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November 8, 2009

Adobe, RIM team up on content development for BlackBerry

Aims to simplify delivery of content and applications for BlackBerry smartphones

By CBR Staff Writer

Research In Motion (RIM) and Adobe Systems have expanded their collaboration to simplify delivery of content and applications for BlackBerry smartphones.

The companies said that creative professionals and application developers will be able to use the Adobe Flash Platform technology and Adobe Creative Suite content development and authoring tools to create content and application experiences for BlackBerry smartphones.

Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO of Research In Motion: We are working closely with Adobe to enable our developer communities to build rich content services and BlackBerry Widgets that leverage the latest runtime environments, APIs and network services through Adobe’s industry leading design and development tools.

Future versions of Adobe Creative Suite starting with Suite 5 will provide the ability for designers to create graphic assets, such as image and video content, from tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and 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 and the BlackBerry web plug-in for Eclipse, for use in applications and user interfaces, the companies said.

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 to create BlackBerry themes. Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Device Central software will also be enabled to support the creation and testing of BlackBerryWidgets and web content optimised for the BlackBerry Browser, the companies said.

The collaboration aims to accelerate the mobile application and content development workflow between BlackBerry application and web content developers and creative professionals that use Adobe tools. It will also reduce the re-creation of graphic assets and iterations.

The two companies are working together as part of the Open Screen Project to bring the Adobe Flash Player browser runtime to BlackBerry smartphones. In addition, the two companies will also be collaborating to adapt other key components of the flash platform including Adobe AIR.

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