Molehill

Otherwise known as OMFG aren’t you clever adobe…

So at Max yesterday, Adobe announced the new Molehill apis for Flash. This is a suite of low-level 3d engine apis which allow flash to target native OpenGL hardware rendering for the first time, both in AIR and in browser (flash Player 10.1). Basically, it seems to me that they are squarely targeting Unity3D and flash as a gaming platform – there’s talk of flash also supporting gaming devices (imagine your ‘droid 2.2 enabled tablet running full screen gaming, controlled by a real games controller…byebye gameboy?).

Why is this cool?

Because flash is a very quick and easy platform for game development and there are loads of libraries already available…and it pulls it kicking and screaming away from the vector lines of it’s past and into a richly-rendered future. It also retargets the plugin away from the skipintro past of lurid, pointless rich content, and towards a bright future as a lightweight games development platform.

Some nice video footage here – we have never seen flash look this good before:

I think I’d better start making friends with the 3d department at work…

About Andrew

I am a technical director, creative technologist and digital strategist who has been working in the web industry for 15 years. An early online user from the days of Prestel and BBS systems, I am a self-taught technologist and developer who has been immersed in the creative possibilities of digital technology from childhood. My career path has taken many turns, from the heady dot-com agency days, through the corporate world and the variety of experience which freelance brings. Throughout, my goal has been to help organizations and brands realise the potential that the art and science of being digital can achieve, and to help them create opportunities to better use the most important emerging medium of our time. I am a strong advocate for digital as a multi-disciplinary medium, with an enviable record in building and retaining teams, and in the importance of the creative disciplines of collaboration, vision, practicing and failing in order to push things forward.

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