Adobe adds mobility reach with Actimagine’s graphics

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By  Published  October 20, 2006

Software vendor Adobe Systems has acquired vector graphics technology developed by Actimagine — a company that creates, patents, and licenses software solutions in video and interactive vector graphics.

The acquisition will extend the reach of Adobe mobile technologies, including Adobe Flash Lite, to high-volume, mass-market devices since Flash technology is already established on high-end mobile handsets worldwide.

“Adobe is committed to providing the technologies needed by operators worldwide to develop, deliver, and display engaging mobile experiences on a broad set of mobile devices,” said Al Ramadan, senior vice president of the Mobile and Device Solutions Business Unit at Adobe.

“With the acquisition of Actimagine’s vector graphics technology, we will be able to further enhance the most popular, high-volume mobile and consumer devices as well as broaden our reach into emerging markets,” he added.

Under the terms of the agreement, Actimagine will also incorporate existing and future versions of Adobe Flash Lite technology into its service offerings.

“We are very excited about the agreement with Adobe,” said Andre Pagnac, CEO of Actimagine.

“We look forward to accelerating the existing momentum of Flash and increasing its reach and capabilities in mass market mobile phones. We intend to combine Flash with Mobiclip, our software video codec, to deliver most enjoyable user experiences.”

Flash technology enables operators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and content providers to offer rich mobile experiences across a wide range of mobile devices, operating systems, and processors.

By leveraging the Flash ecosystem which includes the Flash authoring tool, Flash Lite player runtime and an established community of more than one million designers and developers — Flash Lite can reduce deployment costs and deliver content and interfaces three to five times faster than competing solutions, Adobe said.

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