Archive for June, 2010

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.