Working with device profiles

About device profiles

In Device Central, you have access to a large online library of mobile devices. From the Device Library, search and download the devices of your preference to the Test Devices panel. In the Default Project, the Test Devices panel contains only preinstalled generic Flash® Lite® devices, until you download devices from the Device Library.

Each device profile contains technical details about the device, and information about the media and content types it supports. Filter your devices based on the filters in the Library Filter panel. You can view individual or multiple device profiles at the same time. View multiple profiles in a table to compare several target devices. For example, if you are developing rich media content, the comparison can help you determine the best addressable screen size and common FSCommands.

View device profiles

  1. Select Browse workspace. Select devices from the Test Devices panel or from the Device Library panel to view the device profiles.
  2. In the Device Library panel, select a device or devices, and click View Details.
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Viewing a device profile
Device Library

Media types

Details about selected device

Export and import device profiles

  1. Select the device profiles from the Test Devices panel.
    Note: You can export only those device profiles that are loaded on your local hard drive. Download the device profiles from the Device Library to the Test Devices panel, to export them.
  2. Select File > Export > Device Profile Package.

  3. Type a name for the Package Title, and add comments to help identify the package.

  4. Click Export, and specify a name and location for the exported package.

You can also import device profiles with the File > Import Device Profile Package option.

Search for device profiles

The Device Central search feature enables a quick search for devices in the Device Library panel. You can search by criteria such as the device name, manufacturer’s name, screen size, and so on.

The search feature is dynamic—the list of matching devices is automatically updated as you enter the criteria, which makes the search more specialized.

  1. Select Browse > Device > Search Device Library.

  2. In the Search text field, enter your search criteria.

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    Use search criteria to find a specific device or group of devices.

  3. Click the Plus icon to add search criteria. Click the Minus icon to remove criteria.

    Note: The search criteria you define remain until you perform a new search. Click the Browse workspace to see the criteria that generated the current list of devices.

    You can save your search criteria as a filter or add the detected devices in the Test Devices panel.

Compare device profiles

Compare device profiles, to see which profile is best suited for your project. You can compare multiple device profiles, or a device profile with its online update.

Compare devices

  1. Select Browse > Device Library.
  2. Select the devices you want to compare, and click View Details.
  3. Select an option from the Show All Parameters drop-down list.

    You can expand and collapse the information panels according to your requirement.

Compare a device with its online version

If an online update is available for your local device, the Outdate icon is displayed next to the device in the Test Devices panel. A tool tip is displayed when you hover your mouse over the icon. In the Device Library panel, the icon next to the device indicates that the device is on your local hard drive.
Note: You can compare an outdated device profile on your local hard drive with its online device version.
  1. Select the Browse view.

  2. Select an outdated device profile from the Test Devices panel.

  3. Select Device > Compare With Online Version.

Download online version of a device

To download the latest version of a device profile, select an outdated device profile from the Test Devices panel. Select Devices > Download Device Profile.

Create a custom device profile

You can create and store device profiles that are not included in the online Device Library. Add and edit device attributes with basic validation to see the behavior of content under different conditions.

  1. Select a device profile from the Test Devices panel or the Device Library panel.

  2. Select Devices > Create Editable Copy.

  3. Enter a unique name for the device in the Device Name. You can add or change the default information in the Create Editable Copy dialog box.

  4. Edit the information parameters for the selected device profile.

You can use the Private Profiles filter tool to view the custom-created profiles.

Share a device profile

You can share your custom device profiles with other Device Central users. Device Central shows the profiles that are shared on the online Device Library.

Note: You must have a valid Adobe ID to share your device profile with other members of Device Central.
  1. Select a custom device profile from the Test Devices panel. Custom devices are indicated with the Custom icon next to the device profiles.

  2. Select Devices > Share Device Profile. Enter your Adobe ID credentials, if requested.

The profile is uploaded to the online Device Library and shared with other users of the community. To view the custom profiles shared with other members, use the Shared filter tool.

Withdraw a shared device profile

You can withdraw a shared device profile.
Note: You can withdraw only those device profiles that you created and shared. The device profile is removed from the Shared Filter and not from the Test Devices panel.
  1. Select a shared device profile.

  2. Select Devices > Withdraw Device Profile.