Adobe has started something called the Open Screen Project. They’re going to do 4 things as part of this.
- Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
- Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
- Publishing the Adobe FlashÂ® Castâ„¢ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
- Removing licensing fees â€“ making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free
This is the way the winds are blowing anyway, but regardless it’s a great step forward. The most important thing I see is that the Flash specifications no longer require the reader to not make a Flash Player based on them, allowing the proliferation of open-source alternatives. Since the offical player can also be freely ported to different environments as well, it looks like Flash is, and will remain, the standard.