SAN JOSE, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2006) Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the launch of Adobe Labs, which builds on the initial success of Macromedia Labs to deliver next-generation products and technologies to Adobe's extended community of developers and customers.
Originally introduced in October 2005 by Macromedia, Adobe Labs will provide an unprecedented opportunity for developers and technology enthusiasts to experience, evaluate, and share feedback about new and emerging Adobe innovations, technologies, and products before they go to market. In return, Adobe will benefit from insightful feedback and the opportunity to make adjustments to product strategy before shipping. Earlier this week an update to Flash Pro 8 software was made available on Adobe Labs, http://labs.adobe.com, for building mobile applications with Flash Lite 2 software. This along with Alpha versions of the Flex(TM) product line and Flash Player 8.5 are the beginning of an ever-expanding roster that will evolve as Alpha and Beta versions of new software become available. Since the first Labs release in September, developers have posted suggestions, feature requests, and questions in public forums. Much of this input is actively being incorporated into upcoming releases.
"Feedback from our developer and customer communities is essential to delivering compelling products," said Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect of Adobe. "Adobe Labs fosters community involvement early in the product development cycle, enables access to emerging technologies and ultimately helps to build better products."
Technologies available on Adobe Labs range from early releases of new products to toolkits, individual components and interesting ideas from the Adobe engineering team. Depending on user feedback and market opportunity, some of the technologies on Labs may result in new products or become part of existing ones, while others will continue to be hosted on Labs mainly as a resource to the broader community.
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