Archive for December, 2008

Installation Issues with AIR 1.5 on Linux?

We’ve been scouting blog posts, tweets and news articles and it seems that some users are facing problems trying to install AIR apps with the 1.5 Linux release.
If you had installed an AIR app with the Beta release of AIR, there’s some cleanup required before you can use the app with AIR 1.5.
We’ve put up a FAQ about installation issues on the AIR team blog – If you’re unable to use your favorite application with AIR 1.5, do have a look. After the requisite cleanup, TweetDeck 0.20, twhirl 0.8.7 etc. work great!

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Badge Installation of AIR apps on Linux

Badge-installation is a mechanism to seamlessly install an AIR application (and the version of AIR required by the application, if not already installed) from the browser. A large number of applications provide this mechanism on their sites, instead of having users manually download AIR, and then the application.
For instance, the installation badge on the popular Twitter client Twhirl‘s site looks like this:

Twhirl Badge

Badge installation was not available as an installation mechanism with the Beta version of AIR on Linux. With the public release of AIR 1.5 on Linux, badge installation works on Linux as well. However, do note that this requires Flash Player version 10,0,15,3 to be installed – this version of the Flash Player has also been released today and can be downloaded from the Flash Player Download Page.
All applications on the Adobe AIR Marketplace also feature an installation badge.
Here’s a screencast of a badge installation of Twhirl:

Adobe AIR 1.5 for Linux is out!

AIR for Linux is now out of its Beta status. This is the first public release of AIR on Linux and we’re very excited about it!
This brings the Linux version in feature parity with the Windows and Mac versions.
The list of supported distributions (i.e. ones we exhaustively test on) is the same as that for the beta release on Labs:
    – Ubuntu 7.10
    – Fedora 8
    – openSUSE 10.3
Adobe AIR 1.5 SDK is also available now, to develop and debug AIR applications on Linux.
We’d like to know how this release works out for you – If you run into issues or have features to request for future releases, let us know.
Release notes provide more details about system requirements, installation instructions and known issues. User forums are available to discuss any problems you might be facing.
Go get some AIR and spread the word!
Ubuntu 8.04 running AIR apps

Writing cross-platform AIR applications

We’ve seen a significant number of AIR applications making some common mistakes that result in these apps running fine on one platform (e.g. Windows), but being broken on others (Linux and Mac).
Charles Ward has put together an excellent article on the Adobe AIR Developer Center, highlighting best practices to make sure your application works well on all supported platforms.
I strongly recommend all AIR developers to go through the article.