate text content, layout, markup and create custom text components.

More information on OSMF and TLF can be found here and here respectively. What are your thoughts on the new frameworks?

Adobe Open Sources 2 Flash Frameworks
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