Easy steps to install (and update) AIR 2 on Linux (via repositories)

In addition to a binary installer, Adobe AIR 2 is also available as .rpm and .deb installer packages on Linux.
AIR 2′s .rpm and .deb installer packages have been added to Adobe’s Yum repository and Canonical’s Lucid Partner repository, respectively.
Please visit our tech note on adobe.com for easy instructions to add Adobe’s Yum repository to your system, and effortlessly install and update Adobe AIR on RPM-based Linux distributions.
To do the same for an Ubuntu (10.4) system, please follow these steps:
Using the Command Line
1. As root, edit /etc/apt/sources.list (sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list) and add/uncomment the following lines:
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ lucid partner
deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ lucid partner
2. Update the system’s package database with the following command:
sudo apt-get update
3. Install the adobeair with the following command:
sudo apt-get install adobeair
The same command can also be used to install updates to Adobe AIR in the future.
Using the Synaptic Package Manager UI
1. Launch System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager
2. Open Settings > Repositories
3. Under “Other Software”, check/add the following 2 lines:
http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ lucid partner (Source Code)
http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ lucid partner
4. Click Close. A dialog pops up, mentioning that repositories have changed. Close it.
5. Click Reload.
6. Search for the package “adobeair”. Mark it for installation and click Apply.

Adobe AIR 2 SDK Now Available

The Adobe AIR 2 SDK is now publicly available for download (Windows, Mac and Linux). A number of sample applications, highlighting some of the new AIR 2 features, have also been made available with source code.
Additional information about new features, tips and tricks, and known issues is available in the developer release notes.
Please see Rob’s post on blogs.adobe.com/air for more details.

Flash Player 10.1 is now available! (Win, Mac, Linux)

Flash Player 10.1 for Windows, Mac and Linux is now publicly available for download. Please see the Flash Player team’s post for more details.
A beta release of Flash Player 10.1 for Android is currently available in the Android Market.

Adobe AIR 2 is now available!

The Adobe AIR 2 runtime is now publicly available for download (Windows, Mac and Linux) at http://get.adobe.com/air.
In addition to enabling AIR applications to consume (up to 30%) less memory and perform better, this release packs a large number of features – some of the major ones are:

  • Native Process API
  • Open documents with the user’s default application
  • Microphone data access
  • Mass storage device detection
  • Updated, faster WebKit with enhanced support for HTML5 and CSS3
  • Multi-touch and gestures
  • TLS/SSL sockets
  • Global error handler
  • New networking support including UDP and server sockets
  • Screen reader support
  • (Windows)

  • Reduced CPU usage on idle
  • .rpm and .deb installer packages for the runtime on Linux
  • Native installers for applications (.exe, .dmg, .rpm, .deb)

For more details, please see the release notes and Arno’s blog post at blogs.adobe.com/air.
The AIR 2 SDK is expected to be available early next week (06/15).
As always, please let us know if you run into bugs or have feature requests.

Adobe AIR 2 on Android Beta – Notification Sign Up

Adobe AIR allows designers and developers to build standalone applications that run on multiple platforms – desktop, mobile and more.
As announced earlier at Mobile World Congress 2010, we are working on Adobe AIR for the Android platform. You can see some demos at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/demos/.
If you are a developer or designer interested in being a part of an upcoming Adobe AIR2 Beta on Android, you can sign up for a notification at: http://www.adobe.com/go/air2betaandroid.

Adobe AIR 1.5.3 released – fixes AMD crash, honors default browser on Linux

Adobe AIR 1.5.3 is now available for download. This release fixes some critical bugs. For a complete list of changes and bug fixes, please see the release notes.
With this release, application authors now need to specify a publisherID in the application descriptor for updating applications. (For new 1.5.3 applications, this is not required.) This release also fixes the AIR application installer crash on Linux systems using AMD Phenom processors. Also, AIR will now now honor the system’s default browser on Linux.
As always, please feel free to report a bug/feature request, or to discuss any issues you might be having.

Adobe Flex Builder Linux Updated (Alpha 5)

Flex Builder Linux is a plugin-only version of the Flex Builder that you can use to build Flex applications on Linux. An updated version of the plugin is now available for download on Adobe Labs.
Do note that you need to uninstall any previous installation of Flex Builder Linux – you can run the shell script ~/Adobe_Flex_Builder_Linux/Uninstall\ Adobe_Flex_Builder_Linux/Uninstall_Adobe_Flex_Builder_Linux to perform the uninstallation.
To install the update, download flexbuilder_linux_install_a5_112409.bin, make it executable:
chmod +x flexbuilder_linux_install_a5_112409.bin
and execute it:
You need eclipse 3.3.x and Sun JRE 1.5.x (or newer). To launch Flex Builder Linux, you can run the script ~/Adobe_Flex_Builder_Linux/Adobe_Flex_builder.sh. More details are available in the release notes.
This plugin has an updated expiration date and includes AIR 1.5.2.

Adobe AIR 2 Beta Available on Labs (Win, Mac, Linux)

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Adobe AIR 2 Beta on Adobe Labs. The Runtime and SDK are available for download on all supported platforms – Windows, Mac and Linux.
AIR 2 includes several highly-requested features. Some of the prominent features of AIR 2 are:

  • Server sockets
  • Open documents with the user’s default application
  • Microphone data access
  • .rpm and .deb packages for Linux
  • Launch native executables
  • USB mass storage device detection
  • Global Error Handling
  • UDP sockets
  • TLS/SSL sockets
  • DNS lookup
  • Packaging an AIR application in a native installer
  • Database transaction savepoints
  • Screen reader support (Windows only)
  • Printing enhancements
  • Increased maximum size of NativeWindow
  • Multi-touch events (Windows only)

For a detailed list of features and system requirements, please see the AIR 2 release notes.
Together with AIR 2, Flash Player 10.1 is also now available. For more details, please see the complete list of features.
As always, please let us know if you run into any issues.

AIR Applications Round-up: Apps for designers (via sixrevisions)

Tomas Laurinavičius has posted an amazing list of 22 very useful AIR applications at sixrevisions.com to help people in their design and image editing tasks.
Here’s the article: http://sixrevisions.com/tools/22-awesome-adobe-air-applications-for-designers/. Go ahead and check it out (and remember to Digg/Tweet about it if you like it).
Since these are AIR applications, they should work on Win, Mac and Linux. (Do let us know if any of them do not work on a specific platform.)

Adobe AIR 1.5.2 released (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Adobe AIR 1.5.2 is now available for download. This is a minor release – for a complete list of API changes and bug fixes, please see the release notes.
This release is focused on making the runtime more robust and secure. As always, please feel free to report a bug/feature request, or to discuss any issues you might be having.