Posts in Category "air"

Squiggly Now Available on Labs

So, you need a spell checker? Finding the current options are either a bit limited, or not free? Adobe has just launched Squiggly, a spellchecker library based on an open source algorithm and dictionaries, as a project on Labs. With Squiggly, you can add ‘check as you type’ spelling to your AIR or ActionScript application with easy to follow examples. It’s a ‘technology preview’ at this point, and only targeted at English for now, but still worth checking out.
Read the official Labs blog entry, or check out the online demo.

Shift + F2 vs. AS3LR

If you’re smart enough to be developing in ActionScript, you’re also probably smart enough that you have figured out a way to bookmark the ActionScript Livedocs. However, there always seems to be reason to try access the docs at a time when finding your bookmark is a hassle. For me, that usually happens during peer programming. When I’m working at another person’s machine, they don’t usually have things set up just as I would, and finding an entry point for the current docs can be a little frustrating.
First, if you’re using FlashBuilder (or FlexBuilder), you can always use the ‘Shift + F2’ shortcut. This is mapped to ‘Go To Documentation’ in the ‘ General > Keys’ section of the FB preferences. This opens the Language Reference in the context the Eclipse help viewer.
Since I don’t like having the help viewer clutter the documents, I tend to go straight to a browser and punch in a URL. Fortunately, there is a handy link that automagically resloves to LiveDocs for the current Flex Language Reference.
I don’t know for certain, but AS4LR seems likely once Gumbo is out of beta. For now, the AS3 Docs offer a link to the AS4 docs should you need it.

AIR 1.5 rocks

Well, it’s sort of old news, but I figured I’d give a quick plug for AIR 1.5 on my blog.
First, this release of AIR supports Flash Player 10, which by itself is a big deal. FP10 includes much goodness: a more robust text engine, enhanced video, some 3D support, and Pixel Bender. The list is too long to do it justice here, check out the FP10 page for details.
Another great new feature for AIR 1.5 is the local database can now be encrypted. Since the Encrypted Local Store is not suited to handle large entries, this is a big win for users wanting to protect locally saved data.
Another thing that gets passed over a bit is the inclusion of Squirrelfish, which comes along with an updated WebKit, which is AIR 1.5’s HTML rendering engine. The WebKit project did some bytecode optimizing and pumped up the JavaScript performance by quite a bit. Even better, this was just a first pass at optimization. Future evolution of Squirrelfish will only get faster!
I know, it’s pretty hard to get excited about JavaScript, right? But considering how AIR 1.5’s support for HTML makes it so easy to port an existing web app into a desktop app, even I’m getting into it. And a lot of my friends are Ajax nerds, so hopefully they’ll start using AIR and I’ll actually have something to talk to them about.
So, get the runtime, check out a few applications, get inspired, crack open the SDK, and get your AIR app built!