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Xiaolei Shi

"But we're already seeing lots of content which is culture-specific... even TV and film showed this dynamic"

I remember Neal Stephenson saying something similar in the book: "In the beginning was the command line". I'll concede to your point in applications that carry with it cultural artifacts, but I will bank on the adaptability of foreign markets to accomodate anything countering economic gain.

"If you know what something must become then it is easier to commodify than if you're exploring the possibilities, in concert with a specific audience."

True, however traditionally flash content has been difficult to commodify due to the inherent hackability of the swf platform. Various game developers have taken great measures to actually obfuscate their code to avoid intruders from exploiting code that talks to the server. This method of obfuscation in coding is of course taken straight from Microsoft's manual on software design. Needless to say Microsoft isn't fairing well with security.

John, while I seem to be very critical of Flash, I'm nonetheless optimistic that admist all this Web 2.0 nonsense the flash platform will come out as the victor in the end. I believe that Flash's inherent strength is not that its 'better' in a programmatic/developer/security sense, but that it's much faster at deployment, achieving an unimaginable ubiquity. I'm confident that Apollo will do the same on the simple grounds that it (should be) easy to develop content. To me these flickr apps, music players, visualizations all just serve as eye candy for the masses.

John Dowdell

"If its cheaper to develop content outside of the US why not continue this trend?"

For some content this would work. But we're already seeing lots of content which is culture-specific... even TV and film showed this dynamic.

I've already seen differences in style among Flash Lite work done for Japan and Korea... work on the Samsung phones has a lot more 3D modeling than what I've seen in the DoCoMo system... don't know what it means, but audience needs aren't global yet.

If you know what something must become then it is easier to commodify than if you're exploring the possibilities, in concert with a specific audience. More global development is being done today, but local development may get even hotter, as well.

Xiaolei Shi

ugh. the article should be ran through spellcheck! - a thousand times!

... "The net net, for developers and designers"....

... "This is our time," he continued, aroogating"...

... "remidned the audioence" ...

Next time post a link to a REAL journal, that puts its content ahead of its ads.

However, more to the point:

"Ramadan [reminded] the [audience] that what he termed "the non-PC opportunities" for Flash developers were mostly outside the US this time last year, when he addressed MAX 2005. Whereas this year he was going to be able to show developers how at last they could start making money as a mobile device developer here in the US."

Stated. But not proved. If its cheaper to develop content outside of the US why not continue this trend? Ramadan doesn't address this at all.

"But the audience didn't so much as clap. A strange moment."

I'm assuming the audience agrees with me.

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