I was very excited when I read some time ago that FL2.1 will be available for free in early December 2006, and Adobe just did what they said. Thank you Adobe :)
Today I downloaded FL2.1 for my Nokia 6681 cell phone from Adobe’s website.
Here are my first impressions / mini review of Adobe FL2.1 Player
The install was nice and clean. I noticed that FL2.1 installer silently removed previous version of FL which was FL2.0 from my phone. I used the term “removed” as the Symbian installer didn’t displayed its official “Replace” dialogue, but it simply deleted the old files from my cell.
On the first time launch, FL2.1 displayed a Privacy Notice, which tells user that FL apps can use network, display media or dial telephone number etc.
Now when you start FL2.1, it shows an animated splash screen, which looks pretty nice. look image below.
I started with some Adobe sample SWFs I have on my cell. They opened like flash (I mean speed :D) in fullscreen. When I played these SWFs in old FL1.1/2.0, they did not switch to fullscreen automatically because they don’t have fullscreen command in their code, so FL2.1 automatically switches to fullscreen when any SWF is launched, cool.
I also noticed some fast performance with FL2.1, so headed to more complex FL apps. I opened “the TUBE” by Alen Alebic, which is the slowest FL app I’ve so far in terms of visual performance. I checked all its menus, and the map as well, it was running at pretty high framerate, and I was really enjoying this app for the first time :D
Later I tested many other apps as well, including our own Tango Minisite which uses XML & media objects. It also showed the performance upgrade in FL2.1.
I’ve tested many FL apps with it, the overall visual performance is about 80% faster than FL1.1/FL2.0, that is quite big performance upgrade I believe.
This performance upgrade will let more exciting and smooth UEs (User Experiences) in future FL apps.
I found BUGS, FL2.1 features a new inline text input feature, which is quite good thing. but this feature has a bugs. 1) when you click editable textfield, it shows a small A icon that shows that you are in typing mode, when I press the pencil button the case is changed, but there’s no representation in which mode I’m typing in, the A icon should display small “a” for small input mode. it changes to “#” when I switch to number input mode. 2) when in typing inline in textfield, if you press right-softkey accidentally or by will, FL2.1 unload/exit the SWF even if developer have set key handler to right-softkey. definitely a bug.
Now the bad news, FL2.1 is missing SWF recognizer. Yes, that’s true, I’ve just checked that using SIS Unpacking tool, and also in cell phone by browsing to systemrecogs folder.
So, you cannot launch SWF from any other file manager, even from Inbox. You can only launch SWFs from FL2.1 Player UI. Also almost all the SWF launcher implementations I’ve tested & seen so far failed to launch the SWF from menu, another challenge to FL developers!
// chall3ng3r //