Adobe has Flash New Multimedia

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Adobe aims to conquer the mobile device market with its Flash player, in an effort to emulate its success on PCs.

Dubbed Open Screen, the initiative lifts restrictions on how its multimedia-handling software can be used.

Adobe will stop charging licensing fees for mobile versions of Flash and will publish information about the code.

Adobe hopes to repeat on mobiles the success its Flash technology has had on the web estimating that its Flash player is on 98 per cent of net connected desktop computers.

The Open Screen will build on Flash Lite - Adobe's version of its multimedia player designed for mobile gadgets - already on millions of handhelds.

The ultimate aim of Open Screen is to make it much easier for TV and film makers to send content to mobiles and on other devices such as set top boxes.

It aims to do this by creating one flexible player technology that can run on any small-form device, but only demands that developers write code once.

At the moment trying to get games or video on to different devices can be frustrating because of the plethora of hardware and software quirks on each gadget.

Adobe's four step plan involves ending licence fees; removing restrictions on the use of files in SWF and FLV format; publishing detailed information about the program interfaces for its Flash player; and opening up information about its Flash streaming technology.