The Flash Lite 2.0 update for the Flash 8 Authoring IDE can be downloaded at the Adobe Labs. Furthermore there is a recorded seminar by on Flash Lite 2.0. And JesterXL has created a great Flash Lite 2.0 sample; the Flickr flash lite application.
Adobe announced the completion of its acquisition of Macromedia, Inc. The transaction was finalized on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005. The combination of Adobe and Macromedia creates one of the world's largest software companies. The move accelerates Adobe's strategic initiative to advance a powerful software platform, based on PDF and Macromedia® Flash® technologies, that scales from mobile devices to high-end servers.
Flash Media Server 2 brings the power of the Flash Platform to web video. Macromedia announced the immediate availability of Macromedia Flash Media Server 2, server software that offers a unique combination of traditional streaming media capabilities and a flexible development environment for creating and delivering innovative, interactive media applications.
Macromedia Flash Player is the world's most used software platform, used by over 1 million professionals and reaching more than 97% of Internet-enabled desktops worldwide as well as a wide range of devices. That’s more than the Windows media player. They reach 84,3%. The Flash 8 audience is now growing by five million people a day.
Mike Chambers reports on his blog that;
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Flash had the most successful launch of Flash in history and they're already working on the next version. It's too early to give away much information on the release, Mike Downey says.
The codename for the version 9.0 release of the Flash authoring tool is: "BLAZE".