Adobe Flash Access 3.0

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At the ongoing IBC tradeshow in Amsterdam, Adobe has announced a new release of its DRM solution Adobe Flash Access 3.0. You can find the datasheet of the new release here. In this post, we’ll brief you on the main innovations and features offered by the new Flash Access version.

Прежде всего Adobe Flash Access 3.0 разбит на две версии продукта: Flash Access Core SDK и Flash Access Professional SDK.

• The complete functionality of Flash Access 2.0 is has been inherited by both versions of Flash Access 3.0
• Key rotation is supported by both versions of Flash Access 3.0
• Domains are supported by both versions of Flash Access 3.0
• License linking is supported in both versions of Flash Access 3.0
• Synchronization messages are supported in both versions of Flash Access 3.0
• Pre-generated licenses are supported in Flash Access Professional SDK only
• Embedded licenses are supported in Flash Access Professional SDK only.

Adobe Flash Access 3.0 ecosystem includes:

• Flash Access Java SDK, license server reference Implementation, command line tool
• Flash Player 11 for Windows 32-bit
• AIR 3 for Windows 32-bit
• Flash Player 11 for Android 2.2,2.3,3.0,3.1 and 3.2
• AIR 3 for Android 2.2,2.3,3.0 and 3.1
• AIR 3 SDK to create applications with Action Script for desktop systems and the Android platform
• Test player

Let’s now briefly overview the new features of Flash Access 3.0:

• Synchronizing the client and server

Adobe has added a new feature to exchange synchronization messages between Flash Player or AIR application and the license server (to synchronize time on the client and server, the server is alerted of the client status)

• License linking

Support for root and leaf licenses in Flash Access 3.0 has been changed. In Flash Access 2.0, root and leaf licenses were linked to the playback device. To include license in the encrypted content or to support device domains, only the root license requested from the license server is now linked to the playback device. Root and leaf licenses are now managed and linked under the applicable content protection policy.

• Combining of devices into domains

Flash Access 3.0 provides for grouping of devices into a single domain to use one license. Using of the domain reduces the load on the license server, because you can request a single license to play back content on various devices.

• Changing a key in the process of content encoding

To enhance protection of encrypted content, Flash Access 3.0 now can change a key in the process of content encoding. Content is encrypted blockwise, using different keys.

• License embedding into encrypted content (for Flash Access Professional SDK)

Flash Access 3.0 has introduced embedding of a pre-built license in the encrypted content. This way, the content can be played back even if no license server is available.
• Hosting of pre-built licenses on a standard Web server

Flash Access 3.0 can build licenses for specific playback devices in advance. Pre-built licenses can be stored on a standard Web server to serve customer requests.

To summarize, I’d like to say that the new version of Adobe Flash Access 3.0 is focused at supporting load intensive projects and creating truly cross-platform solutions for content play on a variety of devices available on the market.

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