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Adobe Flash Player licensing doesn’t apply to you!

Let me start with the punch line: Adobe’s announcement only applies to browser-based applications that use domain memory IN COMBINATION WITH hardware accelerated Stage3D in Flash Player

If you don’t know what these features are, this announcement does not effect you.

It’s funny to me how a simple statement gets construed when passed on to even one person. This phenomenon is called  Chinese Whispers. Unfortunately, in our fast paced world, we don’t actually pay attention enough to prevent this from happening nor the erroneous blow back regarding the Chinese Whispers. As many of you know, I work with several Adobe products. So I follow them closely and hopefully understand their direction better than most. So let’s clear this up.

Yesterday, Adobe announced that they are adding a licensing component to 2 specific features of Flash Player for developers.

This does not effect you if:

  • You create anything using Adobe AIR including the use of Stage3D and domain memory
  • You create anything for mobile devices using Adobe AIR including the use of Stage3D and domain memory
  • You create anything for the browser in Flash Player that use Stage3D
  • You create anything for the browser in Flash Player that use domain memory

This only effects you if:

  • You create browser-based applications that use domain memory in combination with hardware accelerated Stage3D in Flash Player AND the revenue for the application is $50,000 or higher

The licencing is very clear that it is for two (2) specific features used in combination that are most likely to be used by game developers. The features are domain memory and hardware accelerated Stage3D.

It is important to note that games and applications using either hardware-accelerated Stage3d OR domain memory individually do not require a license.

Game developers, before you get all WoW on Adobe, be sure to read the whole announcement and make sure that it does apply to you. And if it does apply to you… congratulations of creating a successful game!

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Rob Rusher is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE), Community Expert, and Certified Instructor (ACI). In his role as Principle Consultant for On3, he leads an Adobe software enablement practice to help his clients build rich Internet applications and to rapidly increase their knowledge and skills to better support their organization's goals. He has taught and mentored the technical teams at Standard and Poor’s, eBay, IBM Global Services, the Social Security Administration, and other Government and Fortune 100 organizations.

Because of his depth of knowledge and long standing relationship with Adobe, Rob was selected to write the Certified AIR training course as well as the ColdFusion and Flex certification exams. Rob has also co-authored four best selling books on building secure, cutting-edge and rapidly developed applications using Adobe AIR, ColdFusion and Flex. He is also very active is organizing and speaking at Adobe conferences and user groups. In addition to growing his software consulting practice, On3, Rob has been building expertise in rich client application development on a wider variety of devices and platforms that extend the applications to change the way we all create and live.

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