Ashvin Savani “arckid” – Flash Platform Expert

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Download – Flash Media Server 3 is shipping

Finally, Flash Media Server 3 is shipping.

Flash Media Server 3 is available into two editions.

Flash Media Interactive Server 3:

This edition is traditional media server edition like we had in version 2. i.e. you can use this edition to do realtime audio, video and data sharing application. It includes all the features that is require to make collaboration applications.


Price for this edition is US$ 4,500 if you are buying it as a new product. If you want to upgrade it from previous version of flash media server, than it will cost you US$ 1,995. Ofcourse, 10 connection limited Developer edition is free.

What’s New:

  • Support For H.264 and HE-AAC for Flash Player, AIR, Adobe Media Player and FlashLite 3
  • Performance Gain – According to Adobe, its 2x than FMS 2.
  • Secured content delivery through RTMPE with 128-bit encryption
  • New plug-in architecture
  • AMF3 Support – Now all binary data transportation is through AMF3 protocol
  • Multipoint Publishing – Publish live stream from different network locations for time-sensitive content.
  • Stream redirection handling – You can redirect streams like HTTP 302 for missing / alternative contents.
  • Stream data access – Dynamic creation of thumbnails or video previews / snapshots
  • W3C compliant ASCII logs
  • Native bandwidth detection – Detect the bandwidth and serve accordingly
  • Advanced seeking – Seek anywhere regardless of length of video or download status

Flash Media Streaming Server 3:

This edition is a special edition if you just want to have flash platform’s streaming power for audio and video but not the data related features or any other interactive features of FMS. So you can say that it’s limited edition of Flash Media Interactive Server. If we compare this edition with FMS2, than the major feature of this edition is no connections or bandwidth limits. I am sure all the CDNs and Flash Media Server hosting companies must be very happy of this. Personally I also see this as strict step against Wowza Media Server by Adobe.


Price for this edition is US$ 995. Due to this pricing Wowza had to reduce its price to 80%. Unfortunately there is no upgrade option for this edition if you own any previous version of flash media server.

What’s New:

  • Unlimited Bandwidth and Users – No limits :) Serve as much your hardware can
  • Performance Gain – According to Adobe, its 2x than FMS 2.
  • Secured content delivery through RTMPE with 128-bit encryption
  • Support For H.264 and HE-AAC for Flash Player, AIR, Adobe Media Player and FlashLite 3
  • W3C compliant ASCII logs
  • Native bandwidth detection – Detect the bandwidth and serve accordingly
  • Advanced seeking – Seek anywhere regardless of length of video or download status

Download Link:

Flash Media Interactive Server 3 – Developer Edition

So that’s good news for flash media server developers. But unfortunately no Screensharing support yet from Adobe to create great collaborative applications like Acrobat Connect Pro.

Indian Republic Day – 26th December

Want to wish all the Indians – Happy Republic Day.

And I am proud to be an Indian.

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  • Now I got time to do blog about the Adobe MAX and my personal reviews on that.

    This was my first ever MAX event till now. Actually I attended one mini MAX event in India but I don’t consider at all against this event. This event was very helpful to me in various ways and very lucky for me :) Lucky how? want to know? keep reading and you will find it soon.

    Through this event, I planned my first trip to USA. I tried to get here in USA before before few months ago to attend Adobe Community Summit which was invited only event for UGMs and Adobe Community Experts or Leaders. But at that time unfortunately my VISA application was rejected and I couldn’t make it happen. I re-applied again and this time I was lucky enough to get my multiple entry Business VISA for 10 years. So this was the first luck I got through this event.

    Event held at McCormick Place in Chicago in Illunois, USA and the city was so good. City is having Sears Towers the tallest building in the world when it was build. I will write my detailed impression and experiences about chicago in another post. The McCormick Place have few buildings and the event held at West building. Event held at 3 levels and so many sessions were going on in the event and it had also one big hall for General Sessions for MAX where almost all people coming to attend that session. At sometimes, they were full of people so need to seat in other rooms and they can see the video through projectors live from the big hall. But according to me, the event place were so nice and lot many people were there to guide you there all the time for food, sessions and other general help. All the staff were so helpful to guide you for anything including your local travel.

    Event also had paid pre-event training sessions on sunday. Unfortunately I was in waiting list and not able to confirm till last moment. On that day I met lot many community experts and other people whom I was just knowing by names, nick names, books, threads and various projects. I met them personally and it was so nice to meet all of them. We had community expert special party at afternoon at Hotel Hilton. It was snacks, beer and wine (I am not sure ;) ) party. I met many people over there too. It was bit odd for me as I don’t take beer because of some relegious reasons but otherwise it was nice experience to meet people over there. People were really enjoying the time over there by meeting each other and discussion about cool projects, concepts and features of Adobe Products. At the evening it was 5 minutes presentation competitons where people need to have 20 slides and each slide will automatically rollout at every 15 seconds. It was really great concept.

    After that event, we had another party! at the event place. Yeah it was MAX welcome party. Enjoyed a lot over there too. Wherever I mention enjoyed, for me it must be meeting people and learning something new :)

    Next day, it was general session and Cavin Lynch was the host for the event. Other Adobe Engineering team gave brief idea about current and upcoming technologies from Adobe and partners. After that event, we had all the training sessions, hands on from the morning to evening. I was able to get into all interested sessions. Actually my list was big and good amount of conflict in terms of time. Still I managed to attend all the sessions I wish to attend with higher priority. They were so nice sessions and most of all speakers have great knowledge about the subject and lot much new to learn. At the evening the Bird of Feather session was there but unfortunately I missed it as I not saw the schedule properly.

    Next day, it was full of all the learning sessions and at the end of the day, we had sneak pick session in evening. Where they introduced breath taking new features for flash player 10 and other adobe technologies. Last presentation in that session was just awsome. It was given by new adobe employee and he was just simply image processing genious! No words to say and all community welcomed him with more than 80% votes for the hottest sneak pick of the day. After that it was a surprise Party! yeah one grand party again. There I found that Adobe can do anything to have a great event! Adobe also arranged for community pavilion where all developers can meet about various adobe technologies and some partner booths.

    Finally on last day all regular learning sessions were there and event closed at 4pm. I really enjoyed all the days and during one of my sessions called “Development with FlashLite 3″ I got prize of cool Nokia N95 phone which was sponsored by the Nokia as event sponsor. I don’t know on which basis speaker Bill Perry gave me the prize it I really thank you bill for the cool phone.

    Things I like most:

    • PDF Kiosks
    • Event Schedular
    • Event Management of MAX
    • Sneak Picks
    • Developer Meetings
    • Parties!
    • Prizes

    I will surely be there in SF for MAX 2008.

    IT Managers – 10 ways to keep yourself away from stress

    As a CTO, Project Manager and Owner of the company, I hardly able to find time for myself, my wife or other friends of mine. I need to perform so many tasks to do each and everyday for various clients, need to maintain and train my team members, also need to solve their queries (technical, personal or company level) time to time also need to balance personal life aswell.

    But its not easy stuff as I am feeling. As you grow in business, more and more responsibilities are there and they are always increasing. And this fast life sometime pushes you away from your loved ones or your friends. I was trying to find some way where I can balance my personal life without disturbing the business and its growth. I found a nice suggestions over Business Week article and ToDoOrElse.  (more…)

    Came Back to Blogging!

    After a long time, I am again starting to write here on my blog.

    Actually, I was thinking randomly that – I will get some time to write something on my blog someday and thank god, for the chance ;)

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