Adobe has released an updated version of its AIR platform for cross-platform applications, adding enhancements including hardware acceleration for 2D and 3D graphics on mobile devices.
The firm also detailed coming tools to support internet video services, and talked up the success of its digital publishing platform one year on from launch.
Announced today at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, AIR 3.2 is available for developers immediately, with general availability set for March.
The chief new features of AIR 3.2 are its support for 3D graphics acceleration, plus multi-threaded video decoding.
"For mobile devices, AIR 3.2 brings important new technology that we call Stage 3D, which enables hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics, as well as an additional capability for multi-thread video decoding," said Danny Winokur, vice president of Interactive Services at Adobe.
Winokur said that Flash is still popular with game developers and content creators and that AIR 3.2 helps them to extend their reach to mobile platforms such as the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, using tools they are familiar with.
"It builds on the focus we've had recently with Flash around gaming and premium video as particular use cases where [Flash] continues to be uniquely advantaged with content creators and publishers," he added.
Adobe also said it is continuing to make progress on its HTML5 authoring tools, contributing features such as CSS Regions and CSS Shaders to support magazine-like layouts and cinematic transitions to web content, respectively.
However, the firm declined to name a date for its hotly anticipated Adobe Edge application, other than confirming it will be released later this year.
Meanwhile, Adobe talked up the success of its Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) for electronic magazines, claiming that over 1,400 DPS applications now exist, including 14 of the top 20 downloads from Apple's iTunes App Store.
Winokur added that subscribers spend comparable time reading DPS publications as print magazines, in contrast to viewing web pages.
"Advertising is also at a pretty good baseline where every fifth page view on these digital publications is an ad, which is the equivalent of what we've seen traditionally in print," he said.
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