- @ MWC: Adobe Creates Fund With Nokia For Open Project; Palm Pre Will Support Flash

Tricia Duryee
Monday, February 16, 2009; 8:00 AM

Adobe Systems (NSDQ: ADBE) released a slew of announcements this morning at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The two that will likely get the most attention is that the upcoming Palm (NSDQ: PALM) Pre will support Flash, and that the company is teaming up with Nokia (NYSE: NOK) to create a $10 million fund for the Open Screen Project that is designed to encourage developers to create applications that run across mobile phones, PCs and consumer electronics using Flash.

Open Screen Project Fund: This $10 million fund, which Nokia is also participating in is to support the Open Screen Project, which is an initiative by at least 20 companies whose goals are to make it easier to develop one piece of software that can run on many devices. Developers can submit ideas for applications that are based on the Adobe Flash Platform and will run on Nokia devices, and other screens.

Palm Pre: Adobe said today that Palm is joining the Open Screen Project, and that the project will help deliver Adobe Flash Player for smartphones to the new Palm webOS platform, which includes the upcoming Pre.

PDFs and eBooks on mobile: Adobe Systems also announced today a new Adobe Reader Mobile SDK, which will allow mobile phones to easily download, manage, and display PDF content and eBooks. The new software engine delivers supports the EPUB file format, an XML?based eBook standard with broad support from the publishing industry. A number of companies already plan to use the technology, including Bookeen, iRex Technologies, Lexcycle, Plastic Logic, Polymer Vision and Springs Design. The Adobe Reader Mobile engine is already being used by Sony's Reader Digital Book.

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