We have been hammering Flash CS5, road testing for Adobe and have managed to build our first Flash based iPhone app...we're pleased to introduce you to SpeechBubble's first fully developed iPhone App as approved by Apple on the 12th Feb 2010.
So...here are the gory details...Using prerelease Flash CS5 Build 414 and Adobe's very cool iPhone packager, we built our first SpeechBubble app entitled "First Aid." It's based on content from our celebrated Safety Talks series, which we sell to trainers in the construction industry, and provided handy...well..more like handheld, first aid advice for construction workers.
*The prerelease and product teams were delighted with the SpeechBubble First Aid app being approved into the App store....one of only a handful from CS5 beta testers....thanks for watching, Adobe!
*The journey continued on from there, perfecting the craft smoothing the interface, integrating swipe, adding more content and setting our sights on getting an appearance on the much anticipated iPad device, using Apple SDK 3.2.
*Our iPad debut on the 10th April 2010 was with InventorAid, as part of the US iPad Launch Store. InventorAid is a walkthrough helping inventors understand the complicated and often misunderstood patent process. Thanks to our customer, PatentNav for walking the walk with us!
*We had a team working on launching the full complement of our Safety Talks series onto iPad but right in the middle of that, Adobe sent us an invite to their private beta for publishing to Android and showing the world by the 21st of April....and well..we couldn't really refuse..(more work for an already "both ends candle burning" team....thanks Adobe !)
*So the plan was to show the ported app on an HTC Hero device, but the Android release on the Hero was 1.5 and the 2.1 update we needed was not due until May (AAAAGGGHH!!!)...so we had to content ourselves with an emulator for the big push...
As part of the deal, we are awaiting a shiny new Google Nexus One phone to demo and show on...however thanks to a volcano in Iceland and a rather large ash cloud, deliveries of goods to Ireland and UK are affected, so we won't have it for the 21st deadline....so our video demo will be on the Android 2.1 emulator.
Our ported Android app was written in Flash CS5, prerelease Build 485 and integrated with Air for Android 2.5 SDK....unfortunately there is no slick packager just yet and we had to create the package manually in command line!...(packager coming soon we've no doubt!)
We were amazed at the ease at which the Adobe product set can port from device to device...in these days of demand for open development platforms...Adobe are really setting the pace in this environment. We in SpeechBubble are particularly fond of Flash and Flex products for their leading class language rendering, an area which is critical to the success of our platform and applications.
Below is a short video demo of the application as published for Android for the Adobe Prerelease Beta programme.