FFK 08

After attending at a couple of international flash conferences over the last years (Spark Europe/Amsterdam, OFFF/Barcelona, Flash on the beach/Brighton) I finally got back to the German Flashforum Conference in cologne and was really curious about how the sessions would turn out. Apart from those where you feel like you already heard them before – there were at least three of them I found remarkably and worth to remember, which is pretty decent.

Though I have the pleasure to work with Eclipse FDT everyday, there were still some little tricks to learn at “Pure Coding Comfort” by Malte Beyer. In prospect of better OSX Support, an AIR Launcher and UML Roundtripping I felt reassured and delighted. These new features will definitely help to improve our workflow.

Jens Franke started with a status quo of how the flash platform is currently utilized and continued with a rather provocative introduction, encouraging the creatives to explore new interactive ways. Technologies like Arduino, MakingThings or innovative controllers like the Wiimote are there for years, to bring interactivity not only to the web or desktop, but also into the real world. Though I missed some examples or ideas of how to apply these techniques to commercial projects, his session made it to be the most discussed in our group and provoked a couple of interesting conversations.

Finally Sven Claar (MX|Usergroup Central Europe) updated the crowd about Adobe LiveCycle ES and related products which I was really grateful for. I didn’t manage to follow all the different developments in that area over the last months and was pleased to get an update and leave the conference feeling well-informed about the current status of Adobe’s Enterprise Suite.

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