Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player Solution is now public and available on Adobe labs. The distributable player solution enables developers to create rich applications for the latest version of Adobe® Flash Lite™ and directly distribute their content to millions of open OS smartphones, providing a better on-device user experience. With this solution you can be confident that your users’ devices will always have the latest Flash Lite runtime. Unfortunately this solutions works only now over the air in selected coutries: India, Italy, Spain, UK, and the U.S. (why not in Finland too) and small set of supported S60 and Windows Mobile Devices. There are also number of content providers offering paths to market your applications.
Installing Adobe Mobile Packager
Adobe Mobile Packager is Windows desktop applications tool, which can package your SWF and other materials into a SIS and CAB file. When user installs your SIS or CAB file to mobile, the Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player will be automatically installed if required. Now (for unsupported countries like here in Finland) we have to install FL3.1 Distributable Player manually to local phone to test own made packages.
1. Download Adobe Mobile Packager from Adobe Labs
2. Run Adobe Mobile Packager
2.1 You can use Download SDK links (in the right side of window) to get needed SDK installer files to your computer
3. Installing CAB SDK
3.1 Download the Windows Cab SDK
3.2 Unpack it into C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Mobile Packager\cabsdk
3.3 Add C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Mobile Packager\cabsdk\bin to the user PATH
4. Installing Active Perl
4.1 Download Active Perl and install it to your computer (for example c:\Perl)
4.2 Add C:\Perl\bin to the user PATH
5. Installing Symbian SDK
5.1 Download Symbian SDK 3rd Edition(262MB) and install it
Now all should be done and you can restart your Adobe Mobile Packager.
Creating a new Package:
1. Create a simple Flash Lite Application with Flash
1.1 I created a small test application which displays version number of Flash Lite Player to textfield
1.2 You can download sources and other files here: vChecker.zip
2. Fill the Adobe Mobile Packager Form with your own data
3. Create Package
Here is screenshot what I have done here:
First I tested vChecker.swf in Nokia E51 (which has Flash Lite 2.0 Player preinstalled) and it showed that the Flash Lite Player version is FL7,1,90,9 (FL 2.0 player). Then I installed manually Adobe Distributable Player from Adobe Labs to E51 and installed just created SIS-file to phone. After running my little application it showed that it uses Flash Lite Player version AFL 9,1,120,0 (Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player).
So it seems to work as expected, hope Finland is listed in supported coutries soon. If you are in supported countries, can you write some comment here how it works for you!
More info: Flash Lite Distributable Player tutorials on Adobe TV